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Artwork Set Up – Die Cutting

Die Line

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. Dielines play a vital role in the die-cutting process. A dieline indicates where the machine should cut or score on your print. Think of it as a blueprint.

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Oh and by the way: A die-line should be a 100% Magenta Spot Colour. It should be a stroke, not be outlined/expanded.

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Setting up your artwork for die-cutting - New Swatch

Setting up your artwork for die-cutting - New Layer

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Setting up your artwork for die cutting

First you need to create your dieline swatch colour by clicking the menu icon within the Swatches palette and selecting New Swatch.

To set up the Varnish Spot Colour:
Set the Swatch Name to Die Line
Set the Colour Type to Spot Colour
Set the Colour Mode to CMYK
Set C, Y and K to 0% and M to 100%
Click OK.

This colour will now appear in the swatch palette.

Add the Die Line 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 or expanded.

Once you have set the paths you would like to be cut, open Attributes, which if it is not on your panel interface can be found under the Window menu.

Select the objects which are set to Varnish and set them to Overprint Stroke.

Setting up your artwork for die cutting – New Layer

Next, put them on a separate layer.

This can be done by;

Opening Layers, which if it is not on your panel interface can be found under the Window menu.

Create a new layer by clicking the + within the box. Double click the layer to rename it to Die Line.

Select the objects/text that are set to the Varnish colour, and select the Varnish layer within the tab.

Right click the object/text, then move the mouse over Arrange, then click Send to Current Layer.

This will move the path to the Dieline Layer, you will notice if this has worked as the colour of the outer ring when the object is selected has changed colour.

A cut line is solid, a crease/fold line should be a dashed line.

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