Archive for March, 2016

A Happy Easter From Label Planet!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Yes, Easter is here early this year and we hope you have a most egg-cellent time over the Easter break, whether you’re hopping off like the Easter Bunny for a short break away or simply relaxing at home with a huge stash of Easter Eggs.

Here at Label Planet, we will be closing for an extended Easter break from 5pm today and will re-open on Monday 4th April.

All orders placed online during this period will be processed upon our return; if you have any queries or concerns, please send us an email and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can when we return.

Getting (Your Design) Into (Your Label) Shape

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

When designing labels, it’s important to keep in mind the shape of your labels to make sure that your design fits into and looks just right within the boundaries of the shape you are working with. It’s always best to take a little time to think about the benefits AND limitations of the label shape that you have chosen to use and adjusting your design to suit.

Here’s a few tips from us to help you get your design into shape!

Check Your Printer’s Specifications
This might seem like an odd one, given that we’re supposedly talking about designing and not printing labels, but it’s a first step that is well worth taking before you launch headfirst into design.

Most desktop printers are not capable of “Edge-To-Edge” or “Borderless” printing (whereby a printer can print the full area of a sheet) and – for the most part – such a function isn’t needed; the majority of documents printed on standard desktop printers will be documents with minimal design work, no coloured background, and very much centred in the middle of the sheet.

With sheets of labels, however, it is much more likely that you’ll need to print much closer to the edge – whether you’re creating a big design with a coloured background or because the labels you are using naturally take up more room on a sheet. This is more of an issue for “butt cut” or “square cut” labels, which are usually created by dividing the full area of a sheet into equal parts.

A quick and simple way to find the printable area offered by your printer is to set up a new document, set the page margins to 0, fill the page with a coloured background or coloured shape, and then print this document onto plain paper – any area that your printer cannot print will remain white and you’ll be able to adjust your design plans accordingly.

Top tip: if your printer CANNOT print the full area of your labels consider turning this to your advantage; you could use a coloured background for the central part of your labels only, leaving the outer edges (that you printer can’t print anyway) as a white border that becomes a natural part of your design.

Keep Your Borders In Mind
It’s also a good idea to take a close look at the borders of your label shape and make sure that your design takes into account any variation. Apart from square cut labels, all labels will have some shaping to their borders (including rectangles with rounded corners, which have curved or radius corners). You should try to keep the shape of your labels in mind as you set up your design, regardless of whether you’re simply adding some text or you’ve got grand designs that will fill up (and make the most of) every curve and contour of your labels.

If you are planning to capitalise on choosing a particular shape of label then you’ll also need to bear in mind how accurate your software and hardware is. Most software and hardware will have limitations as to how much control you have over positioning and the degree of precision that they can offer, so if you’re trying to include elements in your design that mimic or closely follow the shape and borders of your label you might find that you have to compromise on accuracy or on the complexity of your design.

Top tip: if you know that you don’t have the most precise software and/or hardware, don’t make things harder for yourself – avoid using borders and/or shaped images that will make any slight inaccuracy in your positioning much more obvious. If you do want to add a border, we advise using a thicker border that will give you some leeway on your positioning. We’d also advise that if you’re including a coloured background or an image with a particular shape, you should oversize your design; this will give you some tolerance over the accuracy of your positioning AND avoid the problem of white edging around your labels.

Improve Your Positioning By Keeping Things Centralised
Getting the perfect positioning can be a tricky business but a quick and easy way to give yourself a head start is to make sure you centralise all of the elements in your design, particularly if you’re printing onto labels that are round or oval in shape. This means that the elements of your design are more likely to remain safely in the centre of your labels and won’t stray so close to the edges of your labels that they get partially cut off when you print.

Think Carefully About Layering The Elements In Your Design
If you’re planning on including a lot of different elements in your design – particularly if you want to work with a mixture of text, images, and shapes – then it’s best to think of your design in terms of layers and to add your elements accordingly. We recommend doing a little bit of planning so that you can build your design up in stages, starting with the background and working to the front.

Thinking ahead can also help to make sure that all of the elements in your design have plenty of space, which can help to avoid the problem of “busy” designs that can end up looking messy, unprofessional, and can even wind up being totally illegible (which defeats the purpose of adding a label in the first place).

Top tip: if you’re working with basic software that doesn’t offer the greatest of control over your page layout, you should keep a close eye on the format and style options applied to the elements that you add. If you find that you’re struggling to get elements to stay in the correct position when you try to layer them, it’s more than likely that one of the format or style options is set up to prevent layering or to arrange elements in a specific position relative to other elements nearby. You should be able to choose alternative options that allows you to position your elements with more precision than the default options do.

For more tips and advice, or to download a template and practice your design work, please visit our Help section.

Hop Into Spring (& Easter) With Coloured Labels From Label Planet

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

With the Spring Equinox set to herald the start of Spring on Sunday (regardless of whether or not the weather takes any notice), it’s a great time of year to get inspired and we’ve got some wonderful coloured labels that are perfect for getting creative and putting a real spring in your step – especially if you’ve got big plans for Easter and you want to make some labels to match!

We’ve got FIFTEEN colours for you to get creative with, so whether you’re putting together a spring promotion for your company or you’re planning an Easter party and need labels for invitations, gift tags, or as directions and clues for an Easter egg hunt, we should have the perfect label choice for you!

Our labels can be printed on standard desktop printers OR handwritten so you have complete freedom to create whatever designs or patterns you want – the only limit is your imagination!

Simply visit our Coloured Labels page to take a look at all of the colours available and celebrate spring with a burst of colour!

To Add A Subtle Bloom Of Colour Choose One Of Our Pastel Shades:
Choose from Crimson Red, Orange-Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Pink, and Cream
Suitable for inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting.

Kick Start Spring With A Burst Of One Of Our Fantastic Fluorescents:
Choose from Red, Orange, Green, Yellow, and Magenta
Suitable for laser printers or for handwriting.

Add A Shimmering Sparkle With Metallics:
Choose from Gold and Silver
Suitable for laser printers or for handwriting.

Get Inspired & Crafty With Our Kraft Labels:
Uncoated, unbleached brown Kraft paper with a ribbed finish for a touch of pattern and texture
Suitable for inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting.

Of course, if you find that you’ve got a colour in mind that we simply don’t do, you can always rely on some good old DIY and flood coat our Matt White Paper Labels with a design that is full of colour!

Here Comes The…Perfect Label To Get Your Wedding Organised!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

With spring on the way, it’s the perfect time of year for getting inspired and making progress (or even just making a start) on your wedding plans – which means you might be in the market for some extra special labels to help you get your extra special day organised.

Labels are useful for all kinds of wedding paraphernalia and can come in handy at all stages, from your very first day of planning through to the big day itself!

Here’s just a few of the ways our labels can help make sure you get hitched without a hitch!

Useful Tools To Help You Get Your Plans Organised
Whether you’re right at the beginning of making plans or you’ve got folders stuffed full of ideas, labels are a great way to get your plans organised. From creating a schedule to collating ideas for each task you need to get sorted, labels are a great way to sift through the mountain of details and ideas that you’re likely to accumulate along the way.

With labels, you can neatly update your plans as you go, whether you’ve got new information that you need to add to your notes, you’ve made a decision or a booking, or even if you’ve simply changed your mind about something – and they’re absolutely perfect tools for getting seating plans and guest lists sorted (and re-sorted).

We recommend:
Removable Labels: these labels can be removed without doing any damage so your notes can evolve as your planning progresses.
Coloured Labels: coloured labels are a perfect way to colour code your plans and progress, whether you want a system to show who’s responsible for each task or which tasks are done (and which ones aren’t but should be!).

Address Labels On Your All Important Invitations
Invitations are a big milestone in getting your wedding planned and many couples like to spend plenty of time and money making sure that their invitations are a perfect reflection of their big day – especially as invitations can also be used as a memento for friends and family.

While some may choose to have their invitations pre-printed, or even handwritten, many will want to create their own set of address labels that complement the designs they’ve chosen for their invitations and envelopes (that can be printed as soon as their all-important guest list is confirmed, amended, and re-confirmed) – which means that plastering standard labels over their envelopes simply isn’t an option.

We recommend:
Coloured Labels: ideal if you’ve got a theme for your wedding, coloured labels are a wonderful way to add an extra touch of decoration to your invitations. We supply labels in seven pastel colours (for a subtle bloom of colour), five fluorescent colours (for a fantastic burst of colour), gold and silver metallic shades (for a touch of luxury), and a ribbed brown Kraft paper (for a subtle touch of pattern and texture in a natural looking finish).
Premium Quality Paper Labels: these labels produce sharp, precise, high resolution print that is a perfect reflection of the importance of your celebration; ideal if you’re looking for labels that have a more subtle appearance but will bring both quality and elegance to your invitations.
Transparent Labels: an excellent choice if you’re having problems colour matching your address labels to the invitations and/or envelopes that you’ve already had made for you OR if you’ve bought patterned or textured envelopes and you need a label that won’t cover up the designs that you’ve chosen.
Gloss Labels: if you’re looking to add a bit of sparkle to your invitations, then choosing gloss labels is a quick and easy way to bring a shimmer to your invites.

Place Holders On Your Tables & Gift Tags On Your Wedding Favours
Labels are a great way to create a truly personal set of table place holders and/or gift tags on your wedding favours (whether you’ve gone all out and made mementoes for all of your guests or you’ve purchased special gifts for your groomsmen and bridesmaids as a thank you for being a part of your wedding party).

You can tailor your holders and tags to match your wedding theme or personalise each one to the recipient as a token of your thanks for being a part of your wedding and to create a personal memento of the occasion.

We recommend:
Coloured Labels: a great way to make a truly fun and celebratory set of holders and tags, you can choose from subtle pastels, funky fluorescents, luxurious gold and silver, or even a natural Kraft paper.
Premium Quality Paper Labels: for a touch of elegance, these premium quality labels produce perfectly precise, high resolution print, which is great for creating personalised holders and tags, even if you’re adding images and/or photographs to your designs.
Gloss Labels: for holders and tags that twinkle, we’d recommend choosing one of our gloss labels; from our photo gloss labels (perfect if you want to include photographs) to our gloss polyester labels, these labels will instantly bring a decorative shine to your occasion.

Address Labels For Your Thank You Notes
Of course, once the honeymoon is over and you’re settled back at home, you might want to send a note to your friends and family to thank them for being a part of your big day – and in that case, you’ll be wanting a set of address labels for your thank you notes!

To take a look through all of the different label options available simply visit our List Of All Labels page; remember, you can also request samples of our labels so you can see for yourself if they’re the right labels for your big day.

Top Tips – How To Pick The Perfect Product Label

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Product labels often have a number of important roles to play; they may carry important information about your product, carry barcodes or QR codes that contain vital tracking information, or quite simply might provide a significant opportunity to help make your products, brand, and company stand out from the crowd.

Getting the right product label is an important choice – especially if you’ve spent months or even years developing your product and you want your labels to work just as hard as you have to help get your product sold.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a hit list of decisions that you need to make when choosing your product labels.

What Are You Sticking Them Onto & How Long Do They Need To Last?
Labels For Product Packaging:
Packaging labels need to remain firmly in place so you should make sure you choose a PERMANENT adhesive. If your packaging is made using unusual materials (especially plastic bags or boxes) you may find that standard permanent adhesives struggle to bond properly, which means you’ll need a stronger adhesive such as a HIGH TACK or MARINE adhesive. You may also be looking for a label that improves the security of your goods (especially for high value goods); we supply two “TAMPER EVIDENT” products, which can be used to provide evidence of tampering, to securely seal packaging, or to act as a warranty label or seal.

If it is of the utmost importance that your labels remain on the packaging, even if the items are to be moved around a lot, then you should consider choosing a POLYESTER or POLYETHYLENE label; these materials are much more durable than paper and offer protection against a variety of environmental factors including exposure to water and sunlight, which makes them perfect for use as long life tracking or asset labels.

Labels For Products (That Must Be Permanent):
Some product labels are used to add vital product information to items, which means the information must remain with your product for the lifetime of each item – so you must use a PERMANENT adhesive. If your products are made with unusual materials or have a curved or uneven surface you should consider choosing a stronger, more specialised adhesive (e.g. a HIGH TACK or MARINE adhesive) to ensure that your labels stay firmly in place. You may also want to apply one of our “TAMPER EVIDENT” label products to act as a warranty label or to indicate if an item has been tampered with. To create long life tracking or asset labels, you should choose one of our more durable materials; we have a range of POLYESTER and POLYETHYLENE labels, which are long lasting, waterproof labels that will survive in a variety of environments and conditions.

Labels For Products (That Must Be Removable):
It may be that the content of your labels is only required temporarily (e.g. pricing information) and so your labels should remove cleanly and easily from your products without doing any damage. In this case, you should choose labels made with a REMOVABLE ADHESIVE. If your items are particularly delicate (especially items made of paper or glass), then you may even want to consider a SUPER REMOVABLE ADHESIVE to ensure that your items remain undamaged when a label is eventually removed.

What Environments Do They Need To Work In?
Depending on the type of products you are labelling, you may need to take into account the environments that your products will be stored or used in when picking a product label. Two of the most common examples are food and drink products and cosmetic products; the former are likely to be exposed to a variety of conditions in kitchens (including exposure to liquids and variations in temperature), while the latter are likely to be used in bathrooms where they may be exposed to water or other liquids.

If you know that your labels need to survive in conditions where they may get wet then you should make sure you select a WATERPROOF label (or, as a cheaper alternative, a SPLASHPROOF label). Likewise, if you’re selling food and drink products that need to be stored in freezer conditions then you’ll need to make sure you choose DEEP FREEZE labels, which are made using a special adhesive that is designed specifically to function efficiently in freezer conditions.

How Much Content Do You Want To Add?
When designing labels for products, you’ll need to make sure that all of your information is clear and legible (especially for products that are required to show ingredients, allergen warnings, instructions for use, best before/use by dates, or health and safety warnings) AND that your branding looks attractive and professional.

A good tip is to make a note of everything you want to include on your labels (although actually typing it out is even better); if you find that you’ve got an awful lot of stuff to include but not a lot of space to add a label big enough to display it all neatly and legibly, you might want to consider breaking it up and using two or more smaller labels to create a cleaner appearance. This means you won’t end up compromising by either reducing your font to teeny tiny text or plastering a massive label all over your products and/or packaging.

What Do You Want Your Product To Look Like?
If you’re trying to create a particular appearance or build up brand recognition, you’ll want to make sure that your labels fit in with the overall ethos that you’re aiming to promote. Simply plastering a standard paper label onto your products could undermine any special design features that you’ve worked hard to add to your products and packaging, so it’s always worth looking at different material options to find the one that best matches your brand image:

Gloss Labels: these labels have a shiny smooth coating that creates a finish that is both decorative and professional in appearance. Our gloss polyester labels are particularly popular for use on cosmetics products, while our photo quality gloss paper labels are perfect for printing detailed designed work at a high resolution, even if you’ve got photographic images as part of your design.

Premium Quality Paper: made of a premium quality paper that has been treated with a special coating to give it a supremely smooth finish, these labels can help to produce excellent high resolution print that is sharp and precise. Our MPQ material is particularly popular for creating a professional finish, especially for branding and marketing labels that should be smart and crisp.

Coloured Paper: coloured labels are a brilliant starting point if you want your labels to be bold and bright, whether you’re trying to create a fun, fabulous brand identity or you simply want to draw attention to your products. We’ve got a range of subtle pastel shades for those who prefer a gentle bloom of colour or a choice of five fluorescent colours to really give your product a kick start.

Kraft Paper: made with an unbleached, uncoated Kraft paper, these labels have a ribbed brown colouring, which creates a natural appearance with a subtle touch of pattern and texture. Our Kraft Labels are especially popular for use as product labels where the products are homemade/handcrafted or gift items, or where a company wants to promote their products as being natural, bespoke, or handmade.

Metallic Paper: available in gold or silver, our metallic paper labels have a very attractive semi-gloss textured finish, which makes them a popular choice for product labels that are promoted as luxury or gift items, or to create promotional or marketing labels.

Transparent Polyester: transparent labels are a perfect tool for creating decorative and professional product labels because they provide design opportunities that other labels simply cannot provide. For example, they are brilliant product labels for use on products or packaging that are made with transparent materials (especially glass or plastic bottles), a perfect way to avoid problems with exact colour matching, and a simple solution to the issue of adding additional information to existing print work (where non-transparent labels would end up covering up some of your existing print).

Silver Metallic Polyester: with a matt metallic finish, these polyester labels are often used as professional long life tracking or asset labels – particularly on high value goods and electrical or electronic appliances.

You can find all of our label product options listed on our All Label Materials page; remember, you can also Request A Sample to try out a few different options to see which one will work best for you.

FAQ – Which Template Should I Use?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

At Label Planet, we always do our best to deliver great customer service from start to finish – and that includes providing templates and guidance on how to design and print labels.

Recently, we’ve been working on a number of projects to improve and expand the help and advice we offer; our aim is to create printing advice and templates for every label size and layout that we supply so our customers have all the tools they need to print their labels themselves.

Here’s a quick Q&A to help you find the template(s) you need:

Where Do I Find Templates On Your Website?
There are two ways to find a template:

  1. Visit the Label Templates section of our website:
    – Select the link for the label shape you are using (rectangular / circular / oval / square / special).
    Scroll down to the label product you are using (they are sorted by number of labels per sheet).
    Click on the Word icon to download a Word template (portrait), the PDF icon to download a PDF template (portrait), or click on “More Info” to view all of the templates available for that label size/layout.
  1. Visit the product page for your labels:
    Click on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link to view all of the available templates for that label size/layout.

How Do I Know Which Template Is The Right One For My Labels?
All of our products are assigned a product code that begins “LP” (for example LP4/99, LP6/105 GWP, LP84/46 REM).

The first part of the product code (LPXX/XX) refers to the size/layout of the product and this is the part of the code that tells you which template you need. All of our templates have file names that include the size/layout code of the label products they are to be used with, so as long as the size/layout code in the file name of the template you download from our size matches the size/layout part of the product code of your labels you know you’ve got the right template!

For example, if you have our four per page labels in yellow paper (product code: LP4/99 Y) or gloss white polyester (product code: LP4/99 GWP), you can use any of our templates that have LP4/99 in the file name.

How Do I Download The Template I Need?
The exact process will vary depending on the device/browser you are using but essentially you simply click the icon/link for the template you want to download and save a copy onto your device.

We recommend saving a copy rather than just opening the template as we have found that, in certain cases, if you try to work with an open copy of a template (even if you save it later) you might struggle to edit or print your template properly.

How Do I Open The Template I Have Saved?
There are two ways to open a saved template:

  • Locate the folder that your download has been saved to and open the file directly; you may need to manually select the software you want to use to edit your template if a default option isn’t selected or if the default option isn’t the software you want to use (generally speaking, you can do this by right clicking on the file and using the “open with” option that appears).
  • Open the software that you want to use to edit your template and then open the template from within that software (usually you will be given the option to create a “New” document or to “Open” an existing document – use the “Open” option to locate your saved template and select it to open it within the software you are using).

We recommend using the second option because this will allow your software to check for any compatibility issues between the template file and your software – and either alert you to this issue or make any necessary adjustments before you start working on your template.

If you find that your template doesn’t respond at all when you open it, double check for a banner going across the top of your window (usually yellow in colour) that says “Enable Editing”; software tends to automatically restrict files that you have downloaded from the internet for security reasons, which means that you have to confirm that you want to enable editing for that file before you can start to edit your template.

Should I Download The Word Or The PDF Template?
It depends on what software you have available for editing. The PDF templates can only be edited in graphics software packages (such as InDesign, Photoshop etc), which means you should only download one of these templates if you have access to software that is capable of editing PDF files.

The Word templates will, obviously, work in Word but they can also be used in other Word Processing software capable of editing the .docx file format (for example LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Pages (iWork) etc).

Should I Use The Portrait Or The Landscape Template?
While the majority of people will want to print their labels in the portrait layout, we know that sometimes people want to use the landscape orientation (so that the width becomes the height and the height becomes the width). It is possible to use a portrait template and simply rotate your text/images so that your design will print in a landscape orientation but you will probably end up working with a head tilt. Using a landscape template means you don’t have to constantly tilt your head to check that everything looks right.

What Are Text Box, Mirrored, And Bleed Templates?
These are versions of our Portrait and Landscape templates that are designed to help if you’re using your template in a more specific way (and give you a head start on editing your template):

  • Text Box: these templates include one text box per label, so you can simply replace the text in each box with your own. You can then use the Format Text Box tools to alter the font and style of the text to personalise your design.
  • Mirrored: these templates are set up with one text box per label with the text REVERSED. These templates are a starting point if you’re creating transparent labels that are to be stuck onto a transparent surface (e.g. a window) and read from the reverse side.
  • Bleed: these templates are set up with a design area that is slightly larger than your labels; these templates are for creating designs that include a coloured background or are a particular shape, whereby you can overlap your design to improve the final positioning of your image and to avoid white edging around your labels.

Remember, you can also visit our Help section to find further advice on designing and printing templates to help you get the very best out of your Label Planet labels.

Top Tips – Choosing The Right Materials For Your Label Application

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

As the old saying goes you should always use the right tool for the right job and, here at Label Planet, we’ve got label products to suit all kinds of label applications – but you’ll only get the full benefit of the materials on offer if you pick the right label for your application.

While you might be tempted to settle for standard paper labels, we always recommend taking the time to look at alternative material options because you might find something that will, quite simply, do a much, much better job – especially if you’re creating labels for use in a professional application or you need your labels to work in a more unusual environment.

Different materials provide a variety of qualities and characteristics that can help a label perform much more efficiently or achieve a specific look or finish that you’re after – so if you need your labels to work under more challenging circumstances or provide a perfect finishing touch, it’s worth thinking carefully about the labels you choose to buy.

A Brief Guide To Our Label Materials

Gloss Materials
These materials have a smooth coating that produces a bright, shiny finish; professional AND decorative in appearance, these labels are an ideal option if you’re trying to create a particular look or style while also drawing attention to information or details that are especially important. Our gloss labels are particularly popular for use as product labels or for use on items that are being produced for special occasions or events (e.g. wedding invitations, company brochures etc).

A full list of labels made with a gloss finish can be found on our Gloss Labels page.

Transparent Materials
These materials can be seen through, which makes them a brilliant choice if you’re particularly concerned about how your labels (and labelled items) will look. Transparent labels are a perfect addition if you’re matching a surface that is itself transparent (e.g. glass items or windows), if you’re labelling a decorative surface that you don’t want to cover up, or if you’re having problems with colour matching; these labels are extremely popular for use on product packaging that has been printed with highly decorative designs or branding, as product labels on bottles and jars, or as address labels on patterned and/or textured envelopes that have been selected to deliver especially important invitations (e.g. wedding invitations or birthdays and anniversaries).

All of our transparent materials are listed on our Transparent Labels page.

Opaque Materials
If you need to cover up or replace existing print you should consider using opaque labels. These labels are made with materials that do not transmit light, which means they cannot be seen through – if you’re trying to cover up a mistake, correct out of date information, recycle old packaging or materials, or prevent existing design work showing through and making it harder to read the information on your label, then an opaque label gives you a perfectly blank background to start from.

We have an Opaque Label product, which is made of matt white paper with an opaque adhesive. As this item is a made to order product (minimum order quantity 500 sheets + up to six working days for despatch) you might want to consider using our Gold & Silver Paper Labels as an alternative; the materials used to make these labels provide an opaque finish, which means they are a suitable alternative – providing you don’t mind using a more decorative label.

Synthetic Materials (Polyester/Polyethylene)
These materials offer properties and characteristics that simply don’t exist in paper materials; they are extremely durable and waterproof, which makes them ideal for a variety of label applications where a label needs to be long lasting even when stored or used in more unusual environments (for example, if they are used outdoors). They are a perfect solution to the challenge of creating professional, decorative labels that are to be used to label unusual surfaces, as long lasting tracking or asset labels, or to work in conditions that standard materials simply cannot cope with. The polyethylene is a thicker material but offers a greater degree of flexibility than our polyester materials.

All of our Polyester and Polyethylene Labels for use with laser printers can be found on our website here. We also have a transparent inkjet polyester product, which can be found here.

Splashproof Materials
We have some paper labels that are made with a gloss coating that provides a limited degree of protection against water damage and dirt; these labels can be wiped clean and dry if they are lightly splashed or get a bit dirty. Our splashproof labels provide an ideal compromise between standard paper labels and waterproof labels if you need to provide some protection against water or dirt but don’t have the budget for a completely waterproof solution.

Both our Gloss White Labels and Semi-Gloss White Labels are “splashproof”; these products are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting.

Waterproof Materials
All of our labels made of polyester or polyethylene are waterproof and so will survive in environments where they may come into contact with water and other liquids. For example, they are commonly used to label products that are to be used in kitchens or bathrooms (i.e. on food and drink packaging or on cosmetics containers) or to label items that will be displayed, stored, or used outdoors (e.g. product labels for garden centres, labels on sports equipment, or outdoor signage).

All of our waterproof materials are listed on our Waterproof Labels page; please note that these products are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting.

Coloured Materials
If your number one priority is a decorative appearance then we’d recommend taking a look at the coloured materials that we offer. A coloured label is a wonderful starting point if you want your labels to really stand out and make an impact; they draw attention to important information, strengthen your branding by repeating your company colours, create a luxury or decorative finish, add some creativity to your items, or simply stand out from the crowd. We offer a range of colours from subtle shades of pastels through to flashing fluorescents and magnificent metallics (by way of a delightfully crafty brown Kraft paper).

You can find a full list of our coloured materials by visiting our Coloured Labels page.

Premium Quality Materials
For a high end look that promotes a professional finish, premium quality materials offer a more decorative and clean cut appearance than standard paper, so if appearances are everything (for your labels anyway) then it may well be worth spending a little more to get that extra special finish for your items. We have plenty of materials that offer a superior finish, including:

  • Matt Premium Quality Paper Labels; these labels are made with high quality premium paper with a special coating that helps to produce an extremely sharp, high resolution print that is perfect for professional documentation and packaging.
  • Gloss White Photo Quality Paper Labels; these labels have a high quality gloss finish that makes them perfect for printing high resolution design work – they’re especially well suited to printing photographs or highly detailed designs.
  • Transparent Polyester Labels; transparent materials are a brilliant way to create layered design work, with both your label design and any features on the item you are labelling being visible at once. These labels are also perfect for creating professional seals for product packaging or documentation.
  • Silver Metallic Polyester Labels; these labels are made with a matt metallic silver polyester that has an attractive finish and is extremely popular for use as long lasting, durable tracking or asset labels on high end electrical or electronic goods.

To find out more or to place an order for ANY of our label products, simply visit our COMPLETE LIST OF LABEL MATERIALS page to get started.

Ready, Set, Print! Top Tips For Printing Your Own Labels

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The majority of our customers are buying labels to print themselves using their own printer (or photocopier) at home or at work. DIY labels can be highly beneficial; you get to choose what gets printed onto your labels, how many labels get printed, and when your labels get printed – and you might even save some money along the way.

However, printing your own labels also means that you are responsible for setting up a template and a printer, and it is up to you to make sure that everything prints out properly (it’s also your toner/ink and time that you’ll waste if you get things wrong).

So, we’ve put together some top tips to help you make sure your DIY labels are perfectly printed (and not a DIY nightmare):


Test printing allows you to check that your template and printer are set up to produce the perfect print BEFORE you use any of your actual sheets of labels. There are multiple factors that can influence how well your labels print out and a test print can help to identify issues before you start printing.

Labels are a completely different medium to paper and most printers offer features and settings that are designed specifically for use when printing onto labels. We recommend:

  • Using the media bypass tray (where available)
    This tray is designed specifically for materials that are thicker than standard paper and provides a straighter path through the printer, which reduces the chances of your sheet rotating as it is pulled through and around the rollers.
  • Checking your printer’s manual for guidance/recommendations
    Your manual will include important information about the specifications of your printer (including details about the materials that it can and – more importantly – cannot process, such as maximum weights/thicknesses) and may also offer guidance on achieving the best possible print on specific media, such as labels.
  • Using the specialist facilities offered by your printer
    Some printers offer specific categories of print settings that will automatically adjust all of your printer’s settings to suit a particular medium – such as labels. Laser printers, for example, often include a specific “Labels” setting that increases the heat applied during printing and slows your printer down to ensure that the toner bonds firmly in place on your labels.

And by “all”, we mean all.

You have to check the settings of ALL of the elements involved in printing your labels – your template, your software, and your hardware (printer). If there is an issue in any one of the settings in any one of these elements, you may find that your print simply isn’t right and your labels are ruined. You should bear in mind that, because both hardware and software are involved in printing, it is possible for one of these elements to overrule the others, which is why it’s best to make sure that ALL of these elements are set up in the same way. Look out for:

  • Page Size Settings
    Make sure that your page size is set to A4 and that NO “scaling” settings have been applied. If your template, software, or printer is set to a page size other than A4 (e.g. if it defaults to “American Letter”) or has any scaling applied (e.g. “Fit To page” options), your printer will try to print your template onto a page size that is larger or smaller than A4 and will distort the alignment accordingly.
  • Print Type Settings
    Some software and hardware provides “print types” for you to choose from; selecting one of these types will automatically adjust your software or hardware settings to suit the characteristics of a particular medium, such as labels, to improve the quality of print that you can achieve.
  • Material Weight Settings
    Similar to “print types”, you may also be able to select a weight setting that will adjust the printing process to suit a particular weight/thickness of material, which is particularly useful when printing labels because they are constructed from multiple layers of materials and so are naturally heavier or thicker than other media (such as sheets of paper).
  • Ignore Printer Settings
    Last but not least, you should take into account the presence of any settings that could override the print settings you have chosen – settings such as “Use Driver Settings” or “Ignore Printer Settings” may cause your system to ignore the settings that you have so carefully chosen and use another (default) set in their place.

Of course, if you’re really worried about making a mistake or want to have a trial run before you start, you can always take advantage of our Free Sample Service; simply request a sample of the labels you want to use so you can have a go before you get started on your actual labels. If you find that you run into a specific problem or issue when you print, you can also contact our Customer Service team for one-to-one advice.

Visit our “HELP” pages for more tips and advice and/or to download a template to start designing your labels.