Custom Packaging

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Why ClearBags?

Over 25 years of experience, industry-leading clients, and multiple custom packaging solutions created every single day.


With over 25 years of experience and some of the industry’s biggest clients, we know how to do custom packaging, and do it well. Custom stand up zipper pouches? No problem. Unique sized crystal clear bags? Easy. We want to help you, whether you need 5,000 pieces or millions. We use only the highest quality materials and printing processes, and have some of the lowest minimum order quantities in the industry. Couple that with a top-notch customer service support staff and you have a recipe for success.

Find Out Why Over 100,000 Professionals Trust Our Packaging

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Let a ClearBags custom packaging expert help you out! If you would like one of our representatives to contact you about a potential custom order, please fill out this brief form below or call us directly at 800-233-2630.

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Custom Packaging FAQs

Consider these options and requirements when planning your order. If you have any questions, please contact one of our Custom Packaging Representatives at 800-233-2630.

  • Custom Bags (all shapes, sizes and materials)
  • Custom Boxes (standard folding and thermoformed)
  • Custom Stationery (to meet all your paper needs)
  • Custom Mats (proudly made in the USA)
  • Custom Backing and Foam Boards (cut to order at extremely low minimums) - Call (800) 233-2630 for Custom Backing & Foam Boards
If you can think it up, we can do it! Contact a custom packaging rep to give it a try - Call us at (800) 233-2630 or fill out the form on this page.
Bags:
  • Plastic Options: PET, KPET, MPET, Foil, BOPP, CPP, IPP, PP, LDPE, PVC, Nylon, Laminates
  • Bioplastic or Sustainable Options: PLA, Cellulose, Additives, Paper
Boxes:
  • PET, PVC, PP, Paper

Don't see the material you are looking for there? Contact us to see if we can do that at our facilities.

Bags:
  • We can do most thicknesses, but the thicker the packaging the more material it uses and the higher the cost (though still very competitive in price).
Boxes:
  • Available from .25mm (10mil) to .45mm (18mil)
Mats/Backing:
  • See answer below for more details on thicknesses of custom cut mats and backing

Yes! We do low, 25-piece minimums on most styles and have fast lead times typically under 14 days. Through ClearBags’ Customs Team you have access to top-of-the-line mat customization services at unbeatable pricing.

CUSTOM MATS
  • Single mats, double mats, double thick, collage and floating mats, straight or computerized design cuts
  • Most any major matboard brand, thickness and color, specializing in Crescent® brands
  • Bevel cuts using high speed and super accurate Gunnar computerized mat cutters
  • Die cuts are available including blanks or specialty shapes
  • V-Groove mats and colored cores – specialty cuts to expose more of the matboard core
  • Customized Labeling, bundling, bagging available
  • Themed mats – Family, Holiday, Wedding, School and Sport Team colors
  • Embossed mats – emboss a signature or logo (500 pc minimums)
  • Foil stamped mats – (500 pc minimums)

We cut all our backing and foam to custom size at our California facility (proudly made in the USA).

CUSTOM CUT BACKING AND FOAM BOARD - Call (800) 233-2630 for Custom Backing & Foam Boards
  • 100 piece minimum for custom cut paperboard backing and 50 piece minimum for foam board.
  • Standard Most Economical 50 point double sided white super smooth paper coated chip board 100% recycled (75% PCW) and PH Neutral (BACKMISC)
  • Super rigid Bainbridge® UB1 - 100 point “Double thick” Utility Board – White blemish free surface paper PH Neutral (BACAMISC)
  • Black Bainbridge® 100 Super Black 50 point deep black double sided scuff resistant smooth black finish ideal for art and photography presentation PH Neutral and 100% recycled Fiber.
  • Super Rigid Black Bainbridge® 100 Super Black 100 point same as above but double thick.
  • Self Adhesive Bainbridge® Self Adhesive convenient pressure sensitive permanent cold mounting solution for art and photo. Adhesive is initially repositionable and becomes permanent within 24 hours. Acid Free adhesive. Will not crack or become brittle. 60 point.
  • Bainbridge® Foam Boards 4 styles: Standard 3/16 inch Claycoat, ArtCare™ Acid Free, All Black, and Self-Adhesive.
We can do any size up to 60" for bags and up to 34" x 44" for backing boards. Contact us with any special size requests for boxes or other types of packaging or papers (chances are we can do it).
If you can dream it up, chances are we can do it. Here is a sample of some of the styles of bags and boxes we do most often:
  • Bags: Flap tape (adhesive on flap), protective closure (adhesive on body of bag), no flap, zip top, handle Bags, hanging bags, gussets and more!
  • Boxes: Soft Fold, Crystal Clear, Anti Scratch, Food Safe, Archival, Hanging, Auto Locking Bottoms, Frosted, two-piece, shapes (squares and rectangles, circles, purses, tubes, clamshells, blister trays, sheets, pillow)

Full color and spot color rotogravure printing with the capability of holographic, gradient, metallic, matte/glossy/combo finishes, and more. If you can think it up, give us the chance to try and do it!

When submitting artwork for a custom product, please follow the guidelines below to ensure timeliness and accuracy.

FILE FORMATS
Please submit original, layered files in one of the following formats:
  • Adobe Illustrator (*.ai)
  • Encapsulated Post Script (*.eps)
  • Adobe Photoshop (*.psd)
  • Editable PDF (*.pdf)

All images should be embedded into the design file. Please be sure to communicate any clear areas of the packaging (e.g., windows). Recommended: In addition to sending us the editable file(s), please send either a flattened jpg or pdf, of your final design, as a soft proof. With the proof of your design, our designers are better equipped to compare your approved design with the editable file(s) sent, ensuring that all elements are present.

FONTS

All fonts must be converted to outlines in the document or included with design files. The benefit of outlined fonts is that design remains intact, while the drawback is text cannot be edited. Outlined fonts are preferred.

COLORS

Please submit artwork in Pantone color format. When using Pantone colors, you must include color codes (i.e., Pantone Number). Providing a printed sample to match colors will help ensure proper print matching (sample is not required). Please send any printed samples to the ClearBags representative you are working with. RGB format will NOT be accepted. If your art is in CMYK format, we will convert the colors to Pantone and try to color match to the best of our abilities. Colors converted from CMYK may not exactly match (we can typically get a 90% color match). Please provide Pantone colors if you want to ensure 100% color match.

BLEED

Please use a 1/8” bleed (i.e., extend artwork 1/8” beyond dieline).

RESOLUTION

Resolution should be 300 dpi and 100% in size. Having our artists resize elements could result in image quality loss.

SUBMITTING ARTWORK

Please submit artwork to the representative assisting with your order via email (if less than 50MB), Google Drive, or WeTransfer.com.

QUESTIONS

Please direct any questions to the customer service representative assisting you with your order or call 800-233-2630.

That depends on the type of product and whether or not it is being printed.

The figures below are the average base prices for custom orders, meaning it is the minimum dollars that you should expect to spend on a give bag or box type. Actual quantities and costs will depend on the size of the bag and the complexity of the project.

Crystal Clear Bags
  • Unprinted typically start at $250 to $300
  • Printed 1-2 colors typically start at $500-$600
  • Printed 3+ colors typically start at $700+
Stand Up Zipper Pouches
  • Unprinted typically start at $700-800
  • Printed 1-2 colors typically start at $1000-$1250
  • Printed 3+ colors typically start at $1400+
Hanging Zipper Barrier Bags
  • Unprinted typically start at $450-$550
  • Printed 1-2 colors typically start at $600-$800
  • Printed 3+ colors typically start at $900+
PE or PP Zipper Bags
  • Unprinted typically start at $1000-2000
  • Printed 1-2 colors typically start at $1500-$2500
  • Printed 3+ colors typically start at $2500+
PE or PP Bags
  • Unprinted typically start at $800-1600
  • Printed 1-2 colors typically start at $1200-$2000
  • Printed 3+ colors typically start at $2000+
Crystal Clear and Paper Boxes
  • Unprinted typically start at $1000 to $1500
  • Printed 1-2 colors typically start at $2000-$2,500
  • Printed 3+ colors typically start at $2000+
Mats
  • Low minimums on custom mats – as low as 25 pieces!
  • Single Decorative typically start at $20-$50
  • Double Decorative typically start at $35-$100
  • Note: Custom sizes over 20 x 24 inch outer dimension must be shipped by truck.

Minimum order quantities apply. Varying lead times from 8-10 weeks standard, or 3-4 weeks express. Zip Top and retail handle bags require a 3-4 month lead time. Call a Custom Packaging representative (800-233-2630) for more information.

We do most of our manufacturing overseas to offer the best value possible. A typical lead time is 60-75 days from when the order is placed to when it is in your hands. Any design time should be added to that. If you are in need of a faster time, please contact us. We do have the ability to make some bag types domestically to provide a shorter lead time. We can also do express orders Note: The quotes below are the average base prices for custom orders. Actual quantities and cost will depend on the size of the bag and the complexity of the project.
You will need to pay plate fees on custom printed orders starting at $65/plate. Each unique color will need its own plate, as will special printing options such as matte or metallized printing. You will also need to pay for shipping from our California warehouse to your destination, and any air shipping fees on rush orders.

We get it. This is a lot to take in. Here is a summary of some of most popular custom types/styles along with minimum order costs.

The below quotes are average base prices for custom orders i.e., at a minimum, you, or your client, can expect to spend around listed costs for the type of packaging you're interested in. For example: An order of "Unprinted - Crystal Clear Bags" would, at the minimum, cost $250 to $300. Actual quantities and cost will depend of the size of the bag and the complexity of the project. Please contact us using the custom product request form or by calling 800-233-2630.

Crystal Clear Bags
Cost Estimate:
  • Unprinted: $250 to $300
  • Printed 1-2 colors: $500-$600
  • Printed 3+ colors: $700+
Styles:
  • Side seal bags (flap tape, no flap, hanging)
  • Flat heat seal (flow seal back side seams)
  • Gussets (standard and flat bottom)
Standard Features:
  • Food grade and archival
  • High Clarity
Special Features:
  • Rotogravure printing 1 to 8 color presses
  • Foil/Aluminized, metallized
  • Lamination (high strength side seals)
  • Gussets
  • Microperf or other custom holes
Crystal Clear and Paper Boxes
Cost Estimate:
  • Unprinted: $1000 to $1500
  • Printed 1-2 colors: $2000-$2,500
  • Printed 3+ colors: $2500+
Styles:
  • Plain folding box
  • Auto lock bottoms
  • Ornates
  • Hanging
Standard Features:
  • Food grade and scratch resistant material (PET and PVC)
  • High clarity
Special Features:
  • Spot or CMYK printing
  • Holographic or lenticular printing
  • Micro-embossing
  • Specialty inks or printing (Matte, Varnish, Foil)
Stand Up Zipper Pouches
Cost Estimate:
  • Unprinted: $700-800
  • Printed 1-2 colors: $1000-$1250
  • Printed 3+ colors: $1400+
Standard Features (no extra cost):
  • Tear notches
  • Hang holes
  • 2.5 to 4 mil thickness
Special Features:
  • Quad seals, box pouches
  • Rotogravure Up to 10 colors!
  • Special laminations, coatings or thicknesses
    • Metallic or foil
    • Matte printing
    • Spot varnish
    • Holographic
    • KPET or nylon
  • Multiple barrier levels: normal, high (KPET or nylon), higher (metallic), highest (foil)
  • Freezer/nylon bags
Hanging Zipper Barrier Bags
Cost Estimate:
  • Unprinted: $450-$550
  • Printed 1-2 colors: $600-$800
  • Printed 3+ colors: $900+
Mats

Low minimums on custom mats – as low as 25 pieces!

Cost Estimate:
  • Single Decorative: $20-$50
  • Double Decorative: $35-$100
PE or PP Zipper Bags
Cost Estimate:
  • Unprinted: $1000-2000
  • Printed 1-2 colors: $1500-$2500
  • Printed 3+ colors: $2500+
Special Features:
  • Slider zipper
  • Vent, hang or other holes
  • Up to 8 color printing!
  • Special additives (e.g., metallocene for strength)
PE or PP Bags
Cost Estimate:
  • Unprinted: $800-1600
  • Printed 1-2 colors: $1200-$2000
  • Printed 3+ colors: $2000+
Style:
  • Flat (side or bottom seal)
  • Gusset
Special Features:
  • Zipper (see zipper bags)
  • Microperforation or other H
  • Up to 8 color printing!
  • Special additives (e.g., metallocene for strength)
Ready to Request A Quote?

If you're still unsure or have questions, give us a call at 800-233-2630!

We'd also be happy to discuss stock packaging options that might be a better fit for your needs.

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