Gloss labels are a great way to add a decorative touch of shimmer and shine to any labelling application. Find out how gloss labels can add a touch of glitz and glamour.
What Are Gloss Labels?
The term “gloss labels” applies to sticky labels with a gloss finish. The term is usually refers to a “full” gloss finish, although it may also include a range of “partial” gloss finishes, including semi-gloss and silk/satin finishes.
What Is A Gloss Finish?
Finish refers to the surface properties of a paper or film as determined by its appearance and texture. A gloss finish refers to a surface that has a bright and shiny finish. Gloss surfaces are bright and shiny because they are very efficient at reflecting light. The level of gloss, therefore, depends on how efficiently the surface reflects light (i.e. whether the light is reflected in a concentrated pattern or if it is diffused/scattered). A “full gloss” finish is very bright and shiny because it reflects light very efficiently. A “semi-gloss” finish is less bright and shiny because it is less efficient at reflecting light and more likely to diffuse (scatter) light.
What Are The Benefits Of Gloss Labels?
The primary benefit of gloss labels is their decorative appearance. Gloss labels are often chosen for marketing and promotional purposes because they add a subtle touch of decoration while also creating a professional and high quality finish. Usually they are chosen because they provide a subtle contrast to standard matt labels – providing a decorative finish without resorting to the use of coloured labels or elements of pattern and texture.
The shimmer and shine of gloss labels can also be beneficial because it tends to draw the eye more than the dull, flat finish of a matt label. This can be used to draw attention to a particular item or to the specific information carried on the gloss label.
Gloss labels are usually made by adding a special coating to a face material (such as paper or polyester). In addition to creating a gloss finish, these coatings also tend to have additional benefits. For example, they often create a protective layer, making your sticky labels tougher and more durable. In some cases, particularly with paper labels, they can provide (limited) protection against exposure to water. Our two splashproof paper labels are not fully waterproof because they are paper labels. However, their coatings provide some protection, which means they can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water. Another benefit is that coatings can help to improve the receptivity of your sticky labels, improving the quality of print you can achieve. This is especially important if you are trying to reproduce high resolution artwork on your sticky labels.
What Gloss Labels Are Available From Label Planet?
We supply seven ranges of gloss labels. Six have “full” gloss finishes, while one offers a “semi-gloss” finish.
Three of these ranges are gloss paper labels: GW, GWPQ, and SG.
GW: Gloss paper labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are one of two splashproof products.
GWPQ: Gloss paper labels for use with inkjet or laser printers or for handwriting. Ideal for creating high resolution print.
SG: Semi-gloss labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are the second splashproof product.
The remaining four ranges are gloss polyester labels: GCP, GTP, GTR, and GWP.
GCP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with inkjet printers. They can also be used to make transparent white boards.
GTP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a permanent adhesive (see GTR).
GTR: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a removable adhesive (see GTP).
GWP: Gloss white labels suitable for use with laser printers. Ideal for creating decorative and professional sticky labels that are also waterproof – suitable for indoor and outdoor applications that may involve exposure to water.
Order Your Own Gloss Labels Today
We’ve created a List Of Gloss Labels page, which you can visit to find out more about gloss labels in general, to find out more about each range of gloss labels, or to place an order for your own gloss labels today.
This page includes a brief description of each product range, including the material, finish, adhesive, and printer compatibility. Click on View Products for more information or to view the sizes available (and to order). Our most popular sizes are available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. Other sizes are available as made to order items in bulk boxes of 500 sheets.