To make it easier for you, we put together a step-by-step instruction on how to set your artwork file with PakFactory’s dieline. Enjoy!
Step 1: Verification
Open PakFactory provided dieline on Illustrator and verify the job information at the bottom of the file.
Step 2: Layer Set Up
Check to make sure that all layers except for ‘artwork’ are locked.
This ensures that the dieline specifications do not change.
Step 3: CMYK Color Mode
To ensure that you are working under CMYK color space, click on File > Document Color Mode > CMYK color and the tab of your artwork file should indicate (CMYK/Preview).
Step 4: Artwork
Part 1: Artwork can be created directly on the dieline or transferred from another file.
Make sure to include bleeds (artwork surpasses bleed line) if you do not want white borders on the edges of your boxes. See image below.
If you want to include a white border, make sure your artwork does not surpass the cutting line.
Part 2: All texts must have outlines. Outline and select all text elements and go to Type > Create Outlines
*Important Note*: DO NOT flatten layers. Keep all artwork links visible and unbedded.
Step 5: Send File To PakFactory
Accepted File are Illustrator & PDF
Send the artwork AI and/or PDF file along with required font files (if fonts are not standard) to the product specialist you were working with.
Step 6: Approval
Our designers will verify the artwork and we will will let you know if there are any additional requirements. Otherwise, once artwork is approved, you are good to go!
Does your box require 2 side printing?
Step 1: You will need two separate dielines (PakFactory will provide the two dielines) using one for your outside artwork and the other for the inside artwork.
Step 2: Follow Step 1-5 afterward for both dielines.
Step 3: When sending both files to PakFactory, make sure to indicate which dieline is for outside and inside printing along with the font files
(ex, filename_exterior.eps & filenane_interior.eps or filename_exterior.pdf & filename_interior.pdf)
Does your box require PMS color?
Step 1: Selecting Pantone Color Swatch
The Pantone Color Swatch PakFactory uses is Pantone + CMYK Coated. To access these colors, go to Swatches > Bottom Left Icon > Color Books > Pantone + CMYK Coated
Step 2: Choose Your Colors
Now you are free to choose your Pantone Colors for your artwork. Avoid clicking on the left and right arrows to prevent you from switching to another color book.
You can choose up to 4 Pantone Colors for your artwork.
Step 3: Indicate Pantone Color
It is very important that you add your Pantone Colors at the bottom of the artwork file indicating both the color and the color code to avoid delays. Our designers need this information for verification!
And there you have it! Follow these steps carefully and you will definitely have an easier time getting through the rest of the packaging process. If you have any questions, you are always welcome to contact us.