Custom Guidelines

CUSTOM GUIDELINES

We’ve got a wide range sizes and styles for you to choose from depending on your specific needs, and our quality products come at competitive prices for production and shipping.

DELUXE OUTSIDE TUCK MAILER

fol box

These mailers have extra side flaps that tuck into the box and are perfect for shipping products. The Deluxe Outside Tuck Mailer is the most secure mailer for shipping as the flaps stay tucked in even without tape.

OUTSIDE TUCK MAILER

fol box

These mailers are almost the same as the deluxe version, but have no side flaps that tuck into the box, which helps to provide more internal clearance and ease of closing.

INSIDE TUCK MAILER

fol box

These mailers are of a simple design and the fastest to open and close. If you need a mailer that will be opened frequently, this is a good option.

REGULAR SLOTTED CARTON (RSC)

rsc box

RSC boxes are the most common with all flaps having the same length and the two outer flaps meeting half way in the middle. The RSC layout is extremely efficient to manufacture with low waste, and useful for the widest range of applications. 

HALF SLOTTED CARTON (HSC)

hsc box

HSC boxes are similar to RSC, but they have one set for flaps. They are easy to load and normally have a separate cover.

ONE PIECE FOLDER (OPF)

opf box

OPF boxes have an unbroken bottom and are great for shipping books, literature, or artwork. 

FULL OVER LAP (FOL)

fol box

FOL boxes have flaps that fold overtop of each other to create a very strong top and bottom for tranporting heavy items.

FIVE PANEL FOLDER (FPF)

fpf box

FPF boxes have a folding flap on a long end, and several layers of small flaps at either of the narrow ends that form a strong, protective layer. FPF boxes are useful to transport heavy, narrow items.

FLUTE PROFILES

Depending on the type of box needed, you will need a different flute profile. For mailers where high print detail is required, we recommend an E flute, because the surface is very smooth. The C flute is the most common for printed boxes and is a nice mix of cushioning and good print quality.

PRINTING: KRAFT VS WHITE

In general, the same colour will appear darker when printed on kraft compared to white corrugate, as seen below. However, black and white appear more consistently on kraft, which make them a popular choice for that material.

DIGITAL/LITHO ARTWORK PREPARATION GUIDELINES

Structural Design of the box must be 100% approved before the structural line drawing will be released for artwork application to either sales rep or customer.

ACCEPTABLE FILE TYPES AND RESOLUTION
  • Native vector files in .eps, .ai, or .pdf format. Vector files are the PREFERRED FILE FORMAT.
  • Importing an image into Illustrator does not make it a VECTOR; it must be originally created in a vector base application.
  • Minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) or higher resolution rastor CMYK .jpeg or .tiff. Increasing your dpi on an already low dpi file will not work
  • Screenshots and web images are low resolution and not acceptable (PNG, HTML, GIF)
  • If only low resolution images are available there will be a service charge to create usable files
  • All files are required to be 100% on a 1:1 scale to the die line.
  • Keep files layered; have artwork on a separate layer from the die line so adjustments can be made if needed.
  • EMBED all images, or provide the linked images.
  • BLEED art and images a minimum of 3/8" past the die cut edge.
  • Seek assistance if you are not sure what the "safe veiwable areas" of the box are.

FONTS

  • Convert all fonts to OUTLINES to prevent font errors and have your file print ready.

FLEXO PRINT ARTWORK LAYOUT GUIDELINES

  • All ARTWORK must be kept 1/2'' AWAY from all cuts and scores on slotted cartons.
  • Steel die cut boxes can have print over scores and cuts and a minimum of 3/8" bleed past the die cut edge.
  • Rastor files are not acceptable for making flexo print plates.
  • Keep text and images bold and as large as possible: type must be 6 pt or larger.
  • Lines must be 2 pt or thicker.
  • Artwork containing complex shading, gradients and other effects are not recommended. Keep images solid colour for best results.
  • If a colour is required other than black, a colour number must be provided: Pantone (PMS) or GCMI. GCMI COLOURS are standard in the corrugate industry and preferred by Whitebird.
  • Pantone colours can be printed for an up-charge
  • Colour can depend on the board colour to which the ink is being applied.
  • Board colour (Kraft,White/Oyster, other) must be specified.
  • If colour matching is required, a physical swatch may be required as colours cannot be matched based on how they appear on computer monitors, please ask assistance from a Whitebird representative.

Ready to get started with your custom box? Simply fill out the Custom Corrugate Quote form below and a sales rep will reach out to you quickly.

All prices displayed in Canadian Dollars (CAD)