Artwork Preparation Guide

Please follow these simple guidelines to set up and prepare your files for output.

Die-cut template paths (Dieline file)

After we receive your order, SoOPAK will send you a template (dieline) to prepare your artwork. Verify the dimensions and orientation of dieline for which you are creating your artwork. Check to see if there are any “safe viewable areas”, cut-outs, glue area, crease (folding line) that must be considered in creating your layouts. Include 1/8 inch bleed. Create files in CMYK mode. Provide all fonts or all fonts outlined. Provide all linked artwork embed images.

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Cut

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

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Crease

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

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Perforation

A perforation is a small hole in a thin material or web.

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 minium bleed must be of 0.125 inch beyond the cutting lines.

Pantone Color

Samples: CAD sample / Mockup sample

You may also request sample box before production, It ensure the carton is in correct dimension for your product & shipping package as well as your box style design.

CAD sample

CAD sample (blank sample)

CAD sample is a plain demo box without any printing made from our professional cardboard plotter machine base on the dieline file you upload.It ensure the carton is in correct dimension for your product & shipping package as well as your box style design. This is strongly recommended as a secure process. CAD sample option is also available in any SoOPAK product page for your convenience.

Mockup (Full color sample)

Mockup is demo box with printing made from our professional cardboard plotter machine based on your uploaded artwork file. It ensures the carton is in correct dimension for your product & shipping package as well as your box style design. Mockup box packaging is strongly recommended as a secure process.

Mockup sample
Accepted File Formats

Accepted File Formats

Adobe Illustrator AI Press Quality or Hight Quality Print PDF

Image Resolution

Image & Resolution

4 color images should be in CMYK color mode at min 300 dpi at 100% size. Single color images should be in Vector form. Please do not send JPG's. If your art contains images and/or links, please EMBED them. No missing linked image will be verified from our end.

Outline Fonts

Fonts

Convert your fonts to outlines. No missing fonts will be verified from our end. Please do not submit your fonts seperately from your file because it is critical that we receive your print-ready file with fonts included to avoid any printing issues.

outline text in illustrator

Color Matching

SoOPAK is not liable for color matching or ink density on screen proofs approved by the customers. Screen proofs will predict design layout, text accuracy, image proportion and placement, but not color or density. SoOPAK is not liable for the final appearance of a color.

Artwork files: guidelines and suggestions

  • NO dimensions and orientation changes of our dieline template.
  • Dieline templates and your artwork must be in separate layers.
  • Do not flatten the dieline template. Leave it in vector form.
  • Additional options, like foil stamping, embossing, spot UV, PMS color etc., must be in separate layers with proper naming.
  • A minimum of 0.125 inch bleed around the perimeter of your artwork is required.
  • All fonts must be outlined.
  • All images must be in CMYK mode and linked.

If your artwork file does not meet our specifications, this may result in delays to your schedule and/or additional fees. SoOPAK is not responsible for any printing errors that can arise as a result.