Artwork Guidelines Present Your Brand in the Right Light

To make the most out of your next box, be sure to take a look at our guidelines below to prevent running into any issues. If you need help coordinating your next box design, contact us, and one of our experts will be happy to help!

Download our Art Guildelines Document (PDF)

Color Settings

CompanyBox accepts artwork in both CMYK and RGB. However, we encourage customers to convert images to CMYK before uploading files to CompanyBox. This ensures you will be able to soft-proof your CMYK images on your monitor and see color results after the conversion. Images supplied in RGB will be converted to CMYK with an automated process using embedded RGB profiles. Please be aware that screen colors (RGB) may appear duller or lack contrast when printed.

Obtain Rich Blacks—Recommended that you use a build of 30% Cyan (C), 30% Magenta (M), 30% Yellow (Y), and 100% Black (K). Finish it off with a 0.5-point stroke of 100% Black (K) to achieve for best quality.

Design Formats

Graphics and text designs (basically any non-photographic content) are best submitted as either vector-based PDFs or Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files. This ensures lines and text are crisp. Please make sure there are no cut or crop lines, all transparencies have been flattened, and all fonts are embedded (or outlined) before saving your designs.

To do this in Adobe Illustrator: select all the text and choose Type > Create Outlines. For best results, we recommend using the following preset to preflight your designs: Adobe PDF/X-1a.

Design Typography, Text and Line Art

Key points to remember when using text/line art in your designs:

  • Make sure text is at least 8 point—smaller text can look good on-screen but will not print well.
  • Try to keep text in bold colors—made up of one or two inks only (C, M, Y, or K).
  • Art work registration to any panel may vary up to 1/8 of an inch.
  • Include at least a 0.25-inch bleed in areas where graphics extend past the die line.
  • When printing lines in a solid or dark color, they should be no thinner than 1 point.
  • Make sure all fonts are embedded or outlined.
  • Save your designs using the ‘Adobe PDF/X-1a’ preset, where possible.

Printing Standards

Each day, people come to CompanyBox to request custom printed packaging to promote their brand and increase their sales.
We recognize that there are all types of business looking to create packaging, and that those boxes go out into the world to represent their brand. These boxes also reflect on our brand, since we are the manufacturer. That’s why we have developed a set of Printing Standards that outline what is and is not allowed in the packaging we produce.

The goal of our Printing Standards is to encourage expression and create a safe environment. It should be noted that not all content banned by CompanyBox is necessarily illegal in the U.S or other countries. As a private company, we hold the right to set our own standards.

CompanyBox Printing Standards
CompanyBox does not accept artwork or text portraying nudity, sexual activity, violence, criminal activity, terrorist propaganda or hate speech of any nature. We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on race, national origin, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or disability. We are also committed to banning content that encourages real-world harm, including physical, financial and emotional injury.
CompanyBox takes intellectual property rights seriously and believes they are important to promoting creativity and expression. However, we ask that you respect other people’s copyrights, trademarks and other legal rights.

Any submitted artwork that is in violation of our Printing Standards will be rejected.

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At CompanyBox, we believe that there’s a massive opportunity every time you send out a package. Why settle for shipping a boring corrugated box when you can send a custom box or package for your business? We bring the latest technology, high-end printing equipment, fast order fulfillment, and friendly customer service to create a perfect corrugated box for your every need. Our team is ready to help you make a winning impression starting with your next delivery.