A dieline is usually used in interior design as an outline for helping in the proper planning of a print-out document which will then be die cut as part of the final printing process. It’s generally placed directly into the graphics card of the computer file as an independent layer for alignment and size purposes. In this way, it can be easily blended into any part of the image with the other layers. Since the computer uses a layered method to display the image, several versions of the dieline can be produced as an effect. This is useful when multiple images need to be composited or blended together. This is also the reason why many printing companies include a set number of dieline overlays when providing their customers with custom services. There are many ways to make a dieline for packaging and printing, but let’s discuss a common method using Adobe Illustrator.
Using a straight point tool or the DICELESS point tool, a DICELESS layer can be automatically blended with any other image in the file to produce the desired effect. The Dieline itself isn’t part of the document in the best design principles; the fact that it hides the point tool makes it even more difficult to implement. Another aspect that makes this type of technique more challenging to master is that no two printed pages will ever have exactly the same layout. This means that you will have to adjust your image editing software accordingly if you want to produce a seamless visual transition from one printed page to the next.
There are several different methods that can be used to create a thin pipeline. The most common (and also the easiest to implement) are the straight point tool or DICELESS layer. The DICELESS function allows the user to specify a pre-defined clipping path, which is a simple border or circle that can be used to draw or mark a specified point. This type of dieting can be adjusted or moved using the drop-down menu to align it with the specified point in your design.
Another commonly used method of producing a thin dieline in Adobe Illustrator is the use of an object drop-down menu. This is a handy feature that allows users to specify certain properties of the image such as the distance between two points or the thickness of an object. This feature is especially useful when sharp corners need to be created within an illustration or layout. By simply selecting the appropriate corner options, the sharp corners in the illustration can be created and placed into the final image.
One last option when using a custom die cut style in Adobe Illustrator is the ability to flip the top or bottom of the printed piece. If the top or bottom portion of the original graphic is not desirable, it can be easily flipped by selecting the flip option under the die-cut menu. Once the flipped option is activated, any number of additional flipped images can be placed on the resulting die cut piece. These added images are merely a mirrored version of the top or bottom portion that was initially located.
The final step in creating a dieline in Adobe Illustrator is to place the resulting printed piece onto a blank card stock or other surface. With the original graphic selected, a new copy of the image will be printed and then the result will be folded over the existing printed piece. When folded over, the textured area in the front of the folded graphic will match the textured area at the back of the original graphic. This ensures a clean and smooth transition for the printed piece onto the final surface that contains the define. The final step is to add a ribbon or bow to the top of the printed piece and any other details that you desire.