The MockUpinator script creates a die-cut line in seconds. It’s easy to use and provides some additional adjustable features, helping you to work with packaging efficiently. Read this post to find out how it works and start saving your time. Note, that the created die-cut can only be used as a mock-up and not as a technically constructed die cut, but even so, the MockUpinator script can significantly improve your workflow.
1. Place the script in:
Win (32 bit): C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [vers.]\Presets\en_GB\Scripts\
Win (64 bit): C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator [vers.] (64 Bit)\Presets\en_GB\Scripts\
Mac OS: <hard drive>/Applications/Adobe Illustrator [vers.]/Presets.localized/en_GB/Scripts
2. Restart Illustrator
3. Choose File > Scripts > MockUpinator
To save time you can also record an action. I covered that in my previous post here.
When you run the script, it opens a Dialog as shown in the picture below.
The script will choose the units from the current document. However, if units in the current document are in other measurements than millimetres, centimetres or inches, then millimetres will be used as a default. If you switch from mm to cm or inches and choose to open a new document, this document will be in these units.
When you enter the size of your box numbers you can use “x”, “/” or “*” for separating the values. “/” and “*” signs are convenient as they are available form the numeric keyboard (as examples 100x85x 120 or 250/120/350 or 8.5*6.5*10). It must be in order: length of the box, then width and height.
NEW OR CURRENT DOCUMENT
By default, the New Document button will be activated. Moreover, when the “New Document” is selected you can give it a name.
On the other hand, if you need to make multiple die cuts in one document there is an option to do so. If you choose “New Artboard in the Current Document” it’ll create a new artboard in the current document. If you choose to do so, there are two things you must be aware of. First of all, you can’t rename the current document. Secondly, if your artboard runs out of space in the Adobe Illustrator working area, the script will crash. But do not worry. In that case the solution is to rearrange artboards and run the script again.
GLUE, TOP TUCK, AND DUST FLAPS
You can also adjust the width of the glue flap and the heights of the top tucks and dust flaps. If you leave these fields empty, the default values will be used.
The default size for the Glue flap is 1 cm and 1.5 cm for the tuck flap. The dust flaps height will be created automatically and depends on the size of your box. But for the dust flaps, there is an additional twist. There is a maximal value, which is a little longer than half of the entered length. If the entered value is higher than the max value, the max height will be created automatically.
Additionally, you can enter “max” and max height will be used. Likewise, you can enter “mid” and the height of your dust flaps will be a bit less than half of the box length.
You can choose between three bottom closings: Streight Tuck End, Reverse Tuck End and Snap- Lock End.
There is a possibility to add a bleed. The default size of the bleed is 2mm or 0.2 cm, but you can adjust the size of the bleed yourself. You can also choose to have it as a path, as guides or both.
When I worked with packaging design I often needed clipping masks faces for my work. Therefore, I added a function that creates faces. As the default, the script will always create faces that are aligned with cut lines, but you can also create faces, that follow bleed or just choose to not have faces at all. I made them slightly different solid grey for better visibility.
Furthermore, I made some extra optional additions, that from my experience can be very useful.
The first one is “Flap Locks”. By choosing this, you’ll add flap locks to your top and bottom flaps. They are not adjustable and are always created with a default size, which depends on the size of your box. So be a bit careful, because sometimes they can be too large compared to the top tuck flap. The solution can be to adjust the height of the top tuck flap.
Moreover, you can add a small Infobox, where the name, the size of your box and the date created displayed.
It is also possible to create dimensioning lines.
For a smoother workflow, I decided to add the ability to save preferences and reset them to the default. All parameter that you can see in the picture below inside the orange window can be customized after your needs and saved as preferences.
As a last comment, I will just inform you that the die-cut created with the Mockapinator script can work with the Adobe FantasticFold application. The FantasticFold application makes it easier for you to visualize your packaging as a 3D model.
Creating a die-cut with the MockUpinator script can save you a lot of time and I hope you’ll be much more productive by using it.
The MockUpinator script is available here. As it was a tremendous effort to write it, I charge a small fee. I hope you find this fee reasonable and affordable for most of you.