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Printing files: guidelines and suggestions

In this section, you can find the guidelines you should follow to create printable files with Packly. We suggest you follow them to avoid any validation problem during the file check done by our graphics team. In particular, you will find information about: die-cut template paths, how to create and save PDF file, image settings.

Die-cut template paths

Outside bleed
The green line indicates where your artwork should be extended to improve the cutting quality.
Bleeds are required in all artworks with an image extending to one of the borders. For file validation, the minimum bleed must be of 1,5mm beyond the cutting lines.

Cut
The blue line indicates where your artwork file will be trimmed.

Crease
The red line indicates where the box will be scored/folded.

How to create and save PDF file

After generating your own diecut PDF, open it with a vector graphic software Suite Adobe®, CorelDRAW, Affinity Designer using the CMYK mode.

If files are submitted using any other color mode, such as RGB or Pantone, the files will be converted to CMYK during the pre-flight except for Packly’s spot colors. That colors must never be used into the printing file because they represent the manufacturing information of the product. Graphic elements realized using Packly’s spot colors might not be printed or might be processed as indicated by the manufacturing colors. Conversion from one color standard to another may result in a colors shift or colors dropping out.

The printing file must include the die-cut template. Please, never delete or edit it.

  • Color mode: CMYK (other colors will be converted)
  • File extension: high-quality print Adobe PDF
  • Images and raster effects resolution: 300 dpi
  • Maximum file size: 500 MB
  • Font: embed fonts (if allowed by font creator) or convert them to outlines

Files with images and raster effects with a resolution lower than 200 dpi will be not approved by Packly Team. However, you can require to print them by replying to our “File not valid” email.

If you want to properly view your printing file on Packly 3D model, please remember that the dieline must never be edited. It must not be moved inside the workspace, neither rotated nor resized. Furthermore, the dieline of the uploaded artwork must match the model, the dimensions and the material of the box previously created.

For further information or tips about graphics file creation have a look at the following article: “Packaging & graphic design: how to create printing file“.

Suite Adobe

1. Lock the diecut’s layer
2. Create or insert your own graphics on a new layer
3. Embed/convert fonts
4. Save as High-Resolution PDF, full size and not password protected
1. Open the PDF at 300dpi, color mode CMYK with Photoshop® and select > Crop to: MediaBox
2. Create or insert your own graphics on a new layer
3. Save the file as TIFF, EPS or JPG hiding the diecut’s layer
4. Open the diecut (PDF) created by Packly with Illustrator®
5. Lock the diecut’s layer
6. Import the image on a new layer by aligning it to the diecut
7. Embed/convert fonts
8. Save as High-Resolution PDF, full size and not password protected
1. Open the PDF at 300dpi, color mode CMYK with Photoshop® and select > Crop to: MediaBox
2. Create or insert your own graphics on a new layer
3. Save the file as TIFF, EPS or JPG hiding the diecut’s layer
4. Create a new InDesign® document setting the diecut’s sizes
5. Import the diecut (PDF) created by Packly
6. Lock the diecut’s layer
7. Import the image on a new layer by aligning it to the diecut
8. Embed/convert fonts
9. Save as High-Resolution PDF, full size and not password protected

1. Lock the diecut’s layer
2. Create or insert your own graphics on a new layer
3. Embed/convert fonts
4. Save as “High Resolution” PDF, full size and not password protected



Affinity Designer
1. Lock the diecut’s layer
2. Create or insert your own graphics on a new layer
3. Embed/convert fonts
4. Save as “High Resolution” PDF, full size and not password protected

Image settings

The images for your graphic design have to be realized using the following settings.

TIFF
• Picture size 1: 1
• Resolution 300 dpi
• Flatten Image
• No compression

EPS
• Picture size 1: 1
• Resolution 300 dpi
• Binary encoding or JPEG Maximum Quality

JPEG
• Picture size 1: 1
• Resolution 300 dpi
• Maximum Quality