Archive for May, 2016

Label Planet Tips For Choosing The Perfect Printer

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Over the years, we’ve picked up all sorts of tips and tricks when it comes to printing the perfect label – and that knowledge includes a few useful pointers when it comes to picking the perfect printer.

While we would always recommend doing a bit of research and talking to someone who actually specialises in supplying desktop printers for more specific advice, we do have a few helpful tips to get you started.

Should I Buy A Laser Printer Or An Inkjet Printer?
Well, this one is a matter of personal preference BUT we would advise you to consider the following:

  • Laser printers produce waterproof print – inkjet printers DO NOT
    Inkjet inks are generally water-based, which means they will run or smudge if they get wet. If you need a printer that can create waterproof labels, you’ll need to buy a LASER printer (or buy an inkjet printer and either source specialist waterproof inks OR source a transparent cover to stick over your labels to protect the print).
  • Laser printers tend to be able to process a larger variety of materials
    At Label Planet, our range of laser labels is larger than our range of inkjet labels, so you might want to consider the kinds of materials you want to be able to print on and then choose a suitable printer.
    All of our products are labelled with their printer compatibility; visit our “List Of All Label Materials” page to view ALL of our label products and their printer compatibility.
  • Different printers will offer different levels of image resolution
    Historically speaking, inkjet printers were always the best option if you needed to produce high quality, high resolution images (especially if you needed to print photographs); today laser printers are capable of producing sharp, crisp images that are of an equal resolution to those produced by inkjet printers BUT inkjet printers do still tend to offer specific “photographic” print options – so if you know that you also want to print photographs, you may want to opt for an inkjet printer.
    We would also point out that some printers will try to claim that they are better than others because they offer a much, much higher print resolution; however, for most printing applications (where you don’t need to produce high end graphics and artwork that will stand up to intense scrutiny), having a higher resolution is only beneficial up to a certain point (after which the difference in the quality of image produced becomes negligible – at least to the human eye).
  • You have to budget for your printer AND for your consumables
    If you’ve got an eye on your budget you may be tempted to opt for an inkjet printer (which tend to cost less than their laser printer counterparts). HOWEVER, you need to remember that printer manufacturers make most of their profits on the consumables that you buy for your printer rather than on the printer itself; in other words, while you might be able to get a really cheap inkjet printer, the ink cartridges it needs are likely to be quite expensive (and small – meaning you have to replace them more often). Laser printers might have a higher starting price BUT their consumables (toner cartridges and images drums) tend to last longer, which gives them a lower overall consumables cost than that of inkjet printers.

Should I Buy An All-In-One Printer?
If you need to print labels then NO – we would not recommend choosing an All-In-One printer.

These machines are designed to do SEVERAL tasks (e.g. printing, scanning, copying) to an ACCEPTABLE standard; whereas printers are designed to do ONE task (printing) to a HIGH standard. All-In-One printers are not able to cope with labels as well as standard printers; they tend to struggle with processing thicker materials, produce a lower quality of print, and do not offer the same level of precision and control over the print alignment.

Do You Recommend Any Specific Brands?
We recommend both OKI and HP printers; from our own printing experiences, we have found that these printers offer high duty cycles, high quality print on a range of label materials, and a good quality of accuracy in the alignment that they can achieve.

So What Should I Look Out For When Choosing A New Printer?
We recommend that you take a look through the specifications of the printer(s) you are looking at – taking into account the features and print settings offered by the printer, as well as looking at the specifications of what the printer can handle. For example, we highly recommend choosing a printer with a media bypass tray and a high “duty cycle”.

The media bypass tray is designed to process materials that are thicker than paper (such as labels) and offers a straighter path through the printer (to improve the print alignment); the manufacturer should supply a specification list of the weights, thicknesses, and types of materials that both the paper tray and the media bypass tray can (and more importantly cannot) process, so it’s worth taking a look through this information to see if a particular model of printer is suitable for printing labels.

The duty cycle is the estimated number of pages a printer should be able to produce in a given time frame (usually a month) while maintaining a consistent quality of print and standard of operation – you should choose a duty cycle that is higher than the actual amount of printing you anticipate you will end up needing to do to ensure that your printer can handle this amount.

What If I Can’t Find Or Don’t Have A Printer That Is Suitable For Printing Labels?
If the right kind of printer proves elusive, or your budget simply doesn’t stretch far enough to cover the costs of getting a new printer, there are two things you can try:

  1. Ask around at work or at home to see if someone has a suitable printer that you can borrow.
  2. Many towns have small high street printers who will be able to print your labels for you; you can order your labels from us and have them delivered either to yourself or directly to your printer and they will take care of the printing for you. Obviously, you will need to contact the printers to get a quote for how much it would cost to have your labels printed in this way and decide if this is a financially sensible option for you.

For more tips and advice, take a look through our Help Section and our Blog. To get started printing your own labels, simply visit our Template Section to download the template(s) you need to design and print your labels.

FAQ Special – A Label Planet Guide To Finding Avery Compatible Labels & Templates

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Many customers use the terms “Avery labels” and “labels” interchangeably, which can lead to a great deal of confusion when they start to look at OTHER manufacturers and suppliers of labels – a situation that isn’t helped much by the fact that many companies use Avery sizes and codes as a reference point for their own products, leading to a mishmash of codes that anyone would be puzzled by. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to finding the right labels (and templates) if you’re using Avery products and/or codes as a starting point.

Do You Sell Avery Products?
We do not sell ANY branded label products (apart from our own name label products); all of our labels are independently manufactured in the UK using high quality materials, with some of our products being “Avery Compatible”.

What Do You Mean By Avery Compatible?
Some of our products are made using the same label sizes and layouts as those made by Avery. This means that you can buy labels from us that are the same size and layout as those sold by Avery and that you can print onto our labels using Avery templates.

We have a number of customers who have used Avery products in the past but no longer wish to purchase from Avery (some have struggled to find a supplier of the product they want, some want a better price, others want to buy a particular size in a material not offered by Avery, and some have had problems with the quality of their Avery products) – these customers want to find a replacement that is the same (in size and layout) as the Avery products they have bought before so that they don’t have to waste time trying to find a similar alternative (or re-designing their templates).

Choosing an Avery compatible product means that you can use the same template(s) as you always do; you simply have to put our labels into your printer instead of Avery’s!

How Do I Find Out If One Of Your Products Is Compatible With One Of Avery’s?
All of our label sizes that are compatible with those of Avery will have the Avery code listed along with their Label Planet code.

We’ve also put together a List of Label Planet Label Sizes With Compatible Avery Codes page so you can see ALL of our label sizes that are compatible with an Avery product (or products) in one go.

Why Do You List So Many Different Avery Codes For One Label Planet Size?
Most of the Label Planet products that are compatible with Avery products will be listed as having multiple compatible Avery codes; this is due to the system used by Avery to create codes for its products and templates.

Every Avery product has a code that is both its “product code” and its “template code” – in other words you can use the same code to refer to a product and to the template that is used to print onto that product.

The problem is that some Avery products have the exact same size and layout (and so can be printed using the same template) BUT have different product codes (and therefore template codes) because they are made with different materials. For example, Avery supplies 40mm round labels in six different colours, which means that there are six product/template codes that can be used to print onto any of those labels (and that can be used to print onto our Avery compatible LP24/40R labels).

We try to list ALL of the Avery codes that are compatible with one of our label sizes because people tend to use these codes to find a built in Avery template in their software (e.g. Word); different software (and versions of software) will include different Avery codes, so by including them all, you should be able to find one that is available in the software that you are using.

I Have An Avery Code & Want To Find Out If You Have A Compatible Product – What Should I Do?
If you have a specific Avery code that you’re trying to find a compatible product for, the best thing to do is to take a look at our List Of Avery Codes With Compatible Label Planet Products. This page lists ALL of the Avery codes that have a compatible Label Planet product. The codes are listed numerically and then alphabetically; if you don’t see your Avery code in this list then it is more than likely that we don’t offer a compatible product.

I’ve Bought Labels From You But I Can’t Find A Compatible Avery Code To Set Up My Template – What Should I Do?
If the product page of the labels you’ve bought from us doesn’t list an Avery code, then it is likely that Avery simply doesn’t supply labels in that particular size and/or layout (and so, naturally, doesn’t offer a template for them). While Avery is a popular brand, many customers find that they simply don’t offer the same range of sizes and material options that others (like Label Planet!) do.

Here at Label Planet, we aim to offer our customers the best possible range of label products AND helpful extras to help them design and print their own labels, which is why each of our label sizes has its own dedicated “Template Information Page” full of information about that particular size and layout along with sets of Word and PDF templates for our customers to download and use.

To find a template for your Label Planet labels, simply visit the product page of the labels you have purchased from us and click on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information For This Label” link. Alternatively, visit our Template Section and use the links to navigate to the templates for the product(s) you have bought from us.

Find out more about our self-adhesive label products (and helpful extras such as templates, samples, and advice) on our “Self-Adhesive Labels” page. Alternatively, visit our “List Of All Label Materials” to view all of the label products available from Label Planet OR visit our “Label Sizes Listed By Width” and “Label Sizes Listed By Height” pages to see if we have a label size that is suitable for your application.

FAQ – Do You Offer Worldwide Shipping?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

At Label Planet, we supply A4 sheets of self-adhesive labels to customers in the UK and Ireland; we are not set up to process orders for customers outside of the UK and Ireland UNLESS they nominate a UK or Ireland delivery address and arrange their own transportation from that address onwards.

Delivery To UK Mainland

  • 25-225 Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via Royal Mail’s first class service (order by 4pm)
    Next Day Delivery By 1pm is available online; other special delivery options are available to request by phone.
  • 250-475 Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via next working day carrier (order by 4pm)
    Special delivery options are available to request by phone.
  • 500+ Sheets
    Shipping Price: included in prices on website
    Despatched: same day via next working day carrier (standard paper products ordered by 3pm) or within 5 working days (made to order items)
    Special delivery options are available to request by phone.

We recommend upgrading to a special delivery option if you need to receive your labels before a deadline (especially if you are ordering smaller quantities; Royal Mail’s first class service is NOT a guaranteed next day delivery service and may be delayed).

Delivery To Northern Ireland, Islands With UK Postcodes, and UK “Extended Postcode” Areas
Despatch and delivery information (and prices) are the same as for the UK mainland, with the exception of orders of 500+ sheets; these items are despatched on a 2-3 day carrier service with an additional service charge. Please contact our Customer Service Team for more information about the shipping options to these locations or to place an order.

Delivery To The Republic of Ireland
All orders to the Republic Of Ireland must by placed by phone so that we can work out the best shipping option/price for the quantity of labels being ordered. Orders of 25-220 sheets will be sent via Royal Mail’s International Signed For Service, while orders of 250+ sheets are sent on a 2-3 day carrier service (same day despatch if ordered by 4pm). Orders of 500+ sheets will also be sent on a 2-3 day carrier service; stocked paper products will be despatched same day, while made to order items will be despatched within 5 working days.

So what if I don’t have a UK or Ireland delivery address?
We have a sister company (Madebuy) trading on Amazon and Ebay; Madebuy sell genuine Label Planet products and are able to despatch goods to a number of worldwide destinations.

Visit our DELIVERY PAGES to view all of our despatch & delivery information; if you have any questions or queries about an order you wish to place, please contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help.

Don’t Let Your Labels Push You Over The Edge – An FAQ Special About Printing Labels

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

While there are various elements that can potentially cause problems when you print a template, one of the trickiest issues is dealing with what happens at the edges of each label on an A4 sheet of labels.

If you’re creating a simple set of basic labels then you’ll probably find that you don’t get close enough to the edges of your labels for them to become an issue BUT if you’re working on a design that fills (or takes advantage of the shaping of) each label then you might find that you struggle to get the edges just right. With this in mind, we’ve created a short FAQ special all about handling the potential problems of printing up to (or over) the edges of your labels.

Why won’t my printer print to the edges of my labels?
If you’ve created a large design that fills your labels but find that parts of it are “cut off” around the edges of the sheet, the problem is probably caused by the “printable” (and therefore “unprintable”) area of the printer you are using.

While standard desktop printers are designed specifically for handling A4 sheets, they cannot print the FULL AREA of an A4 sheet; there will be a section around the edges of an A4 sheet that a printer simply cannot reach, which is known as the “unprintable” area. Even if you create a template design that uses the full area of an A4 sheet, your printer will not be able to print the outermost part of your design – which means that if any part of any of your labels fall into this “unprintable” area, that part will remain blank and unprinted. The only way to solve this issue is to either adapt your design to take into account the area that your printer cannot reach (bearing in mind that, if you’re creating a set of identical labels, you’ll need to adapt the design to suit ALL of the labels on your sheet) or to try to get access to a printer that is capable of “borderless” or “edge-to-edge” printing.

How do I find the “printable” area of my printer?
The simplest way to determine how much of an A4 sheet your printer can actually print is to set up a blank Word document, fill the page with a coloured box or background, and print this document onto a blank sheet of paper. The “printable” area of the sheet will be filled in, while the “unprintable” area will remain blank. You can then use this test print to make sure your design sits within the “printable” area of your printer.

When I print my template, Word says my margins are too small and some content may be cut off – what should I do?
For the most part, you can ignore this warning and simply select “Yes” to carry on and print your labels.

Word attempts to account for the fact that most printers cannot print the full area of an A4 sheet by creating page margins to indicate the “printable” and “unprintable” area of your documents (and templates). Unfortunately, these page margins tend to be a rather excessive overestimate of the area that standard desktop printers cannot reach – which is why it is usually safe to simply ignore this particular warning.

However, if your design is actually sitting quite close to the edges of your page (for example, if your margins are less than 10mm), you may want to do a test print of your template onto blank paper first to establish whether or not your printer will be able to print all of your design.

What if my labels go right up to the edges of my label sheets?
Label sheets are made with a variety of layouts; the majority of A4 label products have a selvedge (or blank strip) around each edge of the sheet with some sizes also featuring gaps between the columns and/or rows of labels. These selvedges and gaps create a layout whereby the entire area of every single label on a sheet sits within the “printable” area of standard desktop printers, which means you can print right up to the edge of every single label without any problems.

The exception to this practice is “kiss cut” or “butt cut” labels; these labels are cut into shapes (usually rectangles or squares) that “butt up” against one another (in other words, there are no gaps between them). While some butt cut layouts have selvedges around one or more of the edges of the sheet, some of the labels will sit at the very edge of the sheet (within the “unprintable” area). You will need to either adapt your design to take into account the areas that your printer cannot print, get access to a “borderless” printer, or select another label layout that DOES offer selvedges (and gaps).
Our range of Rectangular Labels With Square Cut Corners are “butt cut” labels; the label sizes in this range that DO have a selvedge (or selvedges) have an “S” at the end of the product code (e.g. LP8/105S, LP12/105S).

My design overlaps the edge(s) of my labels when I print it out, what should I do?
If the design on each of your labels is getting cut off slightly there are a few solutions you can try. If your design is being cut off on each label on one side and by the same amount (i.e. they’re all sitting too far left/right/high/low), then you can overcome this issue by simply increasing or decreasing the top and left margins of your template to manually shift your design into the correct position. If your design is being cut off on two or more sides, then you should consider reducing the size of the text and/or images you have added.

If your design gets progressively more misaligned as you look down or across the sheet (or if it is aligned correctly in the centre of the sheet and gets worse as you move outwards), then it is likely that your printer settings are incorrect; this issue is most commonly caused by a printer being set to a page size other than A4 OR because a scaling setting has been applied (such as a percentage that is more or less than 100% or a setting such as “Fit To Page”).

 What can I do to make sure my design is appropriate for the shape and layout of my labels (and so avoid problems at the edges of my labels)?
While every design is different, there are a few “golden rules” that you can follow to improve the quality and accuracy of your printed labels:

  • Centralise your design: if you set up your design so that it sits in the centre of each label, it is far more likely that your design will fall inside the central area of your labels (avoiding the edges) and won’t end up sitting in the “unprintable” area of your printer.
  • Avoid using a border: borders highlight the edges of your labels, which means they have the unfortunate side effect of also highlighting any inaccuracies in the alignment of your printer. If you absolutely have to use a border, then we recommend using a thick border, which you can overlap over the edges of your labels.
    Adding a border is also tricky to get right if any sides of your labels are butt cut; standard printers are not capable of extremely accurate print positioning, which will mean that you may end up with the border of one label overlapping onto another.
  • Take care with images and/or coloured backgrounds: if you add an image that is the same shape as your labels you will need to take great care with the alignment, as any slight misalignment will be made more obvious by the repetition of the same shape. If your image and label shapes don’t match, then you need to make sure that the image fits accurately within the edges of your labels OR that there is space around and between each label so that you can oversize your image around the edges of each label. Likewise, if you use a coloured background you will need to take a great deal of care with your alignment if there are no gaps between your labels (to avoid the background overlapping onto another label); if there are gaps between your labels then we recommend oversizing your background (or flood coating your template with a particular colour) to ensure that you don’t end up with any white edging around your labels.

To download a template or to find out more about the size and layout of any of our label sizes, please visit the Template Section of our website. Alternatively, take a look through our Help Pages and Blog for more tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels.

FAQ – Are Your Labels RoHS Compliant?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Admittedly, this might not be one of our MOST frequently asked questions but it is one that is very important to those customers who need to ask it. The short and simple answer is YES: all of our label products are fully RoHS compliant. Of course, if you prefer the longer answer, then please read on for more information.

What does RoHS stand for?
By itself RoHS stands for “the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances” but its full title is:

“The Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Directive (2011/65/EU).”

What is the RoHS?
The RoHS Directive is a piece of EU legislation that restricts the amount of six specific hazardous substances that can be used in the manufacture of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). These substances are: Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), and Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE), which are both flame retardants.

Any EEE that contains more than the agreed levels of these six substances cannot be placed on the EU market. The directive applies to manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers, and distributors of EEE.

Labels aren’t EEE products, so why do you need to state that you are RoHS compliant?
We don’t.

Labels in themselves are not EEE nor – although they may be stuck onto EEE – are they considered to be a “homogeneous” part of EEE because they can be removed, which means that that are not an integral (and permanent) part of the product and are therefore not subject to the RoHS Directive.

However, we know that there are companies who want to make sure that ALL of the elements associated or supplied with their products are also compliant with the RoHS directive – which would include any labels that they apply to their products.

This is why we have taken the steps to confirm that all of our label products are compliant with the RoHS directive and can therefore be used on Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

For more detailed information about all of our label products, you can take a look at our Material Specification Sheets or get in touch with our Customer Service team.

Try A New Twist On An Old Favourite (With Our Popular Label Sizes Page)

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

While we aim to offer our customers the best possible RANGE of self-adhesive labels to choose from (including, of course, as many different label sizes as possible), there are a number of sizes that are requested time and time again.

These label sizes tend to be “standard” sizes that can be put to use in thousands and thousands of different label applications; they’re among the most common products made by the label industry and tend to be adopted as “standards” for all kinds of purposes, which means they end up being built into software for a whole host of specific applications and used by all kinds of individuals and organisations across the country.

We’ve taken our 14 most commonly requested label sizes and turned them into “Popular Sizes”, which we aim to supply in as many different material and adhesive options as possible – with the majority available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. This allows our customers to find the perfect label material and adhesive to suit their particular application AND to receive their labels as quickly as possible.

Each of our “Popular Sizes” is available to order in 35+ material options, including a range of paper labels, coloured paper labels, and synthetic labels (in polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl). Our paper range includes options for premium quality papers with gloss, semi-gloss, or matt finishes, opaque labels (for covering up incorrect or out of date information), freezer labels for food and drink or research sample applications, high tack labels for more unusual surfaces, and two removable options (with a “standard” or a “super” removable adhesive). For a more decorative finish, we offer seven pastel colours, five fluorescent colours, metallic gold and silver (for a luxurious or festive finish), and brown Kraft paper (for a natural, hand tailored finish) OR – if you’re having problems colour matching or want to avoid covering up a decorative surface – you can opt for one of our transparent labels. Our synthetic labels are all made with waterproof materials and are available with gloss or matt finishes, which makes them ideal if you need durable, long lasting labels that are also waterproof.

So, if you’ve got a “standard” label that isn’t doing its job as well as it could do, want a label that’s a bit more decorative or professional in appearance, or you’re simply looking for a change, why not take a look through our popular sizes pages to see if there’s an alternative version of the product you already know and love that will do the job that little bit better!

Visit our Popular Sizes page to see all of the label sizes available in this range and use the individual popular product pages to view all of the options available for the label size of your choice.

Small Is Beautiful AKA Reasons Why Mini Labels Are Great!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Mini labels are a small but effective label size that can come in handy in hundreds and thousands of ways!

Our mini labels are self-adhesive labels that measure 38.1mm wide by 21.2mm high and have the product (size) code LP65/38. They’re a brilliantly compact label size that is perfect for adding bits of all-important information to all kinds of items. Whether you need to add information that absolutely HAS to stay with an item or you’ve got some information that you want to really stand out, adding it to a mini label is the perfect way to get your stuff labelled!

Mini labels are most commonly used as “Return Address Labels”; their size allows a return or contact address to be added to envelopes and parcels of all sizes to allow the recipient to return an item or to get in touch with the sender. They’re also used as product labels and pricing labels, colour coding labels for organisation or stock taking/rotation, food and drink information labels, and product and document seals.

They’re so useful, in fact, that they’re a standard size across the label industry and are one of the most popular label sizes offered by Avery. Our mini labels are compatible with Avery’s mini labels, which means you can use Avery templates (such as those built into Word) to design the labels you’ve bought from us.

Compatible Avery codes include: C2651*, E3211*, J8551*, J8651*, J8751*, L4790*, L4791*, L4792*, L4793*, L7051*, L7065*, L7551*, L7651*, L7651P*, L7651Y*, L7680*, L7690*, LR7651*

ANY of these codes will generate a template that is compatible with our LP65/38 mini labels; although you can, of course, also visit our Mini Labels template page to download a Word or PDF template from our website instead!

Because mini labels are SO popular – and for so many different purposes – we’ve made our LP65/38 labels into one of our “Popular Items”, which means we stock this size in 35 different material options for same day despatch from stock (with two extra materials – removable coloured mini labels and opaque mini labels – available to order). Customers can choose from a range of colours and transparent options, a range of finishes and materials, and a range of adhesives to make sure they find the mini label that is perfect for their particular label application.

Coloured mini labels are a perfect decorative addition to all kinds of items and can be used to match company branding and product packaging, with our metallic options being perfect for luxury or festive items and events, and our Kraft paper being ideal for creating a natural or handmade finish. Alternatively, if you’re having trouble colour matching or you’re labelling a transparent or decorative surface you can opt for one of our transparent labels to add your information to your items without covering up the surface being labelled. We also supply freezer mini labels for food and drink applications (or even research applications where samples need to be securely labelled), a range of removable mini labels for use on gift items or as temporary labels that can be removed when they are no longer need or have become outdated, a range of waterproof mini labels for use in outdoor (or damp indoor) conditions, and two tamper evident mini label products, which are a simple way to produce security seals on documents and packaging.

Visit our MINI LABELS page to find out more about these fantastically useful little labels, to find out all of the material and adhesive options available, or to go ahead and purchase your own Mini Labels today!

Label Planet & The World Of Self-Adhesive Labels

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

While the label universe is full of all sorts of different kinds of labels, at Label Planet we’ve chosen to specialise in one particular kind of label: self-adhesive labels.

What are Self-Adhesive Labels?
The name comes from the type of adhesive used to make these labels; “self-adhesive” or “pressure sensitive” adhesives are adhesives that are tacky (sticky) under “normal” conditions, which means they require only the pressure of a finger or hand to be applied. These labels simply need to be peeled off their backing sheet and placed firmly onto the surface of the item being labelled.

Why do we specialise in A4 Sheets of Self-Adhesive Labels?
Self-adhesive labels can be produced in a variety of formats (including Roll Labels and Fan-Fold Labels) but we have chosen to specialise in blank labels supplied on A4 sheets. This is because this particular format is the most convenient for customers who are looking to print their own labels. Our labels are compatible with standard desktop inkjet printers and laser printers, which means that anyone can produce their own set of labels using the computer and printer that they already have access to at home or at work.

We have also chosen to specialise in one particular type of self-adhesive label because this allows us to provide our customers with better choice, better prices, better despatch and delivery times, and better customer care. Label Planet customers can choose from over 100 sizes across a range of more than 30 material options with many of these products available to order for same day despatch from stock. Our products are manufactured in the UK using high quality materials and we offer a range of helpful extras to make sure that our customers are able to produce high quality labels themselves.

What kinds of Self-Adhesive Labels are available from Label Planet?
We offer a range of materials and adhesives to help make sure that our customers find a label that can fulfil the requirements of the label application they have in mind. These materials include both paper and synthetic materials (polyester and polyethylene), a range of finishes (gloss, semi-gloss, and matt), and 15 coloured paper options (7 pastels, 5 fluorescents, 2 metallics, and Kraft), while our adhesives range from extremely strong permanent adhesives to extremely light removable adhesives, via a number of “speciality” options, including freezer, opaque, VOID, waterproof, and marine adhesives.

How easy is it to print Self-Adhesive Labels?
All you need is a template and a printer (although time and patience are also quite useful!).

A number of our label sizes are compatible with Avery products, which means you can use the Avery templates that are often built into existing software (such as Word). Alternatively, you can visit the Template Section of our site and download a template in either Word or PDF format for the labels you are going to print. The Word templates can be used in Word or any other Word Processing software that can edit the .docx file format (e.g. Pages, OpenOffice, LibreOffice etc), while the PDF templates can only be edited using a graphics package (such as InDesign, Photoshop etc). Simply add your required design to your template and you’re halfway there!

All of our labels are compatible with standard desktop printers, although some materials are only compatible with either laser printers or inkjet printers – we indicate the printer compatibility on each of our label products, so all you need to do is double check that a product is compatible with the printer you intend to use. You should use the media bypass of your printer (if it has one) and check through your printer’s properties to see if there are any settings that will improve the print quality you achieve (for example, some printers have a “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting) and to ensure that the page size is set to A4 (with no scaling options selected).

We highly recommend doing a “test print” first before putting your labels into your printer; test print your template onto blank paper, put this printout against a sheet of your labels, and hold them both up to the light to see if the alignment is accurate or if it needs adjusting slightly (all printers vary by a few mm in their print positioning, so you can usually improve the alignment simply by increasing or decreasing the top and left margins as necessary).

Visit our brand new “Self-Adhesive Labels” page to find out more about the self-adhesive labels we supply (and the helpful extras that you can find on our website) or visit our List Of All Labels page to view ALL of the different label products that make up the world of Label Planet.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold – Because We’ve Got Brand New Label Sizes In Gold AND Silver!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Yes, the Label Planet universe is expanding once again and this time we’ve added a little more sparkle to our world with new additions to our range of Metallic Paper Labels.

We’ve introduced 15 new sizes in both our Gold Labels and Silver Labels product ranges; these sizes are available to order in boxes of 100 or 500 sheets (with up to five working days for despatch).

These self-adhesive labels are made with gold or silver paper that has a semi-gloss textured finish and a permanent adhesive; they are suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. Our new products include 10 rectangular label sizes and 5 circular label sizes, which means our customers now have 24 label sizes to choose from if they’re looking for a decorative label that has that extra special luxurious finish.

Our gold and silver labels are especially popular for label applications that involve labelling items that are that extra bit special or important. From product labels on gift items to address labels on wedding invitations, these labels are a simple way to add a touch of splendour to any items that deserve to be given an extra special finish.

The bright finish means they’re ideal for marketing and promotional labels that really need to stand out and they have a shine that is perfect for “big occasions”, whether that’s a wedding, a big birthday or anniversary, seasonal holidays and events (especially Christmas), or just something that’s a little bit special.

To view all of the sizes now available, visit our Gold Labels page or our Silver Labels page to place an order for the bright shiny things of your choosing.