Know About the Tools to Get the Job Done Right


We've created a list of some of the best apps that will allow you to provide solutions for any packaging problem.

Case & Pallets:

Photo Rendering:




Adobe Illustrator- Adoble Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics app that lets you create icons, logos, drawings, typography, and complex illustrations for any medium. Learn More

AlphaCorr- AlphaCorr offers an array of tools to make the design of effective corrugated, folding cartons, and displays. Learn More

Arden- Arden Software is a very versatile program for the design of paper-based packaging, point of sale displays, and production tooling. Learn More

ArtiosCAD- ArtiosCAD is a popular structural design software for packaging design. This software is ideal for all corrugated, folding carton and POP, POS, FSDU displays. Learn More

AutoDesk 123D- AutoDesk 123D is great for those who are just starting with CAD and 3D modelling. This suite helps to develop basic modeling and drawing capabilities. Learn More

Automation Engine- Automation Engine automates prepress workflows. This speeds up processes, reducing error rates and eliminating the need for operator intervention. Learn More

BRL-CAD- BRL-CAD is an open source solid modeling system that supports a wide variety of geometric representations, including an extensive set of traditional shapes such as boxes, ellipsoids, cones, and tori. Learn More

Blender- Blender supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline: Modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking. Learn More

BoxitNow- BoxItNow is the ultimate digital packaging solution for exploring, visualizing, and quickly creating paperboard package designs. With this software you can add graphics, logos, or full panel artwork to your design to share or export to a digitally printed sample. Learn More

Boxy SVG- Boxy SVG is a great SVG editor for non-technical and for professional web designers or web developers. Learn More

CAPE Pack- Cape Pack is a palletization software used to reduce ecological footprints. This software helps to: design the optimum product size, evaluate alternative case sizes, maximize pallet loading, create a sustainable packaging supply chain, improve space utilization, cut transportation costs, reduce your carbon footprint, and reduce the number of trucks on the streets. Learn More

DesignSpark- DesignSpark is a CAD software with a large range of tools including DesignSpark Mechanical, DesignSpark Electrical, and DesignSpark PCB. This interactive software will save you time when designing your packaging. Learn More

DraftSight DraftSight is for packaging engineers who need a professional-grade 2D design and drafting solution with productivity tools and an API. Learn More

FreeCAD- FreeCAD is a parametric 3D software made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is open-source and highly customizable, scriptable and extensible. Learn More

Fusion 360- Fusion 360 is a 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool all in one. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC. Learn More

Gravit- Gravit is a full featured vector design app that is a cross-platform design tool for the 21st century. Learn More

IC3D- IC3D is a packaging design software that produces fast and accurate 3D visuals. Whether designs are for carton, glass, cans, flexible packaging, labels or shrink-wraps, visuals can be produced in minutes. Learn More

Inkscape- Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics and an open XML-based W3C standard as the format. Learn More

LibreCAD- LibreCAD is a 2D CAD application that you can download and install for free. There is a large base of LibreCAD users worldwide as it is available in more than 20 languages and for all major operating systems. Learn More

NaroCAD- NaroCAD is a fully fledged and extensible 3D parametric modeling CAD application. Learn More

Nexus- Nexus allows you to control the flow of your software supply chain. Improve your productivity by efficiently distributing components to developers. Learn More

OpenSCAD- Unlike most software for creating 3D models, OpenSCAD does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but on the CAD aspects instead. This might be what you are looking for when planning to create 3D models of packaging parts. Learn More

Photoshop- Photoshop can be used to create photos, designs, illustrations, 3D, video, and more. Learn More

PlaceIt- PlaceIt showcases your designs in realistic environments. High quality product mockups are generated to assure you get the final image your design needs. Learn More

QCAD- QCAD is an open source application for CAD in 2D. With QCAD you can create technical drawings and diagrams for your packaging designs. Learn More

SketchUp- SketchUp is a 3D software in which you can draw plans, elevations, details, and title blocks. When your model changes, so does your document. Learn More

SolidWorks- SolidWorks enables individuals to speed up product development, reduce manufacturing costs, and improve product quality and reliability during the packaging design process. Learn More

Be sure to check out our two courses on SolidWorks

SolveSpace- SolveSpace is a parametric 3D CAD program. Applications for this software include: modeling 3D parts, modeling 2D parts, 3D-printed parts, preparing CAM data, mechanism design, and plane or solid geometry. Learn More

Specright- Specright is a web platform where companies can take control of their packaging specification data. Specright replaces packaging data problems in the supply chain with technology, offering software with services from packaging experts. Learn More

TOPS- TOPS software provides package design, pallet layout and compression analysis tools to optimize your single-size products from the primary product level all the way to the pallet or transit vehicle. You can also use TOPS to create mixed pallets and trays for POP displays. Learn More

Vectr- Vectr can be used to create any 2D vector graphic. Vectr is available online and on your desktop across multiple platforms, allowing live collaboration and synchronization. Learn More