What is a dieline template? Understanding the importance of dieline template in creating your bespoke packaging
A dieline template is a PDF or Illustrator (ai) file that shows the flat layout of your bag or box and helps you place design elements on different panels of the box. It is a template for a package or bag. It’s a flattened outline of the cutlines and folds.
It serves as the package template that ensures proper layout for a printed product. It is a diagram that shows all the cut lines and folds of a package in flattened form. They are also used for envelopes, pocket folders, foam and card inserts.
Dieline is highly essential in the die-cutting process, as this will be the main template for the artwork of the packaging.
Below are the samples of dieline templates that we have created for our clients based on their unique packaging design, size, printing and insert requirements.
*This is a rigid box with magnetic close with custom cut out foam insert.
*This is a rigid box with magnetic close with custom cut out foam insert and an envelope.
Dielines play an important role in the die-cutting process. Think of it as a blueprint that ensures all physical elements of the final printed product, including:
When these elements are drawn, designers get a comprehensive view of how the final product would look. As a simple exercise, just grab an empty box of cereal or any kind of product box packaging or paper bag. Unfold all the tabs and flatten the box. You’ll be able to easily see where all the creases, folds, and other visual elements coordinate with each other on the box’s sides, front and back. These are dielines you could probably run a pencil on.
Dieline is essentially being used to any product requiring bespoke packaging.
Additional things to consider when creating a dieline template:
How Do You Create a Packaging Dieline?
In creating a bespoke packaging dieline you would need a computer software design tools such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign.
No tool is entirely superior to the other, and choosing one is often a matter of personal preference.
If you don't have a Packaging Designer on hand, we can most often supply the dieline template for our clients as part of our service. We can even place the artwork on the dieline if its a simple project like the ones above. If the packaging shape is unusual or the product inside is unusual, we can recommend you to a Sydney based Packaging Designer.
So if you need bespoke packaging and don't know where to start, contact us at Custom Printed Bags and Boxes to discuss your unique packaging or bag needs and we can assist you throughout the whole process, from start to finish.
Clara Cassidy, Founder and Marketing Manager of Custom Printed Bags & Boxes, is a marketing professional with years of experience in branding, promotions and events.