Posts Tagged ‘Sizes’

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.

Get Top Tips, Tricks, And A Template Fix With Label Planet’s Help And Advice Pages

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

If you’ve never printed your own self adhesive labels before, you may be surprised to find that there are an alarming number of ways that things can go wrong. Here at Label Planet, we’ve spent years working with A4 labels and label templates, which makes us all too familiar with the struggle to produce perfectly printed sticky labels. This is why we’ve put together a dedicated help and advice section on our website to help you design and print your own self adhesive labels – with plenty of tips and tricks to help you out if things don’t go according to plan.

Things To Think About When Designing & Printing Self Adhesive Labels

There are a lot of different elements involved in printing self adhesive labels – which means there are plenty of ways for things to go wrong. This can make it difficult to work out exactly why things are going wrong (and how to fix it). Our help and advice pages include tips about:

LABEL TEMPLATES

  • Your label template must be compatible with (the same as) your A4 labels.
  • Your label template must be in a file format that your software can read and edit.

DESIGNING LABEL TEMPLATES

  • Your design must align perfectly in ALL of the blank labels on your A4 sheet.
  • Your design must fit the shaping of your blank labels (and you may need to adapt your design to suit).
  • You need to work within the limitations of your design software (and your own experience of that software).

PRINTING LABEL TEMPLATES

  • You need to use a suitable printer (i.e. with a media bypass tray and specified for thicker materials).
  • You need to choose suitable print settings to get the best possible print quality and alignment.
  • Your A4 labels must be loaded into your printer correctly.

Help And Advice From Label Planet

We’ve taken all of our knowledge and experience working with A4 labels and label templates to produce our help and advice resources. These include:

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: a quickfire guide to the most often asked questions about designing and printing label templates.
  • FREE SAMPLES: make sure you’ve chosen the right self adhesive labels for your project (and have a test run at printing a label template).
  • MATERIAL SPECIFICATION SHEETS: detailed information about the materials used to make our self adhesive labels.
  • LABEL TEMPLATES: Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes, including options for portrait and landscape orientations.
  • TOP TIPS: a hit list of quick tips to help you avoid the most common problems that arise when printing self adhesive labels.
  • GUIDES: a series of step-by-step guides to designing and printing self adhesive labels.
  • TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE: this guide helps you to work out what is causing your design or print problem – and resolve it.
  • LABEL GLOSSARY: a glossary of labelling terms that you might come across when designing and printing your own label templates.
  • And last but not least…

LABEL PLANET’S LABEL TEMPLATES BLOG

In this weekly blog, we delve deeper into the process of designing and printing your own label templates. This includes definitions, how-tos, and step by step guides to designing and printing self adhesive labels. If you’ve encountered a particular issue or you need a starter’s guide to some of the individual steps involved in designing and printing label templates (for example, how to use copy and paste effectively), we recommend taking a look through our blog posts for more detailed help and advice.

How To Get Help And Advice With Label Templates & Self Adhesive Labels

To find our help and advice pages or to download label templates, simply visit our HELP HOME PAGE.

This page has links to all of our free resources to guide you through designing and printing self adhesive labels. This includes our free sample request service, our label templates, material specifications for all of our self adhesive labels, top tips, FAQs, guides, and troubleshooting tips.

If you can’t find an answer to a particular question or problem, get in touch with us for one-to-one advice. Email at any time or call during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

It’s A (Big) Small World In The Label Planet Range Of Mini Labels

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Label Planet’s Guide To Mini Labels

The term mini labels can be used in a general way to simply refer to small label sizes. Here at Label Planet, we use it generally to refer to our smallest label sizes (LP84/46, LP189/25, and LP270/18). More specifically, we use it for one size in particular – LP65/38.

Also known as Return Address Labels, the LP65/38 label size measures 38.1mm wide by 21.2mm high. It is an extremely popular (and standard) size across the labelling industry. Compatible with the Avery Labels code L7651, this size is available in a wide range of materials and adhesives.

The Many Uses Of Mini Labels

Mini labels are the perfect size for applications where you need a small label to do a big job. They can be used to add short pieces of important information, to colour code items, to identify items, and to – quite simply – just get stuff organised.

These small labels offer a neat and discrete way to add a bit of additional information onto an item. They don’t take up room or make items look messy or cluttered. This means they make ideal (return) address labels, product labels and pricing labels on packaging, tracking labels and asset ID labels, seals on packaging and documentation, logo labels and company labels, and decorative stickers that can be applied onto just about anything to create a personal finishing touch.

The Many Kinds Of Mini Labels

At Label Planet, we supply our LP65/38 label size in ALL of our different materials and adhesives (that’s 30 different options). We also carry all of these products (except for the Coloured Removable Labels) as stocked items. You can order any of these mini labels in packs of 25 sheets available for same day despatch.

Our mini paper labels include options for extra strong permanent adhesives (Super Tack and High Tack), super light removable adhesives (Super Removable and Removable), and speciality adhesives in the form of Freezer Labels (for labelling frozen items and Opaque Labels (for covering up errors or updating information). We also have a range of finishes, including gloss labels, premium quality matt labels, and semi-gloss labels.

For a more decorative finish, we supply coloured mini labels in seven pastel shades, five fluorescents, two metallics (gold and silver), and a pattern brown Kraft paper. Perfect for any labelling project that requires a creative look or a bit of colour coding.

We also supply our mini labels in a range of synthetic materials. You can choose from a range of mini waterproof labels for indoor or outdoor applications. Our mini transparent labels are ideal for avoiding colour matching issues or labelling transparent items. We also have mini security labels that make perfect tracking labels or asset labels on high value goods).

Order Your Own Set Of Mini Labels Today!

To find out more about our big range of small labels, head over to our dedicated MINI LABELS page. This page provides more information about this wonderfully versatile label size and links to all of our mini labels when you’re ready to order!

Find Your Perfect Match* With The Label Planet Label Finder

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

* Okay, we can’t find you your perfect match but we CAN help you find the perfect self adhesive labels for your label application.

Choosing the right self adhesive labels can turn out to be a bit more complicated than you’d like – especially if your label application involves some particularly tricky requirements.

If you’ve never wandered through the world of self adhesive labels before, it can be a bit bewildering when you realise exactly how many different choices you have to make. However, you DON’T need to be an expert in sticky labels to pick the perfect label! We’ve put together all of our experience of working in the labelling industry (and helping customers to find the self adhesive labels that are “just right”) and used it to create our LABEL FINDER.

The Label Planet Label Finder is designed to make the process of picking the perfect label as easy as possible so anyone can find the right sticky labels for their project in a few short clicks.

Using The Label Finder To Find Your Perfect Self Adhesive Labels

Instead of having to pick out the perfect label from ALL of the self adhesive labels available from Label Planet, the Label Finder creates a short list of options based on the sticky labels that are actually suitable for your application.

All you have to do is select a few key requirements for your self adhesive labels and the Label Finder will return a list of the sticky labels that match those requirements. For example, if you need removable labels you can enter this as a requirement and the Label Finder will ONLY show you self adhesive labels with a removable adhesive. If you need waterproof labels you can set this as a requirement and the Label Finder will show you all of our sticky labels that are also waterproof.

Label Planet Label Finder

What Information Can I Use To Find The Perfect Self Adhesive Labels For My Project?

The Label Finder allows you to narrow down your choices using the following requirements:

  • LABEL USE: we’ve created sets of “recommended labels” for a variety of applications, so you can use this option to give you an idea of what sort of self adhesive labels you should be looking at for a specific kind of application.
  • PRINTER TYPE: use this option if you’ve only got a laser printer OR an inkjet printer. Some of our products can only be printed with one type of printer and are grouped as laser labels (print with a laser printer) or inkjet labels (print with an inkjet printer).
  • LABEL SHAPE: use this option if you know you definitely want rectangular labels, round labels, square labels, oval labels, or CD labels / DVD labels.
  • COLOUR: use this option to show a list of the label sizes available in a particular colour.
  • NUMBER PER SHEET: use this option if you’re looking for a particular label size but you can only remember how many sticky labels were on each sheet.
  • AVERY TEMPLATE CODE: use this option to see if we supply any self adhesive labels that are compatible with (use the same label size and layout as) Avery labels / label templates that you currently use.
  • MATERIAL: use this option to narrow down your choice to paper labels OR one of our synthetic waterproof materials.
  • ADHESIVE: use this option to narrow down your choices based on whether you need permanent labels, removable labels, or a label adhesive suitable for a particular application / environment (e.g. high tack labels, opaque labels, void labels, wash off labels, marine labels, or freezer labels).
  • FINISH: use this option to show a list of sticky labels with the type of finish that you prefer (choose from gloss labels, semi-gloss labels, and matt labels).
  • WATERPROOF: use this option to create a list that only contains waterproof labels.
  • LABEL WIDTH: use this option if your self adhesive labels MUST have a specific label width.
  • LABEL HEIGHT: use this option if your self adhesive labels MUST have a specific label height.
  • LABEL CODE: use this option to view a particular product that you’ve ordered from Label Planet before.
  • LABEL PLANET SIZE CODE: use this option to view all of the material options available for a particular label size.
  • LABEL PLANET MATERIAL CODE: use this option to view all of the label sizes available for a particular label material.

How Do I Get To The Label Planet Label Finder?

To use the Label Finder, you simply need to click on the big red and white “Label Finder” button near the top of our website; this button appears on every page so you can always get to the Label Finder no matter where you are on our website!

FAQ – What Are Label Planet’s Popular Label Sizes?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

A Guide To Label Planet’s “Popular” Label Sizes For Self Adhesive Labels

If you’ve taken a look through the home page of our website, you may have noticed an option called “Popular Sizes” and wondered what makes a particular label size “popular”. We’ve written this blog post to explain what our popular label sizes are and why they can be extremely useful…

What Is A “Popular” Label Size?

As you might imagine, our range of popular label sizes is made up of the sizes that are requested most often; they’re also the most popular sizes requested across the whole of the labelling industry.

What Are The Benefits Of Choosing “Popular” Self Adhesive Label Sizes?

There are a number of benefits to choosing a popular label size – most of which are the result of the fact that “popular” sizes tend to become “standard” sizes.

The labelling industry wants to manufacture label sizes that customers actually want to buy, which has led to certain sizes becoming a set of “standard” label sizes that are manufactured in extremely large volumes on a regular basis. This has a number of benefits for customers:

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Readily Available

    Manufacturers make self adhesive labels in these sizes ALL THE TIME, which means that they are often in stock and available for same day despatch. Bespoke label sizes are made to order, which means they have longer lead times during which the self adhesive labels will actually be made for a specific customer.

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Available In Smaller Quantities

    Smaller packs of self adhesive labels tend to be available when there is a ready supply of stock that can be broken down into smaller quantities. Bespoke label sizes are only produced in specific and requested quantities.

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Cheaper

    These sizes are produced in bulk, which makes them less expensive to produce compared to bespoke label sizes (that have additional manufacturing set up costs) – making them much cheaper to buy.

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Better Supported

    These label sizes are much more likely to be supplied with label templates and printing advice. It is also more likely that a compatible label template will be available in the software a customer wants to use to design and print their own self adhesive labels (such as the Avery Label Templates built in to Word).

  1. Popular Label Sizes Are Available In More Material & Adhesive Options

    Popular sizes are used to create ranges of self adhesive labels in alternative label materials and label adhesives. While standard paper labels are available in a wider range of label sizes, if you want a different material or adhesive (used to make waterproof labels, transparent labels, coloured labels, removable labels, security labels, freezer labels, gloss labels, opaque labels, or high tack permanent labels) you will probably find that they are available in a limited range of label sizes (made up of “popular” / standard sizes).

What Label Sizes Are Included In Your “Popular” Group Of Self Adhesive Labels?

Our range of popular label sizes includes nine rectangular labels and four round labels as follows:

  • LP1/210: A4 labels measuring 210mm by 297mm
  • LP4/99: 4 sticky labels measuring 99.1mm by 139mm
  • LP8/99: 8 sticky labels measuring 99.1mm by 67.7mm
  • LP12/63: 12 sticky labels measuring 63.5mm by 72mm
  • LP14/99: 14 address labels measuring 99.1mm by 38.1mm
  • LP21/63: 21 address labels measuring 63.5mm by 38.1mm
  • LP40/45: 40 sticky labels measuring 45.7mm by 38.1mm
  • LP65/38: 65 mini labels measuring 38.1mm by 21.2mm
  • LP84/46: 84 mini labels measuring 46mm by 11.1mm
  • LP12/64R: 12 round labels with a 63.5mm diameter
  • LP15/51R: 15 round labels with a 51mm diameter
  • LP35/37R: 35 round labels with a 37mm diameter
  • LP70/25R: 70 round labels with a 25mm diameter

All of these label sizes are available in all 30 of our self adhesive label ranges – and most are also available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets.

Ordering Popular Label Sizes From Label Planet

To view our popular label sizes and all of the material / adhesive options for each, simply click on the Search By Popular Sizes link on the home page of our website and select the size you want to buy.

The World Of Label Planet Has Expanded Once Again!

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Brand New Label Sizes & Self Adhesive Labels Are Now Available

Over the last few months, we’ve been working hard to expand our range of self adhesive labels to give our customers even more choice when it comes to picking the perfect label.

We’ve introduced brand new label sizes, new size and material combinations, and we’ve added a variety of self adhesive labels to our stocked sizes and materials – meaning we’ve got an even bigger range of laser labels and inkjet labels available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets.

Without further ado, here is a selection of the latest additions to our range of self-adhesive labels…

Coloured Labels & Kraft Labels

We’ve expanded our range of Kraft Labels to match our Coloured Labels and we’ve added two existing label sizes to the stocked section of both ranges – LP1/210 (1 coloured label per sheet measuring 210mm wide by 297mm wide) and LP36/49 (36 coloured labels per sheet measuring 48.8mm wide by 29.6mm high).

So, if you’re looking for sticky labels that offer a fun and decorative finish to any labelling project, now you’ve got even more choice! The LP1/210 label size is also a brilliant option if you want to create your own label sizes and shapes; simply print your designs onto these A4 labels and then cut out the shapes you need.

Gold Labels & Silver Labels

We’ve also expanded our range of metallic labels to include an amazing 44 label sizes in both gold labels and silver labels. Both ranges also feature 9 of our most popular label sizes as stocked items – including 6 rectangular labels and 3 round labels.

Gold labels and silver labels are a brilliant way to add a touch of luxury to items and are especially popular for use as gift labels, product labels, or address labels for extra special occasions!

Paper Labels

All of our special paper labels now include LP10/99 as a stocked label size; this particular label size features 10 self adhesive labels per sheet – each measuring 99.1mm wide by 57mm wide – and is compatible with a range of Avery labels (including J8173*, L7173*, L7973*, and L7992*).

This label size is really versatile and can be used for all sorts of label applications, including address labels, bottle labels, jar labels, and product labels.

Opaque Labels

We have supplied opaque labels (also known as blockout labels) for a few years but never carried these permanent labels as stocked items – until now! We’ve created a stocked section for this label range, which includes 12 self adhesive label sizes available for same day despatch from stock in packs of 25 sheets.

Opaque labels are a quick and easy way to cover up out of date or incorrect information on pre-printed materials (including leaflets and packaging) or to reuse / recycle old packaging by replacing existing print or sticky labels with new designs and/or information.

New Label Sizes

Finally, we’ve also added 10 brand new label sizes to all of our ranges – which means that all 30 of our self adhesive label materials and adhesives are now available in 10 additional label sizes! Our brand new label sizes are:

  • LP2/105: 2 blank labels per sheet, measuring 105mm wide by 297mm high with square cut corners
  • LP4/210: 4 blank labels per sheet, measuring 210mm wide by 74.25mm high with square cut corners
  • LP21/70: 21 blank labels per sheet, measuring 70mm wide by 42.42mm high with square cut corners
  • LP24/72: 24 blank labels per sheet, measuring 72mm wide by 21.15mm high with rounded corners
  • LP27/63: 27 blank labels per sheet, measuring 63.5mm wide by 29.6mm high with rounded corners
  • LP30/70: 30 blank labels per sheet, measuring 70mm wide by 29.7mm high with square cut corners
  • LP189/25: 189 blank labels per sheet, measuring 25.4mm wide by 10mm high with rounded corners
  • LP15/51SQ: 15 square labels per sheet, measuring 51mm by 51mm with rounded corners
  • LP35/37SQ: 35 square labels per sheet, measuring 37mm by 37mm with rounded corners
  • LP70/25SQ: 70 square labels per sheet, measuring 25mm by 25mm with rounded corners

Ordering Self Adhesive Labels From Label Planet

Our website lists our full range of label sizes and material combinations along with current price lists – all of our prices are all-inclusive (including both VAT and standard UK delivery), so you pay what you see (unless you upgrade to a special delivery option).

Stocked items are available in packs of 25 sheets or boxes of 500 sheets. All of our 25 sheet packs are available for same day despatch; orders with a total of fewer than 200 sheets will be sent via Royal Mail’s first class service, while orders of more than 200 sheets will be put on a next working day carrier service.

Non-stocked items have a minimum order quantity of 100 sheets or 500 sheets; standard paper labels will be available for same day despatch from our warehouse, while all other A4 labels take up to five working days for despatch.

You can find label templates for ALL of our label sizes either by visiting our Label Templates Home Page (select your label shape and label size) or by clicking on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page of the blank labels you have ordered from Label Planet. We also provide plenty of help and advice in our Help Section, which includes links to our Labels Blog, Label Templates Blog, Troubleshooting Guides, and Step By Step Design Guides.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering self adhesive labels from Label Planet, our Customer Service Team is on hand to help; contact us by emailing info@labelplanet.co.uk or calling us on 01270 668076 (our opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

Alternatively, if you’d like to go ahead and place an order, you can give us a call or simply head on over to www.labelplanet.co.uk to get started!

Looking For Luxury Labels? Try Our Gold Labels & Silver Labels With A Sumptuous Satin Finish

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

If you’re looking for self adhesive labels with a high quality, luxurious finish then you should definitely take a look at our gold labels and silver labels. Last year, we upgraded our metallic labels, which now have a beautifully smooth satin finish and are the perfect decorative choice for any labelling project.

A Shimmering Shine In 54 Label Sizes

Our metallic labels are made with clay coated paper that has a decorative gold or silver coating; the clay produces a wonderfully smooth and reflective surface, which creates a rich and glossy satin finish that is just perfect for any label application that requires that extra special finishing touch.

Our gold labels and silver labels can be printed with desktop laser printers or handwritten; they have a standard permanent adhesive and are available in NINE stocked sizes (available in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock) and a further FORTY-FIVE made to order sizes (available in boxes of 500 sheets with up to five working days for despatch).

The Perfect Finishing Touch

Gold labels and silver labels are ideal when you need sticky labels with a fabulously festive finish; from address labels and gift tags on cards and gifts for special occasions (especially birthdays and Christmas) to product labels for items that are intended to be sold as gifts or are part of a high quality range or special (seasonal) offers.

Metallic labels are a brilliant way to add a festive, decorative touch to items that are part of special events, such as Christmas celebrations, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries, and weddings. Gold labels and silver labels are perfect for use as address labels on invitations or cards, gift tags on presents, or as name badges and place holders at tables or on wedding and party favours. They’re also a simple but effective way to draw attention to important information (such as company information or offers and promotional details) on high quality products, gifts, and packaging.

Buy Gold Labels & Silver Labels From Label Planet

To find out more about our gold labels / silver labels or to place an order today, simply visit our GOLD LABELS range page or our SILVER LABELS range page; click on the label size you would like to order, select the quantity you need, and add your luxurious labels to your basket!

Try Self-Adhesive Labels From Label Planet – They’re Out Of This World!

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Here at Label Planet, we made a deliberate decision to specialise in A4 sheets of self-adhesive labels designed specifically for use with standard desktop printers. Choosing to focus on just one specific kind of sticky labels means that we can pass on all sorts of astronomically awesome benefits to all of our customers.

Self-Adhesive Labels

These sticky labels are named after their adhesives; “self adhesive” or pressure sensitive adhesives are tacky (sticky) at room temperature and only require the light pressure of a hand or finger to be applied.

Self adhesive labels are really useful because they can be made in so many different variations – to suit different applications, conditions, and environments. For example, you can get gloss labels, matt labels, semi-gloss labels, coloured labels, fluorescent labels, Kraft labels, gold labels, silver labels, white labels, transparent labels, paper labels, plastic labels, waterproof labels, permanent labels, removable labels, freezer labels, wash off labels, opaque labels, security labels, and so on (and so forth!).

Laser Labels And Inkjet Labels

We sell directly to customers who want to print their own printer labels using the standard desktop printer they have available to them at home or at work. By choosing to supply A4 labels that are designed specifically for desktop machines, we are able to offer our customers a range of label sizes and material options that are specifically designed to allow them to create high quality sticky labels quickly and easily using the software and hardware available to them.

Our laser labels are made using materials and adhesives that are well-suited to the laser printing process – which uses heat and pressure to bond toner into place. This means that we use materials that are able to withstand (short term) exposure to high temperatures, such as paper labels with high moisture content.

Likewise, our inkjet labels are made using slightly porous materials that allow printing inks to dry quickly and effectively in the correct position to allow customers to produce high resolution designs using their own desktop inkjet printer.

Perfect Label Sizes And Layouts (And Label Templates To Match!)

All of our label sizes are made with layouts that are designed to make designing and printing your own A4 labels as simple and trouble-free as possible. We’ve also created Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes, which can be downloaded completely free of charge from our Label Template Pages.

If you need any advice or guidance on how to print your own blank labels, you can take a look through the Guides in our Help Section or get in touch with our Customer Service Team for one-to-one advice.

An Astronomical Range Of Choices (With Warp Speed Despatch & Delivery!)

As we specialise in blank A4 labels, we are able to offer a wide range of self adhesive labels – with over 100 label sizes available across a range of more than 30 material and adhesive options – so you can find the label size, material, adhesive, and finish that is just right for your label application.

We aim to stock as many of the most popular combinations as possible, so your sticky labels are available for same day despatch in stock – with options available for guaranteed next day delivery.

High Quality Blank Labels At Great Value Prices

All of our self adhesive labels are manufactured independently in the UK using high quality materials and manufacturing processes. Plus, as a specialty supplier of A4 labels, we are able to offer our customers great value prices, as well as price breaks for trade customers who need to order in bulk.

You can find out more about SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS on our website; to place an order, simply visit www.labelplanet.co.uk or get in touch with our Customer Service Team.

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.

Find The Perfect Label For You With The Label Planet Label Finder

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

With so many different product options available, it can be quite confusing to sort out which labels are suitable for your particular label application (and which are definitely NOT the labels for you). While we are more than happy to chat to customers to discuss their requirements, we know that sometimes it’s more convenient to use an online guide (especially if you need to place an order outside of office hours).

This is where the Label Planet LABEL FINDER comes into play!

We’ve added ALL of our label products to our Label Finder (along with their defining features) so that you can simply select the things you want your labels to be and the Finder will present you with a shortlist of the Label Planet products that meet your requirements.

For example, you can search for a particular label shape, size, colour, finish, material, and/or adhesive OR you can narrow your search to labels that are (or aren’t) waterproof, that are compatible with a particular Avery code, or that are compatible with your type of printer.

You can also use the Label Finder to find out if a particular label size is available with alternative material choices (including different materials, adhesives, colours, and finishes), or to take a look at the label options that we think are particularly well-suited for a particular label application.

Whether you only have a vague idea of what you want your labels to be (for example, you KNOW you want yellow labels, or waterproof labels, or labels that are about 10cm wide – but nothing else) OR you have a lot of specific requirements (for example, you need labels that are gloss labels AND transparent labels AND waterproof labels AND they measure 38.1mm in height) the Label Finder is a quick and easy way to get a better idea of 1) whether or not we actually supply labels that meet your requirements and 2) how many different options there are for you to choose from that will actually do the job you need them to do.

Of course, you can always get in touch with us if you need further advice or assistance with picking the perfect label for your label application. Our customer service team is on hand by phone or by email (our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) AND you can also take advantage of our free sample service to try out a few different options to help make sure you pick the right product for you.