Custom Packaging FAQs
So you're looking for some custom packaging, great! We love working on packaging projects, but they do have some additional challenges that we don't face when creating standard flat pieces.
INFO WE NEED TO START
To be able to even start we need to know as much of the following information as possible:
Quantity (how many do you need? are they all the same or are there several versions?)
- Desired size (flat or folded)
- do you have a physical sample of the contents? Being able to send us a sample so we can fit things exactly always results in a better fit
Budget (either the price per piece or the overall budget for the project)
- Do you have an references to other packaging/printing projects that will help us understand you vision
- In addition to the desired size, do you have the contents that you want to make packaging for? (being able to send us a sample so we can fit things exactly always results in a better fit).
- budget (this could be total project budget or a price per piece budget)
step 2 : Submit your final files
Working or half completed files are great for getting an estimate in the works, but once you've decided to move forward we'll need final design files. Check our FAQs for detailed instructions on what we're looking for. If you get confused along the way, just give us a shout.
step 3 : pay your deposit
Before we can move your job into proofing we require a deposit of 50%. This allows us to get paper ordered and cover the prepress time we spend at the beginning of the project. We will provide you with a Project Payment Agreement to complete so we are able collect payment.
step 4 : approve your .pdf proof
After you've submitted your final design files we will break everything into a production ready proof. This proof shows exactly how we will run your project on press and is your last chance to review artwork before it proceeds into production.
Step 5 : Wait
This is the hardest step, we know! It takes at least 10-15 business days from approval of the .pdf proof to complete most projects (unless you arranged for a rush timeline). We know it stinks, but during this time we're waiting for paper to arrive, making/ordering plates, prepping paper, printing the job, doing any finishing (trimming, edge coloring, die cutting, etc) and carefully boxing things up for shipment. It all takes time and by not rushing we can ensure the highest quality product.
step 6 : CHOOSE a shipping method
Upon project completion we'll box your job up and contact you to review shipping options (if you have specific shipping instructions please let us know as early in the process as possible).
step 7 : pay the remainder of your invoice
Final products don't leave our door until final payments are made (I'm sure you understand why). On rare occasions we can allow net 30, but it is very seldom and must be arranged in advance of the project entering production.
Step 8 : frolic and dance
Okay, so you might not actually frolic and dance, but hopefully you experience some level of joy upon receiving your project. Feel free to tag us in any social media posts (@studioonfire) or leave us some love on inkerlinker.com