Bring Exciting Dimension To Printing With Shapes, Knockouts And Custom Die Cutting.
Uniquely imagined print projects come to life at Raff Printing through In-stock and custom-made dies for print pieces that feature knockouts, shapes, contours, folds and more. Designed to cleverly maximize audience interest and engagement!
Stock And Custom Dies For Dimensional Print Pieces That Get Noticed.
For dimensional mail that utilizes knocked out shapes or uniquely cut panels, to signature print pieces that include contours, special flaps and cutouts that help tell a story in a completely original way, Raff Printing has decades of experience in creating custom dies that bring a customer’s vision to life.
We’ve got hundreds of in-house stock dies that may already suit your needs. What’s more, with a Heidelberg Varimatrix 105 CS Die Cutter, and years of experience collaborating with customers for custom die creation, there’s almost nothing you can’t imagine that we can’t help you print.
Custom Or Stock Dies & Dimensional Printing Available From Raff.
From knockouts and cutouts to special shapes and dynamic folds, die-cut print pieces from Raff Printing get noticed.
- Unique Business Cards & Door Knob Hangers
- Collateral & Presentation Folders
- Custom Folds, Shapes & Knockouts
- Dimensional Booklets, Covers & Mailers
- In House Stock Dies & Custom Die Creation
Die-Cutting Customer Support FAQs
What does die cutting mean in printing?
Die cutting is the process of making a thin metal shape that will act like a cookie cutter for your paper designs. The metal is embedded into a block of wood and then used on a press to cut paper to a desired shape as part of a finished printed product. From very simple cutouts (such as a stamped hole in a door hanger) to more complex dimensional print products that utilize cut-out outlines and interconnecting shapes (such as a city skyline) to add style and emphasis to a piece.
Is Raff capable of creating Dies for custom projects?
Absolutely. Our in-house die-maker has been making custom dies since age 5. (True story!).
Does Raff provide templates for standard Die Cutting Products?
If you have a project in mind that you’ve seen before (a door hangar, a cutout shape in a piece of direct mail, etc.), chances are we’ve done something similar in the past, and can provide you with a template file that you can use as is or easily customize. See the die preparation question below for more information.
Can I discuss my ideas for my custom cut/folded print project before asking for a quote?
Not only is the answer to this question a “yes”—it is an absolute must. You should have a general idea of what your concept “is” prior to speaking with Raff. Do you have a dimensional piece that interlocks in an interesting way? An area that uses negative space (cutouts) to reveal information from the “inside” of your print piece? Or do you have an idea that requires a pull tab or “reveal” feature that needs to be custom-built?
Talking it through with Raff in advance sets the stage and the expectation for the project.
Can I create/design my own die digitally or does Raff create the file?
Actually, the answer to the question is yes to both—we can proceed either way.
If you wish to create the die yourself (after consultation with Raff), it is as simple as adding another layer of artwork. You could add the layer to your existing design in a professional program like Adobe Indesign. Clearly mark the layer as “die-line” and then add an outline of the form you want to create.
Make the line color that will stand out on a blank sheet. And remember your design basics when preparing a die layer. Good designers leave a little bit of space between the design and the edges of the paper or trim lines, right? You also need to keep some space between your design and the die lines to avoid any text or design elements being eliminated by the die.
If you wish to have us make the file for you — we’ll take the same steps as above — the only difference being we will work with your approved original design to simply “add” the layer that contains the planned die cutout.
A final pdf proof clearly indicating the die and special instructions associated with the die is provided by Raff prior to printing.