Step by Step Digital Shrink Sleeve Creation Processprocess steps

1. Review and Discuss Your Graphic Files
2. Professionally Adjusted Graphic Files to Fit Your Container
3. 3D Digital Image of Your Sleeve Graphics on Your Container
4. Digitally Printed Sleeves to Preview Your Graphics
5. Applied Sleeves to Your Containers for Prototype Evaluation


6. Review and Discussion of Your Prototype Results
7. If Preferred, Further Graphics Adjustments and Prototyping
8. Applied Sleeves to Multiple Containers for Sales Samples or Demos
9. Low Quantity Production For Auto Application Trials
10. Full Production Quantity via Indigo, Flexo, or Gravure Printing


Step by Step Digital Shrink Sleeve Creation Process

wireframeManipulating Your Graphics For Your Container

We use powerful best-in-class software to evaluate and adjust your graphic files to optimally fit your container. Ideally, you provide us with a CAD file of your container and at least two container samples. We then make adjustments to your graphic images to create the desired result when the printed Shrink Sleeve is applied to your container. Prior to printing, as an option, you receive a 3D image of your graphics on your container.

We also provide a template custom built for your container. This template can be used for future projects to design into. Learn about optimal graphics preparation.

HP indigoPrinting Your Sleeve Prototypes

We print Shrink Sleeve Label prototypes via 7-color Indigo 6600 digital printing technology. This state-of-the-art print process doesn’t use print plates and significantly lowers set-up waste, greatly reducing initial costs. Our clients receive stunning, high-resolution print quality that positions them well for a quick first look at their images printed on the Shrink Sleeve Labels. Often clients use these for sales samples to get initial feedback from distributors.

Drawing Board Digital Shrink SleeveApplying Your Sleeve Prototypes to Containers

Next, we apply your printed Shrink Sleeve Labels to your containers via our state-of-the-art Steam application equipment. Our in-house process quickly delivers professional results at the lowest cost. We now return your containers with applied Shrink Sleeves. This “live product packaging” enables you to fully evaluate your packaging and make impactful presentations to prospective supply chain buyers.

HP Indigo 6600Printing Your Sleeves for Production Trial

Whether your production application uses cut Shrink Sleeve Labels or roll-on Shrink Sleeve Labels, we can deliver. Again, by producing your trial with our Indigo 6600 digital printing technology, we can economically produce a small trial quantity prior to your full production quantity needs.

Freebird shrink sleevePrinting Your Sleeves for Production Quantity Order

Our clients select the printing technology that best meets their project timeline, aesthetic, and cost requirements. We offer our clients these multiple processes. Clients often select our HP Indigo 6600 print technology for prototyping and lower quantities. This digital print technology delivers on aesthetics, reduced delivery time, and low project start up costs. For mid to high quantity projects our clients choose from either our Flexographic (Flexo) or Gravure processes. Depending upon our client’s project needs, one of these two processes can deliver the perfect blend of cost and aesthetics. This breadth of printing technology enables our clients to depend on us from prototyping concepts through large quantity orders. Regardless of where your brand is in the product lifecycle, we can help.

northbeach shrink sleeveA Summary of Our Services

We offer our clients a turn-key service that shortens and simplifies Shrink Sleeve Label prototyping through full production quantities. Our seamless integration begins with the review and discussion of your graphics. Next, we explore design possibilities and apply needed distortions (morphing) using our powerful Shrink Sleeve software. We then offer you printed Shrink Sleeve prototypes, loose or applied to your supplied containers. These steps, all done by experts within our Sonoma, CA facility, greatly reduce surprises and help ensure you receive successful results. An optional next step is to order more Shrink Sleeves applied to your containers for sales sample testing and other uses. Lastly, it is time to produce your production trial or move straight to a production order quantity. We offer Indigo 6600, Flexo, and Gravure print technologies, ensuring our clients apply the optimum print solution for their particular project.




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