Custom Packaging

Start with the end in mind.

Making the perfect box starts with a collaboration. We can prototype and even create a 3D model of your box so you can design more intelligently. This combined with our specialty print techniques will help you make the perfect, standout box for your products.

Steps to making the perfect package.

We first focus on what is placed inside the box. We can custom make boxes in-house for smaller objects like incense, perfume, and candles. You would just need to ship us what you’re hoping to package and we get to work.

We have the software and technology to make a single box. It’s the key to making the perfect box because we don’t stop iterating till we’ve nailed the perfect fit. At this stage we just use blank paper. Once we figure out the box shape and size, we create a dieline. Dieline’s are the template we hand the designer so you know exactly how to place your artwork.

In addition to providing a dieline for your box, we also create a 3D model of the box. That way you can take your 2D design and map it around a 3D object. This helps you design more intelligently and make fewer mistakes. 

This is the easy part. Once you have your completed design, we can send it to press. We can either fully construct your box or we can just put some double sided tape on it and you do the rest. We love laminating our boxes to give a premium finish like our soft touch or sandy matte finishes. We have tons of paper and finishing options like.

  • Eggshell paper
  • Kraft paper
  • Black paper with white ink.
  • Silver Ink
  • Raised Spot Gloss
  • Raised Digital Foil
  • Traditional Foil
  • Emboss/Deboss

Here’s an example of how we helped our friends at Timeless Classics make the perfect box.

Our Process

It all started with an imperfect box.

Our friends at timeless classics had been searching for a box to fit their incense. They came to us with a pre-made template and we made a box so they could see how it looked. 

Immediately you can see that the incense is too small for the box so it would have taken a ton of work to fill the box with tissue or other filler. This inspired us to get to work and make a box that just fit their incense perfectly.

They left the incense with us. We measured it and first focused 100% on the fit.

A perfectly tailored blank box.

Our friends at timeless classics had been searching for a box to fit their incense. They came to us with a pre-made template and we made a box so they could see how it looked. 

Immediately you can see that the incense is too small for the box so it would have taken a ton of work to fill the box with tissue or other filler. This inspired us to get to work and make a box that just fit their incense perfectly.

They left the incense with us. We measured it and first focused 100% on the fit. We added two minor things to this particular box – a thumb notch and a frictionless flap. That way you could reuse this box many times without ripping or damaging the box. 

The Dieline

The dieline consists of lines that represent what will be cut and where we’ll fold. This helps designers place their designs on a 2D object. Then we’ll print it, cut it, and turn it into a box. 

You might be wondering how to design around it. Most designers have to get creative and make a rough mockup. We have software that will enable you to preview your box on the fly. Just ask us about this service and we’ll set it up!

3 D Previews Instantly

With our online software you can upload your design and get a 3D preview instantly so you can design more intelligently. Make quick changes to your artwork to perfect the user experience. This will help you iterate and even change designs on the fly so you can keep your product fresh at all times.

Once you see the preview, just click and drag to see all angles of the box.

The Final Product

Once you’re happy with your design, you can send us your final box print file. Here are a couple of photos of the final incense box we made.

Boxes and Sleeves

Here are a few other boxes we’ve worked on. We also love making sleeves for pre-existing boxes like the District Vision box. They already have a premium box but wanted to further elevate it by making a custom perfect fitting sleeve.

A few additional features we can add are personalized boxes, raised spot gloss elements, and cut outs. Reach out to us to find out more. 

Paper

Paper selection for custom packaging is a crucial step to aligning your art with your vision. The photos below is just a small sample of papers we have. Paper breaks down into two main components – the feel and the thickness.

The Feel of Paper

The feel and look of paper breaks down into four general categories:

Gloss – A reflective sheen. This is the most common paper type for commercial use.

Silk – A modern coated paper. It’s silky smooth and is coated, but has a low sheen.

Uncoated – There’s no visible coating on the sheet to help enhance the character of the fibers of paper. Many printers struggle printing on this type of paper but we love it on our HP Indigo press.

Specialty – A very large category that includes textured, colored, metallic, and other less common types of paper. We also love printing on specialty papers on our HP Indigo press.

The Thickness

For book interiors we typically stick to “text” weight papers. 60# text is the closest to “copy” paper we have. 100# text will give you the least amount of show through when flipping through the pages. As you increase the thickness of your book, it’ll make the book feel more “stiff”. 

Ink

This adds an additional dimension to your print. We have two types to help dial in your custom book.

Matte Ink

We print matte ink with our HP Indigo. This separates us from the crowd because of its ability to print really flat ink to keep 100% focus on the art. Its also really great at diving into the texture of the paper since it’s using liquid instead of powdered toner.

Glossy Ink

This ink has a wax that provides a sheen to the ink. This is great combined with satin paper as any area where there is more ink, there will be more of a gloss effect. It completely overpowers the paper underneath it. It’s great if you want an image to “pop” more. 

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Get advice on your custom box printing project.

The best custom boxes start with a great conversation. We’ll help demystify the print process so you can choose the best method for your project.

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