What is Dieline in Packaging?

What is Dieline in Packaging?

Are you someone who is hearing the word “dieline” for the first time? Well, then this blog is especially meant for you. Dieline in packaging refers to a placeholder that defines the entire structure of a box. This blog will throw light on the concept of a dieline in packaging and why is it so crucial. We will briefly go through the different types of lines it and the basic requirements for it. Finally, we will wrap up our discussion with how our team of experts at the Box Agency can help you with the creation of a dieline for your packaging. So, let us begin our discussion. 

What is Dieline?

A dieline is that is required to ensure the accurate layout of the physical packaging. It is a terminology used in graphic designing and it is created before proceeding with the production of packaging. Without a proper dieline, it is nearly impossible to create accurate packaging. There is always a chance of something or the other going wrong with the dimensions or the shape of the packaging. 

In other words, it is a template that is required to ensure the accurate layout of the physical packaging. It comprises different types of lines and colors to identify the folds and cuts within the packaging. With the help of a properly crafted dieline, a manufacturer instantly understands what he is supposed to create. If you have spent a good amount of your time and effort in creating your packaging dieline, you are very likely to produce your packaging efficiently, and that too without any potential flaws. 

How Does Dieline Play an Important Role in Packaging?

If you do not craft your dieline carefully, you can end up producing packaging of inaccurate shape and size. At times, you are supposed to create packaging boxes in bulk. Let us assume that you get an order of 1000 customized boxes. Your designer makes a mistake while creating the dieline and forwards this flawed dieline to the manufacturer.

The manufacturer produces 1000 boxes according to the provided dieline. But when these boxes are delivered to the intended client, you realize that the packaging does not meet his/ her requirements. It means that your entire effort of producing 1000 customized boxes will go in vain. This is exactly why a dieline plays such a crucial role in the packaging industry. It basically acts as a template for your packaging that conveys things like where to cut, fold, print, etc. in your packaging. However, its main goal is to avoid manufacturing flaws to as much extent as possible.

Different Types of Lines in Dieline

The lines in a dieline are represented by different colors and their respective color codes. It is a standard that is used particularly in the packaging industry. Although, there are many different types of lines in a dieline, however, below we will be listing down the most commonly used ones:

  • Cut Lines- They represent the lines that will be cut in the drawing. These lines are represented by the red color.
  • Perforation Lines- These are the lines that are folded or torn in the drawing. They are generally represented by the yellow color.
  • Crease Lines- These lines are crushed and folded within the drawing. The green color is used to represent these lines.

How can You Create a Dieline in Adobe Illustrator?

It is very simple to create a dieline in Adobe Illustrator. Moreover, it is also highly beneficial to do so before proceeding with the production of your packaging. All you need to do is to follow the steps mentioned below:

Dieline in Adobe Illustrator
  1. Decide the dimensions of the box i.e. length, width, and depth.
  2. Get references from your customer about what type of packaging they want you to produce for them.
  3. Design the dieline on paper.
  4. Use the Adobe Illustrator to create the dieline.
  5. Add the brand design and product information to the dieline.
  6. Create a hard prototype of the dieline that you have just designed.
  7. Get it verified by your client and make any modifications if required in your dieline.
  8. Reproduce your hard prototype according to the modified dieline.
  9. Finalize your dieline for mass production of the packaging.

Basic Requirements of Dieline

If you want the dieline and consequently, your packaging to be perfect, then it is always nice to provide as much information to your manufacturer as you can. However, there are a few important things that you must not miss out no matter what kind of packaging you require. You should have absolute clarity regarding the cutouts of your packaging. You should have sufficient knowledge of the product that you are going to pack. 

Most importantly, you should be very well aware of the dimensions of your product as well as the box that you require for packaging. If you will be uncertain about any of these things, you will not be able to design an accurate dieline. Hence, your packaging will also get affected. 

Other than these, your dieline should be created as vector art on a computer. Moreover, after creating a dieline in soft form, you also need to create a hard copy sample of your dieline for finalization. This will let you carefully analyze the flaws (if any) in your dieline. So that you can avoid production flaws later on.

Let Our Team of Experts Craft Your Packaging Dieline

By now, you would have gained sufficient knowledge about the dieline in packaging. However, if you are still not confident enough to design your own packaging dieline, then you can always take the services of the Box Agency. Our team of experts can have a detailed meeting with you to understand your packaging requirements. You can provide us with the basic details about your product and the kind of packaging that you require. This will also include the dimensions and shape of your packaging. And we can create an impeccable dieline for your packaging. Moreover, you can also rely on us for creating your final packaging. So, do not hesitate and reach out to us immediately!

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Stephan Benjamin

Stephan Benjamin, is a packaging expert at Box Agency, specializes in crafting durable solutions. With extensive experience in manufacturing, he knows the perfect materials for various packaging needs. He shares his expertise on all things packaging-related through his articles.

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