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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!

FAQ – Are Your Labels RoHS Compliant?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Admittedly, this might not be one of our MOST frequently asked questions but it is one that is very important to those customers who need to ask it. The short and simple answer is YES: all of our label products are fully RoHS compliant. Of course, if you prefer the longer answer, then please read on for more information.

What does RoHS stand for?
By itself RoHS stands for “the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances” but its full title is:

“The Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Directive (2011/65/EU).”

What is the RoHS?
The RoHS Directive is a piece of EU legislation that restricts the amount of six specific hazardous substances that can be used in the manufacture of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). These substances are: Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), and Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE), which are both flame retardants.

Any EEE that contains more than the agreed levels of these six substances cannot be placed on the EU market. The directive applies to manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers, and distributors of EEE.

Labels aren’t EEE products, so why do you need to state that you are RoHS compliant?
We don’t.

Labels in themselves are not EEE nor – although they may be stuck onto EEE – are they considered to be a “homogeneous” part of EEE because they can be removed, which means that that are not an integral (and permanent) part of the product and are therefore not subject to the RoHS Directive.

However, we know that there are companies who want to make sure that ALL of the elements associated or supplied with their products are also compliant with the RoHS directive – which would include any labels that they apply to their products.

This is why we have taken the steps to confirm that all of our label products are compliant with the RoHS directive and can therefore be used on Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

For more detailed information about all of our label products, you can take a look at our Material Specification Sheets or get in touch with our Customer Service team.

Top Tips – How To Pick The Perfect Product Label

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Product labels often have a number of important roles to play; they may carry important information about your product, carry barcodes or QR codes that contain vital tracking information, or quite simply might provide a significant opportunity to help make your products, brand, and company stand out from the crowd.

Getting the right product label is an important choice – especially if you’ve spent months or even years developing your product and you want your labels to work just as hard as you have to help get your product sold.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a hit list of decisions that you need to make when choosing your product labels.

What Are You Sticking Them Onto & How Long Do They Need To Last?
Labels For Product Packaging:
Packaging labels need to remain firmly in place so you should make sure you choose a PERMANENT adhesive. If your packaging is made using unusual materials (especially plastic bags or boxes) you may find that standard permanent adhesives struggle to bond properly, which means you’ll need a stronger adhesive such as a HIGH TACK or MARINE adhesive. You may also be looking for a label that improves the security of your goods (especially for high value goods); we supply two “TAMPER EVIDENT” products, which can be used to provide evidence of tampering, to securely seal packaging, or to act as a warranty label or seal.

If it is of the utmost importance that your labels remain on the packaging, even if the items are to be moved around a lot, then you should consider choosing a POLYESTER or POLYETHYLENE label; these materials are much more durable than paper and offer protection against a variety of environmental factors including exposure to water and sunlight, which makes them perfect for use as long life tracking or asset labels.

Labels For Products (That Must Be Permanent):
Some product labels are used to add vital product information to items, which means the information must remain with your product for the lifetime of each item – so you must use a PERMANENT adhesive. If your products are made with unusual materials or have a curved or uneven surface you should consider choosing a stronger, more specialised adhesive (e.g. a HIGH TACK or MARINE adhesive) to ensure that your labels stay firmly in place. You may also want to apply one of our “TAMPER EVIDENT” label products to act as a warranty label or to indicate if an item has been tampered with. To create long life tracking or asset labels, you should choose one of our more durable materials; we have a range of POLYESTER and POLYETHYLENE labels, which are long lasting, waterproof labels that will survive in a variety of environments and conditions.

Labels For Products (That Must Be Removable):
It may be that the content of your labels is only required temporarily (e.g. pricing information) and so your labels should remove cleanly and easily from your products without doing any damage. In this case, you should choose labels made with a REMOVABLE ADHESIVE. If your items are particularly delicate (especially items made of paper or glass), then you may even want to consider a SUPER REMOVABLE ADHESIVE to ensure that your items remain undamaged when a label is eventually removed.

What Environments Do They Need To Work In?
Depending on the type of products you are labelling, you may need to take into account the environments that your products will be stored or used in when picking a product label. Two of the most common examples are food and drink products and cosmetic products; the former are likely to be exposed to a variety of conditions in kitchens (including exposure to liquids and variations in temperature), while the latter are likely to be used in bathrooms where they may be exposed to water or other liquids.

If you know that your labels need to survive in conditions where they may get wet then you should make sure you select a WATERPROOF label (or, as a cheaper alternative, a SPLASHPROOF label). Likewise, if you’re selling food and drink products that need to be stored in freezer conditions then you’ll need to make sure you choose DEEP FREEZE labels, which are made using a special adhesive that is designed specifically to function efficiently in freezer conditions.

How Much Content Do You Want To Add?
When designing labels for products, you’ll need to make sure that all of your information is clear and legible (especially for products that are required to show ingredients, allergen warnings, instructions for use, best before/use by dates, or health and safety warnings) AND that your branding looks attractive and professional.

A good tip is to make a note of everything you want to include on your labels (although actually typing it out is even better); if you find that you’ve got an awful lot of stuff to include but not a lot of space to add a label big enough to display it all neatly and legibly, you might want to consider breaking it up and using two or more smaller labels to create a cleaner appearance. This means you won’t end up compromising by either reducing your font to teeny tiny text or plastering a massive label all over your products and/or packaging.

What Do You Want Your Product To Look Like?
If you’re trying to create a particular appearance or build up brand recognition, you’ll want to make sure that your labels fit in with the overall ethos that you’re aiming to promote. Simply plastering a standard paper label onto your products could undermine any special design features that you’ve worked hard to add to your products and packaging, so it’s always worth looking at different material options to find the one that best matches your brand image:

Gloss Labels: these labels have a shiny smooth coating that creates a finish that is both decorative and professional in appearance. Our gloss polyester labels are particularly popular for use on cosmetics products, while our photo quality gloss paper labels are perfect for printing detailed designed work at a high resolution, even if you’ve got photographic images as part of your design.

Premium Quality Paper: made of a premium quality paper that has been treated with a special coating to give it a supremely smooth finish, these labels can help to produce excellent high resolution print that is sharp and precise. Our MPQ material is particularly popular for creating a professional finish, especially for branding and marketing labels that should be smart and crisp.

Coloured Paper: coloured labels are a brilliant starting point if you want your labels to be bold and bright, whether you’re trying to create a fun, fabulous brand identity or you simply want to draw attention to your products. We’ve got a range of subtle pastel shades for those who prefer a gentle bloom of colour or a choice of five fluorescent colours to really give your product a kick start.

Kraft Paper: made with an unbleached, uncoated Kraft paper, these labels have a ribbed brown colouring, which creates a natural appearance with a subtle touch of pattern and texture. Our Kraft Labels are especially popular for use as product labels where the products are homemade/handcrafted or gift items, or where a company wants to promote their products as being natural, bespoke, or handmade.

Metallic Paper: available in gold or silver, our metallic paper labels have a very attractive semi-gloss textured finish, which makes them a popular choice for product labels that are promoted as luxury or gift items, or to create promotional or marketing labels.

Transparent Polyester: transparent labels are a perfect tool for creating decorative and professional product labels because they provide design opportunities that other labels simply cannot provide. For example, they are brilliant product labels for use on products or packaging that are made with transparent materials (especially glass or plastic bottles), a perfect way to avoid problems with exact colour matching, and a simple solution to the issue of adding additional information to existing print work (where non-transparent labels would end up covering up some of your existing print).

Silver Metallic Polyester: with a matt metallic finish, these polyester labels are often used as professional long life tracking or asset labels – particularly on high value goods and electrical or electronic appliances.

You can find all of our label product options listed on our All Label Materials page; remember, you can also Request A Sample to try out a few different options to see which one will work best for you.

FAQ – Do You Do Those Labels For Products And Packaging?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Here at Label Planet, we specialise in A4 sheets of labels that customers can print themselves using their own standard desktop printers. Many of our customers are business owners who want labels they can use on their products and packaging. While some of our label products suit this task down to the ground, some customers get in touch for something quite different. So here’s a guide to the Product and Packaging Labels that we do and a few that we do not.

PRODUCT & PACKAGING LABELS FROM LABEL PLANET
Address/Shipping Labels: many of our customers use our labels as address/shipping labels; the most popular products are our standard matt white paper labels with a permanent adhesive, although some will opt for one of our polyester or polyethylene products if they need a label that is a bit more durable, particularly if it is to be used for adding tracking information that needs to remain with an item, even if it is moved around a lot or left in storage for long periods of time.

For customers who want a more decorative appearance, we have a range of coloured labels and gloss labels, which are perfect for creating a professional and creative finish for all kinds of correspondence and packages.

Waterproof Product/Packaging Labels: some items require a waterproof label because they may be exposed to water at some point – during storage and/or use. We have range of waterproof polyester and polyethylene labels, which offer a variety of finishes and adhesives to ensure that there’s a waterproof label suitable for pretty much every label application. Customers can choose between gloss and matt finishes, white or transparent labels, and permanent or removable adhesives. This makes these labels extremely popular for use on food and drink products, cosmetic products, or on products that require outdoor use and/or storage.

Transparent Product/Packaging Labels: some customers want product/packaging labels that will match a transparent item (such as glassware), that won’t cover up their existing design work, or that are as unobtrusive as possible, in which case one of our transparent products will do the job quite nicely – customers can choose from gloss or matt finishes, and a permanent or a removable adhesive.

Gloss Product/Packaging Labels: for a more decorative appearance than a standard matt finish, we offer a range of gloss labels, including the option to choose a full gloss finish or a semi-gloss finish. These labels give a high quality shine and create a professional and decorative finish on any product or packaging.

Coloured Product/Packaging Labels: to get even more creative with the look of your products and/or packaging we offer a range of coloured labels, including five fluorescents, six pastel shades, metallic gold and silver, and ribbed Kraft paper for a subtle touch of pattern and texture.

Removable Product/Packaging Labels: if you sell products that are often given as gifts or that are made using delicate materials (such as paper or glass), we have a range of labels made with removable adhesives that won’t leave behind adhesive residue or damage items when a label is removed.

Tamper Evident Product/Packaging Labels: these labels can improve the security of high value goods by providing visual evidence if a product or its packaging are tampered with. We have Void Labels that will leave the message “VOID” on the label and the item, while our Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels will fragment into tiny pieces, which makes them extremely difficult, if not impossible, to remove in their entirety.

OTHER LABELS THAT YOU MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR:
FOOD & DRINK PRODUCT LABELS
Some customers are looking for labels that are designed for food and drink products; many of these products are manufactured in certain ways and with certain materials in order to meet industry standards for food safety etc. While some of our products (such as our Freezer Labels) do comply with the German BgVV standard for indirect food contact and short term contact with dry and moist foods, we may not be able to provide labels that meet the specific industry requirements that a customer needs; we would advise these customers to contact specialist label manufacturers/suppliers who supply products that are developed specifically for the food and drink industry.

INDUSTRY STANDARD LABELS
Similarly, if you are looking for labels that are intended for use in a very specific label application and especially for those that must meet strict industry regulations, we would also suggest that you may be best off searching for a specialist supplier who is able to supply products that are manufactured according to industry guidelines.

INTEGRATED LABELS
Integrated labels are labels that are “integrated” into (in other words, are part of) a sheet of paper (or other material). On a sheet of integrated labels, some of the sheet is made up of one or more labels, while the rest is normal paper. These labels are used to combine the printing of different documentation into one sheet and are most commonly used in the delivery of products or services; one sheet can be used to print any combination of address/shipping labels, an invoice or receipt, a return address label, a picking sheet or slip, or company information.

While we do not carry any products that are manufactured specifically as integrated labels, we do have a product that can be used as a substitute, particularly for people who sell products via Amazon, Ebay, and Play.com. These market platforms allow sellers to use their software to print address/shipping labels and receipts for the orders they receive; the software prints both pieces of documentation onto one sheet, with the address/shipping label taking up the top or bottom third of an A4 sheet and the rest of the sheet being used for the receipt. Our product LP3/210 is fully compatible with this software and means that the top or bottom label can be printed as an address label and applied to the package being despatched, while the top or bottom two labels form the receipt documentation. This means that there’s no need to purchase specific integrated label products because this standard label product does the job just as well.

PIGGYBACK LABELS
Piggyback labels are made up of two labels, where one sits on top of (or piggybacks) the other label. The top label can be removed and used as a separate label in its own right (for example, as a built in return address label for customers to use), be discarded once it has been removed to reveal a message or code, or can be used as a flap so that information can be printed onto both the top and bottom labels, saving space on the product container or packaging.

We do not sell piggyback label products, so you will need to search for a label manufacturer or supplier who are able to provide this specific type of label.

Templates: from Excel to Word in a Mail Merge

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

We’ve had a few enquiries recently from people asking us for the simplest way to set up labels using text from an Excel spreadsheet.

Most people who are printing labels from Excel are trying to create address or product labels, with each row in the spreadsheet needing to be transferred onto one label. The easiest way to accomplish this is to create the labels using Microsoft Word’s “Mail Merge” function. The template for the labels will be created in Word, but the data used to populate the labels will be drawn directly from the Excel spreadsheet.

This does tend to be slightly easier if you are using labels with an equivalent Avery code, as these are built in to the Mail Merge function, but you can also use your own bespoke template to complete the mail merge.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide.

– Open a blank Word document
– Start the Step by Step Mail Merge Wizard
(For Word 2007 and after, click on the “Mailings” tab at the top of the page, click on “Start Mail Merge”, then select “Step by Step Mail Merge Wizard” from the list. For earlier versions of Word, click on the “Tools” menu, select “Letters and Mailings” and then click on “Mail Merge”.)

The Wizard will then guide you through the necessary steps, which are as follows:
1. Select Document Type
Select “Labels”!
2. Select Starting Document
– If you have an Avery code select “Change document layout”, then click “Label options”. Set “Label vendors” to Avery A4/A5, then select the relevant code from the list of product numbers.
– If you don’t have an Avery code, then you need to “Start from existing document”. For this you can either use a template that you have created yourself OR you can download (and save) one of our templates which are available on our website.
3. Select Recipients
This is where you link in your Excel spreadsheet. Select “Use an existing list”, then browse to find where your spreadsheet is saved.
4. Arrange Your Labels
This is where you set out what information should be taken from your spreadsheet and how it should be laid out. For example, if you are creating address labels, you can select “Address Block”, and then match up the fields that need to be on the label with the column in your spreadsheet that has this information.
5. Preview Your Labels
Double check that everything is as it should be!
6. Print Your Labels
Get printing! If you are unsure about the process, or if you’re worried you might have made an error, try test printing the first page or two, just to double check that everything will print as you want it to.