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Cosmetics
Hair-dyes, shampoos, liquid soap, bath salts, cosmetic clay
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Drinks
Labels, sleeve labels, ready-made pouches for juices, water
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Confectionery
Sweets, hard candies, chocolates, sponge cakes, biscuits, crackers
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Animal food
Dry and wet pet food, treats
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Meat & fish
Sausage products, sausage rolls, knockwursts, half-finished meat
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Our software
Adobe Illustrator CC
for vector parts
Adobe Photoshop CC
for raster parts
But you can work in any other software too, as, long as you are able to send us following file formats:
eps_
ai_
pdf
psd_
tiff
We are working in latest software upgrades, so you don’t need to worry about in which version do I have to save my job!
Artboard dimensions
Before designing something we have to open a new artboard in Illustrator CC
No need for bleeds!
Artboard dimensions = Design dimensions
New layer dimensions
In the next step it’s esier to create a New Layer and called it for example Dimensions.
So here you put all your dimension lines also all the parts where packaging will use to fold.
Photo mark
You can add it now or later, it doesen’t matter when but my advise is to do it now, because it’s important to see how the Photo Mark goes together with your design.
Sometimes it could ruin your design piece, so it’s good to see it from the beginning.
Your design images
raster parts
So here is the deal, all the raster parts (images and pictures) that have been modified or upgraded into the Adobe Photoshop have to be Linked in into the Adobe Illustrator and seperatly added in New Folder as PSD files, so when you will send ready designs (files) to us, we will be able to modify file information. Also all the special effects (shades, glows, etc.) must be submitted in layers.
If your gradients or images is not modified by you in Photoshop or other software, then you can add it into NEW FOLDER as it is (PSD, TIFF etc.)
TIFF or PSD : CMYK or RGB, 300dpi, without a compression
Your design
VECTOR TEXT PARTS IN OUTLINES
Minimum line thickness sans serif: Positive stroke: 0.1 mm / Negative stroke: 0.15 mm Example font sans serif: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, Calibri, Verdana Font family serif not recommended! Example font serif: Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia
For the main text objects you can use max. 3 colors. For all other text objects use 1 main color.
ROTO Minimum thickness of letter 0,10 mm Minimum thickness of lettter if there have to be made cut out or for “reversing” 0,15 mmFLEXO Minimum thickness of letter 0,12 mm Minimum thickness of lettter if there have to be made cut out or for “reversing” 0,15 mmDIGITAL Minimum thickness of letter 0,07 mm
All the text objects must be converted to outlines
Your design
VECTOR LINE PARTS IN OUTLINES
ROTO
Minimum thickness of line (0,10mm) Minimum thickness of line if there have to be made cut out for “reversing” (0,15mm)
FLEXO
Minimum thickness of line (0,10mm) Minimum thickness of line if there have to be made cut out for “reversing” (0,15mm)
DIGITAL
Minimum thickness of line (0,10mm) Minimum thickness of line if there have to be made cut out for “reversing” (0,15mm)
ALL THE LINE OBJECTS MUST BE CONVERTED TO OUTLINES
VECTOR BARCODE
IN OUTLINES
You can easily and fast generate your (EPS) barcode on website: http://online-barcode-generator.net
Barcode 100%
Light margin on the left - min 3,6mm
Light margin on the right - min 2,3mm
Barcode 80%
Light margin on the left - min 2,9mm
Light margin on the right - min 1,9mm
30mm 15mm (Width x Height) the minimal size of the barcode.
EAN Minimum Reduction: 80%, if 100% is W37 x H25
BARCODE MUST BE CONVERTED TO OUTLINES
Gradient
Do not forget to make vector transparency - rasterized!
How to do it in Adobe Illustrator?
Select field you want to rasterize - Object - Rasterized - Click in Transparent background - Done!
HOW TO SHOW
transparency, metalics, varnishes or matt and glossy
AREAS
If you are printing on trasparent film and you want to show that, for example, the main text object stays transparent you have to make some technical moves. 1. Inlay all your artboard with new field, except the areas you want to stay transparent. 2. Create a new swatch with color type SPOT COLOR 3. Name that SPOT color as “WHITE” 4. Make it with OVERPRINT fill, so you can see the color you made in SEPERATION PREVIEW.
HOW TO SHOW
ZIPPER, EUROSLOT, EASY OPEN
All these elements you can add to seperate layers or just make them together with Layer - Dimensions! The most important part in this section is to specify dimensions from design above edge to down - add to layer Dimensions
ABOUT THE COLORS
ROTO
The maximum amount of colors that can be used is 11. But you need to take into account WHITE, PRIMER and other technical coverages. Use PANTONES as many as you want as long as it doesn’t exceed max. amount of color.
FLEXO
The maximum amount of colors that can be used is 10. But you need to take into account WHITE, PRIMER and other technical coverages. Use PANTONES as many as you want as long as it doesn’t exceed max. amount of color.
DIGITAL
Use as much colors as you want. PANTONES and SILVER/GOLD INKS are not used in digital printing, but our technologies let you get similar result.
IN SUMMARY WE NEED
folder_ ai_ eps_ pdf DESIGN FILE (AI, EPS) Design is equal to artboard texts and lines in outlines dimensions in seperate layer correctly used spot colors (for transparency, metalics, varnish etc.)
folder_ psd_ tiff LINKED FILES (PSD, TIFF) If your picture is modified (also known as bitmapped) all special effects must be submitted in layers, saved as PSD, TIFF and added in separate folder for us.
zip_   FOLDER WITH ALL YOUR JOB Compress all your work in archive, send it via, for example, www.failiem.lv; www.wetransfer.com or other webpage AND THE JOB IS DONE!
Submit font
For adaptation send us the same files.
folder_
FONT (FONT FAMILIES)
PREVIEW FILE (JPG)
TEXTS (DOC)
Correct formation of file name
  1. COMPANY / BRAND
  2. PRODUCT NAME
  3. WEIGHT / GRAMMAGE
  4. ARTBOARD DIMENSIONS (mm)
  5. DATE DD.MM.YYYY
Example
IMMER_PACKAGING_300g_210x297_13.09.2016.eps
Process of shrink sleeves
  1. Folder with all your job (design file and linked files)
  2. 3D model or vector drawing of your packaging showing all the dimensions and shrink sleeve position.
  3. Seam / 2-4mm
Internal overlap / 2-3mmSeam / 2-4mm
Technical preview
  1. For the registration you can use Photomark, Transparent field around design artwork or Lines!
  2. Transparent field size between design repeats if needed.
(We must remember that deformation at the edges is not controlled)
Transparent field Your design