Design Specifications - Custom Sleeves

While our design team would love to get started on a unique design for your custom sleeves, you’re more than welcome to submit your own artwork as well. We just ask that it be in line with our sleeve design specifications (see below). And if it’s not quite up to code just yet, no worries. We’ll get you there. When it’s all said and done, we want your custom sleeves looking flawless. We will NEVER run an order that we know will produce sub-par results. And if you need a hand getting started, tweaking an existing design, or just want our designers to take the wheel for you, let us know.

Original Sleeve Templates

10-20, 10-24, 12-24 oz

Premium Sleeve Template

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

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, prorated to the quarter hour).

Tips and information for 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.