If you want to touch perfection in your packaging solutions, dieline templates are a must-have. These shall be on the top of your packaging design checklist.
Though it is the department of your layout and design expert, you shall also have perfect know-how about its procedure.
Even if you are new to that field or have never heard about these dieline, here is a complete guideline for starting from scratch.
The first step is to prepare Adobe Illustrator for your document setup. All your files shall be in the CMYK color mode.
Choose as follows:
File > New
Set the width and height of your document to the final trim size of the product you will print.
Here we have recommended the first color pattern, but if you have already created the file, then change the color pattern afterward. CMYK is also important because you must apply it for schemes like Pantone and spot colors.
Now comes the turn of labeling the design page. You can write anything you want to show on the template afterward, for instance, about the company branding information, inside or outside printing, etc.
You will have to embed all images in the document to ensure we have all your image files for production. For that, open Adobe Illustrator and follow the following steps:
Note: Image & Graphic Quality Photos should be at least 300 dpi. Non-photo content such as graphics and text should be vector-based files (e.g., vector AI, PDF, or EPS). JPG and PNG graphics/text are only recommended if they are photos.
We can use this option directly on the control panel.
Outline all text or vectorize them to ensure we don’t run into issues of missing font files for production.
For that purpose, follow the following steps in Adobe Illustrator:
Step 1: Select “File-> Package” from the Illustrator menu.
Step 2: Specify your desired package location and the package’s name in the dialog box.
Make sure all the checkboxes are turned on.
The package will have all these folders with file information, such as fonts, color codes, linked images, and editable files. Please convert your package folder to a zip or RAR extension and send it to us.
Note: Deline should be in outline, not filled. If a file in an outline is converted to fill, it is sometimes difficult to edit. Please ensure that your dieline will be in outline, not filled.
Now let us discuss all the steps involved in this process in detail:
Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Adding Pantone Colors