The Steps to Designing & Ordering Custom-Printed Boxes

Before you start looking at custom box examples and letting your imagination run wild with the possibilities, it’s important to understand the process of designing and ordering custom-printed boxes to ship your products to customers and/or retailers in. There are a lot of options, and they differ quite a bit. Once you know what your budget and time frame allows for, then you can start designing and ordering. Here are some basic steps you will want to follow:

Choose Your Printing Option
First of all, know that you can choose from basic flexographic printing (1-3 colors printed directly on box), digital printing (full-color images printed directly on box), and litho laminating (high-resolution graphics printed on paper then applied to outside of box). The price will go up accordingly, but even with the most expensive options, you’re essentially only adding pennies to the dollar.

Litho Printed Box

If you have it in your budget, the branding opportunity may be worth the cost. Keep in mind, the whole process shouldn’t take more than a week or so.

See What Else is Out There
Once you understand your options, the associated costs and how long each of these options will take to produce, then you can start taking a look at what else is out there. Comparison shopping will help you feel good about the option you end up going with, and you will be confident that you are getting your money’s worth. At this point, when you look at various custom box examples, you will have a realistic sense of what each example would entail should you choose a similar option. You can also contact your box printer if you have any questions. They will often give you advice and help steer you in the right direction based on their understanding of your needs.

Design Your Artwork
The artwork you choose to print on your shipping boxes or product packaging may depend on the printing option that you have chosen. If you already have a fully designed logo that you want to use, then it’s just a matter of getting the size and colors right. If you are designing new artwork from scratch, make sure to contact your box printer to see what specific guidelines they have before moving forward with the project. Again, most will help you in the process, so be sure to contact them for any guidance.

Begin the Prepress Process
Once you have finalized the logo or artwork that will be printed on your custom boxes, then you will need to upload the files so the prepress technicians will be able to determine if it’s ready or if any changes or modifications will need to be made to meet your desired specifications. Then, once the final version is approved, you should receive notification of the timeframe for completion. Most projects take just 3-5 business days once the logo or artwork is approved.

With these steps in mind, you should be ready to make packaging and shipping magic happen.

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