Posts Tagged ‘Rectangular Labels’

Get Your Designs Into Shape With Label Shapes From Label Planet

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Sometimes a really simple way to get creative with labelling projects is to make the most of the label shapes available. Here at Label Planet, we supply rectangular labels, round labels / circular labels, oval labels, and square labels to help you get your labelling project into shape.

How Can Different Label Shapes Make A Difference To Your Design?

Being selective with your label shapes is a brilliant way to add an extra dimension to your label design. They give a creative boost to any design and each label shape has its own set of benefits. label shapes from label planet

Rectangular Labels

You might think rectangles are a bit boring but they have plenty of benefits if you choose to use them. They are the easiest shape to work with and are available with rounded or square cut corners. Rectangles tend to offer the largest area to work within, which is great if you need to fit a lot onto your sticky labels. They also fit well onto items of all shapes and sizes.

Square Labels

If you’re looking for a subtle alternative to a standard rectangular shape, square labels are an ideal choice. They offer a slightly different shape that can help to draw the eye. Like rectangular labels, they offer a good space in which to add your design and are easy to work with. Our square labels have rounded corners.

Round Labels / Circular Labels

Round labels are a perfect way to add a decorative flourish to any labelling project. They naturally draw the eye and fit well on items of all shapes and sizes. They can be more difficult to design and trickier to print accurately – but if you’re willing to put in a bit of effort and have plenty of patience, they can produce extremely rewarding results.

Oval Labels

Perhaps the trickiest of the lot to design and print, oval labels offer an especially decorative shape. They are a great way to add a personalised touch and tend to create a home-made feel. You’ll need to make sure that your design suits the continuous curve of your blank labels to get the most out of this particular shape.

Media Labels

We also supply a few special shapes. These are label shapes designed for a particular purpose. For example, CD labels or DVD labels and box file labels or folder labels. If you need self adhesive labels for these particular applications, choosing media labels that match the shape of your items helps to make sure your sticky labels look professional – and ensures that their shape is fit for purpose.

Top Tips For Keeping Your Label Shapes In Line

Here are a couple of top tips that will help you to always keep your label designs in shape.

  • KEEP THINGS CENTRAL: where possible, always centralise your design. Your design will start from the centre of your sticky labels and expand outwards. This helps to create balanced designs that look professional, as well as making sure that you don’t end up accidentally cutting bits of your design cut off around the edges of your sticky labels.
  • WATCH OUT FOR THE EDGE(S): take extra care if your design extends all the way to the edge of your sticky labels. Your design must account for the shape of your sticky labels especially if you are adding design elements to their edges (see backgrounds and borders). You also need to account for the capabilities of your printer. Most standard printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet. If your printer doesn’t have an “edge-to-edge” printing capability, it may not be able to print the full area of all of your blank labels. You may need to adapt your design if this is an issue.
  • BIG BACKGROUNDS AND BOLD BORDERS: it is very tricky to get every single design to align perfectly with every single blank label on an A4 sheet. If you are using coloured backgrounds and/or borders, this can lead to white edging. This means that some of the edges of your sticky labels are left unprinted because your design hasn’t quite aligned perfectly. To avoid this problem, we recommend oversizing coloured backgrounds and borders. This allows them to overlap all of the edges of your sticky labels making it impossible for white edges to appear.

Buy Different Label Shapes From Label Planet Today

If you’re looking for basic matt white paper labels, you can find our different shapes here:

Rectangular Labels (Rounded Corners) / Rectangular Labels (Square Cut Corners)

Round Labels & Circular Labels / Oval Labels / Square Labels / Media Labels

Alternatively, you can use our Label Finder to select the label shape(s) you are interested in – and find out all of the different sizes, materials, adhesives, colours, and finishes available in that particular shape. You can find label templates for all of our label shapes (and sizes) by visiting our Label Templates home page. We provide Word label templates and PDF label templates for all of our label shapes and sizes.

Reasons To Use Rectangles & Pointers To Print Them Perfectly!

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

While you’ll often hear that using a different label shape is a quick and easy way to create a more “decorative” design, there’s a lot to be said for rectangular labels, which have a lot of benefits that you might not have considered.

So, in this post we’ll be championing the humble rectangle and giving you a few pointers to perfect your rectangular label printing!

EASY TO DESIGN

While you might dismiss rectangular labels as too basic, don’t forget that the simplicity of this shape makes it much easier to design than other shapes (especially circles and ovals).

This holds especially true if you aren’t using design software to create your labels; for example, many people use Microsoft Word, which was created specifically for inserting and editing text (NOT for designing labels). Word templates are basically tables that replicate the layout of a sheet of labels, which is fine if your labels are square or rectangular in shape but less so if you have a more complicated shape (such as those pesky circles and ovals).

With the clearly defined and straightforward edges of a rectangle, you simply need to make sure your design fits inside the four sides of your labels – and you don’t need to spend time thinking about how you’ll get your design to fit inside a curved or fluctuating shape.

EASY TO PRINT

The regularity and simplicity of the rectangular shape also makes it easier to print your labels accurately. Sheets of rectangular labels are made by simply dividing a sheet into equal shapes (with perhaps some spacing between and around the labels), making it is much easier to print your design accurately across each row and column of labels.
In fact, the only time rectangles tend to cause printing problems is when your labels fall inside the “unprintable area” of your printer; standard desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet and the area that they cannot print is called the “unprintable area”. If your labels fall into this area then you may need to choose a different label size OR adapt your design so that it doesn’t occupy this area on your label sheets. This tends to happen more often with square cut corner rectangles that tend to go all the way to the edges of a sheet (although some label layouts use “selvedges” or blank strips at the edges of the sheet to avoid this problem).

MORE CHOICE & BETTER AVAILABILITY

As a basic shape, rectangular labels are available in a lot more sizes AND material options than other shapes because they are popular with both manufacturers AND customers.

Manufacturers like rectangular labels because they produce less waste than other shapes (making them more cost effective) and because they are extremely versatile labels that can be used for hundreds and thousands of different applications – making them a popularly requested size. This means that manufacturers tend to view rectangular labels as “standard sizes”, which they therefore produce in large volumes, on a frequent basis, and in a range of material options.

This means that customers get a better choice of label materials AND rectangular labels are often available at better prices than other shapes.

For example, if you really want round labels in a particular size and a particular material, you may find that you can’t buy those labels as a standard product, which means you either have to pay extra to have them made for you (usually at a higher order quantity and price than you’d like) or you have to compromise by choosing a different size or material.

If you choose a rectangular size, however, it is more than likely that you’ll be able to find that size in a range of materials as a stocked item (with a lower minimum order quantity and price).

It’s also more likely that it will be a size offered by Avery, which means that there may be a compatible template already available in the software you want to use to design your labels.

Plus rectangular labels can be printed in a portrait orientation OR a landscape orientation, giving you twice as many label sizes to choose from!

We supply both portrait and landscape templates for all of our rectangular label sizes so you don’t have to crane your neck as you try to fill a portrait template with a landscape design.

LABEL PLANET’S RANGE OF RECTANGULAR LABELS

At Label Planet, our rectangular labels fall into one of two shape categories; those with rounded corners and those with square cut corners. We have 70 label sizes that are rectangular in shape (39 with round corners and 31 with square corners) – compared to 19 round label sizes, 8 oval label sizes, and 5 square label sizes.

While some of our rectangular labels are “special” sizes that are only available as standard paper labels, most of our rectangular labels are “standard” sizes that are available across our range of more than 30 different label materials and adhesives. We stock as many of these different options as we can so that customers can order their labels knowing that they will be despatched same day.

In fact, we have more than 350 different rectangular label products available for same day despatch from stock!

Less popular combinations are not kept in stock but are available as made to order items (sold in 500 sheet bulk boxes), which are made and despatched within five working days).

Many of our rectangular labels use the same label size and layout as Avery products, which means that you can print your Label Planet labels using a compatible Avery template that already exists within your software.

So, if you think that a good old reliable rectangle might just be the shape for you after all, why not head over to our website to view all of our Rectangular Labels – including our Rounded Corner Rectangles and our Square Cut Corner Rectangles.