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 Create a mask with a dieline included:

When working with a template that uses a dieline and a fill background pattern and you do not want the pattern to visually extend past the dieline you must create a mask file to sit on top of your pattern.

  1. Open Dieline in Illustrator
  2. Name the Layer – Dieline.
  3. Duplicate the Dieline Layer and name that layer ‘Mask’.
  4. Select the outermost boundary (Trim) path. (If there is bleed on your Dieline then you must offset that mask layer to replicate the desired bleed on your trim).
    How to Offset: Object > Path > Offset Path > Choose offset #. (ex: .125 inches) > Ok.
  5. Draw an outer bounding box the exact size of the document (again, if bleed included, draw that outer path to the bleed size.)
    Note: That bounding box path is stroked with none and filled with none.
  6. Selecting with the arrow tool BOTH the outer bounding box path and your offset (with bleed) path.
  7. Choose > Object > Clipping Mask > Make
  8. Save this as the Mask layer and fill with a desired color for a mask to appear solid over the pattern.

Note: The Dieline can sit on TOP of the mask as an individual saved file or can be combined with the mask when saved.

TIP: We recommend to keep the Dieline and Mask as individual saved illustrator files so that IF there is changes to either they can be edited and saved individually. They can then be re-uploaded accordingly into the HTML5 Editor and replaced.

Note: If there is bleed in the file the mask should be placed at the bleed position in InDesign.
For example: If the bleed is .125 then place your Mask file into InDesign position at the x: -.125  and the y: -.125.


How to mask out each individual ART panel on a template with a DIELINE (as seen in Mask Option 2 Art/SVG):

  1. Open Dieline in Illustrator.
  2. Name Layer – Dieline.
  3. Add a Layer name it – Art.
  4. Lock Dieline layer.
  5. Above your Art Layer – draw a ‘closed path’ on each individual panel at the exact size needed, meeting the ‘folds’, ‘scores’ and ‘trims’.  (In this case, draw a square shape with the Rectangle Tool.)
  6. With that ‘closed path’ selected above your ‘Art’ layer select both the square path and the art content and Choose > Object > Clipping Mask > Make.
  7. Repeat for all individual panels within the dieline structure for the art to be masked differently for each box panel.
  8. Save this Illustrator file as an ‘Art’ layer that will be ‘placed’ in InDesign below the Mask. (As seen in the Mask Option 2 diagram of “Art/SVG” above).

A way great to work in Illustrator and keep ALL layers together but still save them as individual placement files –Layer_Template_Options

  • Double click your layer and ‘shut it off’ by checking “TEMPLATE”. It will now appear in the LAYER palette italicized.
  • When saving it can be saved for example as, ‘ART layer.pdf’, this way if you need to open it and readjust your ART to the DIELINE, the structure of all layers is still in tact.
  • Repeat for all layers when saving i.e., double click ART > Check “Template” > Save a ‘DIELINE layer.pdf.










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