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Artwork Standards – BoxesGen

Quick Guide about Artwork and Dielines

8 Steps of Preparing Artwork Files

Follow our 8-step Artwork Process to get better printing results

File Formats

Send files in both Adobe Illustrator (AI.) or (PDF.) formats

Color Profiles

All colors must be in the CMYK color space

Text

All text objects must be outlined and sized properly

Additional Printing

Prepare separate layers for additional printing

Dielines

Do not flatten the provided dieline template

Lines

All strokes must be at least 0.25pt thick

Images

Ensure all images are embedded and sized properly

Graphics

All graphics must be at least 300 PPI

Make Your Packaging Boxes Attractive with Compelling Artwork

Creating compelling artwork for your packaging boxes is essential to make your products stand out in today’s competitive market. At BoxesGen, we understand the significance of captivating packaging. Start by defining your brand’s identity and message. Incorporate your logo, colors, and fonts to establish brand consistency. Consider your target audience and tailor the design to resonate with them. Simplicity often speaks volumes, so ensure the artwork is clear and concise. High-quality images and graphics enhance visual appeal. Don’t forget to include essential product information. Collaborate with our design experts at BoxesGen to create artwork that not only protects your products but also leaves a lasting impression on your customers.

File Formats

At BoxesGen, we accept a variety of file formats to ensure a seamless and hassle-free customization process for your packaging needs. You can submit your design files in the following formats:

  • Adobe Illustrator (AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (PSD)
  • Adobe InDesign (INDD)
  • Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • CorelDRAW (CDR)
  • High-resolution JPEG (JPEG)
  • TIFF (TIFF)
  • PNG (PNG)

These file formats cover a wide range of design software and ensure that we can work with your artwork effectively. If you have any specific questions or need assistance with file preparation, our experienced design team is always here to help you create the perfect custom packaging for your products.

To save a print-ready PDF in Adobe Illustrator:

  • Open your file.
  • Check and set CMYK color mode.
  • Define bleed if needed.
  • Outline fonts.
  • Embed high-resolution images.
  • Adjust overprint settings.
  • Save as PDF with High-Quality Print” preset.
  • Enable crop marks and bleed settings.
  • Confirm color conversion settings.
  • Run a preflight check for issues.

For personalized help, contact Custom Boxes Lab.

At Custom Boxes Lab, we understand that not everyone has access to Adobe Illustrator for their packaging design needs. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You can still create stunning custom packaging designs with our help. Our expert design team can work closely with you to bring your ideas to life, even if you don’t have Adobe Illustrator. We accept a wide range of file formats, so whether you have a sketch, a rough concept, or an image, we can work with it. Just contact us, and we will guide you through the design process, ensuring your packaging is exactly as you envision it, without the need for any specific software.
We recommend that the file size for your custom packaging design should ideally be within the range of 300 DPI (dots per inch) and a maximum of 25MB. This ensures the best quality and print results for your packaging. Larger file sizes may be necessary for intricate or large-scale designs, but it’s always a good practice to consult with our design team for specific requirements. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance on optimizing your design files for the best printing results. We’re here to help you create stunning custom packaging that leaves a lasting impression!

Color Profiles

RGB and CMYK

BoxesGen offers a versatile range of color options to cater to every design need. With both RGB and CMYK color profiles at your disposal, you can bring your packaging visions to life with precision and vibrancy. Whether you are looking to create eye-catching, digitally vibrant designs using RGB or need the accuracy and consistency of CMYK for professional printing, BoxesGen ensures that your packaging reflects your brand’s identity and message with the utmost clarity and impact. Your creativity knows no bounds with the color possibilities offered by BoxesGen.

Certainly! Converting your document to CMYK color mode is an essential step, especially when preparing artwork for printing. Follow these steps to make the conversion:

  • Open Your Document: Begin by opening the document in the graphic design software you’re using. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign are common choices for this purpose.
  • Select the Image: If your document contains images, make sure to select and open them individually, as they may need separate adjustments.
  • Check Color Mode: In most graphic design software, you can check the color mode of your document by going to the “Image” or “File” menu and selecting “Mode.” Ensure it’s currently set to “RGB” or whichever mode it’s in.
  • Convert to CMYK: To convert to CMYK, go back to the “Image” or “File” menu and choose “Mode” again. This time, select “CMYK Color” or “Convert to CMYK.” The software will handle the conversion for you.
  • Review and Adjust: After converting, closely examine your document. Colors may appear differently in CMYK mode than in RGB, so make any necessary adjustments to ensure the desired look is maintained.
  • Save Your Document: Once you’re satisfied with the conversion and adjustments, save your document. It’s essential to save it in a format that supports CMYK color, such as TIFF, PSD, or PDF.
  • Check Printing Guidelines: Before sending your document for printing, double-check the printer’s guidelines or specifications to ensure your document meets its requirements..

By following these steps, you’ll have successfully changed your document to CMYK color mode, making it print-ready for vibrant and accurate color reproduction. If you have any specific questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us at Custom Boxes Lab. We’re here to help you with all your packaging and design needs!

We understand that you may have unique design preferences and printing requirements. While RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color mode is primarily used for digital displays, we recommend using the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key/Black) color mode for printing. CMYK is the standard color mode for achieving accurate and consistent color results in the printing industry. Converting your design from RGB to CMYK ensures that your printed materials maintain color accuracy and vibrancy. If you have specific color preferences or need assistance with color management, our team of experts can help you achieve the desired results while ensuring the highest quality printing for your custom packaging needs.

At Custom Boxes Lab, we understand the importance of making informed choices when it comes to your packaging design and printing. Opting for 100% K value, or using pure black ink, in your printing can offer several advantages:

Enhanced Contrast and Clarity: Printing in 100% K value ensures deep and rich black tones, which can significantly improve the contrast and clarity of your design. This makes your text and graphics stand out, enhancing the overall visual appeal of your packaging.

Consistency: Using 100% K value helps maintain color consistency throughout the printing process. This is particularly important for branding and ensuring that your packaging looks the same across various print runs.

Cost-Efficiency: Pure black ink is often more cost-effective than using a combination of CMYK inks to create black. This can help reduce printing costs while achieving the desired results.

Reduced Ink Saturation: Pure black ink can minimize ink saturation, which is beneficial for fine details and small text. It prevents bleeding or smudging, resulting in a cleaner and more professional look.

Environmentally Friendly: Using less ink can be more environmentally friendly as it reduces ink consumption, which can be a significant factor in the environmental impact of printing.

Quick Drying: Pure black ink tends to dry faster than a combination of inks. This can speed up the printing process, reducing production time.

Printing in 100% K value offers improved visual aesthetics, consistency, cost-efficiency, and environmental benefits. It’s a choice that can contribute to creating high-quality packaging that leaves a lasting impression on your customers while being mindful of your budget and the environment. At Custom Boxes Lab, we can help you make the right decisions for your packaging needs, including the choice of ink and printing techniques.

Text Profiles

We understand the importance of crafting text profiles that truly represent your brand and product packaging needs. Our dedicated team of experts specializes in creating personalized text profiles that not only convey your brand’s message but also resonate with your target audience. Whether you need a sleek and professional text profile for your corporate packaging or a vibrant and creative one for your artisanal products, we have you covered. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, ensuring that every word and phrase in your text profile aligns seamlessly with your brand identity and values. With BoxesGen, you can trust that your custom packaging will leave a lasting impression and effectively communicate your brand’s essence to your customers.

The minimum font size we recommend for text on packaging materials is 8 points. However, this can vary depending on the typeface and design elements used. It’s crucial to strike a balance between aesthetics and readability when designing your packaging. If you have specific requirements or concerns about font size, our expert design team can guide you to ensure your packaging meets both your branding goals and industry standards for readability.
To ensure all text is outlined, convert the text to outlines in your design software before printing or sending us your artwork.

Additional Printing Options

PMS Colors

At BoxesGen, we offer a stunning range of PMS color options for your custom packaging needs. Precision and consistency are key, ensuring your brand’s colors shine through vibrantly on every box, creating a lasting impression.

Spot UV

Elevate your packaging with our Spot UV printing. It adds a glossy, tactile finish to specific areas, enhancing the visual and textural appeal of your custom boxes. Make your product packaging truly stand out.

Inkjet Printing

Our high-quality inkjet printing technology guarantees sharp and vibrant imagery on your custom boxes. From intricate designs to vivid graphics, we ensure your packaging tells your brand’s story effectively.

Varnish

BoxesGen offers varnish options that protect your packaging while adding a touch of elegance. Choose from matte or glossy varnishes to create a unique texture and finish for your custom boxes.

Yes, you can enhance your packaging with Pantone® Matte & Metallic colors and opt for Spot UV finishes.
Spot UV finishing is available for a wide range of our products; please inquire about specific options for your project.
To include additional printing options, ensure your files are in high-resolution and provide separate layers for each effect like Spot UV.
To prepare files for inside print, provide separate artwork files for both the exterior and interior of the boxes, following our guidelines for accuracy.

Dielines are a crucial part of our packaging process. Dielines serve as the blueprint for crafting the perfect product packaging for your unique products. Our team of skilled designers meticulously creates Dielines that are not only structurally sound but also visually captivating. Whether you need custom boxes, displays, or any other packaging solution, our Dielines are the foundation upon which we build your brand’s packaging identity. We believe that every product deserves to be showcased in packaging that not only protects but also enhances its appeal. Trust BoxesGen for Dielines that are tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that your products stand out in the market.

Each color on a Dieline conveys a unique message; for instance, blue may represent trust, while red symbolizes passion. We can customize colors to match your branding and messaging.
Absolutely! We offer full customization services to adapt the Dieline according to your product’s specifications and design preferences.
Yes, you can merge the Dieline layer with your artwork layer to create a polished and unified design, ensuring your custom packaging looks flawless and professional.

Lines

Embrace the artistry with these specifications:

  • Smallest line width: A mere 0.1 millimeters
  • Minimal gap between lines: Just 0.1 millimeters apart
  • Minimum line thickness: Measuring at 0.1 millimeters, excluding any empty spaces
  • For a visual reference, the lines can stretch up to 500 pixels in one direction, and up to 350 pixels in the other, discounting any vacant areas.

Ensure your lines are pristine, meeting at crisp 90-degree angles at their extremities, appearing seamless when observed from above or below.

In custom packaging design, the minimum recommended thickness for strokes and thin lines is typically 0.25 points or 0.003 inches. This ensures that your design remains legible and visually appealing when printed on our packaging materials. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that the actual minimum thickness may vary depending on the printing process and the material chosen. We recommend discussing your specific design requirements with our design team for precise guidance tailored to your project.

Images

Opt for the versatility of RGB and CMYK color spaces, and harness the power of vector graphics to ensure your design remains crisp and pixel-free. Consider commissioning an artist if needed. Avoid blocky or pixelated visuals at 300 dpi, aiming for a seamless, polished look with no jagged edges. Ensure your chosen typeface complements your logo for legibility in barcode scanning situations. For instance, if your logo depicts an orange juice carton with a glass bottle, opt for Helvetica Neue Bold Extended over Century Gothic for optimal visibility on dark retail shelves.
To seamlessly integrate your images, simply import them into your design software and position them as needed within your layout. If you require assistance with this, feel free to contact our design experts for guidance.
Certainly! In Adobe Illustrator, you can examine image properties by selecting the image and going to ‘Window’ > ‘Document Info’ > ‘Object.’ There, you’ll find a wealth of information about your image, including PPI and color mode.
To ensure your images are 300 PPI, open the image in your preferred software and check the image resolution or DPI settings. If you need further assistance, our packaging experts can help you confirm the quality of your images.
To confirm that your images are in CMYK, you can open them in Adobe Photoshop or similar software and navigate to ‘Image’ > ‘Mode.’ If ‘CMYK Color’ is selected, your images are in the CMYK color space. If you’re uncertain, reach out to us for guidance on color settings.

Graphics

Our commitment to delivering top-notch custom packaging solutions in the USA is driven by the belief that eye-catching graphics are essential for successful branding and product presentation. Whether it’s designing custom logos, incorporating vibrant colors, or creating intricate patterns, our team of skilled designers ensures that every packaging box tells a unique story. Graphics not only enhance the visual appeal of your product but also convey important information about its contents. We take pride in our ability to transform your vision into captivating packaging, making your products stand out on the shelves and leaving a lasting impression on customers. With Custom BoxesGen, your packaging becomes a canvas for creativity, branding, and effective communication.

You can choose either image or vector files for your custom packaging design. Images work well if they’re high-resolution (300 PPI) and vector files are great for scalability without loss of quality.
To confirm image quality, zoom in at 100% on your image. If it remains sharp and clear, it’s likely 300 PPI. If it looks pixelated or blurry, it may not meet the required resolution for high-quality printing.

Still Need Further Clarification?

If queries linger in your mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly. We are here to assist you in bringing your project to fruition, and we are delighted to do so! Additionally, we are well-equipped to guide any inquiries you might harbor concerning the intricacies of packaging artwork guidelines.

Crafting Packaging Artistry

Within our creative enclave, a collective of visionaries, craftsmen, and advisors come together in harmonious collaboration. Our shared mission: crafting packaging artistry that seamlessly merges aesthetics and utility. We proudly count among our clientele the titans of technology, purveyors of consumer delights, and the stalwarts of the retail realm.
Drawing from years of seasoned expertise in the realm of packaging design, our journey across the United States has yielded a treasure trove of accolades. A resplendent portfolio proudly showcases our award-winning creations, tailored with meticulous care for some of the most revered names in the nation. Our standing remains unparalleled, as our handiwork garners the spotlight on myriad prestigious platforms.

Join Forces to Create Something Truly Remarkable!

We are dedicated to assisting you in achieving greatness collaboratively. With our team of seasoned designers, packaging specialists, and marketing professionals, we bring a wealth of experience to the table. We’ve navigated the intricacies of the packaging design, packaging development, and product/service marketing processes numerous times, giving us a keen understanding of what succeeds and what doesn’t.

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