You will hear the word “dieline” used frequently when looking around and designing your new personalized boxes. This might sound like a technical term that only someone who knows packaging would comprehend to the uninformed. The process is actually rather straightforward and essential to the creation of your unique packaging.

Here, you will get all the information you require regarding dielines and how to use them efficiently in your own specific packaging projects. Let’s get started.


A dieline is the design that the die follows when creating cuts, scores, and marks. It is simply a line that separates the printed area of the package from the non-printed.

Importance of Dieline

Dielines play a crucial role in die-cutting process. It is a blueprint that ensures the correct layout of the final package, such as:

  • Size and dimensions of the package
  • Envision of the artwork (logos, images) on the package
  • Placement of product instructions and bleed specifications
  • Location of box setup elements

Dielines, which show all the cut and fold lines of the package in its flattened shape, help designers visualise and format artwork designs to meet the need of particular packaging.

Dieline Box 

Setting Up a Dieline Box

Typically, a dieline box consists of 7 set-up elements:

  1. Dotted Perforated Lines

Marked in green, the perforated lines specify the location of any perforation in the package design. Perforated lines mark the area for tear-offs.

  1. Trim Lines

The physical packaging design is built on the trim lines, which are commonly drawn with a white fill and a red or hot pink stroke. The trim lines indicate the precise dimensions of your finished product before it is cut and folded.

  1. Fold Lines

In order to build a dimensional package, fold lines, marked in red, are specified to indicate where the various planes of your package design should fold. They ensure accuracy and allow no space for misunderstanding in the packaging’s design.

  1. Bleed Lines

Bleed lines, which are identified by a solid green line, indicate the extra space needed to accommodate for any substrate movement during printing and prevent errant artwork design edges. The bleed line should typically be placed, surrounding the package, 125″ apart from the trim line. Nevertheless, depending on the size of your box, you might need to change your bleed width.

  1. Die Cut Lines

Displayed as black lines, die cut lines, serve as a guide for the die-cutting machine. Some packaging layouts include cut-outs or windows. Make sure to add a separate line for this if it applies to your project.

  1. Safe Zone Lines

Safe zone lines, which are represented as green dotted lines, show the margin that makes sure all significant artwork won’t be removed while trimming. This is particularly crucial for designers whose artwork will be guided by the dieline.

  1. Glue Area

Glue tabs, which are shown as green criss-cross tabs, show where adhesive should be used to assemble your box.

Ultimately dieline ensure superior design and functionality by guaranteeing that the final product is consistently printed in a standardised template that is the precise right size and shape for your product.

What is a Dieline in Printing?

A Dieline in Printing is used to describe a template that act as a schematic to ensure the accurate layout of the printed packaging product by identifying each fold and cut line on a flattened box.

Types of Packaging Dielines

There are many different kinds of dieline because of the variability of the product sizes:

  • Drinks packaging
  • Edible packaging
  • Nutraceutical packaging

Although the form and kind may differ, all of them will feature a fold line, cut line, trim line, bleed line, and other common components of a dieline.

Dieline Template and Software

With the help of the vector-based design tool Dieline, you can quickly create packaging and printing designs. The dieline templates are easily accessible from any location with internet access or on your PC because they are available online. The software of your choice can then import these files and be customised as necessary using its built-in features.

Dieline templates are typically created by using design tools/software such as:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Artioscad
  • QuarkXPress
  • Corel Draw  

Box Dieline from a Scratch

Making a Box Dieline from scratch:

  • Start your preferred drawing programme, then draw some simple shapes for your label design.
  • The diagonal line that spans the upper half of our design a “X” because it repeatedly crosses over itself.
  • The dieline of an object is made up of all of its points when creating with vectors. In order for the shape to remain intact, if any one component changes, then all other components must likewise change. In this manner, when printing onto paper, there are no spaces between lines or forms.

Specifications for Developing Dielines

When creating a dieline, some specifications are essential to undertake:

  • Measure the precise size of the file in Artioscad, Adobe Design or Adobe Illustrator before inserting it into an InDesign page.
  • Dielines must be developed as vector graphics because computers need lines that can be mathematically represented.
  • The area that is available on either side of each item must be taken into account when developing dielines. Something else will have less space on one side if the design calls for more space on that side, and vice versa.
  • A hard copy of the dieline may also need to be created by designers before the design is sent to print. This step highlighted any unforeseen errors which can be fixed before mass production.


Dielines are crucial because they offer a guide for creating packaging. It can be utilised to select an illustration of your box packages and the material employed.

Dielines need to be measured, designed with the appropriate software, like Adobe Illustrator, and adhere to exact specifications. To reduce errors, it is advantageous to have several persons participate in the review process. Do you require special package dielines to be designed? No matter what your needs are, we are always here to assist you. My Box Printer has production facilities and materials to meet your needs for packaging.

Dieline – A Package Template
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