Posts Tagged ‘Materials’

Spring Is Here (& So Is The Rain) So Why Not Try Some Colour (ed Labels) To Make Your Things A Little Less Duller?!

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Monday brought the Spring Equinox and with it weather that feels anything but spring-like so we thought it was a good time to take a closer look at our coloured labels – perfect for adding a burst of colour to brighten up even the gloomiest of “spring” days.

Here at Label Planet, our coloured labels remain some of our firm favourites because they’re a really simple way to add a bit of decoration (and fun) to any labelling application – and we’ve got colours to suit all sorts of projects, whether you’re looking for a luxurious finish, a natural homemade feel, a gentle bloom of colour, or an eye catching display that won’t go unnoticed.

All of our coloured labels are supplied on A4 sheets and are suitable for printing or for handwriting.

Our colours include:

SEVEN PASTEL SHADES

Crimson-Red, Orange-Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Cream, Pink

Our pastel coloured labels are made with a coloured paper with either a permanent adhesive or a removable adhesive. Both are suitable for use with inkjet printers and laser printers or for handwriting. We have 20 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock (in 25 sheet packs) and a further 43 label sizes available to order. These labels are ideal for adding a gentle burst of colour that adds a subtle touch of decoration to any labelled item.

FIVE NEON FLUORESCENTS

Red, Orange, Lemon (Yellow), Green, Magenta

Our fluorescent labels are made with a fluorescent coloured paper and a permanent adhesive; these labels are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting. We have 8 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock and a further 51 label sizes available to order. These labels are perfect if you want to create eye-catching, attention-grabbing labels that are impossible to miss.

TWO SEMI-GLOSS METALLICS

Gold, Silver

Our metallic labels are made with a metallic colour paper with a textured, semi-gloss finish and a permanent adhesive; these labels are suitable for use with laser printers only or for handwriting. We have 9 label sizes available for same day despatch from stock and a further 15 label sizes available to order. These labels are a lovely way to create high quality, luxury labels or to add a glimmer of a shimmer to extra special items.

PATTERNED KRAFT

Brown Ribbed Kraft Paper

Our Kraft labels are made with a brown kraft paper with a ribbed finish and a permanent adhesive; these labels can be printed with inkjet printers and laser printers or can be handwritten. These labels are a brilliant way to add natural colouring with a subtle touch of pattern and texture; our Kraft labels are especially popular for labelling homemade or gift items.

You can find ALL of our coloured labels on our COLOURED LABELS page. Remember, you can also request a sample of our labels so you can make sure that you’ve found the perfect colour for you!

High Tack Vs Super Tack: Which Sticky Label Has The Stickiest Stick For Sticky Situations?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

One of our newest label products is our range of SUPER TACK labels, which form one half of our “Very Sticky” group of labels (along with our HIGH TACK labels). Both of these ranges feature paper labels (suitable for printing with inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting) with very strong permanent adhesives that are designed to stay firmly in place on a variety of surfaces.

Our High Tack labels and Super Tack labels were designed to be suitable for applications that require labels that are extremely difficult to remove, that can sustain an adhesive bond over a long period of time, that can adhere to materials and/or surfaces that standard permanent adhesives fail to bond with properly, or for applications that may involve (temporary) exposure to lower temperatures.

So what’s the difference between High Tack and Super Tack?
The only difference between our High Tack and Super Tack labels is the adhesive; both are made with very strong permanent adhesives but the adhesive on our super tack labels has been specially formulated and manufactured to maximise its initial tack and ultimate tack.

What’s “initial tack” and “ultimate tack”?
Our labels are all made with “pressure sensitive adhesives” – i.e. adhesives that only require the pressure of a finger or hand to create an adhesive bond. Pressure sensitive adhesives have two stages of adhesion – the initial tack and the ultimate tack. The initial tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond that is created at the moment of contact between the adhesive and a surface, while the ultimate tack describes the strength of the adhesive bond once it has fully strengthened and set.

Therefore, if a standard permanent adhesive has “good” initial tack and “good” ultimate tack, our high tack labels offer “very good” initial tack and “very good” ultimate tack, while our super tack labels offer “excellent” initial tack and “excellent” ultimate tack.

So why choose High Tack Labels or Super Tack Labels?
The strength of the adhesives used to make these labels makes them an ideal choice if you want your labels to remain firmly in place for a long time – even if the label application will involve exposure to lower temperatures. They’re also perfect if you find that standard permanent adhesives struggle to bond with the surface or material that you are trying to label; for example, standard labels may struggle to adhere to curved containers (such as bottles and jars) and fabric or plastic items (such as material swatches and samples or plastic bags and boxes).

Our HIGH TACK LABELS are available in fourteen stocked sizes (available for same day despatch in packs of 25 sheets) and thirty made to order sizes (available to order in boxes of 500 sheets), while our SUPER TACK LABELS are available in eleven stocked sizes and thirty-three made to order sizes.

Remember, you can always use our free sample request service to request a sample of our high tack labels and/or super tack labels to find out which of our sticky labels have enough stick for your sticky situation!

Have You Tried The Label Planet Label Finder Yet? – Find The Perfect Label For The Job With A Few Simple Clicks!

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Whether you have absolutely no idea what sort of labels you need to buy or you know exactly what you want but not if they’re available from Label Planet, the Label Finder is your one stop shop to find the perfect label for you!

We’ve loaded all of our label products (and their most important features) into the Label Finder so that all you need to do is tell the Label Finder what your labels need to be like and it will give you a shortlist of any labels that fit the bill. You can then use the filters to narrow down your options even further, take a look at some alternatives that you hadn’t thought of before, or simply click on the product that you want to buy!

You can narrow your search in all sorts of ways, including searching by:

Our “Label Use” category provides a (not at all complete) list of some of the most popular label applications that our customers purchase labels for – and each category has been matched with the label products that we feel are best suited to those particular uses.

We highly recommend selecting your printer type (e.g. laser printer, inkjet printer etc) because some of our labels are suitable for ONE printing method only (i.e. they are laser labels or they are inkjet labels), while others can be used with EITHER printing method (i.e. they are laser AND inkjet labels) – this means you can instantly get rid of any products that your printer cannot print in the first place.

You can also use the smaller filters to identify the properties that your labels absolutely HAVE TO HAVE if they are to be suitable for your unique application. For example, you may need a specific size of label (so that the labels will fit on the item you are labelling), or you may need waterproof labels (so that they can be used or stored outside), or you may simply have a strong preference for what your labels should look like (for example, you may want a particular colour to match an existing scheme or you may want transparent labels with no colour at all).

Remember, you can also use our free Sample Request Service to request a sample of the options that you like the look of, or – if you’re having any problems choosing the right labels for the job – you can contact our Customer Service Team, who will be more than happy to answer any questions and queries that you may have.

It’s The First Day Of (Meteorological) Spring, So Here’s A Blog About Waterproof Labels (Ideal For All Those Spring Showers)

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Yes, today is both Saint David’s Day and the first day of Meteorological Spring, so we thought it was the perfect time to take a closer look at our range of WATERPROOF LABELS, which are ideal for any labelling application that might involve exposure to water.

All of the labels in our Waterproof Labels range are made with a waterproof adhesive and a waterproof synthetic face material; our range includes polyester labels, polyethylene labels, and polyolefin labels.

All of our waterproof labels will survive being exposed to or submerged in water – AND they’re all extremely tough and durable, which means that they’ll remain firmly in place and perfectly legible, even if you’re looking for long lasting tracking labels that need to survive in both indoor and outdoor conditions.

If you need to create waterproof PRINTED labels, you will need to use a laser printer. This is because laser printers use a dry printing process to bond a dry powder (toner) into place using heat and/or pressure – this produces waterproof print.

Inkjet printers, meanwhile, disperse inks onto a surface where they dry in place to form a printed image – the problem with this printing method is that the inks used in inkjet printers tend to be water-based, which means that the print will smudge and/or run if it get wets. It IS possible to buy inks that are not water-based (and/or have been specially treated to make them waterproof) but these tend to be highly specialised inks that are more expensive and less commonly available.

So, what labels do we supply in our Waterproof Labels range?
We currently supply ELEVEN label products within our Waterproof Labels range (plus our GCP labels, which are waterproof in themselves BUT would need to be printed with specialist inkjet materials to produce waterproof printed labels).

These products provide our customers with a variety of options so that they can choose a label that best suits their particular application and the overall look that they want to achieve.

WHITE, SILVER, OR TRANSPARENT
One choice is that of “colour”; our waterproof labels are available in white labels, silver labels, or transparent labels. The white waterproof labels are ideal if you want a blank, clear background for your labels, our silver waterproof labels are popular for use on high value goods as long lasting asset ID labels, and our transparent waterproof labels are perfect for use on transparent surfaces or to avoid issues with colour matching.

GLOSS OR MATT
Another choice is between a gloss finish and a matt finish; the gloss finish reflects light more efficiently to produce a bright and shiny appearance – while the matt finish is less efficient at reflecting light, which produces a dull, non-shiny appearance. A gloss finish is popular for use on product labels (due to its decorative appearance), while the matt finish is ideal for labelling surfaces that also have a matt finish so that the label neatly blends in as a subtle addition to an item or surface.

PERMANENT OR REMOVABLE
While the majority of our waterproof labels use a permanent adhesive, we do have two options (MWR and GTR) with removable adhesives. While a permanent adhesive is ideal if you want your labels to remain firmly in place (and to be difficult to remove), the removable adhesive is ideal if you want to add a durable and professional looking label to an item or surface on a temporary basis only – so that you can remove the label when it is no longer needed without damaging the item or surface in the process.

MARINE QUALITY ADHESIVE
Three of our waterproof labels also feature a special marine adhesive that has been designed specifically for use in outdoor (marine) conditions. The adhesive has been extensively tested and conforms to the BS5609 Part 2 standard for marine immersion, which is an internationally recognised standard and indicates that a particular label product is of extremely high quality and is a strong and durable product that is suitable for use in challenging marine conditions.

The three products that feature this adhesive are our Matt White Polyester Labels (MWP), Matt White Polyethylene Labels (MWPE), and Matt White Polyolefin Labels (MWPO). These three labels are our strongest and most durable waterproof labels and are ideal for any label application – indoor or outdoor – that needs a long lasting label that will remain firmly in place, even if it gets wet.

You can view ALL of our Waterproof Label products on our aptly named Waterproof Labels page. You can find out more about each product by visiting its dedicated range page OR you can use our free sample request service to give them a try before you buy!

FAQs – What’s The Difference Between “LASER LABELS” & “INKJET LABELS”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

You may have noticed that our label products are categorised with one of THREE printer compatibility types; laser labels, inkjet labels, or laser and inkjet labels.

All this means is that the labels have been made using materials that are either well-suited to the laser printing process, the inkjet printing process, or that are suitable for use with either printing process.

So why do different printing methods need labels made of different materials?
Laser printers and inkjet printers work in two very different ways, which means that – to get the best possible print results – you need to print onto materials that suit the particular printing method in use.

LASER PRINTERS bond toner (a dry powder) onto a surface using heat and pressure; this means that laser labels are made with materials that have a consistently smooth surface and that are heat resistant (paper laser labels, for example, often have a higher moisture content to ensure they survive the heat used during laser printing).

INKJET PRINTERS disperse inks (usually water-based) onto a surface where they dry and form the final printed image; this means that inkjet labels are made with materials that are slightly porous – allowing them to absorb some of the ink, which means that the ink dries in place much more efficiently and accurately.

At Label Planet, our label products are made with materials that naturally possess properties that make them well-suited to a particular printing method or that have been treated in a particular way (for example, having a special coating or finish applied) to make them better suited to a particular printing method.

So what label products do you supply for laser printers and for inkjet printers (and for both)?

Matt White Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Freezer Paper Labels Laser Printers
Wash Off Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Gloss White Paper Labels Laser Printers
Removable Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Semi-Gloss Paper Labels Laser Printers
Super Removable Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Gloss Transparent Labels Laser Printers
High Tack Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Removable Gloss Transparent Labels Laser Printers
Super Tack Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Matt Transparent Labels Laser Printers
Gloss Photo Quality Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Gloss White Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Premium Quality Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Matt White Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Opaque Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Removable Matt White Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Matt White Polyethylene Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Silver Metallic Waterproof Labels Laser Printers
Coloured Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Matt White Polyolefin Labels Laser Printers
Removable Coloured Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Silver Void Labels Laser Printers
Kraft Paper Labels Laser & Inkjet Printers Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels Laser Printers
Fluorescent Paper Labels Laser Printers
Gloss Clear Labels Inkjet Printers Gold & Silver Paper Labels Laser Printers

And what happens if I use the wrong labels with the wrong printer?
At best, you’ll end up with a batch of very poor quality printed labels – at worse, you could end up damaging your printer. Whether you print laser labels with an inkjet printer or print inkjet labels with a laser printer, the print you apply to your labels won’t be able to fix or set in place properly, which will result in your print flaking away or smudging and smearing. You may also damage the labels themselves, which could result in those labels (and your toner/inks) doing damage to the internal components of your printer.

This is why you should ALWAYS make sure that your labels are compatible with your printer BEFORE you start printing. To help you out, all of our label products will have their printer compatibility type listed on the range page, product page, and packaging for that particular item.

For more hints and tips you can take a look at our HELP section or have a browse through our FAQ blog posts.

New Products: Yes, We’ve Got Another THREE New Label Products For You To Choose From!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

We’ve decided to kick-start the year with the introduction of three brand new products, which are all now available for our customers to buy or try (a sample).

Each one of our new products has been designed for a particular kind of application, which means that they’ll be the perfect label for the job – whether you need bottle labels and jar labels, super sticky adhesive labels, or waterproof labels that will survive in all kinds of outdoor (and indoor) conditions.

WATER WASH OFF LABELS – for when you wish your labels would just wash off.
These wonderful labels are made with a wash-off adhesive, which means that they provide a unique combination of a permanent label that can also be removed cleanly and easily – without doing any damage to your labelled items. They are perfect bottle labels and jar labels, although they can be used to label any kind of reusable container, where they can be used to clearly and securely label a container before washing away so that the container can be relabelled and reused.

Available in 8 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 36 made to order sizes, these paper labels can be handwritten or printed with an inkjet or laser printer.

SUPER TACK LABELS –for when you wish your labels would get a grip.
You may have noticed that we already have a “High Tack” product range; our Super Tack labels take things a step further and feature our strongest permanent adhesive to date. These labels have a supremely strong initial tack and long term adhesion to match, which allows them to create a super strong bond upon immediate contact with an item or surface and to maintain that bond over time – even when the item is made of an unusual material or the surface is curved or rough.

Available in 11 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 33 made to order sizes, these paper labels can be handwritten or printed with an inkjet or laser printer.

POLYOLEFIN LABELS – for when you need a label for the great outdoors.
The latest addition to our range of waterproof labels, these polyolefin labels are made with a matt white polyolefin and a marine standard adhesive, which makes them perfect for any outdoor (or indoor) application that requires a tough, long-lasting label that can survive in all kinds of conditions. The polyolefin is soft and pliable, which means that they are ideal for curved or flat surfaces and the waterproof materials allow these labels to survive even if they are exposed to (or submerged in) water.

Available in 16 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 28 made to order sizes, these plastic labels can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

To view ALL of the label product ranges available from Label Planet, simply visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page.

The Language Of Labels – A Quickfire Guide To Our Label Categories

Monday, January 30th, 2017

At Label Planet, we often group our labels into categories based on specific qualities and many of our product ranges take their names from the qualities that those labels possess. If you’re new to the world of labels, however, it can be a bit confusing if you aren’t sure what some (or all) of these terms mean – or at least what they mean in the specific world of labels and labelling. This short guide should help to make it clear what we mean when we use the following terms to describe our labels:

Permanent:
We use the word permanent to refer to labels that are made with a permanent adhesive; permanent adhesives are designed to create a strong bond between a label and an object that is difficult to break. It does NOT mean that these labels are impossible to remove; if someone is determined enough to remove a permanent label they will be able to do so (albeit with a serious amount of intent and effort and the likely result that both the label itself and the labelled item will be damaged in the process).

High Tack:
This refers to labels that are made with extremely strong, permanent adhesives; “tack” refers to the property of materials that allows them to adhere to a surface immediately upon contact – in other words, it describes how “sticky” a material is in a fluid or semi-fluid state. High tack labels, therefore, are highly sticky labels!

Removable:
We use the term removable to refer to labels that are made with a removable adhesive; removable adhesives are designed to create a bond between a label and an object so that the label can be removed cleanly and easily (without doing any damage or leaving behind any adhesive residue) when it is no longer needed. For this reason, removable labels may also be called “Temporary Labels”.

Finish:
This term refers to the qualities and properties of a material’s surface, including its appearance and texture. We supply three types of finish:

  • Gloss: gloss surfaces are generally very smooth and are highly efficient at reflecting light, which produces a decorative bright and shiny appearance.
  • Matt: matt surfaces are very poor at reflecting light, which creates a dull and non-shiny appearance.
  • Semi-Gloss: as a compromise between gloss and matt, semi-gloss surfaces do reflect light (but less efficiently than full gloss surfaces), which creates a more subtle shine.

Opaque:
Opaque materials do not transmit light; light cannot travel through these materials, which means that opaque materials cannot be seen through. Opaque materials are used to create “Blockout” labels that will prevent any existing print or design work from showing through a label, even if it is applied to a highly decorative surface. They are ideal for covering up existing print, recycling packaging, covering up errors, or simply to create a completely blank background onto which a new design or print can be added.

Transparent:
Transparent materials are extremely efficient at transmitting light; light travels through these materials, which means that you can see through transparent materials. Our transparent labels are not 100% transparent because they use an adhesive, which means that they may trap small air bubbles or particles of dust during application. Please note that we also use the term “clear” to refer to transparent materials.
If a material only transmits some light, then it will not be completely transparent – these labels are usually known as Transluscent or Frosted labels.

Waterproof:
Waterproof materials can survive exposure to or immersion in water – which means our waterproof labels are the best option to choose if you need labels for an application that may involve water, for example outdoor labels or labels for use on items that will be stored and used in kitchens or bathrooms.

Splashproof:
This is a term that we use to describe our GW (gloss laser labels) and SG (semi-gloss laser labels); both of these products are paper labels, which means that they are not waterproof BUT the coatings applied to these labels to give them their gloss and semi-gloss finishes do provide limited protection if the labels are lightly splashed with water or get slightly dirty (hence splashproof). These labels provide a compromise between using standard paper labels (with no protection against water damage) and our synthetic labels (which are completely waterproof) – especially if you need to work within a limited budget.

Compatible:
Essentially, when we describe one of our labels as being “compatible” with a label product from a different company, we mean that the label size and layout (but not the materials used to make the labels) are the same for our labels as they are for the other product. For example, many of our label products are described as “Avery Compatible” and we provide “Compatible Avery Template Codes” for customers to use when printing their labels. All this means is that the label size and layout of our labels is the same as those of Avery labels and you can therefore use the same template to print both our labels and Avery labels.

Special Use:
Also known as “Media Labels”, these labels are a group of products that were each originally created to suit a specific purpose but can also be used for a wider range of label applications. They tend to be sizes that were designed for use on storage devices and folders, such as CDs and DVDs, box files and lever arch files, or videos and data cartridges.

Plastic:
Plastic is a general term that can be used to describe any synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers. We have three plastic materials; polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl (our Tamper Evident Vinyl). When we use the term “Plastic labels”, we are referring to our polyester and polyethylene (and vinyl) labels.

Tamper Evident:
A type of security label; security labels are labels with special features that are designed to improve the security of the items they are used to label. Tamper evident labels have features that allow them to provide visual evidence that someone has tampered with an item. We have TWO tamper evident labels; our Silver Void Labels leave the message “VOID” behind when they are removed from an item, while our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels will disintegrate into tiny pieces if someone attempts to remove them.

You can find even more label terms (along with their definitions) in our online Glossary. If you have any questions or queries about what a particular term means or if you need any assistance choosing the right label for your specific label application, you can get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone or email to find out more.

Need Help Choosing The Right Labels? Try These Helpful Extras From Label Planet To Find The Perfect Label For The Job!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

If you’re looking for labels, you might not have realised how many different options are out there, which can make picking the perfect label a bit of a problem. Here at Label Planet, we’ve added a few helpful resources to our website that you can use to make sure that you choose the right label for your specific label application.

The Label Finder
Our label finder is designed to create a shortlist of options for you to choose from based on the information that you enter; all you need to do is select the specifications that you need your labels to match and the finder will automatically create a list of Label Planet labels that meet those requirements.

You can narrow down your options by entering the type of printer you want to use, the shape and/or size of label you want to use, any preferences you have for the material/colour/adhesive/finish, if you need waterproof labels or not, or you can use our “Label Use” category to see a list of products that we recommend for a particular label application.

Search By Pages & Label Lists
Our search by pages help you to find out what products are available from Label Planet, based on a specific requirement that you have – for example, you can search by number of labels per sheet, by label width or height, or by Avery code – to see if we have a label size that is the same as the Avery labels/template that you already use.

Alternatively, you can use our label lists to view all of the label products that we supply that are a certain “type” of label, such as “All Colours”, “All Transparent”, “All Removable” etc.

Range Pages (and Material Specification Sheets)
Each of our products has its own range page, which provides you with more information about each particular range, including key facts (material, adhesive, printer compatibility etc), product information, common and popular uses, and a material specification sheet (which has more detailed information about the materials used to make each range).

Samples
We also operate a free sample request service so you can request a couple of options that you think will be suitable and test them to determine whether or not they really are the right choice. If you really aren’t sure which labels would be suitable, you can simply fill in our online Sample Request form (or give us a call) to let us know what your label application is and the kind of labels you want so that we can send you a selection of the labels that we believe are the best options for you to choose from – all you need to do is provide us with as much information as you can about your application and we’ll work out which labels should be the right ones.

Get In Touch
If all else fails and you’re still confused, remember you can always contact our Customer Service Team to discuss your requirements and get some assistance with choosing the right labels for your label application.

We also have a few extra TOP TIPS to consider when you are choosing labels:
Budget: if you have to keep to a strict budget, our paper labels will ALWAYS be the cheapest options to choose from, labels in a different colour/adhesive/finish will cost a little bit more, and our synthetic materials (polyester, polyethylene, and vinyl) will always be the most expensive options. We operate a price break system so it might be worth buying a slightly larger order than you need immediately (and storing the leftovers for future use) to save you a bit of money in the long run.
Quantity: if you only need a few labels you will need to make sure you look at our STOCKED items; these products have a minimum order quantity of 25 sheets and are listed in the TOP section of our range pages. Our non-stocked items are either made to order items or are kept in stock at our warehouse – these products have a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets, which may be way more than you need.

Visit our website to find all of the helpful extras listed above; you can use our List of All Labels page to see all of the label ranges available from Label Planet (along with a link to the range page for each), or use our Contact Us page to find out how you can get in touch for a bit more help and advice on choosing the right label for your specific label application.

Q) Does It Matter What Sort Of Printer I Use To Print My Labels? A) YES!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

You might be surprised at just HOW important it is to use the right printer (and print settings) when you are printing your own labels. Your choice of printer determines a number of factors that can have a big influence on the quality of print that you can achieve when printing labels (that is, if you can print labels at all).

Type Of Printer:
All of our labels are supplied on A4 sheets and are designed specifically for use with standard desktop inkjet printers and laser printers. You may have noticed that all of our label products are marked with a particular printer compatibility – Laser Only, Inkjet Only, or Laser & Inkjet.

This is because the two types of printers use two different printing methods and our labels are generally made with materials that suit one of these print methods. Laser printers use heat and pressure to bond a dry powder called toner into place, which means that laser labels are made using materials that have a smooth, consistent surface and that are heat resistant (paper laser labels, for example, will have a much higher moisture content than standard sheets of paper). Inkjet printers, however, will disperse inks (usually water-based) onto a surface where they will dry in place to form the final printed image or design. Inkjet labels, therefore, may have a slightly porous surface to absorb some of the ink and allow it to dry in place much more accurately.

If you try to print laser labels with an inkjet printer or inkjet labels with a laser printer, the best you can hope for is extremely low quality print – at worst you could damage your labels and your printer so you MUST make sure that the labels you buy are compatible with your printer.

You may also find that certain label products are only available for ONE type of printer. For example, all of our Waterproof Labels are laser labels – this is because laser printers create waterproof print, whereas inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks that will run or smudge if they get wet (or even if they’re simply handled a lot).

Model Of Printer:
The next factor is the exact model of printer that you intend to use. Some models of printer will have limitations that make them entirely unsuitable for printing labels, while others will have features specifically designed to produce high quality print on labels.

As a general rule, if you want to print labels you will need to use a general purpose printer – not an All-In-One Printer or a printer that is designed for a specific purpose other than printing labels (e.g. Photo Printers). All-in-one printers are designed to do a lot of different tasks to a reasonable standard (rather than doing one specific task to an exceptional standard), which means they are often too limited in their specifications to print labels properly (if at all). General purpose printers will usually include a range of hardware and software features that are designed specifically for use when printing labels – to improve the print quality and alignment accuracy that you can achieve.

Some printers will also be limited in the types and thicknesses of materials that they can accept and process properly; labels are made from a variety of materials and are naturally thicker than paper because they are made up of several layers (there are at least three: face material, adhesive, and backing sheet, with some labels having extra layers such as special coatings).

The best thing to do is to check the manufacturer’s manual for the following:

  • Specifications: there should be a section that lists the hardware features and specifications of your printer, including whether or not it has a media bypass tray, along with the types and weights of materials that it can accept.
  • Recommended guidelines: if your printer does have features for printing labels then the manual may also include recommended guidelines for how to print labels (including any specific print settings you should use).

While we don’t recommend any specific models of printer (you do, after all, need to buy one that is suitable for your unique set of printing requirements and budget), we do recommend the OKI and HP brands, as we have found that their printers tend to be able to handle large volumes and thicker materials very efficiently.

Printer Hardware Features
As we mentioned above, you should make sure that your printer has a media bypass tray; this is a secondary tray, usually located just above or below the paper tray, that is designed to accept thicker media (such as labels and envelopes) and to bypass at least one set of rollers within the printer, which produces a straighter path through the machine and reduces the chances of your label sheets rotating slightly as they are printed (improving the accuracy of alignment that you get).

You may also want to check if your printer offers the following features:
Wide Edge Feed (Long Edge Feed) AND Narrow Edge Feed (Short Edge Feed); most printers will have trays that use narrow edge feed, which means that your sheets feed into your printer narrow edge leading (portrait). If your printer offers both types of feed you must make sure that you only use the narrow edge option (and check that your print settings are also set to this option). All of our labels are made with layouts that are designed to feed narrow edge leading, while our paper labels also have a grain (like wood) that goes in this direction. If you feed your labels into your printer wide edge leading (against the grain), you may find that they start to separate from the backing sheet, which can cause your label sheets to jam in your printer.
Edge-To-Edge Printing; also known as “borderless” printing, this feature will allow you to print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet. Most standard desktop printers cannot do this, which means there will be a border around the edge of your label sheets that your printer simply cannot print – if any part of any of your labels fall into this unprintable area, you will need to adapt your design to make sure that these areas of your template are left blank.

Printer Software Features (aka Print Settings)
Finally, you need to make sure your printer offers suitable print settings for printing labels – AND that you have actually selected these settings when you print. Before printing, check your Printer’s Properties for the following:

  • Page Size: this must be A4 (you should always check this as some printers will sometimes default to American Letter).
  • Media Type/Weight: choose a specific “Labels” print setting if one is available; if not, choose a “Heavy Paper” setting to get the best possible print quality on your labels.
  • Scaling: make sure that no scaling options are applied (for example, a percentage or any “Fit To Page” options).
  • “Ignore Printer Settings”//”Use Driver Settings”: these options will cause your printer to ignore any specific settings that you have selected to use when printing your labels and will use a default set installed in your printer’s driver (software) instead.

Visit our Help Pages for more tips and advice on printing your own labels or visit our List Of All Materials page to view all of the label products available from Label Planet along with their printer compatibility.

‘Tis The Season For Christmas Parties & That Means Christmas Name Badges & Table Place Cards!

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Whether you simply want to add a temporary touch of Christmas magic to badges already worn by your employees or you’re in charge of planning a Christmas event and need name badges and/or table place cards for everyone, we’ve got the perfect labels for you!

You might be looking for a professional finish to suit a Christmas networking event or an exhibition. Alternatively, you might be planning a massive Christmas party and need suitably seasonal badges and place cards to get everyone organised!

If you are selecting labels to be used as name badges for people to wear (i.e. that will be stuck directly onto people’s clothing), you need to bear in mind that adhesives don’t tend to work as effectively on fabrics as they do on other surfaces. So, while you might be tempted to go for a removable adhesive (because you obviously want the labels to come off without damaging people’s clothing once the event is over), you may actually find that this type of adhesive isn’t strong enough to keep the labels on during your event. Most people use one of our standard permanent adhesives for this particular purpose to ensure that the labels will remain in place for the event but then peel off easily when they are no longer needed.

All of our labels can be printed with standard desktop printers BUT you can also write on our products – so you can print a Christmas design onto your labels along with a blank space for guests to write in their own name.

We’ve put together a shortlist of our most popular labels used for making name badges and place cards, to give you a bit of inspiration and/or a starting point for your own event:

Matt White Paper Labels
Our most basic (and budget friendly) option on the list, these labels are a good choice if you want a simple, clean background for your badges or place cards. You can add just the name of each guest or you can overprint the plain white background with the full colour Christmas design of your choosing.

Premium Quality Paper Labels
For a slightly more professional and decorative finish, these labels are made with a high quality paper with a special coating that produces a smooth finish and excellent print resolution – ideal for a professional look or for printing high quality images/designs (for example, if you wish to include photographs as part of your design).

Coloured Labels / Fluorescent Labels
If you’re after something that’s a bit more FUN or suits the colouring of your Christmas theme, why not try our seven pastel colours (for a subtle touch of colour) or our five fluorescents (for a not-so-subtle burst of colour).

Gold Labels / Silver Labels
Highly popular for the Christmas season, these two labels are perfect additions for any seasonal project. The labels have a semi-gloss textured finish that gives them a subtle shine that is both luxurious and a perfect fit for glittering Christmas events.

Gloss Paper Labels
If you’re after a touch of seasonal shimmer, using one of our paper labels with a gloss finish is a brilliant way to create decorative and/or professional labels with that special finishing touch. You can choose between gloss labels for laser printers, photo gloss labels for laser printers and inkjet printers (perfect if you want to include high resolution images or photographs in your design), or semi-gloss labels for laser printers (for a more subtle finish).

Kraft Labels
Perfect for use on your table place cards, these labels are made with brown Kraft paper with a ribbed finish, which creates a wonderfully natural appearance with just a touch of pattern and texture. Ideal if you want to create labels that have that warm homemade finish to create a personal welcome for each and every guest at your event.

Visit our website to take a look at the product ranges mentioned above and to buy labels to create your own Christmas name badges and/or table place cards. Alternatively, visit our list of ALL LABEL MATERIALS for even more inspiration this Christmas!