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Sleeve Design Specifications

Design your own sleeve or we can do it for you! Design services available for $35.00 per hour. We will arc sleeve artwork (when needed) during our pre-press formatting. Vector PDF's are preferred.

Sleeve Artwork Guidelines

IDEAL FILE SPECIFICATIONS (Digitally Printed Sleeves)

100% VECTOR graphics – .pdf or .ai
Design formatted in the actual size of your sleeve’s print area.

Print area for digitally printed sleeves is:
12 oz: 1.9ʺ tall x 4.1ʺ wide
8 oz: 1.9ʺ tall x 3.7ʺ wide

CMYK Color Mode
All fonts turned to outlines or packaged

ACCEPTABLE FILE SPECIFICATIONS (Digitally Printed Sleeves)

RASTER Image – .psd (preferred), .jpeg, .tif, .gif, and .png
Design formatted in the correct dimensions of sleeve print area

Print area for digitally printed sleeves is:
12 oz: 1.9ʺ tall x 4.1ʺ wide
8 oz: 1.9ʺ tall x 3.7ʺ wide

300DPI or higher
CMYK Color Mode

What if your artwork doesn't adhere to the specifications?

Our in house staff of designers can help perfect your branding or can create something completely new. These design services are billed at $35/hour, prorated to the quarter of the hour.

What if I'm not sure if it meets the specifications?

Don’t worry! We’d never run an order that we knew would produce sub-par results. If there’s an issue with your artwork – such as the design running outside of the bleed zone or the resolution being too low to produce a quality print – we’ll let you know before we begin printing your order. Should that be the case, you can either have your designer make the necessary changes to meet the above specifications or we can do it for you for an additional design fee ($35 per hour, pro-rated to the quarter hour).

Tips & Information for coffee sleeve designs

Lighter colors do not print as well on our Kraft stock (when printed digitally). If you use a wide range of colors, lighter colors may shift or appear muted on Kraft paper. A yellow will not “pop” on Kraft like it will on white paper stock. In addition to the brown background, the paper is more absorbent so it is not as sharp as our corrugated white sleeves.

For full range or close color matching, please choose white coffee sleeves. Our white corrugated sleeves are coated and provide a true white as a base and the colors will print more accurately. We can match Pantone colors as long as there is a CMYK value provided, however results may differ from on-screen viewing.

The image will take on the shape of the cup and look tapered or slightly distorted. We add a 5% arc so that when the sleeve is opened the art will maintain its appearance. Distortion is noticeable with straight lines, lines of text and large solids. Because the interior corrugated surface is textured, the imprint may show subtle tonal changes that appear as printed lines.

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