Designing a good box isn't difficult if you adhere to a few basics. A box is more than just a package to hold your product.
Effective packaging results from a well thought out design from the consumerís point of view. A well designed package allows you to define your product the way you want consumers to see it. A good design will also catch a consumerís eye, prompt them to pick up the product for a closer look and, hopefully, head to the register with it.
If youíre competing in a retail environment, you should be designing your box with the 2.6 second rule in mind. This is the average length of time your package has to persuade a consumer to pick your product up from a retail shelf.
So, with a sea of competitors out there, a lot is riding on your packaging.
Implementing your design
Remember, you're designing your box for the 2.6 second glance - you need to get the message across quickly.
Now that you have a good working design, you need to bring the package to life. You want crisp graphics coupled with plenty of attention to detail to make the box really pop. If you follow the guidelines below, your box will be as crisp and clean as you intend it to be.
Make sure you have the correct size box.
to see how to measure a box.
If your product will be fitting the box tightly, make sure it isn't too tight. A
good rule of thumb is to leave 1/8" in all dimensions. We will provide you with a custom template built to your specifications.
All colors must be converted to CMYK. This is four color process
printing (also known as "CMYK", or full color print). Pantone spot colors from
the "Pantone Formula Guide SOLID COATED"
may also be used. Note: there is a setup fee for each Pantone spot color used. If you want to print with Pantone colors, please call for a custom quote.
Allow 1/8 of an inch of ink/graphics past the edges. A "bleed" is needed
when ink will be printed to the edge of a box. Because boxes can move up to
1/32" when being cut, you need to extend the ink past the perimeter of the box.
This guards against a white line being unintentionally added to your box.
Convert all text to outlines/paths when sending to us. This avoids font
Leave at least 3/16" between graphics/pictures/text and the folds
or edges of panels. You don't want the graphics to become part of the panel
fold, or cut off at the edge of the box. Remember, the paper can move up to
1/32" as it's being cut into a box after printing.
Pictures and graphics (photographs) need to be 300 dots per inch (dpi).
gives good, crisp graphics. Anything less shows poor picture quality. Images
taken from the internet won't work as they are generally 72 dpi. If you're using
a digital camera for your pictures, make sure the pictures are 300 dpi. Click
to find out the largest image size a digital camera can output at 300 dpi.
Make sure linked images are embedded, or included when uploading.
Don't trust the colors you see on your screen or printer.
A commercial printing
press, which is what prints your box, uses a different system to print colors
than what your screen or printer shows. Consequently, the colors will be
slightly different. Use them as a guide at best. What looks good on the screen
may not translate as well when printed. For a true match of colors, consult a
Pantone Matching System book (PMS book), this is the printer's bible.
Zoom in on critical panels.
Don't be afraid to magnify crucial areas in your
artwork to make sure things are where you intend them to be. You'll be surprised
to find they aren't as close as you thought.
Maintain Symmetry in your design.
A subtle, yet critical design consideration,
symmetry registers in the mind subconsciously. Design elements that aren't
displayed in a symmetrical fashion look out of balance and detract from the
Watch for typos and spelling!
This indicates sloppy work and inattention to
detail. Customers will connect this to your product.