The print file for our flat-bottom pouches is divided into five areas: the left side, the front side, the right side, the rear side and the base. The print file for our stand-up pouches on the other hand consists of three areas: the front side, the rear side and the base. In the bottom-right of the layout, you'll find a short summary of the four layers plus an explanation of the different packaging areas.
Just like a filing system, layers help to manage individual elements such as images, texts and logos within a file. The layer order determines the stacking order of individual elements. The four layers are identical in the stand-up pouch and flat-bottom pouch templates: Guideline, White, Keylines and Artwork.
Edges determine the print area of the file. Objects (such as texts) positioned outside these edges will not be printed. Our print templates include a 2mm distance between the cutting edge (black line) and printable edge (light-blue line). These so-called sealing zones identify the area where your pouch is sealed during production.
When creating your artwork, pay attention to the cutting zones and other gaps such as the euro hole or rounded edges, which will be cut out for printing. All key cutting and folding lines, dimensions and closure options for production are marked in the Keylines layer. This information won't be visible on your finished pouch. In order to avoid unsightly white edges, you should always make sure the background of your design reaches the outer red line. During printing, the 2mm safety zone between the outer red and black line will be cut off.
The template orientation must not be changed for the final print file. During the design process, you can of course rotate the work area as desired via the menu item ‘Object’ and ‘Transform’. It is important that the print files are saved and sent to us in their original orientation.
No. It is particularly important to keep the order, name and number of layers the same. Ensure that all layers are visible. The only layer that you can remove when creating the print file is the ‘Information’ layer. Your design is created exclusively in the ‘Artwork’ layer.
Used the right template for your packaging?
Created the layout on the ‘Artwork’ level only?
Layer structure and name unchanged?
Layout placed right up to the cutting line?