How to Design a Box on Distinct Packaging

July 17, 2018 by Erin Behan

Designing a custom packaging box on Distinct Packaging is an easy, step-by-step process that will take you from a blank box to a smart-looking, customized box in no time. Whether you're creating a customized shipping box to up your brand awareness, designing a custom paperboard box as a favor for an event, or have a personal project that needs custom packaging, follow these eight steps to create a better branded box.

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1. Select Box Type and Size.
Go to and select the box type you want to customize (Mailer, Shipping, Pizza, etc.) and choose the size of your box.
If you prefer to work on your design offline, you can Download a Dieline for any type and size of box. You'll receive a dieline, plus instructions for uploading your design into our Designer tool.
For custom sizes, choose Custom Dimension and input the length, width, and depth of your box. If you're unsure of what size box you need, contact Distinct Packaging via email at or phone at (877) 464-1959.
Have something more complicated in mind? Use our Request a Quote form. Input details such as your budget and box type and size. You can attach pictures or images that better explain your request too.

2. Choose Your Print Area.
Once you've chosen your box type and size, you'll be taken to the Distinct Packaging designer tool with your box type and size already loaded. From there, you'll need to choose whether you want to add a design to only the outside of the box or if you'd like to add a design to both the outside and inside of the box. Boxes with both inside and outside printing will cost more.

3. Choose a Material for Your Box.
Next, you'll need to pick the material for your box, with choices of Kraft, Standard White, Premium White, and Premium White Gloss. If you're not sure what box type is best for your shipping needs, check out Choosing the Right Shipping Box Material for Your Brand. You can change your material at any time.

4. Select a Quantity of Boxes.
You can choose 1 box or thousands of them. Keep in mind that cost per box goes down as the number of boxes goes up. So it might cost $65 to order a single box but only $3.31 a box if you order 250. You can change your quantity at any time.

5. Save Your Design.
To save a design, click "SAVE" and name your project. If you have a Distinct Packaging account, you'll be prompted to sign in. If you don't have a Distinct Packaging account, you'll be prompted to create one. To access saved designs, sign into your account on Distinct Packaging and click "My Projects" and select your project.

6. Personalize Your Design.
This is the fun part! You can adjust the background, add text, or upload an image or logo. Note that the print area defaults to outside printing, but if you decide to add inside printing, you can personalize that part of the box too.

7. Preview and Proof in 2-D and 3-D.
As you create your design on Distinct Packaging, you can preview in both 2-D and 3-D. With every change to your design, you'll see your updates in real-time, whether in the 2-D workspace or in the 3-D viewer that allows you to fold, unfold, and rotate your box so you can see it from every angle.

8. Place Your Order
Once your design is exactly how you'd like, click "Place Your Order." You'll be taken to a page to review your order, and then to checkout. Creating your own custom-designed box couldn't be easier, and you're well supported too. If you ever have questions about your order, you can call our U.S.-based agents by phone, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at (877) 464-1959, or contact us anytime via email at

When you’re ready to take advantage of eye-catching custom shipping boxes, Distinct Packaging is your one-stop shop for all your custom box needs.
Erin Behan

Written by Erin Behan

Erin Behan is an L.A.-based writer and editor who considers fine paper one of life's little pleasures.


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