Label Artwork Setup Guide

To achieve the best print outcomes we recommend the following:

Supply files in PDF format

  • We prefer files to be supplied as single page layout, press quality PDFs at a minimum of Acrobat 7 (1.6) format.


  • Supply all files with 3mm bleed.

Trim area

  • Allow a minimum 3mm between the edge of the text and the edge of the page.


  • All images must be saved in CMYK are at a minimum of 300 DPI at print size.


  • Ensure all the document fonts are embedded within the PDF, or covert to outlines if the font is protected and can’t be embedded (we will not be able to make corrections to outlined fonts).
  • Fonts must be supplied for printing variable data jobs.

Stroke width

  • 0.25 point is the minimum recommended line stroke width when printing at Onpack


  • Do not convert PMS colours to CMYK
  • If spot colours are required, create a new spot colour swatch within your document using the Pantone colour table built within your desktop publishing application, leaving it checked as a spot colour.


  • Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Indesign transparencies are a common problem in the whole ‘postscript’ world, and are best avoided. To avoid issues either render transparencies into an image, or transparencies require the PDF to be saved using Acrobat 7 (1.6) version standard or above.

Die lines

  • Various dieline templates can be found on our website.
  • When creating dielines using Onpack templates please ensure you make a note of the template name or number you are using.
  • Keep the die line swatch colour in the file.

Label sizes

  • The maximum label size that we can strip is 318mm x 605mm
  • For large format labels we can produce sizes up 320mm x 2200mm

Hard copy proof

  • If possible it is always helpful to supply a hard copy proof

Economical printing

  • To make your next print job more economical here are a few tips:
  • Choose standard sizes (refer to the standard sizes section)
  • Printing in bulk reduces the unit price of your print run

Personalised Digital Printing

  • Design your label - Set up the job in an Adobe InDesign document as you would a normal digital printing project. In the areas where the variable data is to be used, insert the information for one of the customers on the database.
  • Set up spreadsheet - Set up a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet containing your variable data. Each field of data should be its own unique identifier. Break your data into logical fields. If in doubt, remember that it is easy to flow fields of data together but extremely hard to split big fields, for example: “Mr” “John” “Smith” rather than “Mr John Smith”.
  • Mark up a laser proof and supply with the final artwork - Print out a laser copy of the job and highlight the areas (text or images) that are to contain the variable data. Then supply us with the database file, collected InDesign artwork and marked up proof.

Artwork delivery methods

  • Email through to or one of our friendly account managers if the file size is less than 10mb.
  • Or utilise one of the many services available such as, we transfer, drop box, etc.