I am without my Senior Designer and facing a deadline that approaches before she returns. I've had a request from a printer creating tins for my company, to format our AI files to meet very specific requirements, ones none of us have encountered before.

What we usually send our printers is artwork files like this:

Bottom of tin label

Side of tin label

But what the printer is requesting:


Putting aside the fact I'm not familiar with this method of printing, they are insisting they can not use the already formatted files to print with, and that we need to model our artwork off of their die line template.

Is there a method I can use to warp or wrap the existing design around a circular path without ruining the text? If it was just a single line it would be simple but it's an entire label design.

  • Are you talking about full artwork or just type?
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 1:09
  • The label is full artwork (text, logo and a large, simple graphic).
    – Imogen
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 1:32
  • Ouch... that's a painful thing to be dropped in the deep end of! There are some tricks you might be able to use for warping artwork to fit curved templates on this question: How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere? - different shape but you might be able to apply the same principle Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 11:48
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    Huh? The label on a can is a rectangle that they just wrap around the cylinder. I don't understand what your sketch of their request means for the "Side of Tin label". Voting to close as unclear, happy to retract it if you (or someone else) clarifies.
    – Ryan
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 12:12
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    – Vincent
    Commented Jun 12, 2015 at 9:44

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Not sure if this is what you are looking for , but try it first.

  1. First Group the Art,
  2. Go to Warp under Effects,
  3. Select Arc,
  4. Slide Bend to 100%, make sure Horizontal is selected.
  5. Slide Vertical to the left to -100%

    See if thats gives you what you want.
  • Or if its not exactly what you want, Try Grouping the art without the text, then curve the type separately.
    – Ron
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 10:02

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