What You’ll Be Creating
Looking to create your own packaging for sharing your business cards in style or for wedding favours? These handheld pillow boxes are simple to create and leave a lasting impression.
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to set up the template and artwork for the pillow box, and show you how to apply a stylish marbled finish. You can easily customize your pillow box with different backgrounds, typography and text to make it completely unique to you.
Once you’ve finished, simply send your artwork off to .
Add a few new CMYK Process swatches to apply to the text:
- C=100 M=92 Y=41 K=41
- C=29 M=48 Y=69 K=22
- C=15 M=32 Y=68 K=4
You can add some quirky glyphs from the Glyphs panel (Window > Type & Tables > Glyphs). Nexa Rust Extras is a great source for decorative glyphs in a hand-drawn style.
Lock the Artwork layer and unlock the top layer, NOTES – DO NOT PRINT. Here you can put any information that might be useful to the printer.
Use the Type Tool (T) to create text frames and write ‘GLUE’. Place on the outer left and right flaps of the pillow box template.
And you’re done! Your pillow box design is finished. Awesome work!
You can easily customize your pillow box to create a huge range of designs and to suit different purposes. This design uses a green mineral texture for the background, and typography on the Artwork layer is set in Futura.
This creates a really cool, modern look that would suit a creative, perhaps for sharing business cards or USB sticks.
You can tweak the design of your pillow box to make it suitable for a huge range of purposes. Why not try adding a retro floral background for packaging sweets or biscuits? Or why not use it to package jewellery, scarves, or other small items for sale?
Once you’ve finalized your design, all that’s left to do is export it to a print-ready format, ready for sending straight off to the printers. Read on to find out how…
5. Export Your Pillow Box for Printing
You have two options for sending your pillow box to print—one is to send the printer the native files, that is the original packaged InDesign artwork. From this the printer can export your design as a press-ready file that will suit their purposes. To do this, go to File > Package. Once the file is packaged, compress it into a ZIP file and send this to the printer over large file transfer.
Alternatively, you can send Smartpress.com a print-ready PDF file that’s good to go! Here’s how…
Remaining in your InDesign document, go to File > Export, and choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format drop-down menu.
Give the file a name like ‘Pillowbox_FINAL FOR PRINT’. Click Save.
In the Export Adobe PDF window that opens, choose