Shrink Sleeve Labels, Shrink Sleeve Packaging - Esko

Perfect shrink sleeve design with Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves

Download your free guide to perfect shrink sleeves, and learn how to

  • Calculate shrink distortion automatically
  • Spot design errors early
  • Work in 3D
Streamlining shrink sleeve creation

Shrink sleeve packaging: Huge market, big challenges!

The global $3 billion shrink sleeve market is growing at about 7% a year, yet shrink sleeve production remains one of the biggest challenges in packaging for both designers and converters. Esko’s Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves software simulates and visualizes a correct heat shrink sleeve around one or multiple objects, in just minutes.

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How to design shrink sleeves: quick overview

Design shrink sleeve labels in Adobe Illustrator

Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves is a unique application to simulate a heat shrink sleeve around one or more objects.

See in Adobe® Illustrator® how your artwork will distort and automatically apply a counter distortion, based on substrate specifications. Produce great looking 3D PDF files and avoid trial-and-error. Print your shrink sleeve artwork the first time right, every time.

Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves

Compensate shrink sleeve labels for shrinking

Getting artwork for heat shrink packaging and labels right, is a tough job. As the film shrinks, the branding and the design can be seriously compromised, rendering the packaging or labels useless.

Artwork for shrink sleeve packaging needs to be repositioned and compensated for the shrink factor of the substrate. Without Esko’s Studio 3D view, you are working blind.

Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves: functionality overview

Esko’s shrink sleeve solution comes with dedicated functionality:

  • Import 3D objects from a Studio Toolkit or other sources (.OBJ, .ZAE, .DAE, .ARD, .3DS, .BLEND, .FBX, .STL, .DXF, .OFF)
  • Round shapes, irregular shapes & multi-packs
  • Add a horizontal or vertical heat shrink sleeve
  • Physical simulation of different material shrink properties
  • Export to a Collada file for Studio Designer and Visualizer
  • See shrink distortion statistics in Adobe® Illustrator®
  • Predistort selected artwork to compensate for the shrink distortion (non-destructive)
Part of Studio

The Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves is part of Studio Advanced, and is available as a subscription!

How to design shrink sleeves: step by step guide

Streamlining shrink sleeve creation

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