Questions tagged [packaging]

Questions about both the aesthetics of creating pleasing "wrapping" and the technical skills involved in making a package which "works" for a product. Usually refers to product packaging.

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How can you customize collapsible rigid boxes?

How can you customize collapsible rigid boxes?
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InDesign or Illustrator for package design?

I was debating with my students this week about which software to submit their files in for my package design class. A few advantages of InDesign I see are as follow: The capability of creating mixed ...
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Is it possible to print anything over foil-print?

Is it possible to print anything over the foil print or would you need to mask the foil and fill in the colours? For example - this packaging design: https://www.prettylittlething.com/isle-of-...
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How do you create product mock-ups?

To show the client what the finished design will look like on the actual product (brochure, business card, envelope etc.) How do you create branding/packaging images like the ones below. Until ...
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Creating dieline for inkjet printing

I have a dieline for a 3D cube which I will print my own design onto on my inkjet printer. How is best to print the fold / cutting marks without them interfering with the design? Would I just print ...
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Flat Artwork Cut into 3 pieces for a round object

I am using the latest version of Adobe Illustrator CC (2015.2.0 Release) on Windows 10. I have a flat piece of artwork (some text with graphic elements around). This is intended to go onto a round (...
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What should I do if packaging design client promises to pay only when he receives the sample prints from his vendor? [closed]

I am working on a packaging design project. I have already delivered the print ready files to the client and to the vendor hired by the client for the printing. However the client is promising me to ...
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How can I figure out the dimensions for a shrink band from these measurements?

Hi my graphic designer is working on custom logo and mockup for my ice cream lid. The company I am buying ice cream pints and lids from doesn't sell shrink bands with the items, so i have to go to a ...
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What is this kind of CD packaging called?

A client has just asked me if we can package their new album as in this photograph: I've never seen one of these before. Web searches not helping too much. Looks like the outer box is made of plastic....
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Dieline of a Box

How do i create a die line of a box for packaging? The measurements are 14 inches in length, 4 inches width and 8 inches height. The box needs to have a window for the product to be seen.
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Is there a tool for generating dielines for custom packaging?

I am new to packaging design and this is an interesting field. I need help with a project. My design scheme is final, copy is ready, now all I need is the "dieline" to be set so that the printing ...
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Placing texture in the right place on the object

I have been stuck with .c4d I got from another designer. On a "stand up pouch" packaging (here on example), I am stuck with a kind of spherical projection, and can't find the right way to &...
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How do I adjust an underline thickness/rule under text?

I'm creating Supplement Facts panels for food packaging - I'd love to have a style set up for my ingredients. Instead of painstakingly placing all the underlines. Is this possible?
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Recommendations for packaging design books?

I've mostly done design for digital spaces and I have a huge project that we can either outsource or do in-house. I'd prefer doing it in-house as it adds a lot of value to one's portfolio. A few ...
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Eye Marks in Packaging - Technical Question

I am a packaging Graphic Designer. I normally worked in packaging for homewares and some food but now working in beauty. I have looked at all our different components and cannot figure out some ...
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What software can be used for creating a 3D model of this type?

I need to create/design a box as shown in images. Basically, to make any ad of this product, I have to take a photo of actual product with camera every time, to fit in any stock image. I have to ...
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How can I bend artwork by 25°?

I am doing a packaging for a client and when I received the shape of the container I found out that it should be bent by 25° and I want to know how to do that please. One solution is to bend the ...
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Packaging and adhesive covers

What is the name of the packaging style where the box isn’t printed and instead they place a sticker. What type of sticker is this?
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How to get texture finish on packaging

Dear professional designers, I have questions regarding to creating packaging texture. I am intersected in creating a packaging design with a little paper texture. See 2 example below. I was ...
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What are the standard guidelines for packaging die cuts?

Is there any online guidelines on how thin the margins should be or what the circumferences of a bottle should be in regards to label preset sizes?
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Turn die-line into 3D mock-up

If I have a 2D die-line of a product. What's the quickest way to turn it into a 3D mock-up? Preferably it should output to a popular 3D format like 3ds Max. Here's an example of the kind of dieline I'...
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Does on-disc artwork printing and finishing use a special coating?

When professional packaging printers print artwork onto the surface of optical disc media using the likes of a UV Digital offset disc printer, Do the printers then apply any kind of special coating / ...
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Small Font Size on Labels, Instructions and User Guides

The font size for a current product instruction label I am working on is 4.75. I am needing to reduce the size even lower to make more content fit. This goes against everything I've learned about ...
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What is the best blending mode or opacity to use for printing?

What is the best blending mode to use for a pattern to give a transparent look in a packaging products? This product will be printed in CMYK colors, I attached samples of Black and cream colors.. For ...
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Why does colour fade on packaging (light cardboard boxes) if not exposed to sunlight or any direct light/heat?

We designed the packaging for premium skincare boxes using light Pantone colours (two are pastels, one is just light soild) + soft touch matte coating. After just two months of sitting on the shelves ...
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How can I create engaging visual content when selling a virtual product?

This question might have more to do with branding or marketing, but I think a lot of graphic designers are confronted to it everyday so I'll ask it anyways. Please leave a comment if you believe it ...
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Would foil print get damaged if it stretches over the folds (edges) of the packaging?

If you have a gold foil print crossing from one to another side of the box (a simple skincare packaging cardboard box -like in the example), is there any danger of the foil getting damaged when the ...
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Good portfolio to be accepted internationally [closed]

I work as a graphic designer ( package) and I want to apply for abroad, what should I do to make a very good portfolio, which will be accepted internationally . I am aiming for UK, Canada and ...
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What type of cardboard to use for a liquor box?

We designed a label and a box for a cognac (vinjak), the full bottle weighs around 1.3 kg . The printing company my client chose (in another country) wants to know which type of cardboard (or which ...
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Color management from monitor to print

I need to design a box packaging and need help with color management of the work - formats and combinations. My company printer doesn't print correctly. Should I just look at the print out and see ...
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Printing on glass or plastic packaging/container without a clear label

What is the name of the printing process that can be used to print directly on plastic cosmetic packaging or a glass jar? It can be a printer with metal or colour. And it is not a clear label.
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How can I make 3D mockups for packaging more realistic?

I'm new at making 3D mockups. I have tried making 3D mockups(attached one) but they don't look like a real image. I have used both CorelDraw x5 and PhotoShop CS6 to achieve the necessary results. ...
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Design considerations for creating packaging for foreign markets [closed]

I live in Iran and I had an order to design a brand logo and package for an Iranian product. It will be exported and sold in the USA. I've done many sketches but I'm not sure about my final design. I ...
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Are there any schools with packaging design specializations in the US?

Mohawk College in Ontario, CA just opened a very nice design center which includes packaging machinery for the students to learn, it is a part of their graphic design program. http://www.mohawkcollege....
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Should I provide a dieline around a package design?

I designed a package for a client. I did the design under a dieline. This means that there are still red lines around the design. Should I send this file to my client or should I clear the dieline ...
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Matching the gold on the Twining's Tea tin

I'm attempting to have a tin made that has a gold detail. The client likes the gold on the tiwinings tin. I don't know too much about printing on tin and so far the printer has been stumped attempting ...
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In which format should I save the file for printing on cellophane packaging?

I have a layout with transparent parts. How can I make sure that this parts will be stil transparent after printing? Which format should I use (currently it is .ai)?
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Packaging Design, Where to start? [closed]

I'm new at packaging design. How does the process begins? What things are required for this? What are some things that I should ask from client? I'm not asking for any engineering process, just ...
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Pattern Design Printing on Wall & packaging

i created a Pattern 5"x5" inches (US Size) / 127x127 mm (International Size) that will be used by the client to print on: Walls Cups Other Packaging (Still to be clarified) Web Do i need to send to ...
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How well will Pantone neon inks translate on to a can?

Specifically on aluminum cans? I'm wanting to design a neon pink can (PMS 806C) but can't find any images or references to this being done before, and how good or bad neons will translate onto a can. ...
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drawing diecut line for chipboard and wrapping paper to form boxes

I m working as designer in a printing house. Recently our company starting to venture into the the area of packaging. Our boss brought in a digital cutting machine. We are require to draw out ...
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Specific Items to add logo/brand image to [closed]

How do I create the actual items for my clients brand? For example - food service client I want to present to go boxes, bags, cups with their logo - Do I need to create the blank item if its an ...
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Packaging design fee

I am a graphic designer and illustrator from the Czech Republic and time to time I struggle with the very essentials of the licensing of my art. It is because my country is still pretty young ...
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Where to buy specific types of paper? [closed]

I am currently in the process of making printing out flyers and having them professionally cut. But before i need to know exactly where to buy them. I know I need either 80# matte text paper or 100# ...
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How to price for global packaging rights [duplicate]

I've searched all over Google and couldn't find a suitable answer so I thought I'd go to the source. How would you go about pricing for global packaging rights on illustrations you create? Pricing for ...
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Packaging design printing in small numbers?

Packaging design printing in small numbers? I'm designing some small 4"x4"x4" packages for a class project and I only need a few boxes (probably 5 total). I've checked dozens of printing sites, but ...
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Where to place glue tabs when creating pockets?

When creating mechanicals for folders with pockets, where should one set the glue tabs--on the smaller flap for the pocket or on the main body of the piece and why? Or is this decided on a case by ...
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iPhone iPad iPod packaging texture

I hope that this is the correct forum to be asking this question. I am trying to figure out what verbiage one would use to describe the packaging that Apple uses for many of its products. Specifically ...
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Overprint on metal containers or plastic tubes

I am submitting art to be offset printed on aerosol cans and plastic tubes. It uses 2 PMS colours. One plate is a 100% flood. The other one is a linear gradient from 0% to 100%. The gradient is to be ...
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Illustrator color fill problem

I'm working on a packaging box and I have a ready template. I'm not an expert in Illustrator and I can't seem to fill the other boxes with colour. If anybody knows how I can successfully fill color ...