Semi-transparent packaging with graphics

D-M 4 months ago updated 4 weeks ago 9

Are you planning to add the "semi-transparent packaging" option to Origami? I mean the functionality similar to that of Esko Studio. By making a 3D visualization of the packaging (e.g. wrap-around for beer), I would like to see what things are covered by the panels that are above the panels to which the adhesive is applied. Thanks to this functionality, it would be easier to make cutouts in the graphics for gluing

Under review

We see Origami as mostly a cardboard folding tool. The plans include extending the dielines library, adding more dieline checks to simplify errors detection and so on. Rendering and materials were never a focus for Origami, as we have Boxshot and Koru for that step.

We may consider adding some elements like plastic windows or some effects like the foil we already added, but the main focus is still on folding the dielines, but there are no plans on adding full-featured materials to Origami.

As for wrap-around feature, is that shrink wrap or just plastic finishing? Shrink wrap is definitely out of Origami scope, while plastic finishing could become an option one day.

Please feel free to provide more visual examples of what exactly is needed, so I can comment on that and either put it into the todo list, or suggest to use a different software for that.

I don't know if we understood each other well. "Wrap-around" is a type of corrugated cardboard packaging (https://www.indevcopapercontainers.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/IPC-W-01-001.jpg). I am already sending you a visualization of the functionality I mean and which is in Esko Studio. Attachments below No transparent panels:

Transparent panels:

I do not know if it is clearly visible but when you look, in the screenshot with transparent panels you can see the "no print zones" for gluing in the graphics. I know Origami is for folding packaging. It only shows that it serves me for other things as well. Esko approaches the subject in the same way - thanks to Esko Studio you can avoid many mistakes thanks to this and other functionality. If it was not clear further - I can help with further explanations.

A useful option is also the visualization of the perforation, which can be seen in the attached screenshots (the cutouts in the corrugated cardboard are visible on the edges of the packaging)

Sorry for taking so long with this topic. We had no plans for this yet, but consider adding this in the future. It would be nice to see a video of this semi-transparent shape rotating, if possible.


We've added this in a test mode in 3.1.2 https://boxshot.com/2021/05/18/origami-3-1-2.html - let's discuss if we need the artwork there too, or it is fine the way it is now. Your feedback is very welcome :)

Hi Vitaly,

I don't think we understood each other fully when it comes to the functionality I described. The HALF-transparency function of the packaging is intended to help you check what elements of the structure are covered. In the case of corrugated cardboard packaging on which a barrier varnish is applied, the graphics should be removed in the places where the glue will be applied. You are probably wondering why it is so important? Let me explain. The places where the glue will be applied should be as large as possible, at the same time they should not be too large so that they are not visible after folding the package. The specificity of flexogarf printing is that there are inaccuracies in it. By default, it is assumed that the error of matching the print to the die grid is 5mm. Therefore, such "semi-transparency" is helpful in making places for gluing.

When making 3D visualization in Origami, it is not possible to see what the graphics look like on the packaging elements that are glued together. Such functionality is available in the Esko Studio I have described.

It's nice that you listen to the suggestions of your clients, but this time we didn't really understand each other.

If I wrote something incomprehensible, go ahead - ask. I will be happy to answer all your questions. I really appreciate your approach to customers.

Sure, this helps. Thank you. So the artwork stays, that's fine. The only thing is that Origami does not support glued areas marking and we hardly can add that quickly. Will it still help to have that option just for artwork?

Please give me some time and I will try to visualize what I mean. However, I have to download the trial version of this plugin and think about how to show it to you so that everything is clear.