Post Printing and Hot Stamping Information for Under 3000 Bags and Boxes

Post printing: Post printing is a method of printing on paper or plastic bags and boxes that are already made. Post printing is typically used for product quantities under 3000 units that are printed 1 or 2 colors on 1 or 2 sides. Since post printing is done by hand, any print more than 1 color can incur a variance of up to 3/8” between each color.

Hot stamping: Hot stamping is used for post printing, meaning the bag or box is already made and the foil is “stamped” onto the bag or box. Hot stamping is the most efficient way of customizing your packaging as the minimum runs are as little as 2 cases of plastic and paper bags and boxes. You can hot stamp multiple colors on up to 2 sides though we do not recommend hot stamping if you are looking for tight registration on your art. Since hot stamping is done by hand, there is more room for error when placing the art on the bag or box. There is an additional charge for areas greater than 45 sq inches please email us at or call one of our packaging specialists at 516-932-1001 for a custom quote.

Ink Jet printing: Ink jet printing is another style of post printing where the bag or box is already made and put through an ink jet machine. There are no printing plates used for ink jet printing. You can print multiple colors on two sides using this method. The Standard area for ink jet printing is less than 45 sq. inches. There is an additional charge for areas greater than 45 sq inches. Please email us at or call 516-932-1001 to talk with one of our packaging specialists.

Our complete line of plastic bags, paper bags, and boxes are shown throughout our web site, please click on the product pages for information on these products and the colors they come in.

Click here for standard hot stamp and ink jet print colors. Please note all colors have been rendered for viewing on our web site. Due to variations in monitor and video hardware these colors may slightly vary from the actual color.

If you don’t see a color that is suitable, custom PMS ink matches are available for $125.

For all hot stamped and ink jet printed products we recommend providing the following art work for post printed bags:

All artwork must be line art with no shading or half tones.
All art work must be provided in vector (digital) art. Pdf, eps and ai files work best.
Any heavy ink coverage, reverse print, and screens are not recommended for hot stamp or ink jet printing as they will not reflect what the art looks from the original file.

Plate charges for hot stamping: To be determined during the quote review process. Please submit your art for consideration. In keeping with the highest standards in the industry we advise all of our customers to make sure their art files are created by a qualified graphics artist. The art you create is the art you will see on your bags or boxes!

All multi colored art work must be submitted as color separated vector (digital) art. We accept vector (digital) artwork formatted for adobe illustrator (.ai), adobe photoshop (.psd), adobe acrobat (.pdf) encapsulated postscript, (.eps) and corel draw (.cdr).

We cannot accept all raster art (.tiff, .jpg, .gif) for multi colored print.

Please ensure that all fonts have been outlined, so they become part of the graphic.

If you feel that we cannot accept your file type, please contact us at to talk to one of our graphic designers. If art work has to be re-formatted or re-drawn you will be billed at our current hourly rate.

Email all digital files to

Once we receive your purchase order and art file, we will send you a sales order confirmation and an electronic art proof in a pdf file for your approval. Please sign and date your sales order confirmation and art proof and either fax it back to us at 516-932-1043 or email them at

Your order will not be processed until we receive the signed sales order confirmation and signed proof.

Below is a list of coverage areas for post printed products:


Bag Size Max. Print Area
6.25″ w x 9.25″ h 4.5″ w x 5″ h
8.5 x 11 6.5 x 6.5
12 x 15 9 x 9
12 x 3 x 18 9 x 10
14 x 3 x 21 11 x 12
16 x 3 x 24 12 x 12
Bags Size Max Print Area
9″ w x 12″ h 6″ w x 6.5″ h
12 x 15 9.5 x 8
15 x 18 12 x 11
16 x 19 12 x 11.5
17 x 21 12 x 12
14 x 16 x 6 11 x 6
Bags Size Max Print Area
5″ w x 3″ g x 8″ h 3.5″ w x 3.5″ h
8 x 5 x 10 ** 6 x 5
9 x 5 x 13 6.5 x 7
10 x 5 x 13 7 x 7
13 x 7 x 17 8 x 8.5
14 x 8 x 14 9 x 7
14 x 10 x 14 9 x 7
16 x 6 x 12 ** 9.5 x 6
16 x 6 x 16 ** 9.5 x 7
16 x 6 x 19 10 x 10
18 x 7 x 18 11 x 10
Bags Size Max Print Area
2 # 3″ w x 3″ h
3 # 3 x 4
4 # 3.5 x 4.5
5 # 4 x 6
6 # 4 x 6
8 # 5 x 7
10 # 5 x 7.5
12 # 5.5 x 8
16 # 6 x 8.5
20 # 6.5 x 8.5
25 # 7 x 9
1/6 bbl 8.5 x 9
Bags Size Max. Hot Stamp Area
8″ w x 5″ g x 10″ h 6.5″ w x 6″ h
16 x 6 x 12 14 x 7
16 x 6 x 19 14 x 10