Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video From basic pocket folders to origami, part of Print Production: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting.
When you want to take your printed project beyond the plain old rectangular, then you…enter the world of die cutting. Even if you're creating something as…seemingly simple as tabbed dividers. We see them all the time.…But how do they get that shape? Well, they're die cut.…And that means that a die has to be created and the job has to be planned with…that in mind. And of course novelty shapes.…Pretty much any shape you can think of can be die cut.…There are some limitations. Some small details can be hard to hold.…But you can see from looking at these pieces, they're very different, all of…them, from the simple rounded rectangle on the little cards, to the paintbrush, to…the motorcyclist, to the sandwich. Great variety.…
And something that you immediately notice. That's something that you sort of pick out…of the pack. Stands apart from all the dull old…rectangular pieces. And if you really want to hold fine…detail, we're seeing more and more laser die cutting.…Now, there's no actual die created. It really is a laser vaporizing the paper.…
- 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
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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