What method should I choose for printing paper bags?

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When you get more familiar with the world of paper bags, it is easy to become overwhelmed by a large amount of variety you have in terms of customisation and control over what is printed on the bag in addition to how it is printed. This can leave you as a business owner with a lot of decisions to make on the various details of the bag. This can lead to decision fatigue and be detrimental to the productivity of you and your business.

In today’s article, we break down some of the different methods available when printed on paper bags and which one to choose for your products.

Digital printing for printed paper bags

The modern age has brought about different techniques for printing high-quality designs on paper bags. Digital printing has emerged as one of the most popular methods due to the ease of transferring PDF designs to the printing press. This printing method does not use metal plates to transfer the image traditionally, the design is printed directly onto the bag.

Screen printing

Screen printing is a very popular method of printing and works well on different materials and products, including paper bags. A silkscreen is created, and the design is printed onto a sheet, after this, the ink is transferred. One major issue with this printing method is the fact that only four colours can be applied to the printed paper bag.

For good screen-printed paper bags, we recommend picking designs with clean and bold lines/colours. These work better with screen printing than intricate designs. This will make sure you get the maximum value out of your screen-printed bags.

Flexo printing

Flexo printing is essentially a modern letterpress where flexible photopolymer printing plates are wrapped around cylinders which rotate on a web press. This is a good method of printing for larger orders as the printing can be run continuously. However, this method is not the best for printed paper bags and is usually reserved for packaging and labels.

Foil printing

Foil printing uses heat and pressure to print metallic and shiny designs onto printed paper bags. This can be a great way to print on to paper bags if you are looking to create a shiny design that stands out from other products on the market. The flexibility of this printing method means it can use a variety of different colours and work for many different types of designs.

Which option is the best for me?

There is no easy answer to this question, but there are a few good ways to tell. If speed is important and you are working to deadlines, digital printing is a fast process that can get your design brought to life very quickly. Beyond that, screen printing is good if you really want to create a printed paper bags that stand out for customers. Whichever option you choose, make sure you go with a good paper bag supplier who can be flexible to your individual needs.