Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a dieline in Illustrator, part of Print Production Essentials: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting.
I'm almost finished with the design of this card.…But before I send it to the printer I need to do two things.…I need to create artwork for the die line that's going to be used to cut this out.…And then I'm going to need to add bleed. So first, I'm going to create the die line.…You can see how the layers are created. All the artwork's getting almost ready for print.…And the pieces that I need to create the die line are actually already in the artwork.…It's going to cut out like this, it's going to go around the rectangle and then…the little yellow petals are going to pop out.…
First thing I'm going to do is create a die line layer.…Which of course I'm going to call, die line.…And then I'm going to duplicate the rectangle and the little yellow petal…shape into that layer and use them as the basis for the die line.…So, I select the little rectangle. And I don't want to move it.…I want to keep that original, of course. So I hold down Option or Alt, and drag up.…And that duplicates that shape. Same thing with the little yellow petals.…
- Understanding how dies are created: hand-engraved, machined, or photo-engraved
- Preparing files for die-cutting
- Choosing appropriate stock
- Creating artwork for single- or multi-level embossing
- Checking proofs
- Examining a cutting die
- Handling a complex bleed
Skill Level Intermediate
InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelineswith James Wamser1h 34m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Prepress and Printingwith Taz Tally4h 1m Intermediate
1. Embossing Basics
2. Manufacturing Considerations
3. Preparing Artwork for Embossing
4. Foil Stamping
5. Die Cutting Basics
6. Designing Die Cutting in Illustrator
Handling a complex bleed6m 57s
7. Designing Die Cutting in InDesign
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