Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Using InDesign: Pros and cons, part of Print Production Essentials: Packaging.
While Adobe Illustrator is the most commonly…used desktop program for creating packaging art, if…you're an InDesign user and you don't know…Illustrator well, do you need to learn Illustrator?…Well for a lot of carton work you can get by using InDesign.…And of course, one of the advantages would be…if you're accustomed to InDesign, you have your familiar…tools in InDesign and you don't have to learn…a new set of tools when you learn Illustrator.…This is sort of a nicety: in…InDesign, if you want to crop an image, you…just change the corners of the frame holding that image.…
In Illustrator, to crop an image, you have to create…a separate object and then turn that object into a mask.…It's a little bit of extra work.…Now there's some overlap between Illustrator and InDesign, InDesign has…layers just like the Illustrator it has transparency options and opacity…controls, blending modes and so forth, and of course you…are going to need a dieline to build your art work too,…you could either place that dieline as you would…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Types of Packaging
2. Planning a Package
3. Dieline = Road Map
4. Designing in Illustrator
5. Designing in InDesign
6. Final Steps
Checking the mockup4m 25s
Next steps1m 40s
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