Print options for bags
Print options for bags are varied and something we do very well. We also do experimental work if you’re not quite sure about the finish you are looking for. There are so many methods of print to employ that it can be confusing if you’ve not printed on a bag before. We can recommend the best method for your artwork or trial a few options to achieve the finish you are looking for.
- You can use this glossary of print methods for bags to help you understand what we offer. All colours are Pantone matched or we match to a colour swatch you provide. We don’t use screen shots or photographs to colour match because the colour can vary depending on what device you view it on.
- The colour of your bag affects how print is interpreted. Printing on white and natural allows a high quality of print definition. We’ll put down a white base layer on a coloured bag for better print reproduction. Printing black and metallic onto coloured bags allows a better interpretation.
- We like to be so precise about print, our quality checks take place with magnifying glasses.
Screen printing for bags
SPOT: is the most popular and economic form of print options for bags. Pigment inks are passed through a mesh screen onto the fabric and allowed to dry. The colours appear crisp and vibrant. This technique is best for logos, messages and other artwork with distinctive lines and colours. It works brilliantly on all fabrics and is effective and long-lasting.
PROCESS: A more complex version of the same printing is four colour process printing. The mesh of the screen is finer and only four colours Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and Black (K) are used in an overlapping manner to create a print with many colour grades and shades. For the best results, it should be used on light colour fabrics only.
PEARL & GLITTER: Other effects that can be achieved using screens are pearl and glitter printing. The pearl finish gives a great iridescent effect to the colour of your choice. Glitter printing includes print with glitter in it. It can be used to highlight artwork and add some sparkle. This works well with bolder designs and not intricate lines.
Digital print for bags
Digital printing on bags offers clear, precise detail for complicated designs. It takes a digital based image and is applied direct to garment., almost an identical process to printing on paper. It uses micro-sized droplets of ink that are placed onto the fabric, through an inkjet print head. It offers photo quality printing on fabric. It doesn’t show brightly on cotton, but if you are working with a poly-cotton blend or polyester fabric, the printing will be superb. This is most expensive print method available.
This technology reduced the use of solvents in the printing process and has the ability to provide a superb registration between print colours. It has the ability to look like a sticker in some situations and we don’t always recommend it as a first option. It depends on the finish you are looking for. The results are bright and clear and a great option for multi-colour, full colour or photo quality printing. Easy and quick on short runs, it can be turned around quickly. Treated carefully, the print will last a long time.
Neon print for bags
We can achieve a neon print by using florescent inks within the screen printing process. If you supply your Pantone reference from the neons and we will be pleased to match it for a super snazzy finish.
Metallic print for bags
Our gold and silver inks have small amounts of real gold and silver in them, offering a shimmer to the print.
You can achieve a very shiny effect on a natural or bleached fabric, then foiling can achieve this. Screens are used to apply a layer of glue in the shape of your artwork and then a sheet of foil is placed on top, heated and the excess removed. What is left behind is your shiny artwork. It looks great but has many limitations and can only work on some artworks.
3D Puff print for bags
A raised ink which offers unique texture to a bag. It looks good and feels wonderful. Print options for bags are so huge, do ask for advice.
Plastisol for bags
Plastisol print is a great print option for bags and is great for opaque colours and clear graphic detail. It offers a different finish to a bag and is unusual.
Embroidery for bags
We can turnaround embroidery on bags within a really short lead-time from our UK workshop. You can supply the design and we will make it for you. You don’t need to embroider the whole design for embroidery to look great. You can highlight parts of your design for stand-out. The three dimensional effect can have great impact. You can embroider directly onto the bag or you can apply embroidered badges.
Applique for bags
Choosing applique for bags is a great way to make an individual bag. Embroidered patches, printed cottons, felt – they are just some of the options to create an applique. They can be attached to your bag for a unique look. A great solution for consistency across various products and for an unusual finish. Ask us for a sample of applique and we will be pleased to show you how good we are at the finishing.
Labels for bags
Various options for bag labels in a variety of fabrics including leather, metal, wood or cotton. Woven or printed.
Print options for bags are many and we will be pleased to talk through each method to help you better understand them. We can recommend which print option for your bag to choose based on seeing your artwork.