Printing Methods

The below printing methods are the most commonly used in flexible packaging. These printing methods, combined with films and materials designed for pouch making and laminations are what make up the process of bag making.

Digital Printing vs. Flexographic vs. Gravure Printing

Digital Printing

Faster Lead Times

Due to the lack of extensive setup, as seen in flexographic and gravure printing, digital printing can provide faster lead times.

Lower Costs

Digital flexible packaging is excellent for all flexible packaging. Sample packs, stand up bags and roll stock can all be printed without the costs of printing plates.

Bright & Consistent

Less movable parts also means you get a brighter and more consistent quality of print.


Add skus, change designs, release promotional products with the freedom of working without plates.

Digital Printing vs. Flexographic vs. Gravure Printing

Flexographic Printing

Flexo printing is typically used for- larger web width printing, higher run volumes of 50,000-1,000,000 impressions-excellent color quality using hi def flexo plates, side gusset bags or box bags, when you have standardized your skus and know how long your orders will last you. Turnaround times can range from 6-10 weeks. Also in flexo printing you will have to pay the cost of plates so it is not suited for companies who are changing art frequently.
coffee bag packaging sample
shakeit powder bag
superfood packaging

Digital Printing vs. Flexographic vs. Gravure Printing

Rotogravure Printing

Direct ink transfer from print cylinder for ultimate definition.

Optimal for varnishes and in line coatings.

Excellent option for all types of higher volume flexible packaging.

The difference between gravure and flexo is gravure utilizes an engraved cylinder as opposed to a printing plate to transfer the ink to the substrate, or material. Gravure cylinders can range in price and this process is most common overseas at this point. Gravure is known for excellent print definition over high volume jobs, and is excellent for all types of flexible packaging.  

Lead time, 8-12 weeks on average.

Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Project

We understand the importance of a quality package delivered in a timely manner. We service many printers, to assist them in meeting deadlines for their customers. As well as helping to provide high quality packaging to retail brands around the country. If you have questions about packaging, or you think we can help your company, feel free to drop a note and we will have someone get back to you.

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