Setting Dielines for Custom Labels
by lauren | Aug 24th, 2010 | Leave a comment

A dieline around a label tells the printer where the label should be cut, indicating the label size and shape.  Setting the correct dielines will ensure your labels are printed correctly and no important information is accidentally trimmed.

There are a few general guidelines to remember when setting dielines:

  • Set any text or graphics at least 0.125″ from the edge – this is a good safety zone to protect the artwork during the die cutting process.
  • If the label bleeds (the color extends beyond the edge), set the dieline and increase the bleed at least 0.125″ beyond the dieline.  This will ensure the bleed is trimmed correctly, without any white space around the edges.
  • If you have a border around the edge of the label, thicken the border to extend past the dieline.  If you have an inset border, be sure it is at least 0.125″ in from the edge.
  • Use a bright color to mark the dieline.  Printers can easily confuse a black outline with a border, as opposed to a dieline, so opt for a bright color that is clearly not part of the artwork.
  • If you artwork file is in layers, create the dieline on a new layer and name it “dieline”.  This will eliminate any questions about where the dieline is set.

Setting and indicating the correct dieline will make your custom label printing experience much easier.  Additionally, it will ensure the finished product is the correct size and shape for your product or application.  Setting a dieline only takes a few moments, but is well worth the time.

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