Dieline Design Tips: Complete Checklist

Designing your packaging on a template allows you to be as creative as you like. Designing a dieline is as critical as the packaging itself because it is the foundation of the whole packaging manufacturing process.

If you are unaware of the die-line or what it looks like, you can download the die-line template from here.

To make sure that nothing goes wrong while designing your die-line template, please consider following the steps below:

1. Document Setup

The first step in creating a die-line template is setting up the document you will be working on.

Step 1: Open Adobe Illustrator → Press Ctrl+O (to open existing documents file) → A window will appear.


Step 2: Select the desired artwork file you want to work on →. Open it.

2. Layers

The second step is to select the layer you want to work on & here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Go to the window that is located at the top right of the screen.

Step 2: Select the second option, “Layers.”

Step 3: Lock all the layers and leave the one you’re going to work on.

3. CMYK Color Mode

The next step that helps in creating a perfect template is selecting the CMYK Color Mode

As shown in the image below, it begins with

Step 1: Open File From Menu Bar → Drop Down Menu Will Appear.

Step 2: Select Document Color Mode

Step 3: Select CMYK Color from it

By doing so, the tab of your document will indicate CMYK Preview.

4. Align your Template Orientation

To make sure your design looks its best, always double-check that your images and text are facing the correct way as per the orientation guides. The best way to test it is to print it out at home and fold it together.

5. Place your Artwork & label it properly

Before starting to work on your artwork, there is something that you just need to follow, such as guidelines for general artwork.

Step 1:

Alternatively, artwork can be transferred from another file or created on the die-line.

Include bleeds if you want to put your artwork on the box edges as well; however, if you want a white border, the artwork should not exceed the cutting lines.

Step 2

It is mandatory to outline all texts.

  1. Select all text elements and select Type from the menu bar. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. Select Create Outlines to outline the text.

6. Embed Images

To ensure the best results, please ensure that all images are embedded in the document before sending; this will ensure the highest level of quality and accuracy.

  1. In the menu bar, select ‘Window’ and then ‘Links’ to bring up the ‘Links’ window.
  2. Click on the linked file to select it if it isn’t embedded.
  3. Choose ‘Embed’ from the top right menu of the ‘Links’ window.
  4. Repeat the procedure until all images are embedded.

7. Add Pantone Colors:

To add Pantone colors, follow the following steps.

Go to Swatches → Select Color Book → Pantone → CMYK Coated.

Now you can choose your desired Pantone colors, but avoid using the left & right arrow keys; it might result in changing the color option. Further, you can select up to 4 Pantone colors at a time.

Please add your Pantone color at the bottom of your artwork before sending it to us.

8. Save the File and Send it for Approval

Now the only step that is left is to save your file and send it to us for approval. To save the file, you can press Ctrl+S. 

Alternatively, you can save your files as packages by following the given steps:

Step 1: Go to the menu bar and click files. Drop Down Menu Will Appear

Step 2: Select Package. A window box will appear.

Step 3: Set the location path where you want your file to be saved. And select all the options from the options section. Click on the package. 

This way, you can save your file as a package consisting of all the layers you have worked on. After you’re done saving your PSD/AI file, you can send it directly to us for quick approval.

Frequently Asked Questions

Open the door to endless possibilities with our customization options.

Two-sided printing requires two die-lines, one on which you will add the outer artwork and the other on which you will add the inner artwork. In order to place your artwork, you can follow the steps outlined above.

You can download Adobe Illustrator from Adobe’s website if you don’t already have it. Alternatively, you can sign up for the free trial version or buy the professional version.

You can set your document to RGB Color Mode, but it is not recommended as it will cause color disruption and is not suitable for prints as printers only use CMYK color modes.

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