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Setting up artwork on downloaded diecuts
If you use Adobe Illustrator and prefer to work in 2D to create your box design, we recommend using a diecut template. Download your diecut template from the product page of your box design. The downloaded diecut is in pdf format - open this directly into Adobe Illustrator and when your artwork is finalised, save as pdf - .ai and .eps are not supported filetypes. If using images in your design, ensure the pdf is saved as Press or High Quality (Smallest File Size will downsample your images to 72dpi).

You can use one of our handy Box Model Reference to ensure that your artwork will be right-side-up when it's printed and assembled.

The diecut template you download has two important color-coded indicators:

Black lines are fold or crease lines. Important artwork components should be kept at least 4mm from these lines so they aren't accidentally affected when the box is folded for assembly.
Green lines are cut lines. Important artwork should remain at least 4mm from all cut lines, as boxes can shift slightly during the cutting process. Keeping artwork away from these edges ensures that it won't accidentally be cropped during Production.

Please review your dielcut artwork file against the following checklist to ensure it is set up correctly:

  • Files should be in CMYK mode only, not RGB.
  • Pantone, RGB or spot colors may drop out or shift unexpectedly when processed in Prepress. Convert all spot colors to CMYK.
  • When preparing files for printing onto corrugate, areas of black should have the CMYK value 0-0-0-100, not a combined or "rich" black value. Likewise, shades of gray are best specified as CMYK.
  • Expand all fonts and text to shapes (vectors). Avoid any live text in the document.
  • Ensure that none of your type is smaller than the minimum recommended size for the type of box material you're ordering. We recommend choosing fonts that are a bit bolder and avoid thin lines and scrollwork.
  • Embed all images in the document or send the links for the artwork source files. This will ensure that there isn't a missing link when it goes to press.
  • Include at least a 5mm bleed in areas where graphics extend past the dieline.
  • Dieline template components should be on a separate layer from your artwork so they are visible to Prepress for set up. Please do not remove or make any changes to the template layers or their contents. If they are distracting while you are working on or proofing the file, you can turn off their visibility by using the "eye" icon in the Layers palette.
  • Save the file as pdf for importing back into the Smart Editor - if you have not changed the dimensions of the download die-cut your artwork will import seamlessly.