Box Design

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by oldschool, May 18, 2007.

  1. oldschool macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2003
    I need to design a box for packaging food items. I did one a few years ago in illustrator, but I'm just wondering if there's a specific method for this. Before I just drew squares of the appropriate size and put my design in them. Is there any way to make precise sized guidelines in which to put my design?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Is this going to be printed or is it a personal project that you'll print out and construct at home?

    If it's going to be printed is there an existing cutter for this packaging? And if so, can you get hold of the file that outlines the cutter?

    Normally, what I'd do, is set up the Illustrator file with all the guides in place including guides for bleed around the various panels, create a cutter in a spot colour on a separate and locked layer.

    Then, before designing, I'd save a copy of that file and use the copy to create the artwork for the different-sized panels the right way up so I could clearly see what I was doing. Then when I was happy, I'd either make up a quick mockup to make sure of the orientation of the elements, or if it was simple I'd just group the individual panels, and place and rotate them onto the original document as some of them might need to be upside down.
  3. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Quark made a packaging production program which sold for £6-7,000.

    Except it only let you build square or rectangular boxes, no other shapes.

    I don't know what became of it, or if anyone brought it.

    Edit: QuarkWrapture is the product. RRP was $6,999 for version 1.5.

    Edit: It seems to have vanished without a trace from Quark's website, I guess it's discontinued. Probably a bit expensive for a one off.
  4. Halcyon macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
  5. oldschool thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2003
    damn...great advice again

    thanks bluevelvet. i'm on the right track now.

    and i'm going to get foldup seems like a perfect solution.

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