How to get the best print for your box

A customized shipping box with your branding is an efficient way to create an experience for your customer on delivery and unboxing. With infinite opportunities to inform, surprise, upgrade or even incentivize your customers using just your printed box, its no wonder that 68% of brands use customized packaging for their shipping.

Follow these helpful hints and tips for getting the sharpest, cleanest print for your shipping box.

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Get a sharp, black print for your shipping box

  • File Size and Resolution

    We strongly encourage high resolution 300 ppi images.

    Lower resolutions (below 300 ppi) have noticeably lower print quality when converted to half-tone for printing.

    Ideal files are less than 5MB. 
  • Printing Black Ink

    Black text or linework should have a CMYK value 0-0-0-100 (black ink only), not a combined or “rich” black value.

    Large areas of solid black, such as a black background, are best set to our “rich” black value (CMYK 60-40-40-100) to avoid banding in the final print.

    Convert your file to black ink only if your logo or graphic contains multiple colors. Contact our designers if you need help making sure your logo will print legibly in black ink.
  • Sizing Graphic Elements Correctly


    Text should be at least 10pts at printing size - regardless of how it may look on screen. 

    If designing "knockout text" (where the text is blank on a solid black background), minimum text size is 16pt, but knockout text is not recommended for printing on corrugate.

    QR Codes: A minimum size of .9" x .9" is recommended.

    Barcodes: Minimum width recommended of approx 2.2” wide (150%) for UPC-A type barcodes. Minimum height recommendation is .5".
  • Check Margins and Edges

    At this time our printing process does not support bleeds (printing beyond the cut edge of the box) nor print on scored or folded areas of the box. Thus, graphics cannot be printed to the edge or folded around the corners. 

    Check that your design has a buffer margin of at least 0.5" around the edge of the selected box panel. Anything within this margin is safe and should not be cut-off in printing.

    Due to the manual nature of this print process imperfections on some edge areas and details are expected.

Easy to Customize Shipping Boxes

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Choose your box

With the most popular shipping box sizes available, we forward the savings to you.
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Upload your graphics

Use any device to upload your branding graphics or logo file.
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Checkout

Choose your quantity and where to ship your custom boxes.
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Ship!

Enjoy custom printed shipping boxes with your own branding - for the same cost as a boring, brown box.

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