What is a Dieline in Packaging & Print?

What is a Dieline in Packaging & Print?


In the printing and packaging industry, a dieline is designed to be the template needed to create the required layout (with the artwork) in order to produce the final physical package. 

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

pillow box dieline
Pillow Box
Straight line: Cut
Dotted line: Perforation
Dashed line: Folding

Why is a Dieline Important?

It is essentially a blueprint for a layout that is created by a die cutter, a graphic designer, or a printer.

The dieline is highly essential in the die cutting process as this will be the main template for the artwork

Below is another example of a cardboard box packaging dieline:

Straight Tuck End
Straight Tuck End

Dielines are used in the production of a wide variety of products such as food packages, beverage packages, brochures, and in any sort of product that requires custom packaging.

How do you Create a Dieline?

A dieline is typically created on a computer with the aid of a designing tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Artioscad and Adobe InDesign

No tool is completely superior to the other tools in every aspect and choosing a tool is often a matter of personal preference.

If you are designing a dieline for a client, the client will likely have a tool preference.

Requirements for Dieline Making 

  • Dielines have to be developed as vector art on computers as computers require mathematically described lines
  • You must be very careful with specifications while building a dieline.You should ideally create it first in Illustrator or Artioscad to know its exact size before placing it in an InDesign document of the same size.This is an important step as it will save you time and money and should ideally be followed as a best practice.
  • Not entirely necessary, but you will also want to create a hard copy prototype of the dieline before finalizing the design. This stage is primarily to catch errors before final production.