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How To Make Window Stickers With Transparent Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Our transparent labels are the perfect way to make your own window stickers. Read on to find out how to create window stickers using transparent labels and (mirrored) label templates.

Which Transparent Labels Should I Use?

At Label Planet, we supply FOUR different kinds of transparent labels. The one you choose depends on the adhesive type, finish, and level of permanency that you want for your window stickers.

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Transparent Labels – Laser Versus Inkjet

Your first choice depends on what type of printer you have available to print your transparent labels. Three of our ranges are laser labels that must be printed with a laser printer (GTP, GTR, and MTP). The other – GCP – is a range of inkjet labels that must be printed with an inkjet printer.

As an interesting sidenote – if you opt for our GCP material, you can also create transparent “white” boards. Write or draw on our GCP with whiteboard markers and you can wipe it away and start again.

Transparent Labels – Permanent Versus Removable

Next you need to decide if you want your window stickers to be permanent or removable. Again, three of our ranges are made with a permanent adhesive (GCP, GTP, and MTP). The fourth – GTR – is made with a removable adhesive, which means that you can remove your window stickers easily and cleanly (i.e. with no sticky mess).

You would be able to remove the permanent labels eventually with a bit of effort. This is likely to leave behind adhesive residue, however, which you would need to remove with a solvent or adhesive remover.

Transparent Labels – Gloss Versus Matt

Three of our transparent label ranges have a gloss finish (GCP, GTP, and GTR). This means that they reflect light very efficiently and have a bright and shiny surface. The other (MTP) has a matt finish; this is less efficient at reflecting light, which creates a duller surface finish.

If you need your window stickers to be easy to read at a glance, you may wish to opt for a matt finish. The matt surface is less likely to create glare that could potentially obscure your printed message.

What Label Templates Should I Use?

You can use standard label templates to create window stickers – unless your stickers are to be stuck onto the “inside” of a window and viewed from the “outside”. This is because “normal” designs will only read correctly when viewed from the inside. You could have bespoke transparent labels made with your required print added to the underside of the transparent face material (so they read correctly from the opposite side). Alternatively, you can use a mirrored label template, which mirrors or reverses your design so it reads correctly when viewed from the opposite side.

You only need to do this if your design contains directional elements, such as text or directional arrows.

At Label Planet, we provide mirrored Word label templates for all of our label sizes. Navigate to the template information page for your label size. The mirrored labels templates are listed under the Word Templates column. You can choose a portrait or landscape orientation (where applicable).

If you wish to create your own mirrored label template, you can do so by filling in a standard label template and reversing the elements in your design. In Word, you can do this by clicking on your item and then clicking on the Picture Tools or Drawing Tools Format tab at the top of the page. Use the Flip tool to reverse images and shapes. To reverse a text box or WordArt, you will need to click on Shape Effects, select 3-D Rotation and 3-D Rotation options, and then set the X Rotation value to 180°. This will usually add a grey background to text boxes. You can remove this by selecting the text box, clicking on the Drawing Tools Format tab, and changing “Shape Fill” to No Fill (or a colour of your choice!).

Order Transparent Labels From Label Planet Today And Start Making Your Own Window Stickers

To view all of our transparent labels, visit our List of Transparent Labels page. Click on the View Products links to find out more or to place an order. Visit our Template Home page to download a label template or to view our help and advice pages. Remember, you can also request a sample if you would like to have a trial run before placing an order.

Get Stuck Into The Great Outdoors With Waterproof Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

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If you’re looking for self adhesive labels you can use in the great outdoors, why not try our waterproof labels. They’re ideal for traditional British summers (with plenty of rain) as well as not-so-traditional summers like this one!

Why Are Waterproof Labels Perfect For Outdoor Applications?

The main benefit of using waterproof labels for outdoor applications is because they offer protection against water and similar substances. This is especially useful in typical British summers, which tend to involve a lot of inconvenient rain.

Given that this year, we’ve experienced some of the hottest (and driest) weather on record, we thought it was time to acknowledge some of the other benefits of using waterproof labels.

Waterproof labels are made using synthetic materials such as plastics. These materials offer a wide range of characteristics and properties that make them highly versatile and well-suited to more challenging environments.

For example, they tend to be a lot more durable and long lasting than other materials, especially paper labels. They also tend to be stronger and more stable, which is particularly useful outside where environmental factors are likely to change and fluctuate over time. Other materials are more likely to deteriorate quickly in such conditions, making sticky labels illegible or causing their adhesive bond to fail (so they fall off).

Synthetic materials also tend to offer greater resistance to damage from environmental factors such as moisture, solvents, oils, chemicals, oxidation, ionising radiation, abrasion, extreme and/or fluctuating temperatures, and light (including UV light).

What Kinds Of Waterproof Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

We supply a range of waterproof labels to help you find the perfect finish for your project. We have options for laser labels, inkjet labels, matt labels, gloss labels, white labels, silver labels, transparent labels, permanent labels, and removable labels.

RANGE FINISH COLOUR MATERIAL ADHESIVE PRINTER
MTP Matt Transparent Polyester Permanent Laser
GTP Gloss Transparent Polyester Permanent Laser
GTR Gloss Transparent Polyester Removable Laser
GCP Gloss Transparent Polyester Permanent Inkjet *
SMP Matt Silver Polyester Permanent Laser
GWP Gloss White Polyester Permanent Laser
MWP Matt White Polyester Marine Permanent Laser
MWR Matt White Polyester Removable Laser
MWPE Matt (Off) White Polyethylene Marine Permanent Laser & Inkjet
MWPO Matt White Polyolefin Marine Permanent Laser & Inkjet

Three of our waterproof labels have a marine permanent adhesive. This adhesive has met the requirements of the BS5609 part 2 standard for use in marine (outdoor conditions). This internationally recognised standard requires products to undergo a series of tests, including submersion in seawater for three months.

Designed for labelling chemical drums that are to be shipped overseas (where contents must be identifiable even if the drums fall overboard), these are some of our toughest self adhesive labels – making them perfect for outdoor applications.

* Please note that our GCP labels are waterproof. However, if you print them with standard water-based inkjet inks, your print will not be waterproof and will run or smudge when wet.

How Do You Print Waterproof Labels So They Have Waterproof Print?

All of our waterproof labels are – surprisingly – waterproof labels. Or, in other words, all of the materials used to make these sticky labels are waterproof. If you want PRINTED waterproof labels, however, it’s not always so straightforward.

Our waterproof laser labels are perfect for creating printed waterproof labels. Laser printers use a dry printing process (involving heat and pressure) to bond a dry powder (called toner) onto your sticky labels, which results in waterproof print.

Waterproof inkjet labels are a little more tricky. Standard inkjet inks are water-based and will run or smudge when wet. To create waterproof inkjet labels you either have to:

  1. Purchase waterproof inks that are not water-based.
  2. Add a protective layer over your print. For example, you could apply a transparent label over your print OR by use a sealant spray.

This is why the majority of our waterproof labels are laser labels. HOWEVER…

NEW WATERPROOF LABELS COMING SOON

…We will soon be introducing a brand new range called MWPP. These are waterproof labels for use with inkjet printers. These inkjet labels are made from polypropylene and a special top coating, which allows your printing inks to dry quickly and efficiently onto your labels AND acts as a protective (and waterproof) barrier over your print.

We have some stock available to supply as samples. Simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team and request a sample of MWPP.

Stay tuned to the Label Planet website to find out more!

Buy Waterproof Labels From Label Planet Today!

To view all of the waterproof labels available from Label Planet, please visit our LIST OF WATERPROOF LABELS page. Use the “View Products” links to find out more or to order waterproof labels today.

Remember you can also Request A Sample of any of our self adhesive labels. If you need a template, simply visit our Label Template home page to download a Word or PDF template free of charge.

Get All Your Summer Treats Labelled With Bottle Labels And Jar Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Whether you’re selling food and drink as a business or simply making some home-made treats for friends and family, we’ve got the perfect sticky labels for your bottles and jars.

We’ve got bottle labels and jar labels in all shapes and sizes with material and adhesive options to suit all sorts of food and drink labelling applications.

BOTTLE LABELS AND JAR LABELS – WATERPROOF LABELS

You might be looking for bottle labels and jar labels that will remain firmly in place – print and all – even if they get a bit wet. In this case, we would recommend looking at our waterproof labels. These are all made with waterproof materials. Your sticky labels will stay stuck even if you submerge your bottles and jars in water. To ensure that the print remains in place, you will need to use a laser printer. Laser printers use a dry printing process to bond a dry powder (toner) onto your sticky labels. This results in waterproof print. Inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks, which run or smudge when wet.

Our waterproof labels are more expensive than paper labels. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, why not try our Splashproof Labels. These are paper labels with a gloss or semi-gloss coating, which creates a light layer of protection against moisture. You can’t submerge these sticky labels in water as they are, after all, still paper labels. If lightly splashed with water, you can wipe them clean and dry.

Our range of waterproof labels includes options for white labels or transparent labels, permanent labels or removable labels, and matt labels or gloss labels – so you can find an option that suits your application and the overall style you want to create on your bottles and jars.

BOTTLE LABELS AND JAR LABELS – REMOVABLE LABELS

If you want sticky labels that you can remove without damaging your containers, you need removable labels.

We have a range of sticky labels made with removable adhesives. Removable adhesives create strong adhesive bonds that remove cleanly from a surface in one piece. So no more sticky messes of adhesive residue. We have removable paper labels, as well as removable transparent labels, and removable white waterproof labels.

Alternatively, you may want to try our Water Wash Off Labels. These paper labels are made with a special permanent adhesive. This adhesive creates strong adhesive bonds that break down when you wash labelled items (ideally in warm soapy water). Wash off adhesives let you safely and securely label containers without worrying about the sticky labels falling off too soon OR about them damaging your containers when you try to remove each label.

Our removable labels can be handwritten or printed using a standard desktop printer. If you choose removable transparent labels or removable white waterproof labels, you need to use a laser printer.

BOTTLE LABELS AND JAR LABELS – FREEZER LABELS

You might be labelling bottles and jars that contain foodstuff that need to be stored in a freezer. Standard adhesives will often fail in freezing conditions. We supply a range of freezer labels, which are made with a special deep freeze adhesive. Designed for deep freeze conditions, this adhesive can form and sustain successful adhesive bonds in temperatures as low as -40°C.

Our freezer labels are made with standard matt white paper and may be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

BOTTLE LABELS AND JAR LABELS – TRANSPARENT LABELS

Finally, if you’re looking for sticky labels to match transparent bottles and jars, we have a variety of transparent labels. Using transparent labels on transparent items can create a “floating print” effect or make it seem as though your printed design is actually part of your containers.

Our range of transparent labels includes options for permanent labels and removable labels, as well as the choice between matt labels and gloss labels. You must double check if you have a laser printer or an inkjet printer available. Most of our transparent labels are laser labels and can only be printed with a laser printer.

Order Bottle Labels And Jar Labels From Label Planet

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You can order bottle labels and jar labels from our website or by giving us a call during office hours. You can find a complete list of our ranges on our All Label Materials page. Each range page features more information about our products, along with links to the product page for each label size that we supply in that range.

If you need label templates, head on over to our Label Templates Home Page, or visit our Help Section to view all of our help and advice resources. Remember, you can also use our Sample Request Service to request a sample of the bottle labels or jar labels that you are interested in to give them a try and see if they are the right sticky labels for your application.

Have A Summer Full Of Colour With Coloured Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Tomorrow morning the summer solstice will take place, bringing with it the official start of summer. We’re celebrating with a review of all the coloured labels on offer from Label Planet.

Coloured Labels From Label Planet

We supply a variety of coloured labels. Each has its own range of colours and a certain type of adhesive and finish. If colour is an important part of your project, we recommend using our sample request service to see if our coloured labels fit your colour scheme.

COLOURED LABELS

Whether you’re looking to colour code stuff or simply brighten up a project with colourful labels, our pastel coloured labels are a brilliant way to add a subtle bloom of colour. You can handwrite or print these sticky labels using an inkjet or laser printer. We supply 69 different label sizes with 20 stocked in 25 sheet packs, 18 stocked in 100 sheet boxes, and the rest available to order in 500 sheet boxes.

We offer a range of SEVEN pastel colours; blue labels, orange red labels, yellow labels, green labels, crimson red labels, cream labels, and pink labels.

They have a standard permanent adhesive, which bonds well with most materials and surfaces. Coloured labels are both practical and decorative additions to any project. They instantly add a touch of decoration to any item, as well as having more practical benefits – especially if you need to colour code items or draw attention to important information. Our coloured labels are especially popular for use as product labels and packaging labels, address labels for special events, name labels for parties or networking events, gift tags, school labels and reward stickers, stock labels for rotation and stock management, and fun stickers for arts and crafts projects.

We also supply a range of brown Kraft labels; this range includes 54 label sizes and is also suitable for handwriting or printing with a laser or inkjet printer. Our Kraft labels have a natural brown colouring, while the ribbed finish adds a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

REMOVABLE COLOURED LABELS

If you’re looking for temporary coloured labels, you may want to take a look at our coloured removable labels (REMC). This range is the same as our coloured labels, except it features a removable adhesive instead of a permanent adhesive. Removable adhesives keep your coloured labels in place and don’t leave behind adhesive residue when you remove each label.

Removable coloured labels are a brilliant way to temporarily colour code stuff. They are especially popular with removal companies, manufacturers and storage facilities, auction houses, gift suppliers, and for general purpose organising and filing systems.

These products are made to order in boxes of 500 sheets and take up to five working days to be despatched after you order.

If you don’t need this many, you could try purchasing coloured labels and removable labels. Apply your coloured labels onto the removable labels to create coloured labels with a removable adhesive. Alternatively, you could purchase removable labels and add a colour coded element to your design.

FLUORESCENT LABELS

For those looking for a brighter burst of colour, our fluorescent labels range should do the trick. We have five neon colours; fluorescent red labels, fluorescent lemon / yellow labels, fluorescent orange labels, fluorescent green labels, and fluorescent magenta labels.

Fluorescent labels have a standard permanent adhesive and can be printed with laser printers or handwritten. We supply 66 label sizes in this range, including 8 sizes supplied in 25 sheet packs, 19 sizes available in 100 sheet packs, and a further 39 made to order sizes (available in 500 sheet boxes).

Fluorescent labels add a burst of colour that is hard to ignore. This makes these sticky labels especially popular when you need to highlight important information or really catch someone’s eye. Our fluorescent labels are often used as address labels and shipping labels, gift tags, marketing labels and promotional labels, information signs and warning notices, and as fun stickers for parties, events, or displays.

GOLD LABELS & SILVER LABELS

If you’re after a more luxurious look, our gold labels and silver labels add a subtle shimmer to any application. Each range contains 54 label sizes with 9 stocked in 25 sheet packs and the rest available to order in 500 sheet boxes.

All of our metallic labels are have standard permanent adhesives and an attractive satin gold finish. Made by applying a decorative gold coating onto clay-coated paper, our metallic labels have a beautifully smooth and bright surface.

You can handwrite or print your gold labels and silver labels using a laser printer. They are especially popular for use as marketing labels and promotional labels, as product labels and packaging labels on high value or gift items, or as address labels or gift tags on items that are intended to celebrate a special event or holiday. For example, they are often used as wedding labels and Christmas labels.

We also supply sets of metallic coloured star stickers. These sticky stars are available in three colours; gold, silver, and bronze. Each A4 sheet contains 280 stars measuring 12.7mm wide. Each pack contains 12 sheets of star stickers. We supply packs in each colour as well as an assorted pack containing gold stars, silver stars, and bronze stars. Our star stickers are perfect for reward stickers, arts and crafts projects, school stickers, stationery kits, and just for fun stickers!

Order Coloured Labels From Label Planet

Label Planet Labels LogoYou can find all of our Coloured Labels on our List Of Coloured Labels page. Follow the links to find the range page for each type of coloured label. Our range pages include more information about each range, show the full list of label sizes available in each range, and links to the product pages where you can place an order for the coloured labels of your choice!

Need School Labels For Your End Of Term Celebrations? Get Super Swift Despatch & Delivery From Label Planet!

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

With the end of the school year looming, now is the perfect time to order a stock of sticky school labels for all your end of term events. From Sports Day trophies to Certificates of Achievement, sticky labels are a brilliant way to create fun-filled awards to celebrate your pupils’ successes. They’re also a great way to get everything else organised before you depart for the summer holidays.

School Labels For Sport’s Day

If you’re holding a Sport’s Day event this year, you may need to make trophies and awards. We’ve got a range of coloured labels and fluorescent labels that are brilliant ways to create different awards for different placements (first, second, and third) or to create a set of colour coded team badges for all of the participants in each event.

We also supply gold labels and silver labels, which are perfect additions to trophies and certificates. Alternatively, you could use star stickers (in gold, silver, and bronze) to denote a particular level of achievement.

School Labels For Award Ceremonies

You may need certificates for pupils who have excelled or shown great improvement in a subject / activity. You can use our sticky labels to add on the recipient or category of a particular certificate. Our coloured labels, fluorescent labels, and metallic labels are a great way to denote categories or levels of achievement. You may also want to use our star stickers on rewards being handed out or feedback being given in the run up to the end of term / year.

School Labels For Your End Of Year Sort Out

Finally, you might be looking for sticky labels to help you organise your end of year clear out. Get all of your paperwork sorted and filed before heading out on your (well-earned) summer break.

Our coloured labels and fluorescent labels are a really quick and simple way to create a colour coding system for your files and paperwork. Alternatively, you could order paper labels to clearly label all of your files and folders so you know exactly where everything is when you return for the new school year.

If you need temporary labels that you can remove without damaging items when the sticky labels are no longer needed, we recommend our removable labels. Removable labels will stay firmly stuck while you need them before removing cleanly and easily when they are out of date or no longer required.

Super Swift Despatch & Delivery Of School Labels

Here at Label Planet, we make it our mission to make sure that your sticky labels make it to you as swiftly as possible.

Sticky labels available to order in 25 sheet packs will be despatched same day (Monday to Friday, before 4pm). If you are ordering fewer than 200 sheets, your order will be despatched by Royal Mail’s first class service. You can upgrade to a next day delivery option online or by phone. This guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day. If you order more than 200 sheets, your order will be despatched via a next working day carrier service.

Coloured labels with a 100 sheet minimum order are generally kept in stock at our warehouse. This means they are usually available for same day despatch from stock (Monday to Friday, before 3pm). These items will be despatched on a next working day carrier.

All sticky labels with a minimum order quantity of 500 sheets are made to order items. These sticky labels take up to five working days for despatch (via a next working day carrier service). Standard paper labels tend to be available much soon (within 1-2 working days).

Order School Labels From Label Planet

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You can order school labels from us online, by phone, or by email/fax. Orders placed online must be paid for at the point of checkout. Alternatively, schools can request a School Invoice, which provides 30 days for payment. Send us an official school purchase order (or a signed order on the school’s letterhead) via email or fax. We’ll process your order and despatch it along with a School Invoice.

If you need any further help or advice, simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team and we’ll be happy to help!

Get Craftily Creative With Kraft Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

What Are Kraft Labels?

Sticky labels made with a Kraft paper…

What Is Kraft Paper?

Kraft paper uses paper pulp produced by the Kraft process. This process has a number of benefits and advantages over alternative methods, including:

  • The ability to process wood from almost every species of tree.
  • A process of breaking down lignin that doesn’t damage the cellulose fibres in the process (lignin is a natural glue that holds wood fibres together).
  • The ability to easily separate and reuse unwanted waste elements.
  • The production of stronger and higher quality pulp (“Kraft” is a German word for strength).
  • The ability to produce paper with longer fibres, giving the paper greater elasticity, strength, and tear resistance.
  • A more environmentally friendly method of processing wood.

Kraft papers are usually created using unbleached pulp, which avoids the use of industrial strength bleaching agents in the manufacturing process. Kraft paper are therefore usually brown in colour. This is the natural colouring of the pulp use to make the paper.

What Are Label Planet’s Kraft Labels Like?

Our Kraft labels are made with a Kraft paper and a permanent adhesive. They are suitable for use with laser printers and inkjet printers OR for handwriting.

The Kraft paper has a ribbed finish, which adds a subtle texture and pattern of light and dark stripes. We believe this adds a decorative twist to the natural colouring of our Kraft labels. This makes them the perfect choice for any crafty project where you really want your sticky labels to look the part.

What Crafts Can I Create With Kraft Labels?

Kraft labels are brilliant for all sorts of crafty projects. They’re especially popular for use as address labels and product labels when our customers want their parcels and packaging to have a truly home-made touch. Some want a finishing touch with a “home-made” and personal feel. Others are labelling items made with natural ingredients or hand-made crafting techniques and want their sticky labels to match their methods.

They’re also perfect for use on personal projects at home. For example, they’re a great way to get your stuff organised in a more decorative way. They’re also perfect for making your own gifts, cards, or gift tags to celebrate a special day for a special someone (or someones!).

Order Kraft Labels From Label Planet Today

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We supply 54 labels sizes in our range of Kraft labels. Twenty are available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets. The rest are available to order in boxes of 500 sheets. You can use an inkjet printer or a laser printer to print your Kraft labels. Alternatively, you can handwrite (or draw) your messages and designs for a truly home-made and hand-crafted finish.

Visit the BRK range page to find out more about these crafty labels or to place an order to get creative with your own Kraft labels today!

Top Tips & Tricks For Printing Your Own Barcode Labels

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

While it’s really easy to print your own barcode labels, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your barcode labels are the best that they can possibly be. In this post, we’ll talk about the little things you can do to make sure that your barcode labels simply work.

Barcode Labels – What Are Barcodes?

A barcode represents data in machine-readable form. There are two types – linear barcodes and matrix barcodes. Matrix barcodes are square or rectangular patterns of (usually) black and white cells/modules. The most common example is QR codes. Linear barcodes are patterns of parallel lines (black bars) and spaces (white intercharacter gaps). They also contain characters (representing the data encoded in the barcode) and a check character/digit (for validation). A blank space or “quiet zone” around the barcode marks the beginning and end of the barcode.

Matrix barcodes are scanned by image sensors and analysed by processors. To read a QR code, a processor uses the corner squares to determine the size, orientation, and angle of view. The remaining pattern of dots is converted into binary numbers and validated using an error-correcting algorithm.

An optical scanner is usually used to scan linear barcodes. The scanner directs light at the barcode. The black bars absorb light and the white gaps reflect light. The scanner converts the reflected light into an electrical signal. The fluctuations in the intensity of the reflected light cause the signal to oscillate and form a pattern, which is converted into digital information.

Barcodes can encode all sorts of data. The most common usage is storing manufacturer or product information so products can be tracked through manufacturing, shipping, storage, and sale. Barcodes are also extremely useful in the retail industry. They look up product information at point of sale, track stock, track shopping habits, and redeem coupons or vouchers. They can also track people and items in specific environments. For example, tracking employees and equipment onsite, tracking tickets and admissions, tracking parcels and mail, and directing airline luggage. In medical facilities they track patients, medication, surgical kits, equipment, supplies, and medical samples.

Barcode Labels – What Sticky Labels Should I Use To Print Barcode Labels?

While you can use a wide range of sticky labels as barcode labels, some work better than others. We recommend matt white labels – solid white in colour with a non-shiny surface.

Barcode readers and scanners rely on their ability to detect the difference between white and black areas. It is vital that the reader or scanner can detect exactly where each area begins and ends, in addition to detecting the beginning and ending of the barcode itself (via the quiet zone).

If you use sticky labels with a coloured or patterned background (or transparent labels that you stick over a coloured surface), you may reduce the contrast between the elements in your barcode and prevent readers/scanners from reading your barcodes accurately. Likewise, a gloss finish (i.e. a shiny surface) may influence the light reflected back into a reader/scanner, preventing an accurate result.

When it comes to picking the perfect label size, you need to make sure your barcode labels are slightly larger (and in particular longer) than your barcodes to keep a clear quiet zone. You also need to remember that smaller barcodes are harder to read accurately. The quality of your barcode image will also influence how well your barcode labels work.

Barcode Labels – What Print Settings Should I Use To Print Barcode Labels?

You should adjust your printer’s print settings because this results in crisp, clear print that ensures your barcodes will scan correctly. In addition to selecting a “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” print settings, we recommend increasing the print quality setting. Both options slow your printer down and as a result print your barcodes at the highest possible quality.

Order Barcode Labels From Label Planet Today!

We have a wide range of white labels that are perfect for use as barcode labels. You can use self adhesive labels to quickly and easily add barcodes onto products, packaging, envelopes, and packages.

We recommend choosing white labels with a matt finish and a permanent adhesive. This ensures that any barcode scanner can read your barcodes accurately AND that your barcode labels remain firmly in place.

  • White Paper Labels. Standard matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive.
  • Premium Quality White Paper Labels. Premium quality matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive.
  • Freezer Labels. Matt white paper labels with a freezer adhesive, which is useful for labelling frozen food products or medical/research samples stored in deep freeze conditions.
  • Wash Off Labels. Matt white paper labels with a wash off adhesive, which is ideal for reusable containers such as jars and bottles.
  • High Tack Paper Labels. Matt white paper labels with a strong permanent adhesive, which is suitable for unusual materials or curved surfaces.
  • Super Tack Paper Labels. Matt white paper labels with a super strong permanentadhesive, which is suitable for unusual materials or curved surfaces.
  • Opaque Labels. Matt white paper labels with an opaque backing and an opaque adhesive, which is ideal for covering existing print work or replacing out of date barcodes.
  • Transparent Labels. Matt transparent labels with a permanent adhesive, which is suitable for adding barcodes onto items that are already white in colour.

If you need temporary barcode labels, you could try our Removable Labels or Super Removable Labels.

MWP vs MWPE vs MWPO – Which Waterproof Labels Will Win?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

If you’ve been searching for waterproof labels, you may have noticed that we supply three marine labels that are very similar. Our polyester labels (MWP), polyethylene labels (MWPE), and polyolefin labels (MWPO) ARE very similar. They all have a matt white finish, are all waterproof labels, and all have a marine standard permanent adhesive. So how do you know which waterproof label is the right one for you?

The answer lies in your label application. Each material has its own properties and characteristics that are better suited to certain applications compared to the others. It just depends on what you need your waterproof labels to be able to do…

Waterproof Labels That Will Stay Stuck

While all three have a marine standard adhesive, the different materials cause slight variations in the level of tack (stick). This is most noticeable when labelling more unusual materials and surface types.

For example, if you apply all three onto a completely flat, clean metal surface you would see very little difference. On rough materials or curved surfaces, the polyethylene would cope the best with any surface variations. The polyolefin would be next best, followed by the polyester.

If your label application involves a curved surface or unusual materials (such as fabrics or building materials) you may wish to choose polyethylene.

Waterproof Labels That Will Bend & Stretch

One of the most notable differences between these three materials is how well they bend and stretch. Polyester is a rigid material and will not stretch at all. Polyolefin offers better flexibility and stretch, while polyethylene is the most flexible and stretchy material of the three.

The material you choose depends on whether you need waterproof labels that ARE flexible or ARE NOT flexible. For example, to label curved surfaces you need waterproof labels that will conform to the shape of your items. If you apply a rigid label material to a curved surface, one of two things will happen:

  • Your sticky labels won’t conform to the shape of your items. You may find areas where your labels aren’t stuck to the item. Alternatively, there won’t be sufficient contact to allow a successful adhesive bond to form at all and your waterproof labels will fall off immediately.
  • You will be able to temporarily force your sticky labels to conform to the correct shape BUT the memory of the material will cause them to return to their original flat state – overcoming the strength of the adhesive bond and resulting in your waterproof labels slowly peeling away from the surface.

Alternatively, you may be looking for waterproof labels that won’t tear or deform easily, even when used as long life tracking labels on items that are regularly moved or handled a lot. In this case, you will need waterproof labels that offer good resistance to tearing and stretching.

If your label application involves curved surfaces you may wish to choose polyethylene (as the most flexible option), while polyester is the best bet if you need tough and durable waterproof labels that will resist the wear and tear of long term applications.

Waterproof Labels That Will Print Out Perfectly

While all three printer labels are suitable for use with standard desktop printers, some are easier to print than others.

First you need to consider whether you have an inkjet printer or a laser printer. MWPE and MWPO are laser labels and inkjet labels; they can be printed with a laser printer or an inkjet printer. MWP are laser labels and can ONLY be printed with a laser printer.

Next you need to take into consideration the specification of your printer. Waterproof labels are thicker than standard paper labels and so you need to check that your printer has a media bypass tray (a secondary tray designed specifically for thicker materials) as well as the weight of materials that your printer will accept. If your printer cannot handle heavier materials, you will need to choose a thinner material to ensure that you can print your waterproof labels.

Polyethylene is a VERY thick material and requires careful handling; if your printer is not designed to handle very thick materials, you may find that you struggle to produce a consistent print quality on your waterproof labels (if you manage to print them at all). Polyester, however, is much thinner making it a much easier and more reliable material to print. Polyolefin is a thicker material BUT not as thick as polyethylene, which makes it a perfect compromise between MWP and MWPE.

Waterproof Labels That Will Fit Into Your Budget

If you’re ordering fewer than 500 sheets there is absolutely no difference between the three options. If you’re looking to buy in bulk (and on a budget) there is a difference in cost; MWP is the most expensive option, followed by MWPE, and then MWPO.

Waterproof Labels From Label Planet

To find out more about any of our waterproof labels – or to place an order – simply visit our List of Waterproof Labels page. You can also request a sample of our waterproof labels (to test them out for yourself) or get in touch with our Customer Service Team for further advice. If you need a label template, visit our Label Templates Home Page, or take a look at our Help Section, which contains links to our label templates, step-by-step guides, and troubleshooting tips.

Use The Magic Of Matt Transparent Labels To Make Your Labelling Amazing!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

This week, we’re taking a closer look at our range of matt transparent labels to find out how these amazing transparent labels can transform any labelling project in an instant.

What Are Matt Transparent Labels?

Our matt transparent labels are made of a transparent polyester film with a matt finish and a permanent adhesive. The matt finish means that these transparent labels don’t reflect light as efficiently as gloss labels. This creates a flat “dull” finish that isn’t shiny or reflective.

You might be wondering why we’d describe a “dull” finish as “magical” but don’t dismiss MTP just yet!

Many surfaces have a matt finish, which means that you can use matt transparent labels to add additional text to any item without drawing attention to the fact that you’ve had to use a sticky label to do so. Matt transparent labels blend in with matt surfaces, making your design look like an existing part of the surface below.

NB: the adhesive layer may trap air or dust, which can prevent your transparent labels from being 100% transparent. They have excellent transparency when applied onto white/coloured surfaces but a slightly frosted look when applied onto glass items.

When Should I Use Matt Transparent Labels?

Matt transparent labels are brilliant for all sorts of applications but we think they’re best when used as:

PRODUCT LABELS / PACKAGING LABELS
Transparent labels allow you to add information without distracting or detracting from the existing design of your products and/or packaging. This could be additional product information, pricing information, design work, or promotional details.

SPECIAL ADDRESS LABELS
If you’re sending out invitations or correspondence for a special event, you may have chosen envelopes that match a particular theme. Transparent labels let you can add your addresses and preserve the design of your envelopes. For example, transparent labels are especially popular for wedding address labels because they don’t cover up the design of the envelopes chosen to match the invitations inside.

DISPLAY & EXHIBITION LABELS
Transparent labels are a nifty way to add details or information about items on display – whether in a gallery, museum, or a classroom. Transparent labels preserve any background elements that are part of the display – where white or coloured labels would distract from the overall appearance of the display.

WINDOW STICKERS
You can also create your own set of window stickers with our transparent labels.

A SOLUTION TO COLOUR-MATCHING ISSUES
Transparent labels sidestep colour-matching issues if you can’t find a match (and don’t want to pay for bespoke coloured labels).

Order Matt Transparent Labels From Label Planet Today!

We supply a range of 54 label sizes in our MTP range. This includes 16 stocked sizes available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. All other sizes are made to order and take up to five working days for despatch. These laser labels must be printed using a laser printer (or handwritten with suitable ink).

You can find out more about our matt transparent labels – or place an order – by visiting our Matt Transparent Labels range page. If you need to download label templates to print your self adhesive labels, head on over to our Template Home Page, where you will find download links for both Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes. You can also Request A Sample to discover the magic of MTP for yourself!

Label Planet’s Guide To Choosing The Right Adhesive Labels

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

A Handy Flowchart To Help You Choose The Perfect Adhesive Labels

We supply THIRTY ranges of self adhesive labels giving you a choice of TEN different types of adhesive. This many choices can be confusing – especially if you need sticky labels for very specific circumstances.

So, we’ve pooled our knowledge of self adhesive labels to create a simple flowchart. This chart will guide you towards the adhesive labels that are right for your label application.

You simply need to answer TWO basic questions to find out the type of adhesive that you should choose.

Label Planet Guide To Adhesives

The (Inevitable) Exception To The Rule Of Choosing The Perfect Adhesive

There is an exception to this rule and that is temporary labels to stick onto clothing or fabric items. For example, you might want product labels for clothing or fabric items that can be removed without damaging those items after they have been sold. Alternatively, you might be hosting a networking event and want to hand out temporary name badges or you could be hosting a charity event or open day and want to give people stickers to reward their participation. Either way, your sticky labels mustn’t ruin people’s clothing at the end of the event.

In this case, we recommend a standard permanent adhesive instead of a removable adhesive. This is because fabrics have unusual and varied surfaces that can be difficult for removable adhesives to bond with properly. Permanent adhesives have the extra strength to ensure your adhesive labels remain in place BUT they won’t form a solid bond, which means they can be safely removed from clothing.

Next Steps: Request A Sample Or Place An Order For Your Adhesive Labels

Once you’ve found the right adhesive labels for your labelling application you can request a sample or place an order. Our free sample service means you can make sure that you’ve really got the right adhesive for your application before you go ahead and place an order.