Die-line for Packaging and Printing

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Die-line for Packaging and Printing

The word "die-line" refers to a template used in the packaging and printing industries to ensure the proper layout of a final physical product.

This template is a diagram that marks all of the folds and cut lines of a flattened box.

Packaging designers are generally responsible for creating die-lines, and sometimes a customer may give a printing company an idea of how they want their packaging to look. In this case, you can disassemble the box they give you and see if there are any tucks or graphics and take measurements. If you just have the product and no packaging guide, you would need to take measures of the product itself, estimating the necessary size with wrapped paper.

Types of Lines in the Die-line

It shows the fold line, cut line, and bleed line.

• Fold line: The red line indicates that the box will be creased.

• The cut line: which is seen in black, is where the cuts are made.

• Bleed line: The excess area above the cut line is marked in green to prevent a white border from appearing along the design's edge.

When the packaging template is printed, these die-lines guide the machine to make the necessary cuts and performances so that the box can be folded. Since these two elements are distinct "chunks" of information received by the printer, the perforation lines and the cutting lines will appear on various layers and colors. This tells the printer what to strip and what has to be folded separately.

How to Make a Die-line

A die-line will be created using computer software modelling techniques such as Adobe Illustrator, Artios CAD, or Adobe InDesign.

Requirements for Making a Dieline

• Ensure that measurements for panel sizes and, particularly, the overall flat size of the die-line are clearly noted.

• Die-lines must be created on computers as vector art since computers involve mathematically defined lines.

• Spot colors are helpful to use for each of the line forms. When it is time to print, the printer will distinguish the art from the die-lines accurately.

• When designing a die-line, it is important to pay close attention to requirements. Create it in Adobe Illustrator or Artios CAD first to determine its exact size before inserting it into an InDesign folder of the same size. It is a great workflow habit to develop and an important move that will save you time and money.

• Although it is not strictly mandatory, you will want to produce a hard copy prototype of the die-line before finalization. This stage is mainly used to capture errors prior to final manufacturing.

Role of die-line in packaging

Die-line gives brief knowledge for startup of any packaging box and displays perforation, cutting, and folding markings on flat packaging, die-lines which also signify where the emblem, graphics, or text will appear on the finished product.

Even as the die-lines serve as a sort of "template" for your packaging, they serve two functions. They enable you to spread out the various marketing elements of your packaging to make it obvious what goes where and how the various elements interact with one another. For example, by laying out the individual "parts" of the document process, you can see if putting the logo close those graphics is too distracting, or if more or less text is needed.

Die-lines offer an aesthetic outline, but they also tend to prevent production difficulties by providing a kind of template for the printer to operate on.

If you need personalized die-lines or assistance with your die-line, please contact our packaging experts and us for dedicated support.

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