Posts Tagged ‘Transparent Static Cling Labels’

When Is A Transparent Label Not A Transparent Label?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

We have a number of different transparent labels and we often get questions from customers about these products so we thought we’d put together a quick rundown of the most common Frequently Asked Questions about transparent labels (and the answers!!!).

– How transparent are your transparent labels?
Our transparent adhesive labels (i.e. not our Static Cling labels) are all made with a transparent face material and a transparent adhesive; they are not “frosted” or “transluscent”, nor are they “glass clear”. This means that they look almost completely clear BUT they may have a very slight frosted look, particularly when applied to glass. This is because the adhesive may trap some air bubbles or small particles of dust during the application of the label, which prevents the label from having a completely transparent appearance.

– What are transparent labels made of?
All of our transparent labels are made of polyester, which means that they are long lasting, durable labels that are also waterproof.

– Are your transparent labels coloured?
No. Some transparent labels are available with a slight colour to them; these are called “transluscent” labels and are not a product that we offer.

– Why are there so many different options?
We have five transparent label options to help customers find the label that is just right for their particular needs; for example, a customer may have specific requirements such as they only have an inkjet printer and need a compatible label, they may prefer a matt to a gloss finish (or vice versa), or they may require a temporary label that they can easily remove when they need to.

– What’s the difference between matt and gloss?
Our matt transparent labels have a dull, non shiny finish, while our gloss transparent labels have a bright, shiny finish.

Having both finishes means that you can choose to match your label to the surface it is applied to (or you can use the opposite finish to help your label stand out). The gloss finish is ideal for adding a professional, decorative touch to items or surfaces (particularly retail products), while the matt finish is great way to add extra print to an item or surface without distracting from the item or surface itself (such as decorative envelopes that have been chosen for special occasions like weddings and anniversary celebrations).

– What is Static Cling?
Our static cling labels are made from polyester – just like the rest of our transparent labels – but instead of using an adhesive to adhere to a surface they use static cling. These labels are supplied on a special anti-static release liner, which means the labels generate static cling when they are removed from the liner and this allows them to adhere to a surface. These labels are therefore completely removable, repositionable, and reusable. They are ideal for use as window stickers, although they can be applied to a wide variety of surfaces. They are used in all sorts of places including schools, museums and galleries, offices, shop windows, vehicles, and around the home.
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– What is the difference between “transparent” labels and “clear” labels?
Absolutely nothing! We include both terms because we’ve found that some customers will only search for “transparent” or “clear” labels and by including both terms we can make sure that more people find the labels that they’re looking for.

Transparent Labels: The Labels You Can See Right Through

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Here at the Label Planet office, we’re currently surrounded by fog and the less than clear view from our windows has got us thinking about transparent labels – the labels that you CAN see through.

WHAT ARE TRANSPARENT LABELS?

Transparent labels are, well, labels that are transparent. They are made using materials that you can see through – our labels are made of transparent polyester and transparent adhesives.

There are a range of labels that are described as “transparent” but there is variation in exactly how transparent these labels are – some will actually be “frosted” or “transluscent”. So what’s the difference?

A material is transparent because it transmits light (allows light to pass through itself) without scattering the light in all different directions in the process. The transparency of a material is determined by how much scattering of light occurs as light travels through the material – frosted and transluscent materials will scatter light a little bit, which prevents the materials from being totally see through.

Our labels are all made of transparent materials, so they are not frosted or transluscent. However, they are also not “glass clear” – glass clear refers to 100% transparency. When our labels are applied to a surface, tiny air bubbles may form in the adhesive or tiny particles of dust may be trapped between the label and the surface, which prevents a truly 100% transparent appearance.

Our transparent range includes:
Gloss Clear Polyester labels (GCP)
Gloss Transparent Polyester labels (GTP)
Removable Gloss Transparent Polyester labels (GTR)
Matt Transparent Polyester labels (MTP)

WHICH TRANSPARENT LABELS SHOULD I CHOOSE?
We have a range of five different transparent options to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for you?

– Laser or Inkjet
Four of our transparent labels are suitable for use with laser printers only, so if you have an inkjet printer, you’ll need to choose our Gloss Clear Polyester labels.

– Matt or Gloss
Do you want a shiny, glossy finish or do you need a flat, matt finish that will blend in? GTP, GTR, and GCP are all transparent labels with a gloss finish. If you want a matt finish, you’ll need to choose our Matt Transparent Polyester labels.

– Permanent or Removable
Are your labels supposed to be permanent or removable, and is it important that they don’t leave any residue behind?
Our GTP, GCP, and MTP all have standard permanent adhesives – you CAN remove these labels if you really try, but they will leave adhesive residue behind.
Our GTR labels are gloss transparent polyester labels with a removable adhesive – these labels are designed to be removed from a surface (although they may leave some trace of residue behind, depending on how long they remain on a surface for).

WHAT CAN I USE TRANSPARENT LABELS FOR?
Generally, transparent labels are used for decorative purposes and/or because you can see through them to whatever is behind or beyond the label itself. This means that they are a popular choice for window stickers, but they can also be used on decorative surfaces so that the label doesn’t block out or cover up the pattern or colour that has been selected; for example, this could be a pattern on product packaging, or decorative envelopes that have been chosen to suit a special occasion (such as wedding or christening invitations). Transparent labels help to avoid issues with colour matching and don’t distract the eye from transparent objects (such as glass vases or see-through containers). They are an easy way to add information in a subtle way – a transparent label will blend in with its background, rather than standing out from the crowd as white or coloured labels will do.

Tips For Printing Window Stickers With TSC

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Our Transparent Static Cling labels were designed with windows in mind and they’re a great way to produce your own window stickers – whether you want them for a business, charitable organisation, school, or for your own personal use at home.

We have thirteen sizes available to order from stock (min order 25 sheets) and our full range of sizes available to be made to order (min order 500 sheets); so we’ve got sizes and shapes to suit all purposes.

These labels are made of a gloss transparent polyester and use static cling (rather than an adhesive) to adhere to a surface. This means they tend to need just a little extra care when printing.

– Laser Printers Only
These labels are designed for use with laser printers only, and should be placed in the media bypass tray rather than the standard paper tray.

– Heat Matters
While these labels are designed for laser printers (which use heat in the printing process), they are very susceptible to heat and have a tendency to curl as they exit the printer. There are two easy ways to avoid this problem:

a) Set your printer to the “Light Paper” setting – this setting uses less heat than other settings do.

b) Print one sheet at a time (so heat doesn’t build up) OR place sheets of blank paper between your sheets of TSC labels (these sheets of paper will absorb some of the heat generated during the printing process, which will mean the TSC isn’t exposed to as much heat).

– They Do It With Mirrors
Remember that these labels are for use on windows – you need to decide which side of the window the label will be stuck onto AND the side from which the label will be viewed/read. If you intend to stick a label to the inside of a window that needs to be read from the outside (or vice versa), you will need to use mirrored text and images so that the print appears the right way around once it has been stuck in place. If you want a label that will be stuck to the outside of a window AND read from the outside or that will be stuck to the inside AND read from the inside then you can design your label as normal.

For tips and advice on printing mirrored text and images, please read our printing guide – “Printing Mirrored Text and Images”

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Who Has Got Mirrored Templates To Share With All?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

[Hint: it’s us!]

Yes, our mirrored templates have gone live on our website for you to download for free.

These mirrored templates are designed to get you started when you need to print a transparent label that will be stuck to the inside of a window and read from the outside. As you can only print on the surface of a label (and not the adhesive), the print must be printed in reverse (or “mirrored”) so that it appears the right way round when read through the label.

We have set up thirteen mirrored templates – one for each size of transparent static cling (TSC) label that we keep in stock. We recommend using TSC as window stickers because it uses static cling instead of adhesive, meaning the labels are 100% transparent (perfect for windows!), and are also fully removable, repositionable, and reusable – without causing any damage to the label or the surface it is applied to.

The templates are set up with example text in each cell and the text is already mirrored – so you can see how it works. You can edit the example text and replace it with your own, or you can delete it and insert your own text from scratch.

We’ve put together a short guide to designing and printing mirrored templates, which can be found on our website here. We’ve also included a mirrored template guide in each of the templates – this is in the form of a purple and white image that sits in front of the grid when you open one of our templates. You can print a copy of the document (CTRL + P) so you have the guide to hand and then delete it to get started (right click and select “cut” or left click and press “delete” on your keyboard). The guide explains how to insert mirrored text, images, and objects and is tailored to suit the version of Word you are working with.

It is important to check which version of Word you have and to then select the appropriate template to download. Each version of Word will allow you to set up a mirrored template BUT will do so in a slightly different way.

– Word 2007 and earlier
Use the Flip tool
NB: you must use WordArt to create mirrored text
– Word 2010 and later
Use the 3D-Rotation tool
NB: you must use WordArt or a text box to create mirrored text

You can find all of our mirrored templates on our website here.

Static Cling Labels – Sample Packs For Schools

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

To celebrate the launch of our Static Cling labels, we are putting together sample packs especially for schools.

This product is excellent for use in the classroom; the durable, waterproof polyester material is tough enough to survive the day to day activity of the classroom, and the use of static cling means that this product can be used over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Teachers can print onto these labels using a standard laser printer or – if they prefer – they can be written on using permanent marker pens.

These labels can be used as:
– Temporary signs
– Indoor signs
– Notices
– Warnings
– Reminders
– Name labels
– Teaching tools
– Protective covers for displays

The sample packs include information about the product, as well as a sample of the product, so teachers can see for themselves how useful this product is.

If you haven’t received a sample pack and would like to, simply send us an email at info@labelplanet.co.uk to request one now.

Mirrored Templates Will Be Appearing Soon

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

We recently began stocking a Transparent Static Cling product and produced a short guide to creating labels that can be stuck onto the inside of a window and read from the outside. We are in the process of creating bespoke templates that feature pre-prepared text boxes for mirror writing to make this even easier.

While we will revamp the instructions and include them with the bespoke templates, here is a refresher on creating Mirrored Templates in Word:

Word 2007 and earlier versions
– You can create mirrored images and text using the “Flip Tool”.
– Click on your image, shape, or WordArt.
– Select the “Format” tab at the top of the page.
– In the “Arrange” group, click on “Rotate” and then “Flip Vertical”.
– NB: you must insert text using WordArt as these versions of Word cannot flip the text in a text box correctly.

Word 2010 and later versions
– You can create mirrored images and text using the “3D-Rotation Tool”.
– Click on your item and select the “Format” tab at the top of the page.
– MIRROR IMAGES: In the “Picture Styles” group, click on “Picture Effects” then “3D-Rotation” then “3D-Rotation Options”.
– MIRROR TEXT: In the “Shape Styles” group, click on “Shape Effects” then “3D-Rotation” then “3D-Rotation Options”.
– Amend the value of “X” to 180°.
– Note for text boxes: the text box may now display a background colour. To remove this simply click on the “Shape Fill” option in the “Shape Styles” group and select “No Fill”.

Remember:
– Your printer may have a mirror image function built in, so always check your printer properties first!
– To create mirrored text, it HAS to be contained in either a text box (2010 onwards only) or created in Word Art.
– You can find out which version of Word you have by selecting “Start” (bottom left of your screen), selecting “All Programs”, and opening the “Microsoft Office” folder – the programs should be listed along with their version.
– These functions may not work if you try to use a file that has been created in a different version of Word to the one that you are using to edit. For example, if you try to use a 2003 Word file in Word 2010, the 3D-Rotation Tool may not work. For Word 2003 and earlier versions, the file extension should be .doc. For Word 2007 and later versions, the file extension should be .docx. You can find the file extension by right clicking on the file and selecting “Properties” – the file extension will be displayed under the file name as “Type of file”.

New Product: Transparent Static Cling Labels

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

We would like to introduce you to our newest product range: TRANSPARENT STATIC CLING LABELS – the perfect solution for making your own bespoke window stickers!

While we already have four ranges of transparent labels, there was one outstanding problem that we were determined to solve. Our existing transparent labels all use adhesive and when they are applied to glass this adhesive can create air bubbles, which prevents the labels from being truly transparent.

So we are proud to present Transparent Static Cling labels, which create an ultra clear finish when they are applied to glass surfaces. The difference between these labels and our existing ranges is that, instead of an adhesive, these labels attach to surfaces through static cling. Static cling is generated when the labels are pulled away from the anti-static release liner (or backing sheet), which means the labels can be removed, repositioned, and reused over and over again, and no adhesive residue is left behind.

These labels are supplied on A4 sheets, with 13 sizes kept in stock and a full range available to order. They are designed for use with laser printers and can be applied to a range of surfaces, including glass, gloss paint, non-coated metals, and non-coated plastics.

These labels mean that individuals, companies, and organisations can create their own window stickers for whatever purpose they have in mind – whether they want to display important information, promotional messages, educational material, or simply add a decorative touch to a window – at home or in a business space.

For example:
Car Dealerships
– can create window stickers for the vehicles they have on display – indicating company information, offers and promotions, or prices and specifications relating to a particular vehicle.
Charities – can produce window stickers that can be handed out to raise awareness of the charity’s aims, upcoming events, or key messages.
Political Parties – can make window stickers that are tailored to a local candidate’s area, including their key campaign messages.
Shops – can add window stickers to their premises to help draw the attention of potential customers.
Schools – can use these stickers as teaching aids or to label displays of work that are regularly updated.
Galleries & Museums – can add information to exhibitions that can be removed when the display is updated or replaced, without causing any damage to the exhibition space.
Individuals – can make their own bespoke stickers to decorate their cars or homes – whether to add signs such as “Baby On Board” or “No Sales Reps”, or as a fun activity for children who can create their own stickers to decorate their bedrooms.

Of course, these are just a few ideas – we’re sure our creative customers will come up with all sorts of ways to use our new range.

You can see the full range of sizes available here and take a look at our guide to printing mirrored text and images here.

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