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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!

Need Some Help Printing Labels? Check Out The New & Improved Label Planet HELP Pages!

Monday, November 28th, 2016

At Label Planet, we know EXACTLY how frustrating it can be when you run into a problem designing a template or printing your labels and you just CAN’T figure out what to do – even though you KNOW there’ll be some perfectly simple little trick that you can use to fix things in an instant.

Over the years we’ve dealt with thousands of customers and their tricky templates, which means that we’ve picked up plenty of tips and tricks to help resolve design and print issues – and we’ve created a comprehensive HELP SECTION on our website to make sure that all of our customers have the help and advice that they need ready and waiting if they encounter a problem – or even if they just need a bit of guidance on how to get started.

We’ve recently put our Help Section through a serious revamp to make sure that all of our templates and advice pages are as comprehensive and up to date as possible (see our New & Improved markers below). So, what sort of things can you find in our HELP SECTION? All of this (and much more!):

LABEL PRINTING TEMPLATES
We’ve created Word & PDF templates for ALL of our label sizes, so if you don’t have an existing template you can use (and don’t fancy trying to make your own), you can simply pop over to our Template Section and download the one you need. We’ve created options for portrait and landscape versions of our templates (where possible), as well as a few more specialised options (Text Box, Mirrored Text Box, Bleed) for customers to try.

Each of our label sizes has its own unique template information page, which includes the full set of templates for that size along with detailed measurement and layout information, design and printing tips, and a list of the material options available for that size.

REQUEST LABEL SAMPLES
We know that choosing the right label can be a tricky process, which is why we run a free sample request service so you can take a look at and test a few of our labels to make sure that you pick the one that’s perfect for your particular label application. Requesting a sample is a quick and easy way to make sure that you’ve chosen the right colour/material/finish/adhesive for the job AND it’s a great way to have a practice at getting your print alignment just right before you print onto your actual label sheets.

You can request a free sample using our online form or by contacting our Customer Service Team; please give us as much detail about your label application as possible – this will allow us to make sure that we only send samples that are appropriate for your purpose AND will allow us to make a few recommendations and suggestions if you’re really not sure what kind of label you need.

GUIDE TO DESIGNING AND PRINTING LABELS *Improved
Our very own guide to designing a template and printing your own labels. This basic guide leads you through the various steps involved in designing and printing a label template; Finding & Opening A Template, Designing A Template, and Setting Up Your Printer.

GUIDE TO PRINTING ROUND LABELS / CIRCULAR LABELS / OVAL LABELS *Improved
This guide is an extension of our general guide and provides more specific advice relating to round labels / circular labels and oval labels; these shapes are a little bit trickier to design and print accurately, so this guide aims to provide you with additional pointers to help you get the best possible print result on your labels.

GUIDE TO PRINTING MIRRORED TEXT / IMAGES
If you are printing transparent labels and want to create labels that can be read correctly from the reverse side (e.g. if the labels will be stuck inside a window but need to be read from outside the window), you can use this guide to find out how to reverse or “mirror” your text and images in a Word template.

TOP TIPS *Improved
A shortlist of quick Dos & Don’ts that can help prevent the majority of issues that arise when printing labels.

TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE *New
A new addition to our Help Section, this page collects together the most common problems that can occur when designing a template and printing labels, along with a simple explanation of how you can (hopefully) resolve each one.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS *Improved
Of course, no website is complete without a FAQs page and this is ours! This page features answers to all of those questions that we are most regularly asked, so if you have a quick question or query this is a good place to start!

AVERY CODES WITH COMPATIBLE LABEL PLANET CODES *Improved
You can use this page if you are already using Avery labels and/or templates and you want to see if we supply any labels that are the same size. This way you can order labels from Label Planet (in any of our material options) but continue to use your existing templates.

LABEL PLANET CODES WITH COMPATIBLE AVERY CODES *Improved
If you want/need to use a built in Avery template to print your labels, you can use this page to find out which of our products have compatible Avery template codes and/or find out which Avery code you need to use to bring up a template that is the same size and layout as your Label Planet labels.

Our HELP SECTION is completely free for ANYONE to use; we also offer support to customers by phone and email if they find that they have a question, query, or persistent problem that isn’t answered by these resources.

Need Some Suitably Seasonal Labels? Try This Selection To Add Shimmer & Sparkle To Your Christmas Goodies!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Whether you’re looking for Christmas product labels, labels to finish off your Christmas themed event or marketing materials, or just want the perfect labels for your Christmas cards, invites, and presents, this post lists our absolute favourites to add that finishing touch of Christmas magic!

GOLD LABELS & SILVER LABELS
Gold and silver are our most popular colours at this time of year and for good reason; these paper labels have a wonderfully decorative semi-gloss textured finish that is about as Christmassy as it gets! These labels create a subtle shimmer that is luxurious and classic, which makes them a perfect choice for any project that needs that little bit of Christmas joy.

KRAFT LABELS
Perhaps a less obvious choice, the natural warm finish of these kraft paper labels makes them another popular choice for this time of year. They’re especially popular for homemade arts and crafts projects and for companies who want to promote their goods and/or services as having the friendly personalised feel of homemade or handcrafted items.

COLOURED LABELS
If you just want to add a bit of fun to your Christmas items, our coloured labels are a brilliantly quick and easy way to add a subtle bloom or sharp burst of colour. You can choose between seven gentle pastel shades or go all out with our five fabulous fluorescent colours.

GLOSS TRANSPARENT LABELS
Another less obvious choice, our gloss transparent labels are a wonderfully decorative option that adds a bright shine to all of your labelled items. You can use these labels to add information or a personalised message to any item without covering up the surface of the item (or its packaging) – so if you’re trying to add a label to items that have been especially printed with a Christmas design, you can add your extra information without covering up your seasonal theme. They’re also a really easy way to avoid colour matching issues and are the perfect label to choose if you want to add a personalised seasonal seal to envelopes or packaging. We have two options available; gloss transparent labels (for laser printers) and gloss clear labels (for inkjet printers).

Labels are a brilliant way to add a completely unique finishing touch to any Christmas item; you can print your labels with a unique design to personalise each and every item, add a handwritten message, or even use your labels as materials for craft-inspired projects, such as making your own Christmas stationery and decorations.

To add your own personal spark of Christmas magic to your products, cards, invitations, or gifts this year, visit our website and take a look through our wonderful range of label materials to see if we’ve got something that will give your project(s) that perfect festive finish!

Give Your Invitations & Decorations A Haunting Halloween Or Blazing Bonfire Theme With Labels From Label Planet

Monday, October 17th, 2016

With Halloween just two weeks away and Bonfire Night not that far off, you might well be in the midst of planning a fantastically frightening Halloween party or a spectacular night of (bon)fires and fireworks for Bonfire Night – and, if you’re making your own invitations or decorations this year, we might well have a few labels that will give your holiday projects that perfect finishing touch!

KRAFT LABELS
These labels are made with brown Kraft paper that has a ribbed finish for a brilliantly subtle touch of pattern and texture. Kraft paper is a wonderful addition to any homemade project, whether you’re making cards and invitations or party decorations. The natural finish of these labels makes them an especially perfect choice for bonfire themed projects.
All of our Kraft Labels can be handwritten or printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer.

TRANSPARENT LABELS
Our range of transparent labels might not seem like an obvious choice for Halloween or Bonfire Night BUT they’re an excellent way to add a creative twist to your projects by producing a “floating” effect for your designs. You can use them to make address labels with Halloween or Bonfire Night inspired designs OR use them to add addresses to invitations that have been printed with a Halloween or Bonfire Night theme (so you don’t have to plaster a massive label all over your carefully chosen stationery).

Our removable transparent labels are also a perfect way to create temporary decorations that you can stick around your venue, on walls and doors, windows and floors, and any furniture in between! For example, you could make cobwebs, blood stains, or ghostly apparitions to give your Halloween party a truly terrifying tone OR create your own indoor firework display to match the events going on outside on Bonfire Night.
Our transparent labels include options for permanent and removable adhesives, gloss and matt finishes, and inkjet labels and laser labels.

COLOURED LABELS & FLUORESCENT COLOURED LABELS
If you’re looking for labels that will fit into your holiday colour scheme, we’ve got some perfect options for both Halloween and Bonfire Night. For a more subtle tone, you could try our pastel colours, which include crimson-red, orange-red, and yellow for that autumnal feel (as well as blue and green if you’re going for more unusual Halloween colours).

Alternatively, if you want to make sure your party or event is full of colour, you should definitely check out our range of fluorescent colours, which bring an instant burst of creative colour to any project – we’ve got options for red, orange, yellow, green, and magenta, which should come in handy for both your Halloween and Bonfire Night events.
We supply SEVEN pastel colours, which can be handwritten or printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer, and FIVE fluorescent colours, which can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

GOLD LABELS & SILVER LABELS
Firm favourites for the autumn (and, we’ll be honest, winter) season, our gold paper labels and silver paper labels have a wonderful semi-gloss textured finish that has a subtle touch of festive sparkle – which makes them ideal for this time of year, whether you’re trying to add a supernatural shimmer to your Halloween festivities or a flame-like finish to your Bonfire Night celebrations.
These labels can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

Take a look at our List Of All Materials page to see if we’ve got any other labels to give you even more ideas for your holiday projects or simply visit our range pages to choose the label sizes you need and place an order:
KRAFT LABELSTRANSPARENT LABELSCOLOURED LABELSFLUORESCENT LABELSGOLD LABELSSILVER LABELS

Have You Heard About Our Free Label Sample Service?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Here at Label Planet, we know that choosing the right label for the job can be a crucial decision and, with so many different options available, it can be a difficult decision to get right.

This is why we offer a free label sample service so that our customers can request a sample of the labels they THINK are appropriate for their particular label application and test them out in their actual application before they place an order. This way you can check that the material you choose has the appropriate finish for your application (whether you’re going for a dazzling and decorative finish or something a bit more subtle and understated) and that the material and adhesive will function correctly in the environment(s) associated with your application (whether they’ll be stored in a variety of different locations, exposed to different temperatures, or even used outside or in damp indoor conditions).

To request a sample all you need to do is fill in our online sample request form or get in touch with our Customer Service Team. If you are using our online form, please try to be as accurate and detailed as possible with the information you provide – this will allow us to make sure that the samples we send are the best possible options for your particular label application. If you aren’t sure what sort of label you need, try to describe your application in as much detail as possible so we can make a recommendation based on the information you provide.

You can also request a sample if you know what labels you want to buy BUT you’d like to have a few extra sheets on hand so you can practice getting your print just perfect before you put your purchased labels into your printer.

You can find our Sample Request Form on our website here, while our Customer Service Team contact information can be found on our Contact Us page here.

Brighten Up The Autumn Months With Our Fantastic Selection Of Coloured Labels

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

With the autumn months (and weather) on the way, it’s a good time to take a look at our brilliant range of coloured labels, which are a wonderfully quick and easy way to add a burst or bloom of colour to any labelling application or project that you’re working on this autumn.

Whether you’re in a creative mood or you’re looking for an easy way to brighten things up a bit, coloured labels are an instant way to add a colourful background to whatever design or information you want to add to your labels.

At Label Planet, we have a range of coloured labels, which can be printed with standard desktop printers or can be handwritten (for the truly creative types out there!); our coloured range includes seven pastel colours (for a gentle background colour), five fluorescent colours (for a vibrant eye-catching burst of colour), two metallic colours (for a luxurious touch of shine and texture), and a fantastic brown Kraft paper (which has a ribbed finish for extra pattern and texture).

Pastel Colours
Choose between: Crimson Red, Orange-Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, Cream
Suitable for use with laser printers, inkjet printers, and for handwriting.
Ideal for: adding a coloured background that introduces a subtle touch of colour to your items (without being too overwhelming); our crimson red, orange-red, and yellow pastel colours are particularly seasonal if you’re looking for an autumnal feel to suit a seasonal theme.

Fluorescent Colours
Choose between: Red, Orange, Lemon, Green, Magenta
Suitable for use with laser printers, and for handwriting.
Ideal for: getting attention! These fluorescent colours are designed to attract attention and make your design/text and items really stand out from the crowd; these labels are perfect if you need to make your items as eye-catching as possible or if you want to give your items a dazzling boost of colour. Again, the red, orange, and lemon (yellow) options are the most seasonal colours to go for (and the orange is particularly ideal if you’re thinking ahead to Halloween festivities!).

Metallic Colours
Choose between: Gold, Silver
Suitable for use with laser printers, and for handwriting.
Ideal for: adding a luxurious touch of shimmer and shine; our metallic labels have an attractive semi-gloss, textured finish, which makes them a gorgeous addition to any project that needs to have a highly decorative finish.

Brown Kraft Paper
Suitable for use with laser printers, inkjet printers, and for handwriting.
Ideal for: projects of a crafty kind! Kraft paper has long been a staple of the arts and crafts world and is a brilliant material for use on homemade and handcrafted items – whether you are selling items to customers or making gifts for friends and family. The brown ribbed paper has lovely colouring, with a gentle touch of pattern and texture, which gives it a wonderful finish that is just perfect for adding a natural and autumnal feel to your items.

Our coloured labels are available either in packs of 25 sheets (stocked sizes only) or boxes of 500 sheets; if you wat to mix and match items to get a range of colours and label sizes, we highly recommend getting in touch with us as we may be able to offer you a better price based on the exact assortment that you would like to order.

(Please note, we cannot split a pack or box between two or more sizes and/or colours, although we do offer some “Assorted Packs” within our range of pastel coloured labels.)

Visit our Coloured Labels List to view all of the different colours available from Label Planet; use the “View Products” links to find out more about a particular label product, view the label sizes available, or to place an order.

FAQ – Should I Choose Paper Or Polyester Labels / Coloured Or Transparent Labels / Gloss Or Matt Labels?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

At Label Planet, we like to offer our customers the best possible variety of label options to choose from; in addition to providing as many label sizes as we can, we also like to offer those sizes in a range of materials (where possible), so that customers can find the perfect label for their particular application.

To find the perfect label, there are THREE main choices that you need to make – label size, adhesive, and material.

The first two are usually easier to deal with because they are the most strongly influenced by the practical requirements of your label application; you choose the size that fits and the adhesive that will allow your labels to stay in place (or come away) as needed.

For example, you HAVE to choose a label size that will fit neatly onto your items and that is big enough to hold all of the information or design work that you want to add. You also need to make sure that adhesive you choose is suitable for the surface type you are labelling (e.g. by choosing a stronger adhesive for curved surfaces and unusual materials), suitable for the environmental conditions of your application (e.g. by choosing a deep freeze adhesive for items that will be stored in a freezer), and suitable for the application in hand (e.g. by choosing a removal adhesive if you need temporary labels that won’t do any damage when they are removed).

When it comes to choosing the right material, however, it can be a bit more difficult – while there are some label applications with practical factors that will determine the type of material you can use (e.g. you will HAVE to choose one of our polyester or polyethylene materials if you want waterproof labels), it is much more likely that you will end up choosing the material that best fits your own personal preferences for what you want your labels to look like.

And this is where some of our customers get a bit stuck! So, we’ve put together a quick-fire guide to the different material choices that are available when you order labels from Label Planet to help you find the one for you!

Paper Or Polyester (Or Polyethylene)?
Paper is the most common material used to make labels and is likely to be the sort of label that you are most familiar with. Polyester and polyethylene are synthetic materials with a broader range of properties and characteristics than those offered by paper; the most obvious example is their durability, which allows them to last longer than paper labels and to cope with a much more varied set of conditions and environments than paper labels.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Paper Labels
As a material, paper is much more readily available than polyester and polyethylene, which means that it is much more likely that your chosen paper labels will be available for same day despatch from stock (in either packs of 25 sheets or boxes of 500 sheets). We are also able to offer a larger range of material options (including colours, gloss and matt finishes etc) compared to our range of synthetic labels and they tend to be more flexible when it comes to printer compatibility, with many of our paper labels being suitable for use with laser printers or inkjet printers. Finally, paper labels will always be the cheaper option if you need to work to a strict budget.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Polyester Labels & Polyethylene Labels
As we’ve mentioned, synthetic materials are much more durable than paper labels and have the particular benefit of being waterproof. They can be used in both indoor and outdoor environments, where they may be exposed to or immersed in water and are excellent for use as long lasting or tracking labels, where it is vitally important that the information on a label should remain completely legible and firmly in place for as long as possible, even if the item is moved around or handled a lot.

However, polyester and polyethylene are also more expensive materials than paper and are not available in as wide a range of label sizes as our paper labels; while the most popular sizes are available to order for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets, some sizes are only available as “made to order” items, which have a despatch estimate of up to five working days.

You also need to bear in mind the fact that the majority of our synthetic materials can ONLY be printed with a laser printer; if you need to use an inkjet printer, you will only be able to choose between Gloss Clear Polyester or Matt White Polyethylene.

Colour Or Transparent?
Using a coloured label or a transparent label is an instant way to make your labels (and items) more eye-catching and creative in appearance. Coloured labels give you a burst of colour as the background to your labels, while transparent labels are ideal if you need to add a label to an item made of a transparent material, that have a decorative surface that you don’t want to cover up, or if you want to create a dramatic “floating text” effect.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Coloured Labels
A quick and easy way to add a decorative touch to any item, coloured labels are the easiest way to make your labels stand out; you can use colour to draw attention to important information, match your company branding, or create a more decorative and creative finish to your items that is simply a bit more fun!

You should keep an eye on the printer compatibility of the coloured labels you are interested in; while our pastel coloured labels and brown Kraft labels can be printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer, our metallic labels and fluorescent labels can only be printed with a laser printer (although you can, quite happily, handwrite any of our coloured labels!).

Some of our coloured labels are available in packs of 25 sheets (for same day despatch from stock), while others will only be available as “made to order” items – with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets. You may also need to think carefully if you want to mix and match sizes and colours; we cannot split a pack or box between two or more different sizes and/or colour BUT we may be able to offer you a better price if you get in touch with us and let us know what sizes and colours you need.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Transparent Labels
Transparent labels are a brilliant way to add a decorative finish to any item; they’re a really creative tool, especially if you need to label transparent items (such as glassware), want to create a “floating text” effect, want to avoid covering up existing designs on a surface, or to avoid the problem of colour matching your label to your items. For example, they’re extremely popular for use as address labels on wedding invitations, where the stationery and envelopes used to make these invitations are often highly decorative in nature (with colours chosen to match a specific theme or colour scheme or perhaps with a decorative textured surface for extra decoration) – and the last thing you want to do is to plaster a label all over your carefully chosen invitations.

Again, you may need to consider any budgetary restrictions that you have; all of our transparent labels are made of polyester, which as we have already mentioned is a more expensive material than paper.

Gloss Or Matt?
Gloss labels have a decorative bright and shiny finish, while matt labels have a “dull” non-shiny finish; generally, people choose the finish that best fits with the overall look or appearance that they are trying to create for their items. While you may choose to match your finishes (e.g. a matt label for a matt surface / a gloss label for a gloss surface), you could also use the opposite finish to help your labels stand out (e.g. a matt label on a gloss surface / a gloss label on a matt surface). We also offer a third finish as a compromise between the two in the form of a Semi-Gloss finish.

There aren’t really any major advantages or disadvantages of choosing one finish over the other because this choice is based much more firmly on your own personal preferences. The gloss materials do tend to be slightly more expensive than matt materials (due to the more specialised coatings that are used to create the high shine of a gloss finish). The paper gloss (for laser printers) and semi-gloss materials have an extra benefit because the coatings used to make these particular materials offer some limited protection against water, which means they can be wiped clean and dry if they are lightly splashed with water (which is why we refer to these products as “Splashproof”) – this makes them an ideal compromise if you need waterproof labels but cannot afford the fully waterproof solution offered by using polyester or polyethylene labels.

You can find complete lists of each “type” of material by using our “List Pages”:
All Label Materials / All Coloured Materials / All Transparent Materials / All Gloss Materials
Use the “View Products” links on these pages to find out more about each material, to see what label sizes are available in each material, or to place an order.

FAQ – What Are “Self-Adhesive” Labels?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

If you’ve visited our website before, you may have noticed that we refer to our labels as “self-adhesive labels”; while this might conjure up brilliant images of labels that stick themselves onto a surface, the truth is a little more mundane.

Technically speaking, our labels are actually known as “Pressure Sensitive Labels” and are named after the type of adhesive that is used to make them. “Pressure Sensitive Adhesives” are tacky (sticky) in “normal” conditions, which means that they only require the pressure of a finger or hand to be applied onto a surface. In other words, they are “self-adhesive” because the adhesive by itself is enough to allow a bond to form (i.e. no other elements are required to create an adhesive bond; “hot-melt” adhesives, for example, must be heated and applied in molten form, with an adhesive bond only forming once the adhesive cools and solidifies).

Our label products cover a range of adhesives and materials to help our customers find the right combination for their individual label application. For example, “pressure sensitive adhesives” can be categorised as either “permanent” or “removable”; permanent adhesives are designed to create a strong bond that will keep a label firmly in place, while removable adhesives are designed to create a temporary adhesive bond that won’t leave behind any adhesive residue when a label is removed. We offer a range of permanent and removable adhesives, including a number of “special” adhesives that have been designed specifically to suit a particular label application, such as our Deep Freeze Adhesive (for labelling items that are stored in freezers) or our Opaque Adhesive (for covering up or blocking out existing print or design work on a surface).

We offer over 100 label sizes across an assortment of 30 different label materials, so our customers have the best possible range of options to choose from to help them find a label that will suit their label application. Supplied on blank A4 sheets, all of our label products are compatible with standard desktop printers, which means our customers can print their labels themselves using their own inkjet or laser printer at home or work.

Our labels are manufactured in the UK using high quality materials and we have a large range of stocked items that are available for same day despatch. All of our prices include VAT and standard delivery, with special delivery options available to request online or by phone. We also supply a whole host of helpful extras to help you choose and print the perfect self-adhesive label, including a free Sample Request service, Templates and Printing Advice, and a Customer Service Team who are happy to help with questions and queries about choosing, ordering, and printing your own labels.

Label Materials Available From Label Planet:
Matt Polyester & Polyethylene Labels in Transparent / Clear, White, or Silver Polyester & Off-White Polyethylene
Gloss Polyester Labels in Transparent / Clear or White Polyester
Gloss Paper Labels in Gloss or Semi-Gloss Paper
Matt Paper Labels in White, Premium White, Kraft, or Coloured Paper

  • Seven Pastel Colour Paper Labels: Crimson Red, Orange-Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Cream, Pink
  • Five Fluorescent Colour Labels: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Magenta
  • Metallic Paper Labels: Gold & Silver

Label Adhesives Available From Label Planet:
Permanent Adhesives: Mega Tack, High Tack, Marine, and Standard Permanent Adhesives
Removable Adhesives: Waterproof, Super-Removable, and Standard Removable Adhesives
Speciality Adhesives: Freezer, Opaque, VOID, Waterproof, and Marine Adhesives

Find out more about ALL of our self-adhesive label products by visiting our List Of All Labels page; simply click on the “View Products” links to find out more about a particular material, view the label sizes available in that material, or to place an order.