Graphic Arts, Package Design

Package Design – Printing Services

milk package designWhat makes good package design? How do you know when you have a design that works? What goes in to it the print work, and how do I get my design to mold properly to a client’s specific needs? Well, package design is no easy concept to sum up – but there are things out there to help you build a good design and printing services to help make your package design finalized.

When building a new package design, there are a surplus of templates out there that help you – especially when figuring out things such as bleed settings, margins, measurements, .etc There area ton of package design templates that you can download, for free, at The Paper Mill Store.

Now, when it comes to types of printing products and how to do a specific package design for them, you have to understand all the different types of printing mediums and products out there. Usually the most popular are business cards, brochures, application forms and flyers.

Here is a more thorough list on all sorts of types of printing clients may request.

  • Application Forms
  • Appointment Cards
  • Booklets
  • Bookmarks
  • Brochures
  • Business Cards
  • CD Jackets
  • Door Hangers
  • DVD Sleeves
  • Envelopes
  • Fat Folders
  • Flyers
  • Folder Inserts
  • Folio Wallets
  • Greeting Cards
  • Hang Tags
  • Invitations
  • Key Wallets
  • Letterheads
  • Loyalty Cards
  • Media Folders
  • Menus
  • Note Pads
  • Place Mats
  • Pocket Folders
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Report Covers
  • Showcards
  • Stationery
  • Stickers
  • Table Tent Cards
  • Voucher Cards

Depending on what you or your client needs, and how many printing mediums you order for your package design – the costs change. Generally, the more you want the higher the cost – but since you will most likely be buying in bulk, it’s good to get the higher value as, in the long run, you will save money per individual unit. Only do this for, say, business cards – as they can go surprisingly fast, almost like candy.

Printers use a four-color press, the CMYK model (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The colors all combine to create the colors represented on the monitor and applies it to paper. It’s best to work with pantone colors to ensure that your colors are as close as possible to the proper represented medium. It’s important to do a few print tests to see how the color turns out. You don’t want to head off and print 250 business cards without doing a print test only to see that the colors are totally messed up.

It’s also important to understand pre-press methods of handling bleed lines (where color goes out across the page after a cut-off point), trim lines, and even fold lines. There are templates out there to help you work better with understanding how these work – and they’re an invaluable asset.

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