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How can I bend artwork by 25°?

Use the 'Warp' feature in Illustrator (for vector artwork) create your artwork inside a straight rectangle group and select the artwork with this selected, hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+W which opens up the '...
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What type of cardboard to use for a liquor box?

The type of cardboard, thickness, and strength is going to depend on the weight and distribution of the product inside. If you're not a cardboard expert (I'm not either), then I would recommend a ...
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Creating dieline for inkjet printing

Generally you want any marks outside the printable area. Really you just need enough marks to know where edges fall. Typically fold/score lines are dashed, while cut lines are solid. Using something ...
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Design considerations for creating packaging for foreign markets

There is only one real answer to this: MARKET RESEARCH You must explore the target market's brand trends, imagery, colours, typography etc, as well as the designs of similar products. As we are ...
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InDesign or Illustrator for package design?

Some printers require files to be submitted in Illustrator format, so ultimately it will come down to vendor requirements. However, I think of Illustrator and Photoshop as tools to generate layout ...
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Packaging design printing in small numbers?

Do a mock up... Construct the box! The size is quite small so you are fine. There are some copy stores where you can print a Tabloid size paper. Try to use the thickest paper possible. You can also ...
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Small Font Size on Labels, Instructions and User Guides

The minimum legal text size will vary depending on the type of product, where it is going to be sold and the nature of the copy in question. For instance, the Food Industry Regulations in Europe ...
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How can I make 3D mockups for packaging more realistic?

Another late reply. Shadows, and shadows. A 3D mockup should be thought as a Photography. The original image looks as if someone used the built in flash, which is almost always a bad thing. Scott, ...
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Would foil print get damaged if it stretches over the folds (edges) of the packaging?

Because the foil overlay is to be considered a distinct and separate layer to the packaging, it will have semi-independent characteristics of note. The typical method of addressing this bending ...
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Eye Marks in Packaging - Technical Question

The eye mark indicates not where the cut will be, it indicates when to cut. The optical sensor can be a few milimeters away from the cut itself. The sensor see the mark, the cuter cuts. The ...
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Design considerations for creating packaging for foreign markets

Identify your brand To start off you need to take your product and decide what are the core parts of it. Is the logo key? Do you need to have certain colors and images to be recognizable? What do you ...
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Is it possible to print anything over foil-print?

It is absolutely normal to print over foilstamp. Moreover: print over the foilstamp is also much easier than to print to match precisely position on the knockouted foil. So don't worry, just prepare ...
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InDesign or Illustrator for package design?

As someone who's worked for and with multiple print shops, From my personal experience everything is done in Illustrator and Photoshop. Mostly Illustrator with Photoshop elements inside of it, as it ...
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How well will Pantone neon inks translate on to a can?

If you already have a white base on the can I see no aditional problem to reproduce the desired PMS color. I had one project printed on metal, and once the metal is covered with the white the color ...
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Small Font Size on Labels, Instructions and User Guides

Legibility is going to vary based on the printer, device, and font. There are a few ways to increase legibility at small sizes. Decrease the text width: I always hear that 80 character per line is ...
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How do you create product mock-ups?

In many instances, people will purchase configured templates that are design to allow you to just change a Smart Object in Photoshop to include your branding. There are dozens of such templates on the ...
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Eye Marks in Packaging - Technical Question

The eye mark is there to tell the machine on the pack line where to cut the film. The packs are supplied on a continuous reel. The reel is fed into the packing machine which cuts off individual packs, ...
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What type of cardboard to use for a liquor box?

The printing company my client chose (in another country) now asked me which type of cardboard (or which type of material) to use for the box. Ok Everybody understood the problem backward. You, the ...
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Packaging and adhesive covers

It's a paper wrapped rigid box. Sometimes referred to as a gift box because they are often used to contain premium gift products like perfume. Compared to something made out of a single piece of ...
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Is it possible to print anything over foil-print?

Always best to discuss your options with your printer. Printing on foil is common, but then usually a cold foil technique is used. Hotstamp foils create too much relief for a good ink transfer. Often,...
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What is this kind of CD packaging called?

This looks more like a full telescoping hinged rigid box made of non-bending board with a printed wrap. If you look at the top left corner, the cover telescopes over the bottom tray. If you look at ...
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Turn die-line into 3D mock-up

I know this post is late and not in 3D max but any software package can pull this off. I use C4D with foldMYDesign template and FoldIt plugin with bones for animations and instruction manuals. Adding ...
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Turn die-line into 3D mock-up

Boxshot.com has an app called Origami that takes an AI file with die lines and renders a 3D view.
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Pattern Design Printing on Wall & packaging

If you are not being payed to make the design of the wall, mug, cup etc. Just send the file but with the bear in a diferent layer. That bear is not part of the pattern. Send it in vectors, but in my ...
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In which format should I save the file for printing on cellophane packaging?

This will depend on the art: if it is all type and solid colors, probably AI/EPS/vector. Check with the print supplier. Note that "normally," white is actually the paper color. For a "clear paper," ...
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How do you create product mock-ups?

Make a 3D render with a good photorealistic Render Engine. I do not know what is the original packaging form, but you can simply simulate one. Thoose kind of images are just boxes and cylinders. ...
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Printing on glass or plastic packaging/container without a clear label

There's a strong likelihood that those items were printed using a process called rubber pad printing. It uses a (typically) silicone rubber bulb of sufficient size and shape to hold the desired image, ...
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How can I figure out the dimensions for a shrink band from these measurements?

This is much more a "basic math" question, than a graphic design one. You simply need the circumference of a circle, given its diameter. The formula is C = πd, so circumference of your band equals ...
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Placing texture in the right place on the object

After some research, this tutorial is the most efficient I could find on the subject. In synthesis : Select object Right hand menu > texture tag > tag > projection
In my case "flat"...
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Creating dieline for inkjet printing

I would probably use a very light gray, let's say 10%. Print a series of thin lines on different color densities and make a choice. That depends on the design of course. But probably you should think ...
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