I have to make the design for a box of chocolates for a company. The client gave me the box and said to take the measurements for the design. Am I supposed to make the die cut? I thought it was the printer that had to do it ?

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    That will depend. If the client already has a die from previously produced boxes and wants it to be reused, then the printer is likely to be able to provide you with a file for the die. Your best bet is to talk to the printer. They may also have standard templates they will want you to use. Mar 8 at 14:37

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Tear down the box best you can and measure based on the clients old product specs. The printer will not always care. Plus this sounds like you are still in the proofing stages so measure, be prepared and provide them with the design that "presents" the best. Then before pre-press speak to the printer about the die cut and they should be able to provide you with some tips or an exact template. Sometimes an online printer will have specs for normal stuff like folders and basic boxes but not if it's unique.


First of all, do not take responsibility for something that is outside your area of expertise... Unless of course, you want to start venturing into the field. But the most important thing is good communication with the client, but in this case with the "printer" company. Or should I say, manufacturer?

Box designs have different levels of nuances that are not always clear. The die cut is not always as simple as a folder. It has a structural component, and depending on the thickness and type of cardboard used, it is a challenge.

On corrugated cardboard, there are important differences between the inner and external sides of the package. I would never send a die cut for one without the dummies made by the manufacturer's direct approval and testing.

But on simpler cardboard, you should make physical dummies, which can be fun to make. The manufacturer could recommend small structural details like changes on the secondary elements, like curvatures and the cuts that allow other covers to intersect.

There are some additional things to consider on the print design itself, like reserving zones for glue.

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