Design Guidelines

To assure your custom design looks as beautiful as possible when you receive it. We have provided our recommended guidelines for submitted designs.

Material Guidelines

Box Size

There’s nothing worse than creating a beautiful, custom box and discovering your product not fit inside! To ensure your product fits in the box, choose a size that is at least ¼” larger on all sides than the product you’re putting in it. Don’t forget to account for any packing materials you’re using in the box.

Material: Cardboard vs. Paperboard

Not sure if corrugated or paperboard is right for you? Cardboard (Corrugated) is made up of 3 layers of paper – 2 outer liners and a wavy layer (fluting) in between. It is sturdier than paperboard, will hold more weight, offer more protection for fragile items, and could be used to ship product. We don’t recommend putting anything heavier than 50 lbs without consulting our Engineers first, though. Paperboard, also known as Folding Carton, is lightweight and has a smooth printing surface. Ideal for lightweight products, it is usually seen in smaller consumer packaging, such as cosmetics, small gift items, and cereal boxes. Both options are eco-friendly and 100% recyclable.

Artwork Guidelines

Color Settings

Your box will be printed using CMYK inks (and maybe even White ink!). If you’re designing outside of our editor, this is the preferred setting to use. RGB colors will automatically be converted to CMYK in our system and the online proof you receive will simulate the printed color as close as we can.

Image Size

Images should be at a minimum 150 dpi or larger at 100% to ensure the best print quality. Most web images and images from a cell phone are at lower resolutions and your images will print grainy or pixelated. We will alert you if any images uploaded do not fit the minimum recommended size to give you the best print possible.

Design Format

Our editor supports .png, .jpg, .tiff, .tga and .svg files. However, if you are sending in artwork outside of our editor, we accept .ai, .eps, and .pdf files. The structure should be on a separate layer within the file.

Text Size

We recommend a minimum of 8pt, both positive and reversed print. Reversed out text will print better in a bold font to avoid filling in.