What is a Dieline in Packaging & Print?

In the printing and packaging industry, a dieline is a design template needed to create the required layout (with artwork) to produce the packaging.

It displays the fold line, the cut line, and the bleed line.

  • Fold line: Indicated in red is where the package will be creased.
  • Cut line: Shown in black is where cuts are made.
  • Bleed line: Marked in green is the excess space beyond the cut line to prevent a white border from forming around the edge of the design.
The dieline of a custom box.

Straight line: Cut Dotted line: Perforation Dashed line: Folding

Why is it Significant?

A dieline is the blueprint for a layout created by a die cutter, a graphic designer, or a printer. It is highly essential in the die-cutting process, as this will be the main template for the artwork. Because of this, dielines are regularly used in the production of a wide variety of products such as food packaging, beverage packaging, brochures, or any product that requires custom packaging.

How Do You Create a Box Dieline?

The use of computer software design tools such as Adobe Illustrator, ArtiosCAD, or Adobe InDesign is required to create a dieline.

No tool is entirely superior to the other, and choosing one is often a matter of personal preference. If you are designing a dieline for a client, the client will likely have a tool of choice.

The dieline of straight tuck end custom box.
Straight Tuck End

Requirements for Making a Dieline

  • Dielines must be developed as vector art on computers as computers require mathematically described lines.
  • Careful attention is required when inputting specifications while building a dieline. Create it first in Adobe Illustrator or ArtiosCAD to know its exact size before placing it in an InDesign document of the same size. It is an excellent work-flow habit to form and an essential step that will save you time and money.
  • Not entirely necessary, but you may also want to create a hard copy prototype of the dieline before finalization. This stage is primarily for catching errors before final production.

If you’re looking for custom dielines or need help with your dieline, you can always contact PakFactory and its packaging specialists for dedicated support.

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