What is a dieline?
A dieline serves as a template that ensures proper layout for a printed product. It is a diagram that shows all the cut lines and folds in a flattened form. They are also used for envelopes, pocket folders and more. There are a few steps toward creating proper, accurate die lines for items such as
Presentation Folders or Packaging. Below will guide you through this process.
How to setup a ‘Dieline’
- Create a new Swatch colour,
a. Click the menu within the swatches palette,
b. Click ‘New Swatch…”
- Set the Swatch Name to ‘Dieline’,
a. Set the Colour Type to Spot Colour
b. Set the Colour Mode to CMYK
c. Set Cyan (C), Yellow (Y) & Black (K) to 0% and Magenta (M) to 100%
d. Click OK
- This colour will now appear in the swatch palette.
- Add the ‘Dieline’ Spot Colour as a stroke to what you would like to be cut out
- NOTE: A dieline should be a stroke, it should not be outlined/expanded
- The colour window will display “Dieline” at 100%.
- Once you have set paths you would like to be cut to the ‘Dieline’ Spot Colour, open ‘Attributes’, which is under the Window menu
- Finally, create a new Layer called “Dielines” and move the dieline objects into it
A cut line is solid, a crease/fold line should be a dashed line (see below)