On the heels of Monday’s die lecture, I wanted to share a couple of resources with you.
First, the eye candy: The Dieline is a website dedicated to the world’s best packaging design examples.
Next, the informative. But who says informative can’t be fun? Foldfactory.com features everything fold-related. I first learned of Trish Witkowski and her massive 2-volume book on folding when I convinced my previous employer it was a reference book we couldn’t do without. And now her fun style is evident throughout her website. Check out the “Education Series: Score and Die” video to see how it’s done. And check out the other videos at that link for folding examples, aptly titled “60-second Super-cool Fold of the Week.” Finally, learn really valuable info on folding, folding compensation, and other file setup tidbits by watching the video, “Education Series: Folding Basics.” I’m not kidding, watch it now!
Do you have any good online resources for finishing? Post them in the comments.
Special finishing can make a project really great, but it takes planning, preparation, and communication. Make sure you talk with your vendor up front. Be clear on who’s responsible for the final die file. (Usually I’ll prepare it and ask them to check it.) Pick the right stock for the job, and get dummies and ink draw downs. If you’re doing embossing, refer to a guide and specify number of levels, angle of bevel, emboss depth. It can also be a good idea to send the printer a PDF of the project early on so they can plan it appropriately (and price it accordingly).