Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Reading a dieline (cut vs. fold indicators, flaps, etc.), part of Print Production Essentials: Packaging.
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When you look at a dieline it can tell you how that finished piece is going to look, so here we are starting to look at a dieline and the lines that you see now are where that paperboard is going to be cut. So this indicates the cut line and then I am going to turn on the fold lines so you can see those are the little dashed lines and that's a fairly standard convention in dielines. Sometimes they won't be dashed but lot of the time that's how it's trained to inform you that this is where a fold or a crease is going to take place. And then, these little flaps that you see in yellow are going to fold in.
So the little tabs at the top, fold under and then the top flap is going to fold over them. So each one of these little yellow tabs is something that's going to bend over and fold in. And then these are the tuck flaps, so they're going to be part of the little flaps that form the top and the bottom. Then they're going to tuck in, and then this that you see in green is the glue flap. So, this is going to have glue applied to it and then it's going to roll back over and then tuck in. And glue on the back side of this panel, and one of the considerations you have to make when you create your design, and you start adding color or images, you have to leave this part blank.
Usually they're going to ask you to do that. You can have bleed that comes over the edge, but you're going to have to leave the rest of this blank, so that that glue can adhere to that un-inked board. Now there are some companies that will let you apply coating overall. For instance, if you want to apply varnish, and then they'll come in and sort of abraid this little section here. But generally speaking, it's good practice to not have any kind of imaging or any kind of ink that goes over that glue flap expect four just a little bit of bleed that comes over that little fold. And then finally this is going to have a little window in the front so its going to be cut out and there's going to be some clear plastic applied to the back so that we'll be able to see the product once these carton is folded up and then the product is put inside.
So I just thought it might be helpful for you to sort of see the anatomy of a dieline.
- Deciding on the type of package
- Considering the consumer experience
- Replicating an existing package
- Adding flaps and fold-in tabs
- Using Illustrator and InDesign for layout
- Creating a dieline
- Checking the mockup
- Preparing your jobs for the printer