Dielines are your way of communicating every detail of your packaging design to your supplier. With the details from your dieline, suppliers can send you an accurate quote and move your project seamlessly to production.
There are several ways to get a blank dieline:
Open a Lumi dieline in Adobe Illustrator and get acquainted with the different types of guide lines. Each type of line reflects capabilities and constraints of tooling that will be custom made for your packaging.
Embedin the Control Panel at the top. When your artwork is embedded, it actually lives in dieline file, rather than being linked as a separate file from another location.
Tip: Font legibility varies depending on the product and printing process, but it's safe to keep your smallest positive print font at 8pt, and reverse print at 10pt. If you have specific questions about the legibility of your fonts on your packaging design, let us know!
Tip: If you add raster artwork to your dieline (any artwork that wasn't created in Adobe Illustrator) you'll need to vectorize it. Here's how.
All of your text should be outlined so that when we open your dieline, it looks just how you designed it.
Tip: Want to speed things up? After your text is selected, use this shortcut to outline it:
Tip: We like to use the View Outlines tool to see all of the objects and fonts outlined and ensure that everything is in ship shape. To view outlines, follow this path from the toolbar: View › Outline
Or, just try this shortcut to switch the view:
Yay! Now you're ready to create an item for quoting.