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How to Create a Dieline

Here we explain the basics of dielines and how to create one in Illustrator from a pre-existing package. For this tutorial, I used a small gum pack. A dieline is a flattened outline of the cut and fold lines for a package; it serves as a template. Designers often receive dielines from their printer; however, if your client wants a new style of package or a package structure for which the printer does not have a template, you might need to create one from scratch. If the client gives you a package to use, it’s pretty easy to scan it in and create dielines over it in a program such as Illustrator.

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Setting up your file

Create a new file in Illustrator big enough to hold your dieline, PMS swatches, and design notes.

setting up your file

Creating layers

Create four layers: one titled “Dieline”, one “Artwork,” one “Original package” and one “Notes.” Your Dieline layer should be on top.

creating layers

Make a template layer

When you create the Original package layer, check the Template option. This will allow you to always see the original packaging, but as a light tint so that you can clearly see your dieline and new artwork in the foreground.

make-a-template-layer

Placing your artwork

For this small template, I used an 11 × 81⁄2in (28 × 21.6cm) artboard. Gently open out your package and scan it. Place this scan on the Original package layer and then lock that layer by clicking on the padlock icon.

 

placing your artwork

Drawing lines

Use either Shapes or the Pen tool, whichever you are most comfortable with, to draw your guidelines. Either is fine, as long as you are making clean, accurate lines.

 

drawing lines

Check measurements

When you work from a pre-existing template, you’ll need to check your accuracy by taking measurements from your template and comparing them to the in-progress dieline.

 

check-measurements

Cut lines

Cut lines are indicated with solid red lines, typically .25 or .50pt.

 

cutlines

Fold lines

Folds are indicated with solid or dotted red lines. (I use dotted lines in this tutorial.)

 

fold-lines

Safe margin lines

Safe margins are shown either with guides or blue lines.

 

safe-margin-lines

Labels

Identifying labels, such as “Front Panel,” “Glue Panel,” “Tuck Flap,” etc., should be put on your Notes layer.

 

labels

Lock Original package layer

Once you have created your dielines, lock that layer by clicking the padlock icon.

 

lock-original-layer

Creating a prototype

Once you have a basic dieline, you can place your art on the Artwork layer. Create a hardcopy prototype of your package by printing out and assembling your design.

 

creating-a-prototype

This will show you any errors in orientation, measurement, text or art placement and give you the opportunity to fix them. Once your dieline is ready, send it to the printer and ask for a proof. If you receive this in digital rather than printed form, print and assemble it in order to check one last time for orientation, spelling, placement errors, and so on. If you can’t print out your dieline to full size, assembling a miniature version will work as, by this point, your measurements should be perfect.

Shanghai DE Printed Box is a China medium-sized custom paper box manufacturer and packaging solution provider with facilities around 100,000 square meters in total. The company exclusively specializes in the supply and export of the custom paper boxes, including the paper printed boxcorrugated printed boxcosmetic paper boxrigid paper box, cardboard gift box and custom paper bag. If you have any questions about the custom paper box, or would like us to give you a price quote, please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us an email.

ISTA 1A Test for the Corrugated Shipping Cartons

ISTA 1A test is widely used to assured the carton box quality during the transportation. In DePrintedBox, we have a series of test to make sure of the box quality. However, the clients can also apply a ISTA 1A test for the printed box to be 100% sure the package is perfect for their needs. The test will be implemented by the certified institutes and be charged a certain fee to the clients.Below is a short introduction to the ISTA test.

1. What does ISTA refer to?

International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) is an organization focused on the specific concerns of transport packaging and is dedicated to develop and deliver standards packaging systems.

2. What is ISTA 1A test for the corrugated package?

ISTA 1A test is designed to make sure that the corrugated package can withstand the transport hazard. With the test properly applied, the ISTA procedure can provide the tangible benifit of

• Shortened carton development time and confidence in product launch
• Protection of products and profits with reduced damage and product loss
• Economically balanced distribution costs
• Customer satisfaction and continued business.

3. There are three sections: Overview, Testing and Report

Overview provides the general knowledge required before going into the testing laboratory and
Testing presents the specific instructions to do the testing in the laboratory and
Report indicates what data shall be recorded to submit a test report to ISTA.

4. Two systems of weights and measures are presented in ISTA test procedures.

They are the English system (Inch-Pound) and the international system SI (Metric). Inch-Pound units are shown first with Metric units in brackets, except in some tables where they are shown separately.

• Either system may be used as the unit of measure (standard units), but
• The standard units chosen shall be used consistently throughout the procedure.
• Units are converted to two significant figures and
• Not exact equivalents.

For more information, please refer to the official doc from ISTA

http://www.ista.org/forms/1Aoverview.pdf

Shanghai DE Printed Box is a China medium-sized custom paper box manufacturer and packaging solution provider with facilities around 100,000 square meters in total. The company exclusively specializes in the supply and export of the custom paper boxes, including the paper printed boxcorrugated printed boxcosmetic paper boxrigid paper box, cardboard gift box and custom paper bag. If you have any questions about the custom paper box, or would like us to give you a price quote, please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us an email.

Paper Grammage(GSM), PT and Thickness Comparison and Conversion Table

Paperboard Thickness and Grammage Conversion Table

单铜,双铜,白卡,灰底白板纸张克重gsm, 厚度和pt对照转换表格

In China, the thickness of the paperboard is measured in milimeters, while point is used in USA, which is abbreviated to pt. The fomulas below can be used for the conversion of the 2 units.

1 inch =25.4mm = 1000 pt. 

1 pt = 0.0254mm

For example, 60pt=60*0.0254mm=1.524mm. The 60pt chipboard in USA refers to the 1.5mm greyboard in China, which is very ideal for the small rigid paper boxes. When you need a strong rigid box, 80pt chipboard can be used, which is 2mm thick greyboard in China.

– 标准厚度(mm)         – 标准厚度(mm)  
10PT 0.254                    11PT 0.279  
12PT 0.305                    13PT 0.330  
14 PT 0.356                   15PT 0.381  
16 PT 0.406                   17PT 0.432  
18 PT 0.456                   20 PT 0.508  

Below is the paper details used at DE Printed Box.

白卡纸,单铜(SBS C1S) 双铜纸(SBS C2S) 哑粉纸,铜版纸(Art Paper) 双胶纸(Woodfree Paper)
GSM mm GSM mm GSM mm GSM mm
210 0.27 80 0.06 105 0.09-0.1 80 0.095
230 0.3-0.31 105 0.08 128 0.12-0.13 100 0.11
250 0.33 128 0.1 157 0.16 120 0.14
300 0.4-0.41 157 0.12 200 0.19-0.2 150 0.17
350 0.47-0.48 200 0.17 250 0.25 180 0.2
400 0.55 210 0.21 300 0.31 200 0.23
230 0.25 250 0.29
250 0.265 300 0.33
300 0.35 350 0.4
350 0.41 400 0.47
400 0.465
SBS C1S(白卡)PT/GSM Comparison Table SBS C2S(双铜)PT/GSM Comparison Table
PT 标准克重GSM 使用克重 PT 标准克重GSM 使用克重
7PT 161g 7PT 182g
8PT 174g 190g 8PT 195g
10PT 199g 210g 9PT 225g 230g
11PT 225g 230g 10PT 234g 230g
12PT 236g 250g 12PT 272g 300g
14PT 265g 300g 14PT 306g 300g
15PT 280g 300g 16PT 340g 350g
16PT 296g 300g 18PT 358g 350g
18PT 324g 350g 20PT 420g 400g
20PT 345g 350g 24PT 230G白卡对裱
22PT 379g 400g 30PT 300G白卡对裱
24PT 407g 400g
26PT 435g 450g
灰底白板(Duplex Board with Grey Back) 白底白板(Duplex Board with White Back)
GSM mm GSM mm
250 0.32 300 0.37-0.38
300 0.37 350 0.44-0.45
350 0.44-0.45 400 0.5-0.51
400 0.49 450 0.57-0.58

Note: 1. The duplex board with grey back is also referred to as the while lined chipboard with greyback, clay coated new back(CCNB).

2. The duplex board with white back is also referred to as the white lined chipboard with white back.

3. The wouldfree paper is also referred to as the offset paper

4. The SBS C1S, C2S is also referred to ivory board or art paper in China. C1S means that the paper is coated on only one side of the paperboard. C2S means that both sides of the paperboard are coated. Ivory paperboard in China usually refers to the SBS C1S. Such papers are used to make the luxury printed paper boxes and cosmetic boxes.

5. The art paper is also called coated paper.

Shanghai DE Printed Box is a China medium-sized custom paper box manufacturer and packaging solution provider with facilities around 100,000 square meters in total. The company exclusively specializes in the supply and export of the custom paper boxes, including the paper printed boxcorrugated printed boxcosmetic paper boxrigid paper box, cardboard gift box and custom paper bag. If you have any questions about the custom paper box, or would like us to give you a price quote, please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us an email.