Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Design considerations for die cutting, part of Print Production: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting.
When you start to consider using die cutting in a job, it's helpful if you sort…of think, like you are creating a stencil and here's why.…Here's the kineteco logo, and we were thinking it would really be fun to die cut…that, and so the director of marketing said, "let's get this die cut." We pointed…out to her that, if we just cut that out, the little centers of the Es and the…little counter in the Os are just going to fall out, so that's not going to be…satisfactory, might be kind of cute but we're just not crazy about the results.…So we struck a compromise, so instead we're just going to die cut the little…arcs and then we're going to foil stamp the logo text.…
We still get something that looks really nice, and we get to maintain the shape of…the logo completely and we don't loose the little hearts of the Os and the Es.…So you have to think about that mechanical process when you think of creating art for diecutting.…And you also want to avoid very fine detail, although if you consider using…laser cutting, you can maintain very small detail.…
- 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
Print Production: Spot Colors and Varnishwith Claudia McCue1h 57m 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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