Posts Tagged ‘Clear Labels’

Get Creative With Gloss Clear Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

This week, we’re taking an in-depth look at one of our synthetic self-adhesive labels, GLOSS CLEAR POLYESTER INKJET LABELS, which have a few useful features that make them perfect for all kinds of creative purposes.

GIVE ME A G! (GLOSS)
These labels have a high gloss finish, which means that they are very efficient at reflecting light and so have an attractive bright and shiny appearance. This makes these labels extremely popular for any label application that requires the use of a decorative and/or professional looking label – but one that avoids being too overpowering or colourful.

GIVE ME A C! (CLEAR)
Our GCP labels are made with a transparent polyester and a transparent adhesive, which means that – once applied onto a solid white or coloured background – they can be seen through quite clearly. While our transparent labels are not frosted or translucent, they are not “glass clear”; in other words, when a label is applied onto glass, the adhesive will cause some bubbles of air or dust to be trapped beneath the label which prevents it from having a truly 100% transparent appearance.

These labels are a brilliant way to add branding or additional information onto all kinds of items because they won’t obscure or detract from any existing designs on the surface being labelled. They’re also ideal if you are having trouble colour matching labels to your existing print or design.

GIVE ME A P! (POLYESTER)
Polyester is a synthetic material that is extremely tough and durable, which means these labels can be used in a wide range of environments and for all kinds of applications. The labels themselves are waterproof and long lasting, which makes them ideal for both short term or long term applications.

Polyester does have a strong memory (i.e. when the material is distorted in some way – for example, by bending it around a narrow curve – it will try to return to its original flat state), which means that these labels may not be suitable for labelling extremely curved surfaces such as very narrow cylinders.

GIVE ME AN I! (INKJET)
GCP labels are designed specifically for use with inkjet printers, which means that they can be used to produce extremely high quality label designs – including reproductions of photographs and high resolution artwork.

It should be noted that, while the labels themselves are waterproof, most inkjet inks are water-based and this means that the print will run or smudge if it gets wet or is handled a lot. To create waterproof printed labels using GCP you would need to either purchase a protective spray to cover the print or you would need to apply a second label over a printed label in order to protect the print from exposure to water.

GIVE ME AN L! (LABELS)
Our range of GCP labels is extremely popular for a variety of label applications including decorative address labels, product labels and packaging labels, promotional and marketing labels, and decorative window stickers.

They can also be used to create mini dry-wipe boards that can be written on using a dry-wipe marker pen before wiping clean so you can use them again and again (and again and again!).

To find out more or to buy your own marvellous GLOSS CLEAR POLYESTER INKJET LABELS simply visit the GCP range page or fill in our online SAMPLE REQUEST FORM to try before you buy.

Make Things Clearer With Transparent Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

We supply FOUR ranges of self-adhesive transparent labels, each of which is made with a transparent polyester and a transparent adhesive, which allows all of these labels to be seen through quite clearly.

Transparent labels are useful for a number of different applications and are most commonly used when there is a need to create decorative and/or professional looking labels that avoid any potential issues with surface-matching or colour-matching.

In other words, transparent labels are generally chosen for their ability to “blend in” – so you can add a label without covering up the surface of the item you are labelling, for example:

  • Products and product packaging often feature specially created designs that are an important part of the product or company brand and shouldn’t be hidden beneath any product labels that are subsequently applied. Transparent labels are also a simple solution to the issue of colour-matching; if you are using specific brand colours but can’t find labels to match, you can use a transparent label to avoid the problem altogether.
  • Items connected with special events (such as wedding invitations or extra special birthday gifts) are often sent in decorative envelopes or wrapping that are specially chosen to suit the big event – and it would be a pity to cover up these items with a plain label. Transparent labels allow an address to be added without taking away from the look of envelopes or wrapping – and are, again, an easy way to avoid the problem of colour matching items that have been made to a specific colour theme.
  • Labels are an ideal way to add information to displays and exhibitions – from the creations of school children through to works of art being displayed in galleries. Transparent labels are a really easy way to add professional signage to such displays and allow identifying information (such as the creator or history of a specific item) to be displayed without distracting from the item itself.
  • Finally, transparent labels are a brilliant way to create window stickers for decorative or professional purposes and can be used to display information or designs without blocking out a larger section of a window than is necessary.

Our transparent labels are made with polyester, which is a tough, durable, and waterproof material that is perfect for a wide range of applications, including indoor and outdoor uses that involve exposure to water (e.g. product labels on items that are used outdoors or in kitchens/bathrooms). They can also be used to create indoor and outdoor signage, as protective covering for non-waterproof labels, or as seals on important documentation or packaging.

These labels are not “frosted” or “translucent”, nor are they “glass clear” – while they will appear almost completely see through when applied to a white or coloured surface, when they are applied to glass they may have a slightly frosted look. This is because tiny air bubbles may be trapped by the adhesive as the labels are applied, which prevents them from having a truly 100% transparent appearance when applied onto glass.
To achieve this, you would need to source an alternative type of label that do not rely on the presence of an adhesive to remain in place; for example, static cling labels use static in place of an adhesive and are capable of creating a 100% transparent adhesive.

It should also be noted that the terms “transparent” and “clear” generally mean the same thing – i.e. transparent labels may also be called clear labels. At Label Planet, we tend to use “transparent” but you will also see that our laser transparent labels have “transparent” in their product name (e.g. Gloss Transparent Labels), while our inkjet transparent labels have “clear” in their product name (e.g. Gloss Clear Labels).

The four kinds of transparent labels supplied by Label Planet are:

Gloss Clear Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a gloss finish (a shiny finish) and are suitable for use with INKJET printers only; they can also be used to create your own mini dry wipe boards.

Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels also have a gloss finish but are suitable for use with LASER printers only; this makes them ideal for use as permanent labels on items that also have a gloss surface.

Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a removable adhesive (they can be removed from a surface with damaging that surface in the process); they also have a gloss finish and are suitable for use with LASER printers only.

Matt Transparent Polyester Labels
These transparent labels have a permanent adhesive and a matt finish (a non-shiny finish) and are suitable for use with LASER printers only; these labels are ideal for use as permanent labels on non-glossy surfaces and are particularly well-suited to use as professional labels on important documentation or product packaging.

To find out more or to buy any of our transparent labels, simply visit our TRANSPARENT LABELS page today.

Opaque VS. Translucent VS. Transparent

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

There are a lot of different terms used to describe different kinds of labels – ranging from everyday terms to specific technical terms used by the label industry (and usually no one else). Unfortunately, some of these terms are extremely similar or are used to refer to different things (usually by different people). It can be extremely easy, therefore, to get confused or to be completely in the dark as to what sort of label you want to ask for.

One area where this often happens is with labels that are opaque, translucent, or transparent. Different people use different terms for these properties – so we thought we’d give an official Label Planet definition – so you know exactly what we mean when we use these terms (although we can’t guarantee that everyone else will use them in the exact same way).

All of these terms describe a quality of materials that refers to how effectively they transmit light (i.e. if they allow light to travel through them). This quality determines how well the human eye can see through a particular material and most people discuss materials in terms of how well you can see through them, rather than how well they transmit light.

These terms refer to the scale of how well materials transmit light; materials that transmit no light at all are described as “opaque” and materials that transmit light very efficiently are described as “transparent”, with “translucent” referring to those materials that are somewhere in between.

“Opaque”

  • Does not transmit light
  • Cannot be seen through

“Transparent”

  • Does transmit light
  • Light isn’t scattered (much) as it passes through the material
  • Can be seen through

“Translucent”

  • Does transmit light
  • Light is scattered as it passes through the material
  • Has a “frosted” appearance: where transparent materials allow the human eye to see through and distinguish objects beyond the material, translucent labels cannot be seen through with a clarity that allows objects to be seen and distinguished beyond the material.

While some people mix up opaque and transparent, the most common confusion occurs between transparent and translucent – usually because some people will use the terms interchangeably. To avoid confusion, “transparent” should ONLY be used to refer to materials that you CAN see right through (and distinguish individual objects beyond) and “translucent” should ONLY be used to refer to materials that are FROSTED in appearance (and cannot be seen through clearly).

At Label Planet, we supply both OPAQUE labels and a range of TRANSPARENT labels.

[Please note that our website refers to Transparent Labels as both “Transparent” and “Clear” labels.]