Packaging design catches the eye. It can make someone stop and look at a product, or just walk on by. A sleek shape, tasteful colors, uncluttered information, attractive graphics, and touch-friendly details make a huge difference. The effectiveness of good package design can make a product stand out from hundreds of others on a shelf in a store.
Not all of us get into packaging design as a profession. We may need to learn it even while in a totally unrelated line of work. You could end up doing package design for a present, a friend’s request, family event, wedding favors, company project, or a product proposal. While package design is in the realm of a full graphic design education, it is still possible to learn. Hands-on work will require you to take apart boxes much like you did as a child. Then folding flaps to put it back together. This begins the meticulous work of package design.
For those who really need to learn packaging design, you will likely use Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. At the same time, you will need to sketch and test prototypes over and over. Learn where and how to put the dieline for a die cut design, among other things. And make a package design that printers can work with.
The following tutorials contain several guides and techniques range from simple to more advanced aspects of package design. Some of these tutorials also lead to links where you may also download free packaging design templates:
Create a Coffee Cup Mock Up in Adobe Illustrator Using the 3D Revolve Effect, by Cheryl Graham
Create a 3D Package Mock-up in Photoshop CS5, by megarockblog
Illustrator Tutorial 3D Bottle and Label Wrapping, by Glazefolio Design
Create a Packet of Potato Chips in Photoshop, by Ainsley
Mockup Blister Packaging in Photoshop, by Diego Sanchez
Product Logo and Packaging Graphic Design in Illustrator and Photoshop, by Lugosiart
Carton Packaging Design in 5 minutes – Adobe Illustrator, by Ismail Elmakhloufi
How to Make a Soda Can Mockup in Photoshop, by Cris
Basics of Packaging Design, by Mario Troise
How To Resize Packaging, by Elle Phillips
Package Design Tutorial – How to Create Product Packaging That Sells, by Clay Towne
How to Make a 3D Mockup of a Box, by bornKgotsoul
How to Create Packaging Mockups Using Warp Tool in Photoshop, by Kevin Keeton
Design a Product Package Prototype in Photoshop, by Gabrielle
How To Create A Dieline for Your Product Package Design, by Clay Towne
Create a Shampoo Advertisement in Photoshop, by Patrick Lopez
Create a Stylish Coffee Cup With Smart Objects, by Gorm Haraldsson
3D Packaging Presentation Tutorial, by Sumit Roy
Chocolate Packaging Box, by Diana Toma
Packaging Design, by James Thompson
Live or Die Packaging Tutorial, by Computer Arts
Package design can be engrossing. You may find yourself collecting all sorts of boxes, spouts, packets, tins, bottles, cans, boards, die-cuts with assorted shapes and details. Don’t forget how to use recyclable and sustainable materials available to make effective non-wasteful package design!