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The Trick of Transparency (With Your Labels)

Friday, September 18th, 2015

We supply a whole range of transparent labels to help make sure our customers will be able to find one that’s just right for their particular application. These labels provide our customers with a choice of finishes, adhesives, and printer compatibility, along with the best possible level of transparency.

Some of our customers are confused as to what the difference is between “Clear Labels” and “Transparent Labels”. While other companies may use these terms differently, at Label Planet we use them interchangeably – in other words, transparent labels are clear labels (and vice versa). We simply include both because some customers will only use one of these terms when searching for the labels they need.

Another term that is often confused with “transparent” is “translucent” – however, these two words are NOT interchangeable.

“Transparent” refers to a property of materials that allow light to pass through the material (otherwise known as transmitting light) without any significant scattering of the light in the process – the result of which is that objects beyond the transparent item can be viewed quite clearly.

Materials that do not transmit light are described as “opaque” and they form the opposite end of a scale with transparent materials. In between transparent materials that transmit light with little to no scattering and opaque materials that transmit no light at all are those materials that do transmit light but with some degree of scattering during the process. These materials are known as “translucent” materials; unlike transparent materials, these materials have a frosted appearance and objects beyond cannot be clearly distinguished.

Transparent labels cannot be considered to be 100% transparent (sometimes described as “glass clear”); this is due to the use of an adhesive layer as part of the label. While transparent labels will be made with a face material and an adhesive that are both transparent, the manufacturing and application processes will both introduce tiny air bubbles into or beneath the label, which will prevent it from having a truly 100% transparent appearance.

To create the best possible visual result with your transparent labels we would recommend you try the following:
– Ensure that the surface you are labelling is clean and dry.
– Take care peeling off each label and avoid touching the adhesive surface as much as you possibly can.
– Apply one end of the label first and then use your thumb to smooth the remainder of the label down left to right (or right to left), taking care to ensure that if any air bubbles appear they are worked out as you go.

While transparent labels can be used for all sorts of label applications, here’s a few special applications where a transparent label truly excels:
Window Stickers: whether you’re a business looking to use your window space effectively or you simply want to create a fun set of windows stickers for decoration purposes, transparent labels are a brilliant choice to get you started.
Colour Match Problems: you might have spent a lot of time and money choosing the perfect pattern or texture for important items (such as invitations to a special event or luxury product packaging) and you don’t want to plaster a label over the top. Transparent labels mean you can use a label that will add your text/images to your item while allowing the original pattern or texture to show through.
Product Labels On Transparent Items: if you’re looking to label transparent items such as glassware, you might want a label that won’t detract from the overall appearance of the item, which makes a transparent label the perfect pick.
“Invisible” Product Labels: of course, you might just be looking for a product label that is as unobtrusive as possible on your product and/or packaging.
Decorative “Floating” Text: as there isn’t really a visible background to a transparent label, these labels create the effect of “floating” text, which is a brilliant finishing touch to any design work on marketing materials, products, or packaging.
Waterproof Labels: these labels are made with polyester, which means they are also waterproof (when printed with a laser printer); this makes these labels extremely popular for use on products that will be stored or used in places where they may be exposed to water, such as food and drink products in the kitchen or cosmetic products in the bathroom.
Transparent “Whiteboard”: our GCP products also act like a transparent whiteboard; you can write on these labels with a whiteboard marker and wipe it away to start again.

Do you do “Invisible Labels”?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

We’ve had a few customers get in touch with us to see if we supply “Invisible Labels”.

Unfortunately, technically speaking, we don’t have labels that are truly “invisible” (although we’d be extremely excited if such a thing were possible!).

What we do have are “Transparent Labels”; these labels are made with a transparent polyester and a transparent adhesive, which means that it is possible to see through these labels. However, while these labels can be seen through, they aren’t what we call “Glass Clear” or, indeed, “Invisible”.

These labels use an adhesive to remain in place, which means they may trap tiny bubbles of air or tiny bits of dust when they are applied, which prevents them from being 100% transparent.

Depending on how well the finish of the labels matches that of the item or surface you apply them to, you may also be able to distinguish the label from the surface (especially if you apply a gloss transparent label to a matt surface or a matt transparent label to a gloss surface). So, unfortunately, we cannot say that our Transparent Labels are Invisible Labels – although they’re as close as we can (currently) get.

They can be applied to windows or glass items; you can print your text/image so it can be read/seen from the “front” of the label OR you can print a “mirrored” version so that the text/image can be read/seen through the label (and the surface it has been applied to).

Our Matt Transparent Labels provide an excellent level of transparency, particularly on items or surfaces that also have a matt finish. We also supply Gloss Transparent Labels, which provide a decorative finish to all kinds of items.

When Is A Transparent Label Not A Transparent Label?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

We have a number of different transparent labels and we often get questions from customers about these products so we thought we’d put together a quick rundown of the most common Frequently Asked Questions about transparent labels (and the answers!!!).

– How transparent are your transparent labels?
Our transparent adhesive labels (i.e. not our Static Cling labels) are all made with a transparent face material and a transparent adhesive; they are not “frosted” or “transluscent”, nor are they “glass clear”. This means that they look almost completely clear BUT they may have a very slight frosted look, particularly when applied to glass. This is because the adhesive may trap some air bubbles or small particles of dust during the application of the label, which prevents the label from having a completely transparent appearance.

– What are transparent labels made of?
All of our transparent labels are made of polyester, which means that they are long lasting, durable labels that are also waterproof.

– Are your transparent labels coloured?
No. Some transparent labels are available with a slight colour to them; these are called “transluscent” labels and are not a product that we offer.

– Why are there so many different options?
We have five transparent label options to help customers find the label that is just right for their particular needs; for example, a customer may have specific requirements such as they only have an inkjet printer and need a compatible label, they may prefer a matt to a gloss finish (or vice versa), or they may require a temporary label that they can easily remove when they need to.

– What’s the difference between matt and gloss?
Our matt transparent labels have a dull, non shiny finish, while our gloss transparent labels have a bright, shiny finish.

Having both finishes means that you can choose to match your label to the surface it is applied to (or you can use the opposite finish to help your label stand out). The gloss finish is ideal for adding a professional, decorative touch to items or surfaces (particularly retail products), while the matt finish is great way to add extra print to an item or surface without distracting from the item or surface itself (such as decorative envelopes that have been chosen for special occasions like weddings and anniversary celebrations).

– What is Static Cling?
Our static cling labels are made from polyester – just like the rest of our transparent labels – but instead of using an adhesive to adhere to a surface they use static cling. These labels are supplied on a special anti-static release liner, which means the labels generate static cling when they are removed from the liner and this allows them to adhere to a surface. These labels are therefore completely removable, repositionable, and reusable. They are ideal for use as window stickers, although they can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces. They are used in all sorts of places including schools, museums and galleries, offices, shop windows, vehicles, and around the home.
[This product has been discontinued.]

– What is the difference between “transparent” labels and “clear” labels?
Absolutely nothing! We include both terms because we’ve found that some customers will only search for “transparent” or “clear” labels and by including both terms we can make sure that more people find the labels that they’re looking for.

FAQ – Transparent or Clear Labels?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Eagle-eyed visitors to our website may have noticed that we have both “transparent” and “clear” labels listed on our website – and we often get asked what the difference is between the two products.

The simple answer is nothing.

“Clear” and “transparent” are both used to refer to the same range of labels. We include both on our website so customers looking for this kind of label can find them regardless of the particular term they are using to search for their labels.

The slightly more complicated answer is that we use the two to distinguish between our transparent labels for laser printers (which are “officially” named as transparent labels) and our transparent labels for inkjet printers (which are “officially” named as clear labels). For example, our inkjet transparent labels are listed as “Gloss Clear Polyester” labels and use the material code GCP, while our laser transparent labels are listed as “Gloss Transparent Polyester” (GTP) and “Matt Transparent Polyester” (MTP) labels.

Transparent Labels: The Labels You Can See Right Through

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Here at the Label Planet office, we’re currently surrounded by fog and the less than clear view from our windows has got us thinking about transparent labels – the labels that you CAN see through.


Transparent labels are, well, labels that are transparent. They are made using materials that you can see through – our labels are made of transparent polyester and transparent adhesives.

There are a range of labels that are described as “transparent” but there is variation in exactly how transparent these labels are – some will actually be “frosted” or “transluscent”. So what’s the difference?

A material is transparent because it transmits light (allows light to pass through itself) without scattering the light in all different directions in the process. The transparency of a material is determined by how much scattering of light occurs as light travels through the material – frosted and transluscent materials will scatter light a little bit, which prevents the materials from being totally see through.

Our labels are all made of transparent materials, so they are not frosted or transluscent. However, they are also not “glass clear” – glass clear refers to 100% transparency. When our labels are applied to a surface, tiny air bubbles may form in the adhesive or tiny particles of dust may be trapped between the label and the surface, which prevents a truly 100% transparent appearance.

Our transparent range includes:
Gloss Clear Polyester labels (GCP)
Gloss Transparent Polyester labels (GTP)
Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester labels (GTR)
Matt Transparent Polyester labels (MTP)

We have a range of five different transparent options to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for you?

– Laser or Inkjet
Four of our transparent labels are suitable for use with laser printers only, so if you have an inkjet printer, you’ll need to choose our Gloss Clear Polyester labels.

– Matt or Gloss
Do you want a shiny, glossy finish or do you need a flat, matt finish that will blend in? GTP, GTR, and GCP are all transparent labels with a gloss finish. If you want a matt finish, you’ll need to choose our Matt Transparent Polyester labels.

– Permanent or Removable
Are your labels supposed to be permanent or removable, and is it important that they don’t leave any residue behind?
Our GTP, GCP, and MTP all have standard permanent adhesives – you CAN remove these labels if you really try, but they will leave adhesive residue behind.
Our GTR labels are gloss transparent polyester labels with a removable adhesive – these labels are designed to be removed from a surface (although they may leave some trace of residue behind, depending on how long they remain on a surface for).

Generally, transparent labels are used for decorative purposes and/or because you can see through them to whatever is behind or beyond the label itself. This means that they are a popular choice for window stickers, but they can also be used on decorative surfaces so that the label doesn’t block out or cover up the pattern or colour that has been selected; for example, this could be a pattern on product packaging, or decorative envelopes that have been chosen to suit a special occasion (such as wedding or christening invitations). Transparent labels help to avoid issues with colour matching and don’t distract the eye from transparent objects (such as glass vases or see-through containers). They are an easy way to add information in a subtle way – a transparent label will blend in with its background, rather than standing out from the crowd as white or coloured labels will do.

How To Make Inkjet Labels Waterproof

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

First things first: inkjet printers use inks that are water based, which means the print is NOT WATERPROOF and will run or smudge if a label gets wet.

However, sometimes people simply do not have access to a laser printer but still need waterproof labels that they can print themselves using an inkjet printer.

The simplest solution is a waterproof cover – created by sticking a waterproof transparent label over the top of an inkjet printed label.

We have three options that work well for this particular application:

These labels are made of polyester and so the labels themselves are waterproof. Half of the labels can be printed using an inkjet printer while the remaining half are left blank and later stuck over the printed labels thus forming a waterproof cover.

These labels are also made of polyester and – providing they are used as blank covering labels only – they may be the better option as they are slightly cheaper. Customers can use their inkjet printer to print other inkjet-compatible labels – in whatever colour or material they prefer – and then simply use a blank GTP label as the waterproof cover.

As for the GTP labels, these polyester labels are a good option to use as blank covering labels only – these may be the preferred option for customers who are applying labels to a matt surface and so want a covering label that matches, rather than a gloss label that stands out.

Customers can see all of the waterproof transparent labels we offer on our website here.

New Product: Transparent Static Cling Labels

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

We would like to introduce you to our newest product range: TRANSPARENT STATIC CLING LABELS – the perfect solution for making your own bespoke window stickers!

While we already have four ranges of transparent labels, there was one outstanding problem that we were determined to solve. Our existing transparent labels all use adhesive and when they are applied to glass this adhesive can create air bubbles, which prevents the labels from being truly transparent.

So we are proud to present Transparent Static Cling labels, which create an ultra clear finish when they are applied to glass surfaces. The difference between these labels and our existing ranges is that, instead of an adhesive, these labels attach to surfaces through static cling. Static cling is generated when the labels are pulled away from the anti-static release liner (or backing sheet), which means the labels can be removed, repositioned, and reused over and over again, and no adhesive residue is left behind.

These labels are supplied on A4 sheets, with 13 sizes kept in stock and a full range available to order. They are designed for use with laser printers and can be applied to a range of surfaces, including glass, gloss paint, non-coated metals, and non-coated plastics.

These labels mean that individuals, companies, and organisations can create their own window stickers for whatever purpose they have in mind – whether they want to display important information, promotional messages, educational material, or simply add a decorative touch to a window – at home or in a business space.

For example:
Car Dealerships
– can create window stickers for the vehicles they have on display – indicating company information, offers and promotions, or prices and specifications relating to a particular vehicle.
Charities – can produce window stickers that can be handed out to raise awareness of the charity’s aims, upcoming events, or key messages.
Political Parties – can make window stickers that are tailored to a local candidate’s area, including their key campaign messages.
Shops – can add window stickers to their premises to help draw the attention of potential customers.
Schools – can use these stickers as teaching aids or to label displays of work that are regularly updated.
Galleries & Museums – can add information to exhibitions that can be removed when the display is updated or replaced, without causing any damage to the exhibition space.
Individuals – can make their own bespoke stickers to decorate their cars or homes – whether to add signs such as “Baby On Board” or “No Sales Reps”, or as a fun activity for children who can create their own stickers to decorate their bedrooms.

Of course, these are just a few ideas – we’re sure our creative customers will come up with all sorts of ways to use our new range.

You can see the full range of sizes available here and take a look at our guide to printing mirrored text and images here.

[This product has been discontinued].

New Window Cling Labels – On The Way!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

It sticks to windows, it is crystal clear, it is fully removable, it is repositional… it is Transparent Window Cling! Now on its way to us in 14 sizes. This new material is ideal for making car window stickers on your laser printer, so you can promote your business, an event, a charity, football team, or political party, or just have some fun with a humorous sticker. The same material can be used by shops, car dealerships, and individuals to put adverts or messages in windows.

This is our first public announcement of this material which should be on sale on our site within a month.

FAQ – Can I Print Mirrored Text And Images?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Our transparent labels are a popular choice for customers who want to make their own window stickers.

A common problem that arises for these customers is the issue of printing labels that will be stuck on the inside of a window, but are designed to be read from the outside. In other words, they need the text or images to be printed in reverse – or “mirrored” – so that they look right from the outside.

So here’s a short guide to printing mirrored text and images in Microsoft Word.
– Please note that to create mirrored text in Word, you will need to insert your text using WordArt or a text box.

For the 2007 and earlier versions of Word, you can create mirrored images and text by using the Flip tool.
– Select your image, shape, or text box by left clicking on the item once.
– Select the “Format” tab at the top of the page.
– In the “Arrange” group, click on “Rotate” and then “Flip Vertical”.

WORD 2010

For the 2010 version of Word, you can create mirrored images and text by using the 3D-Rotation tool.
– Select your image, shape, or text box by left clicking on the item once.
– Select the “Format” tab at the top of the page.
– IMAGES: In the “Picture Styles” group, click on “Picture Effects” then “3D-Rotation” then “3D-Rotation Options”.
– SHAPES/TEXT BOXES: In the “Shape Styles” group, click on “Shape Effects” then “3D-Rotation” then “3D-Rotation Options”.
– Amend the value of “X” to 180°.
– Note for text boxes: the text box may now display a background colour. To remove this simply click on the “Shape Fill” option in the “Shape Styles” group and select “No Fill”.

Customers who are using a graphics package to edit a PDF file should find that these programs have similar functions to allow them to create mirrored images and/or text.

It is also worth noting that some printers actually have this function built in to their software, so it may well be worth checking your printer’s properties first. This can be done by selecting “Printer Properties” or “Printer Settings” on your print preview screen and looking for a check box listed as “Mirror Image”. If you check this box, your printer should print your document in reverse, though you may wish to try printing on a blank sheet of paper to test this function before you print onto your labels.

All of our templates are available to download from our website on our Templates Page.

Waterproof Labels for Beauty & Bathroom Products

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

We have a large number of customers who produce and sell toiletry items, such as body lotions, creams, and shower gels. All of these customers have one common problem – how to label their bottles and jars with a label that won’t be damaged by liquids.

We have a number of waterproof labels that are ideal for just this purpose. Each of these labels is made of a waterproof polyester and has a waterproof adhesive – to make sure that the label will stay in place.

The label that you choose depends on the look or finish that you want:
– WHITE labels in a MATT FINISH or in a GLOSS FINISH
– SILVER labels in a MATT FINISH

As always, we remind customers that if they also want the PRINT to be waterproof, they will need to use a LASER printer – the inks used in inkjet printers are water-based and will therefore smudge when wet.

Of course, we cannot test our labels and their adhesives against all of the possible combinations of ingredients, so we do advise that customers request a sample of our waterproof labels to test out for themselves. Customers can Request A Sample here.