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Artwork Guide for Digital Print Corrugated Boxes

If your artwork files do not meet our specifications, PakFactory is not responsible for any printing errors that can arise as a result. Please follow this guide carefully to prepare your artwork files.

All dieline layers and inks should be specified as SPOT COLORS and titled with “cut” and “crease.” SPOT COLORS will not print. If a die line is built with CMYK it will print on your project.

File Format:
PakFactory accepts only .AI & .EPS files. It is best to use a vector-based software application such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign for building art files, and saving/exporting your native file in PDF format before uploading to PakFactory.

Placed Images:
All images should be embedded into your artwork file PDF. Make sure placed images have the correct file extensions: ".tiff" or ".eps" at the end (e.g.,"Image.tiff" or "Image.eps"). Include only the page layout documents and the supporting files required for your project.

Place graphics at 100%. Any graphics placed less than 100% takes longer to output and may require additional prepress time. Placed images and artwork should be in the CMYK color space, and any PMS colors should be converted to CMYK (NOTE: only about 30% of PMS colors convert well to CMYK). Pantone and spot colors are not supported.

Rich Black:
If your art includes black, we recommend it's built as a rich black with 30 cyan (C), 30 magenta (M), 30 yellow (Y), and 100 black (K).

Artwork and image resolution should be 300 dpi.

Type and Font Size:
All type should be outlined in your final artwork file. Fonts below 10 point may not print legibly, especially if a font is thin (or features of a font are thin, like serifs or cross bars). When reversing type, use one weight heavier than the weight you intended to use. Avoid specifying small trademark and register mark symbols to print in reverse, as they may fill in when printed.

Minimum of 1/8” on all edges and into glue flap.

UPC-A type barcodes need to be at least 150% size (approx 2.2” wide) in order to scan properly. The height of the bars is not as much of a concern, but we recommend them to be at least .5” tall.

Margins, rule outlines, or copy that does not bleed needs to be no less than 1/8" away from dieline and scores.

When designing your artwork, please follow these rules:

  • NO dimensions and orientation changes of our dieline template.
  • Dieline templates and your artwork must be in separate layers.
  • Do not flatten the dieline template. Leave it in vector form.
  • Additional options, like foil stamping, embossing, spot UV, PMS color etc., must be in separate layers with proper naming.
  • A minimum of 0.125" bleed around the perimeter of your artwork is required.
  • All fonts must be outlined.
  • All images must be in CMYK mode and linked.