Die cuts and folding
As with foil blocking, for the best result you want to create your die lines as a vector graphic. I use solid lines for areas that need cutting, and dotted lines for the areas that need to be folded. Once again, you want to work over the top of your print document.
When designing your artwork, remember you'll get the best results if you don't try to align the die to a printed image, as there is always the chance of a slight misregistration.
Best practice for die cuts and folding
There are some general rules of thumb to take into consideration when creating your artwork.
- Mark up die cuts with solid lines and folds with a dotted line.
- Die cut holes need to be at least 4mm, and the lines at least 1pt thick.
- Leave at least 2mm space between the die cut holes.
- Remember, the more holes or the larger the holes, the weaker the paper/card will become.
- Consider the shape of your die cut – be wary of anything that could easily catch and rip.
If you're attempting to create anything complicated, it is always best to contact your printer/die cutter first. Every design has the potential for unforeseen problems.
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