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Get Your Designs Into Shape With Label Shapes From Label Planet

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Sometimes a really simple way to get creative with labelling projects is to make the most of the label shapes available. Here at Label Planet, we supply rectangular labels, round labels / circular labels, oval labels, and square labels to help you get your labelling project into shape.

How Can Different Label Shapes Make A Difference To Your Design?

Being selective with your label shapes is a brilliant way to add an extra dimension to your label design. They give a creative boost to any design and each label shape has its own set of benefits. label shapes from label planet

Rectangular Labels

You might think rectangles are a bit boring but they have plenty of benefits if you choose to use them. They are the easiest shape to work with and are available with rounded or square cut corners. Rectangles tend to offer the largest area to work within, which is great if you need to fit a lot onto your sticky labels. They also fit well onto items of all shapes and sizes.

Square Labels

If you’re looking for a subtle alternative to a standard rectangular shape, square labels are an ideal choice. They offer a slightly different shape that can help to draw the eye. Like rectangular labels, they offer a good space in which to add your design and are easy to work with. Our square labels have rounded corners.

Round Labels / Circular Labels

Round labels are a perfect way to add a decorative flourish to any labelling project. They naturally draw the eye and fit well on items of all shapes and sizes. They can be more difficult to design and trickier to print accurately – but if you’re willing to put in a bit of effort and have plenty of patience, they can produce extremely rewarding results.

Oval Labels

Perhaps the trickiest of the lot to design and print, oval labels offer an especially decorative shape. They are a great way to add a personalised touch and tend to create a home-made feel. You’ll need to make sure that your design suits the continuous curve of your blank labels to get the most out of this particular shape.

Media Labels

We also supply a few special shapes. These are label shapes designed for a particular purpose. For example, CD labels or DVD labels and box file labels or folder labels. If you need self adhesive labels for these particular applications, choosing media labels that match the shape of your items helps to make sure your sticky labels look professional – and ensures that their shape is fit for purpose.

Top Tips For Keeping Your Label Shapes In Line

Here are a couple of top tips that will help you to always keep your label designs in shape.

  • KEEP THINGS CENTRAL: where possible, always centralise your design. Your design will start from the centre of your sticky labels and expand outwards. This helps to create balanced designs that look professional, as well as making sure that you don’t end up accidentally cutting bits of your design cut off around the edges of your sticky labels.
  • WATCH OUT FOR THE EDGE(S): take extra care if your design extends all the way to the edge of your sticky labels. Your design must account for the shape of your sticky labels especially if you are adding design elements to their edges (see backgrounds and borders). You also need to account for the capabilities of your printer. Most standard printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet. If your printer doesn’t have an “edge-to-edge” printing capability, it may not be able to print the full area of all of your blank labels. You may need to adapt your design if this is an issue.
  • BIG BACKGROUNDS AND BOLD BORDERS: it is very tricky to get every single design to align perfectly with every single blank label on an A4 sheet. If you are using coloured backgrounds and/or borders, this can lead to white edging. This means that some of the edges of your sticky labels are left unprinted because your design hasn’t quite aligned perfectly. To avoid this problem, we recommend oversizing coloured backgrounds and borders. This allows them to overlap all of the edges of your sticky labels making it impossible for white edges to appear.

Buy Different Label Shapes From Label Planet Today

If you’re looking for basic matt white paper labels, you can find our different shapes here:

Rectangular Labels (Rounded Corners) / Rectangular Labels (Square Cut Corners)

Round Labels & Circular Labels / Oval Labels / Square Labels / Media Labels

Alternatively, you can use our Label Finder to select the label shape(s) you are interested in – and find out all of the different sizes, materials, adhesives, colours, and finishes available in that particular shape. You can find label templates for all of our label shapes (and sizes) by visiting our Label Templates home page. We provide Word label templates and PDF label templates for all of our label shapes and sizes.

Create Your Own Super Sticker Sets With Round Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

This week, we’re celebrating circles and taking a look at all the fun things you can do with round labels – like making your own badges, stickers, rewards, and gift tags.

What Sort Of Super Stickers Can I Make With Round Labels and Circular Labels?

You can use round labels and circular labels to make:

Name Badges: perfect for networking events or kids’ birthday parties.

Buttons & Badges: make buttons / badges to hand out to people when they visit a particular place or participate in an event. Create branded gifts for corporate or charity events OR mementoes for special days – like birthdays and weddings.

Reward Stickers: round labels are the perfect way to make reward badges or stickers for children. Stick onto progress charts, into workbooks, or hand them out as badges to reward good behaviour and special achievements.

Gift Tags: add a personalised message or finishing touch to gifts and gift items.

What Sort Of Round Labels and Circular Labels Should I Choose?

Round labels and circular labels are available in all sorts of different label materials and adhesives. It depends what you want your stickers to look like, where they will be stuck, and how long they need to stay stuck for.

If you want to create a colourful design, you have two options:

  1. Select white labels that you can print with the background colour of your choice.
  2. Select coloured labels to give yourself a colourful background onto which you can add your design.

Our range of coloured materials includes pastel coloured labels, fluorescent labels, brown Kraft labels, and metallic gold and silver labels.

Alternatively, you can choose between our transparent labels or our white labels. We have options for matt or gloss finishes. A matt finish creates a dull, flat surface, while a gloss finish creates a bright, shiny surface.

How Do I Add A Design To My Round Labels and Circular Labels?

Round labels and circular labels can be trickier to design (and print) compared with rectangular or square labels. You have to align your design with the constantly curving edge of your blank labels.

Most software and printers have limited accuracy, so you’ll need to take extra care (and maybe use a bit of trial and error) to get your design just right.

At Label Planet, we supply Word label templates and PDF labels templates for all of our label sizes.

label planet round labels sizes

Three of our round label sizes (72mm, 63.5mm, and 40mm) also have compatible Avery codes. You can use built-in Avery label templates to design and print these label sizes. The other sizes are not supplied by Avery and so there aren’t any Avery label templates available.

If you are creating a sheet of stickers with the same design (or groups of designs), we recommend adding your design to the top left label and then using copy and paste to complete your template. We strongly recommend performing a test print onto blank paper before printing onto your sheet labels. This allows you to check for any misalignment and correct your label template (or printer settings) to resolve the issue – without wasting any of your sticky labels.

Top Tips For Designing Round Labels and Circular Labels

Pick Your Software Carefully

Graphics software is perfect for designing your own stickers. The label template will show the exact shape and layout of your round labels / circular labels. You simply need to add your design in the right place.

Not everyone has access to or knowledge of graphics packages, however, and they may need to use more basic software. This is usually word processing software like Microsoft Word.

You can create a perfectly good label template for round labels and circular labels using word processors. The design tools will be limited because the software is designed to handle text.

Word is not sophisticated enough to replicate the shape of round labels and circular labels. Instead, a grid of squares represents each blank label. Each round label fits inside a square so the circular label touches each of the four sides of the square.

You have to estimate where the edges of your round labels are when adding your design. This makes it especially important to do a test print of your label template.

When adding images in Word, you also need to change the Wrap Text format to Tight. The default setting (In Line With Text) limits where you can position your image. Changing the Wrap Text format gives you much more control (and accuracy). Click on your image and select the Picture Tools Format tab at the top of the page to change the Wrap Text.

Keep Your Label Shape In Mind When Creating Your Design

Many people who are creating round stickers instinctively want to use round elements in their design and add borders or design elements around the edges of their sticky labels. Unfortunately, it is difficult to align these elements perfectly. They can also end up emphasising any slight misalignment on your printed sheet labels. We recommend centralising your design so it starts from the centre of each label and expands outwards.

Be Aware Of White Edging

White edging is a bit of a misnomer because it actually refers to blank or unprinted areas around the edges of your sticky labels. This can happen if your label template and printer settings haven’t been set up properly. You simply need to adjust your template or print settings to fix the issue.

It can also happen because your software and printer don’t offer the precision required to print each label perfectly. Most printers are accurate to within a millimetre or two. This can mean that you end up with areas around the edges of your round labels that are unprinted.

While you can spend hours tinkering with your template and printer trying to correct this issue, it’s far simpler to oversize your design. This way it will overlap the edges of your sticky labels – making it impossible for white edging to appear.

This is a common issue when adding a coloured background or border. Coloured backgrounds are easily fixed by resizing your design. Borders are more difficult because you have a smaller area to overlap across the edges of your round labels. We recommend avoiding a border if possible. If you absolutely have to have a border, make it as thick as possible so it is easier to overlap.

Set Up Your Printer Properly

If your printer has a media bypass tray – use it! This is a secondary tray designed for thicker materials (like self adhesive labels) and offers a straighter path through the printer. This reduces the risk of misalignment caused by your sheets rotating as they are pulled through the printer. Load your sheet labels carefully so that they are sitting in a straight stack with the guides placed levelly along each side.

You also need to go into your Printer’s Properties or Printing Preferences before you print to ensure:

  • The page size is set to A4.
  • No scaling options are applied. For example, a percentage less than 100% or any “Fit To…” options.

Ordering Round Labels and Circular Labels From Label Planet

We supply 19 round label sizes in our standard matt white paper labels. These round labels can be found on our Round Labels and Circular Labels page. They are available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock.

A selection of these label sizes are also available across our other self adhesive label ranges, including coloured labels, fluorescent labels, gold labels, silver labels, transparent labels, gloss labels, and matt labels.

Our most popular round label sizes (63.5mm, 51mm, 37mm, and 25mm) are available to buy in almost all of our label materials with same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets. The rest are available to order in boxes of 500 sheets.

Visit our list of ALL LABELS page to view our different material options. Click on the View Product link to find out more, view the sizes (and minimum order quantities) available, and to place an order.

You can find all of our label templates for round labels and circular labels on our website. You can also Request A Sample or take a look at our Help page for more advice – including our Guide To Designing And Printing Round Labels.

FAQ – How Do I Get My Text To Go Around In A Circle?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

If you’re designing circular labels, you might be thinking that you want your text or design to make the most of the space available, which means that you might be wondering exactly how you go about getting your text to go around in a circle – especially if you’re trying to use a Word template.

Word is, essentially, a word processor; it is software that is designed specifically for inserting and editing text, with some limited function for page layout design. This means that it has a limited number of tools geared towards graphic design, which can make it a little trickier to use when it comes to designing templates.

HOWEVER, there is a simple way to create circular text to match the circular outline of your labels – through the magic of good, old fashioned WordArt! The steps you need to follow will vary slightly, depending on the version of Word you are using – and more recent versions of Word will give you access to editing tools that are more advanced than those in earlier versions.


  1. Click “Insert”, “WordArt”, and select a style to begin.
    If you aren’t sure which style to pick, we recommend choosing the first (most basic) option as you can always alter the style of your WordArt later on.
  1. Enter the text you want into the text box/placeholder provided and select OK.
  2. To change the shape of your WordArt, left click on it once to select it – this will cause a “Format” tab to appear at the top of your page, beneath the words “Drawing Tools”.
    The ribbon will now contain a section called “WordArt Styles”, which will include a larger box showing examples of different styles along with three small icons to the right of this box. The bottom icon in this set of three is the tool you need to use and will either be called “Change Shape” (Word 2007-2010) or “Text Effects” (Word 2013-16). Click on this icon (choose “Transform” from the dropdown list, Word 2013-2016) and select one of the options listed under “Follow Path” to get your text to go in a circular (or even semi-circular) shape.
  1. Resize and/or reposition your WordArt to get it in the correct position within your label design – you may need to use trial printing onto paper and a bit of trial and error to get the best possible alignment.
    If you want all of your labels to be the same (or to use the same basic design), we highly recommend setting up one piece of WordArt in the first label in your template and then using copy and paste to fill in the rest of the labels.


  1. Click “Insert”, “Picture”, and then “WordArt”.
  2. Select a style, enter the text you want into the box provided, and click OK.
    If you aren’t sure which style to select or the font you want to use, we recommend selecting the first style option and using the default font settings, as you can always alter the style of your WordArt later on.
  1. Left click on your WordArt to bring up the Drawing Toolbar; there should be an icon in the toolbar made up of the letters “Abc” – this tool allows you to change the shape of your WordArt, simply by clicking on one of the shapes that appear when you click on this icon (choose one of the thin circular or semi-circular shapes to get your text to follow a circular or semi-circular path).
  2. Resize and/or reposition your WordArt to get it in the correct position within your label design – you may need to use trial printing onto paper and a bit of trial and error to get the best possible alignment.
    If you want all of your labels to be the same (or to use the same basic design), we highly recommend setting up one piece of WordArt in the first label in your template and then using copy and paste to fill in the rest of the labels.

You can find Word (and PDF) templates for all of our round labels on our “Templates For Circular Labels” page; for more tips and advice on designing your own template, take a look through our Blog or visit our Advice Pages.

Word Versus Circular Labels

Friday, September 5th, 2014

One of the most common queries we get about our templates is “why do your templates for circular labels show a grid of squares and not a grid of circles?”

Simply put, this is because Word just isn’t capable of producing a grid of circles.

As a Word Processor, Word is geared towards all things text, rather than all things graphic. So, while Word is capable of some basic design and editing functions, it simply cannot create a label template for circular labels.

This is why both our templates and those already built into Word (such as the Avery templates) feature a grid of squares rather than circles.

In either case, you need to imagine the circular labels sitting within each of the squares in the grid, with the outermost points of each circle touching the four sides of the square around it.

Aha! (we hear you say) But what about creating a template with circular shapes rather than a grid of squares?

Well! (we do reply) While this is technically possible, it can become a bit of a nightmare to work with.

Getting the perfect circular shape can be difficult to begin with (and is especially troublesome if you’re working with ovals) and getting each circle to sit in the exact right position on the A4 page is very, very tricky indeed.

If you do manage to get the right size and layout for a particular sheet of labels, yet more problems arise when you try to fit your design “inside” the circle.

For starters, the circular shape is an object in itself and cannot be “filled” in the same way that a grid (actually a table) can. While you can enter text and/or images into the cells of a table, you cannot fill a shape/object with text and/or images.

Instead you would need to layer your text and/or images over the top of the circular shape that represents the label you are printing.

Which is where the difficulties really begin. Where a table tends to stay in one place on the A4 page, Word does not cope overly well with layering objects over one another, whether they are shapes (like the circles that would represent the labels), images, or text. Anyone who has spent any time working with Word and images will know only too well the frustrations of trying to get images to sit next to one another, let alone layering them over one another. Again, we would point out that while this CAN be done, it does take a bit of time to get all of the settings correct and to get everything in the right place. It would also be difficult to place text accurately – whether you insert text as normal or use Word Art or a text box.

So, with the circular shapes, text, and images all liable to jump about the page, it is highly likely that you’d soon find that your template no longer resemble the layout on your sheet of labels.

This is why we (and others) have settled on the compromise of a grid of squares. The grid itself stays in place and can be filled with whatever elements you require (although getting the absolute perfect positioning and alignment can still take some time along with a dose of trial and error).

Going Loopy With New Circular Label Products

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

We’re expanding our range of circular labels and are pleased to announce the arrival of three new sizes.

Available Now:
We now supply two new circular label sizes in plain white paper.

These are our LP4/100R (4 labels per sheet, 100mm diameter) and our LP40/32R (40 labels per sheet, 32mm diameter), which can be found on our Circular Labels range page.

Templates for these label sizes will be added to our website shortly.

Coming Soon:
We will also be adding another label size, the LP8/69R, which features 8 labels per page with a diameter of 69mm.

All three sizes will also be available to order in REM (matt white paper labels with a removable adhesive) and Colour (paper labels available in red, blue, yellow, and green) at a minimum order quantity of 100 sheets.

Labels Aren’t Just For Christmas (Cards)…

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

It’s that time of year when the Christmas-related orders are flowing in and the majority will be used to label items that are being sent in the post for Christmas.

We have a wide variety of Address and Shipping Labels (which can be found here), but we wanted to remind our customers of some of the other ways in which our labels can be the perfect addition for Christmas.

Why not try using labels as:

– Instead of buying pre-designed tags or fiddling around with double sided tape or string to attach your gift tags, why not print your own gift labels that simply peel off a sheet and stick neatly onto your gifts. You can design your own tags with any messages or images that you want to use. Where pre-designed tags are only available in a set number of a set design (or designs), you can create as many labels as you need and you can personalise each and every one of them – creating the perfect personal touch for your gifts.
– Suggested products: Round Coloured Labels, Gold or Silver Labels, Round Fluorescent Labels

– Try using labels as seals to help make sure your gifts stay firmly wrapped up and avoid early surprises. Labels can be used as a colourful alternative to tape, but they can also be used to hold gift bags closed until Christmas day, or as a decorative addition that adds a bit of security to loosely wrapped or awkwardly shaped gifts.
– Suggested products: Round Coloured Labels, Round Gold or Silver Labels, Round Fluorescent Labels

– Add a special Christmas touch to your products by replacing plain product labels with coloured labels for the holiday season. Use a bright colour to match the festive mood, or add a decorative touch of gold or silver to promote your products as luxury or gift items. You can also use decorative product labels to highlight special Christmas promotions or simply to add a Christmas message to your customers.
– Suggested products: Coloured Labels, Gold or Silver Labels, Fluorescent Labels

There are hundreds of ways to use labels at Christmas. Our creative customers have used labels for all kinds of new and inventive purposes, including playing pieces in a home-made Christmas board game and as markers on a Family Tree project. So why not take a look through our product pages and see if there’s something there to inspire your own Christmas project or simply to add that personal touch to your Christmas items.

Fluorescent Round Labels – The Brightest Circles Around!

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Our circular labels in fluorescent colours are the perfect way to add a burst of colour to whatever you need to label. Whether you want to make something stand out, make people take notice, or just need a decorative label that adds a bright finishing touch, these circles are the brightest around.

We have twelve different sizes to choose from, and all of these sizes are available in four different fluorescent colours; Red, Orange, Green, and Lemon. Six of these sizes are also available in a daring Magenta shade that is sure to dazzle.

These bright circles are a great way to add important information on a label that draws the eye to wherever you need it to be. They are great for displaying product information, sale prices and promotions, important directions or instructions, or brand and contact information. They can even be left blank and used as fun seals on products and bags.

They’re also great for schools and parents who use stickers to reward good behaviour and achievements. These labels can be used as blank stickers to indicate how well a child is doing or how close they are to earning a reward, or they can be printed with positive messages such as “Well Done”.

You can view the options available, find out more, or buy your fluorescent labels on our new Round Fluorescent Labels range page.
[Of course, if you’d prefer a slightly demurer shade, you can always opt for one of our pastel colour options, available here.]

Going In Circles – Tips For Printing Circular Labels

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

One of the trickiest template tasks is getting a circular image onto a circular label. While the end product looks fantastic, it can be quite a game of trial and error to get it just right. So here’s a couple of tips for Microsoft Word that will hopefully stop your circular labels from driving you round the bend!

The first thing to remember is that Word cannot create a grid of circles, so you have to work with a grid of squares instead. You need to check the template you are using to see if the strips between the labels are accounted for in the grid or not. For example, some of our smaller circles have very small gaps between them and Word cannot create blank columns or rows of that size. This means that the cells you see include both the space where the labels are AND the blank spaces around them, so simply centralising your image in each cell won’t necessarily mean your image ends up in the middle of each label.

If you have an image that includes a coloured background, you may find that you end up with a white border around the edge of the labels if they aren’t 100% centralised. While you can improve the position of the labels through trial and error, it just may not be possible to prevent a white outline appearing at some point around the edge of the label. There are a couple of ways to work around this:
a) Colour matching: if you can re-create the exact colour of the background, you can flood the entire grid with this colour so there cannot be any white left around the edge of the labels.
b) Enlarge the image: you can increase the size of your logo by a couple of mm, which will mean that the background colour overlaps the edges of the labels slightly, preventing any white from showing. Remember, you may need to shift your image left a little bit as well to account for the larger space it will fill.

While positioning a circular image within a circular label is tricky, trying to centralise a circular image with a circular border within a circular label is extremely difficult to achieve in Word. In fact, it’s so difficult that our first bit of advice to customers is “can you do without the border?”! Otherwise, you will need to arm yourself with plenty of time, patience, and blank sheets of paper – and be prepared to admit that, while you may be able to centralise SOME of the images perfectly, getting all of the circles perfectly aligned may just not be possible.

Sometimes you may find that your circles are all aligned in relation to one another – but not the labels themselves. In this case, some people will try moving the entire grid to get their images into the right position. An easier, and more accurate, way of doing this is to measure how much you need to move the grid by and then alter the margins by that measurement. This way you can shift the entire grid by the precise measurement that you need to.

The term “WYSIWYG” means “What You See Is What You Get”; in other words, what you see on your screen is what you will get when you press “print”. Unfortunately, in some cases you’re more likely to end up with What You See Is Not Always What You Get. To avoid problems with layout, we always advise that you print onto blank paper first to check roughly how your labels will print, before using up your labels themselves. You also need to bear in mind that even templates that have been set up using exact measurements taken from individual sheets of labels and entered directly into Word may not always generate the perfect print alignment. All printers vary by a few mm, and some will even vary depending on what setting you use. This means that it is always best to set up a rough template first, print it onto blank paper, and then work out what amendments need to be made and plan on the best way to achieve the result you need. This could be amending the margins, the space between the cells, the dimensions of the cells, the size of your image, or even the size of the overall grid itself – even if you’ve matched the sizes specifically. It’s also worth remembering that no matter how accurate you want to be, there are limitations as to how specific Word can be with measurements and adjustments.

If you want to create text that goes in a circle within your label, you’ll need to use WordArt to achieve this effect.

So, if you’re ready to take on the challenge of circular labels, visit our website to see the sizes available or download your template and get printing. Good luck!

Rewards For Success – Gold & Silver Labels

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Parents and schools often use reward systems to encourage good behaviour and progress in their children/pupils. A common part of these schemes is the use of stickers. They can either be given as rewards in themselves or used on charts to mark a child’s progress towards achieving pre-determined targets, which will earn them a bigger reward once they are achieved.

Our gold and silver labels are ideal rewards. These labels have a bright and shiny semi-gloss finish, which makes them really stand out as a marker that a child has done well – whether they’ve successfully completed a piece of homework, done all their chores for the week, or simply behaved themselves! Our gold and silver labels can either be given out as blank labels or can be printed with encouraging messages or a note about the target that has been met to earn that sticker. If they are being used to track progress towards one particular target, they can be numbered so that a child can check for themselves how many steps they have achieved – and how many they have left to go.

We have eight sizes of gold and silver labels – our circular labels are particularly popular as reward stickers. In fact, we’ve even been known to use them ourselves in the office!!!

You can find out more or buy these labels from our website. Click here to view our Gold Labels or click here to view our Silver Labels.

Small Coloured Circular Labels – An Alternative

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

We often get customers asking if it is possible to purchase small coloured circular labels in lower quantities; there are many more labels per sheet compared to the larger sizes of circular labels meaning the buyer simply doesn’t need as many packs.

As our smallest sizes of coloured circular labels have minimum order quantities of either 100 or 500 sheets, we often advise customers to try out a simple alternative.

If customers purchase our white circular labels (all of which are available at a minimum order of 25 sheets) they can then use their inkjet or laser printer to flood coat the labels with the exact colour that they require, or even lots of different colours.