I want to add that white lines on the project, but don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? Working in CMYK in Adobe CS6.


  • I need really basic "how to" for Illustrator. I just start using it.
    – Darku
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 9:51
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    Add a layer, using the layers pallette and draw your lines in there. Hide that layer (by clicking on its eye icon in the layers pallette) before actually printing/exporting.
    – Vincent
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 13:45
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    These are usually referred to as dielines, I've modified your question title to use that term. If this is inaccurate, feel free to roll back the edit
    – JohnB
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 16:38

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In Illustrator, keep your die lines in a separate layer. You can set that layer to non-print in the Layer Options dialog (double click on the layer).

Illustrator Layer options dialog

Checking the Template box will also make it a non-print layer:

Illustrator Layer options dialog

When you go to print, make sure that Visible & Printable Layers is selected for Print Layers.

Illustrator Print dialog

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    +1: is not really stated explicitly here, but it is a really good idea to label the layer "DIE LINES DO NOT PRINT" (etc) and then tell your printer the file has a layer that says "DIE LINES DO NOT PRINT" and that the DIE LINES DO NOT PRINT. And then if the proofs you receive have the die lines, remind them on the sign-off sheet that the DIE LINES DO NOT PRINT. Sounds crazy and redundant, but it will save someone money and headaches
    – horatio
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 14:24
  • @horatio that's a solid bit of advice. I have modified the question title to broaded it a bit, I think your comment would make a great additional answer!
    – JohnB
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 16:35
  • I think your answer is good and covers what needs to be covered, and it even has the layer labeled well. Because there is a need and a way to print the layer even when flagged (as in your last example image), they just need to communicate clearly with their service provider so that they can catch it if the operator changes the setting or their software preferences override the saved setting.
    – horatio
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 17:04

Use overprint on stroke

You simply set that line to "Overprint" in the "Attribute" panel of Illustrator. This way that line will not affect any other CMYK or spot separation and will not be "trapped."

Attribute panel Illustrator trapping overprint

Also, use a spot color on that stroke and rename it

That white line should also be a "spot color" and you should rename that spot color "dieline"; this way the printer will clearly see you have an extra dieline added to your artwork.

Double-click on your color swatch to set the color as spot colors and rename it.

spot color in Illustrator

And yes you can put that dieline on a separate layer that has the "print" unchecked as JohnB mentioned.


The simple way to achieve that, use the white line as a guide instead of stroke. To make the stroke as a guide, just select the stroke & press CTRL + 5. At default, guide will be locked in the art-board. To unlock/lock the guide press Atl + Ctrl + ;. This process is very useful for offset printing.

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