What the heck is a layered die cut and how is it setup?
Die cutting refers to the art of cutting custom or pre-defined shapes out of card or flyer paper. Multi-layer die cutting replicates this process using another card to give the print design more depth and dimension.
To set up each layer of a multi-layered die cut, you have to create a die cut mask PDF file. Use only industry-standard programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator to create a vector-based art. Here’s how you can create a mask file:
Step 1: Start making your design on a solid white background. Our print-ready templates can help you get started.
Step 2: Make a duplicate of your design. Go to File, and Save your project as Filename_DieCutting_Mask.pdf.
Step 3: Remove all the design elements you don’t wish to die cut.
Step 5: Delete the template layer on both of the files, and hit save.