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Founded in 2004, Frontier Label is a 100% digital printer of self-adhesive labels and stickers. Our pressure sensitive labels are used in hundreds of applications worldwide, and our customers range from entrepreneurs launching their first product to Fortune 100 companies.

Our goal is to produce high-quality custom labels and stickers for every customer. Whether you need 500 or 5,000 labels, our customer service representatives will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. Unique requests are met with enthusiasm, and we strive to make your ordering experience fun and easy. We know your focus is your business - let Frontier Label partner with you for your quick, cost-effective, and high quality custom labels and stickers.

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With our custom digital printing solution, we can help you avoid plate charges, print setup fees, and artwork setup fees. Multiple designs can be printed in a single order if they share the same size, shape, material, and laminate. And if you need assistance with your existing artwork, just let one of our customer service representatives know

We are a fast-growing leader in our industry, and we want to create the highest quality custom labels and stickers for you.

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Writing on Your Custom Printed Labels

A custom label that a customer wrote upon.

Have you ever been to a store and there is a smattering of options of jams or spreads in the gourmet food section, and choosing the best one feels overwhelming. A seemingly insignificant detail that catches your eye.

And that’s it. You’re convinced. It’s now on the way to your house, riding shotgun.

How did that even happen? What was that detail?

It could have been the variety of spread written out with a black permanent marker.

All of the rest of the jams probably had a complex computer generated label that makes them seem more manufactured than crafted.

There is something both endearing and legitimizing about hand-written pieces of information on labels.

In order to take advantage of the power of hand-written labeling, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. For retail products, it is best to use handwriting as a design element, not as the entire label. You want to give the impression that everything is done intentionally and with precision, but you also want to give the impression that real people are involved. This humanizes the product, making it seem more accessible.

2. Having a specific area where the writing is located brings a level of consistency and intentionality that can enhance a product. This keeps the person writing in check as far as formatting, and keeps the customer from having to hunt for information.

3. Using a script typeface is good, but not as effective for small batch items. If you have a larger run with too many items to write on each one by hand, this is a good option. It still breaks up the mechanical or slick look of a design and brings some whimsicality to the label.

4. We recommend using a non-laminated material to make the writing process easier. Some of the combinations of material, laminate and writing utensil give mixed results. We have not found a sure fire solution for working with our gloss or matte laminates. Different brands of pens or permanent markers achieve results as various as working some of the time to smearing off every time. In order to avoid smearing or inconsistency, we suggest our Estate 4 and 9 papers, Recycled Kraft paper or Avon Classic Crest® brilliant white paper.

Our friends over at We Took To The Woods have set a fantastic example of what those recommendations could look like. See the picture at the top of this post for a reference.

If you would like some help in picking the best material, designing your custom label or anything else, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Which Black do Your Custom Labels Require?

Different Black Builds for CMYK Pritning.

 

Envisioning the final product of a print piece can be tough to manage, especially when the color black is involved.

This is a guide to help you pick the correct black for your custom labels and stickers, as well as help you have clear expectations of what will be produced.

There are two color modes for creating artwork: RGB and CMYK.

RGB color mode explained

When you think of the colors that you see on your computer screen, you probably don’t think of how they are made or presented to you. If you do, you have a great head start on this section.

There are 3 primary colors of light which when blended make up all visible light. Your computer monitor, phone screen, or any other surface which is lighted from behind to represent colors is based on the RGB spectrum of color options. This is a direct light reception in your eyes. Light being shined directly into your eyes at different wave lengths appears to be different colors. With RGB color build in your artwork, you are building colors based on a transmission of light to represent the colors you intend. Black in RGB is based on sending the least possible light in a given area directly to the eye. Because it is not absolute, it will never by completely black.

RGB is not intended for print use. It is a completely different expression of color.

CMYK color mode explained

When you think of colors that you see in a magazine, the paint on a car, or fingernail polish you may not think of how that color works. If you already know how CMYK works, feel free to skip this section. If you don’t, here goes.

CMYK is a physical representation of color using physical objects to reflect light into the eye. This is not a direct process like RGB color mode. When light bounces off of a newspaper, the whitish paper reflects most of the light to the eye, so that the spectrum reflected is close to white. When light bounces off of the black text of a newspaper, not much light is reflected at all because the black ink absorbs the light. That is why it appears black. We see black as the near absence of light reflecting from that surface. Black can appear much darker via CMYK print and reflection because there is no minimum light threshold like with RGB.

We will end the explanations of color perception here. Vision involves a lot of physics and biology, and hey, we aren’t doctors. Find out more about RGB color mode, or CYMK color mode via Wikipedia.

CMYK Black Builds vs RGB Black

The best build for a rich black on our printing press is to use CMYK color mode and set the values as 50,40,40,100. The way that rich black works is that the additional pigments in the CMY inks help absorb more light frequencies than 100%K alone. The less light reflected, the darker the black. Going to all 100% values is doable, but not necessary visually speaking. We call this build our “Rich Black.”

The darkest option is to ask us to print 2 hits of black ink at 100%. When we stack the inks, it simply deepens the layers of ink that the light must bounce off of to enter the eye. This can allow for less light to be reflected than a single hit of K. This is darker than the Rich Black build above.

Our standard black build is simply 100%K (0,0,0,100). It appears as a dark charcoal color on its own. It looks great for grayscale printing, or for sharp small text. If the look you want is deeper or richer, we suggest going for our Rich Black build or asking for two hits of black.

RGB black prints as a dark charcoal color as well. It appears darker than simply 100%K, but not as dark or rich as some people would like. It is not a true black.

Please refer to the image later in this post for a visual representation of several black build options.

Why does my RGB art look correct?

Your artwork looks correct for a couple of reasons. The first is that because the black possible on your computer screen is limited, your RGB representation of black is maxed out. Also, if your program for editing and creating artwork does not have a setting for “Show appearance of blacks accurately,” then it will show all black builds as the same rich RGB interpretation. If you look at an RGB black on an RGB screen, it will look correct. If you change your program to display appearance of black accurately, and change the document to CMYK mode, it will usually alter what you are seeing. Again, this is limited by the fact that RGB is never the same as CMYK.

Then why does my RGB art in the CMYK proof look correct?

It is like this: if you translate a phase from English to Chinese back to English, it will read very similarly in terms of word shape and length of phrase. But, the difference is when you interpret the phrase as a reflection of meaning, instead of appearance. This is like when you go from direct light to translation of reflected light back to direct light expression.

The phrase “We love to print beautiful labels!” is translated as “我們熱愛印刷精美的標籤!”

When you translate it back to English, it turns into “We love the fine print labels!” It looks like it has similar components, but when expressed as a reflection of meaning instead of appearance, it has a very different affect on the sentence.

Your proof is an RGB file that has been interpreted into CMYK, then displayed on an RGB screen. It will not look too much different from the original. However, the final interpretation will be quite different. The final printing of an RGB black will not be as rich as what it can be when set up properly with CMYK settings.

How can I get the best results?

If you want a good result, we recommend starting with a CMYK document for your artwork. You can choose color mode in most of the recent graphics programs. If you start in the correct “language” it is easier to end up with the correct interpretation.

What does that look like?

We’re glad you asked! Here is an image of 6 different black builds printed on our White Paper material with no lamination. This is an image which has only been lightened to make the white brighter, so the black colors have not been messed with.

Various black builds for custom labels.

The builds go as follows: 0,0,0,100 CMYK | 50,40,40,100 CMYK | 0,0,0 RGB for the top row; 0,0,0,100 CMYK x 2 | 70,35,40,100 CMYK | 35,60,60,100 CMYK for the bottom row.

We would love to help you figure out the best black build for your custom label or sticker. Having the right colors can be a big help in communicating the style, value and professionalism of your product or event.

If you have any questions about label printing, the proofing process or need help with a live quote, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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GHS Labels for Chemical Transport

GHS compliant labels

By June 1, 2015 OSHA will have rolled out full regulations and procedures for chemical transport based on compliance with GHS standards.

Are your labels ready?

The Global Harmonized System, used for labeling hazardous chemicals for transport, is a huge step in making transportation safer for everyone involved.

According to OSHA:

“The GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labelling of chemicals. It is a logical and comprehensive approach to:

  • Defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals;
  • Creating classification processes that use available data on chemicals for comparison with the defined hazard criteria; and
  • Communicating hazard information, as well as protective measures, on labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).”

For more information on, and a guide to GHS, check out this documentation from OSHA. It is a very large and thorough page. It should be able to help you with any questions you may have regarding standards and regulations.

We, at Frontier Label, are committed to helping our customers with any labeling needs they may have. We are pursuing certification for BS5609 custom labels. We believe that digital printing can be a big help for small companies that need to comply with new standards and possibly replace labels that they currently use that are not in compliance.

While we cannot give interpretation or counsel concerning the actual guidelines and standards of GHS, we have the ability to quickly and affordably print new runs of custom labels for chemicals. OSHA has provided an example of label which complies and have the correct pictograms, signal words, and hazard statements.

If you need help with any standards or guidelines, please reach out to OSHA or a qualified consultant.

We would love to help you in any way that we can. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click  the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Tiny Text Guidelines for Custom Labels

This is an image of a chart of various text point sizes.

Effective labels communicate clearly. Do yours?

When designing your custom labels or stickers, it is wise to keep the end user or customer in mind. What is your desired demographic? What communicates to them most clearly.

Rarely, especially among adult consumers, do people have perfect vision. This means that when you take into account that audience, you need to take the ability to read small text as a luxury, not an assumption.

If you are concerned that the text might not be legible, try printing your design at home at 100% scale. This will give you an idea of what the text size will be once finished. Some home printers have higher resolution printing capabilities than others. To help text be more clearly printed, set the resolution of the image (if raster: .jpg, .psd, or .tiff) to at least 300, but up to 800dpi.

The higher your resolution, the sharper the edges of the text will be (images, too) and the easier it will be to read at all sizes.

For any application at all, we recommend going no smaller than 5pt size for fonts.

This image shows the same line of text at 5, 10 and 15 point sizes.

We can see that the text is very, very small at 5pt on the bottom row.

Further, we recommend that all text be sized to no smaller than 5pt if 100% black (0,0,0,100 CMYK build), or 7pt if built from any other color combinations. When inks are printed at lower than 100% builds, they have spotted coverage of the area intended.

Here is a graphic showing different point sizes and different resolutions with different color builds. Click on the image to expand it to full size.

This is the same text block from the top image, but with pieces of information called out.

 

In this image you can see that for an RGB build of black, the colors are not solid, so there is no way to create a true black. RGB set to 0,0,0 or  #000000 will always print as a form of gray. To get a true black for text at small sizes, only use CMYK builds that include 100% for the K value. You can see in the image that for the 100% K text, even with some anti-aliasing at the edges, it is still much more solid than the RGB color build. Your labels will look much better and have sharper text legibility with the proper color build.

We have a lot of experience in helping people get their designs print ready. We can help you choose text sizes to increase legibility, or even help you with a design from scratch.

Since we believe in helping our customers in any way that we can, we would love to answer any questions you have. Feel free to give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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The Myth of Future-Proofing

Cables that we removed from our new space.

That is what it looks like to upgrade and “future proof” your company’s internal network.

We are currently trying to find a local company to recycle all of that wiring. It is a little over a mile and a half, which is crazy when you think about it.

We are up-fitting a new space we acquired, and part of that process is pulling out the old cables and replacing it with newer, “future proof” cabling. We went from Cat5e to Cat6, giving us a higher internal capacity for transferring and working on large files from our wonderful customers.

The speed and capacity of the new cabling should give us a nice window of growth and equipment upgrading before the cables need to be replaced. We spent hours upon hours removing the thousands of feet old cables and even more time carefully installing the new cables. We want to be diligent and meet or exceed building code for the space.

If you have never pulled cabling, be warned: it is not for the easily frustrated. The cabling comes in boxes with a special coil inside, so the cable comes out wanting to curl back up on itself and find new and inventive ways to create knots, kinks and general mayhem.

The truth of upgrading technology, or anything else, it that often the pieces we upgrade are tied to other components that will upgrade in time as well. There are very few things in life that can stay unchanged and simply maintained for hundreds of years. Most of them are in nature; and, the few others are generally ancient religious (ie. Stonehenge) or art installations (ie. Love Statue in Philadelphia) that have no modern or practical function other than as historical monuments or for their beauty.

Pretty much everything else in life will at some point need upgrading or will need replacement in time. Homes need upgrading, vehicles need upgrading, cast iron cookware will eventually need replacing.

Knowing that, it is wise to think of “future proofing” less as an actuality and more as an increment. Upgrading or replacing should be seen as an investment in the next phase of whatever you are doing. Since we will always be influenced by society adopting new technology and information, from electricity to understanding of the human body, it is a good idea to prepare for what is the most likely path of future upgrade or replacement.

When it comes to the products we make and the services we provide, there will always be a creep toward the “new.” The effect of novelty on people means that as discoveries and inventions are made public, ripples will affect businesses in various ways. New guidelines concerning ingredients or components, safety measures or efficiencies are just a few ways that what we are doing now will be changed in time.

For labels and packaging, those changes will need to be reflected in their design and execution. How many times have the products and services you are offering changed since you began working on them? Have you had to change your packaging, marketing or labeling because of those changes. Of course you have. That is a great thing.

We want to help as many people and companies as possible set themselves up for success in navigating the coming changes in technology and information that are inevitable in the society that we live in. We want to supply custom labels and stickers that put people in an advantageous situation so that they are not put in a do or die circumstance.

Our use of digital printing equipment and library of flexible dies means that you can easily change your label or sticker as frequently as you would like without being trapped by costly plates or die cylinders. As guidelines and technology change in your field, you can alter your packaging with us. If the size and shape needs to change, we can help you with that as well. We have over 1400 sizes and shapes in stock. If we don’t currently have the size and shape you are looking for, we can order a flexible die for you for a much smaller fee than ordering a solid tooling die.

We are here to help you in whatever way we can. We are also always adapting to new technology and information. We strive to offer the best service and products possible.

If there is any way that we can help you, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Gourmet Caramel Labels

Four jars of gourmet caramel with amazing labels.

A little sea salt, a little chipotle, a little cinnamon. A little magic.

Caramels come in a widening variety as gourmets around the country and around the world push the envelope of what we expect and enjoy when it comes to delicious caramels.

We work with companies that make gourmet treats, including caramels, to create a tasty packaging recipe. There are so many products that have mediocre labeling, so there is no reason to fit in when we can help you stand out in a cost effective way.

With many flavors comes the need for many different labels (at least the text part). Luckily, we print with digital technology, so you can put all of your different label designs in one order as long as they share the same specifications for the label build.

If you put your caramel sauce in a jar, consider having a sealing label that goes across the top and down the sides. This can help reassure your customer that the container of confection is unopened since you sealed it. Another benefit is having the packaging look both intentional and professional. Customers often want to feel confident of the quality of the product based on the quality of the packaging.

A box of caramels with a custom label.

If you have smaller satchels of boxes of caramels, consider a label with a custom shaped edge or a wrap around label. This can set off the packaging, giving it a more special feeling. Since people who buy gourmet caramels are more likely to savor the experience, it makes sense to make the whole experience special, not just the tasting portion.

There are hundreds of ways to utilize custom labels for your caramel packaging to elevate it. We would love to help you explore ways to improve your packaging or your bottom line with our digitally-printed custom labels.

Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Custom Label for Supplelment Tub

Meal Replacement Supplement Tub

Some products just need a really large label.

Supplement tubs between 2 and 5 pounds need some seriously large labels. In the picture above, you can see just how large we are talking. That label is 4.75″ x 13″!

As you probably already know, Apple is releasing a smart watch in early 2015 that is just more confirmation that technology will be more and more incorporated into our lives. Although Apple is not the first to bring an offering of wearable technology, it is one of the largest consumer electronic brands, issuing a statement for the rest of the technology world. One of the key features in the Apple watch, like the Samsung and other Android smart watches, is the integration of health statistics and applications that use the data. Your phone will be updated via bluetooth to track your fitness data so that you can better manage your health, if so desired.

Youtube and blogs around the ‘net are bustling with posts about challenges, routines and recipes for people who want to increase their participation in their health investment. People have become saturated with messages about techniques to achieving better health.

Among these trends which are becoming mainstream are programs like Crossfit and the Paleo diet.

Whether people stick with one exercise style, or one diet type is not the real point. If you produce something associated with achieving better health, you need to make sure you are keeping up with the market.

People will more than likely want to take further steps to benefit from the available data, as well as the vast amounts of information, videos and support for healthy exercises. As more people join into these movements, they will need products and supplements for their new-found health consciousness. Pills, powders and other packaged goods will more than likely see a rise in market share in the coming years.

With the trends in fitness and health awareness increasing, it is important to stay ahead of your competition with solid packaging for your products. Custom labeling is a great way to do that.

By differentiating yourself on the shelf, you will increase the likelihood that your product will be picked up instead of being left on the shelf. That crucial step of being picked up can make the difference between a loyal customer and being passed over completely.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you realize your packaging dreams with a custom supplement label. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Discount Code for October 2014

Fall is here, and so is some help.

We want you to feel a little less weight on your decision to try us out in October.

The time has come for you to order holiday and seasonal labels for your products. This can be a lot stress to get the timing correct. We would love to help you with that.

When you have built your quote, uploaded your artwok, agreed to the terms and conditions and are ready to enter your payment information, check out the input box on the lower right hand side of the page.

For $25 off your purchase, enter this code: 888217.

Happy day!

Let us know if you need any help ordering your custom labels and stickers for the end of the year. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Custom Fall Product Labels

A large variety of pumpkins in a Fall setting

It is officially time to order your Fall product labels.

The leaves are beginning to change in parts of the Northeast. The wind is a little crisper in the Mid-West. The humidity is less strangling in the South. The weather is exactly the same in San Diego. Its a blessing and a curse.

If you have been in any store of any kind, except for a Halloween Express, all of the October/Halloween/Fall decorations are out for the first time this year.

Don’t fall behind on your custom Fall labels for your events or products. We can help you out with our very quick 3 business day turnaround.

Do you have lots of designs that need to be ordered at one time? Would you like to be able to order custom labels for more than one holiday at the same time? Our digital press allows you to print as many design variations as you would like at the same time with no plate fees for the changes in the designs.

For instance, if you have 6 flavors or roasts of coffee beans for the Fall, 3 for Thanksgiving, and 6 for Christmas, you can print all 15 at one time. This saves you time and money.

You can get volume pricing by adding all of your Fall holiday labels into the same order as long as they have the same specifications.

Let us know if we can help you with any questions you have concerning custom labels or stickers. Give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Keeping the Colors Correct

Pantone Swatch Books

We are sticklers for color. You may be a stickler as well.

Have you ever walked into a store, looked at the shelf and noticed that two products, which should be identical, have slightly different colors printed on them? It just tweaks us when we see that sort of sloppy printing.

Identical products should look identical on the shelf. We work hard, alongside our customers to make sure that run after run look the same. Our unique process for color management helps us stay true to the first satisfying color. We take pride in our ability to get color correctly printed.

We may take a little while to get there, but we always wrangle the color into range. Our equipment helps us navigate the world of color builds and LAB values to arrive at a match that meets or exceeds most industry standards.

After years of working with many of our customers, we continue to step up to new challenges and keep them satisfied.

We welcome you to work with us to achieve a beautifully color matched custom label.

If you are particular about the exact colors printed on your custom labels, we recommend two things: a printed proof, and the color match options with PANTONE® colors.

A printed proof will allow you to see your exact artwork printed on our exact press with your exact material and laminate used. This is the most accurate way to see what your final product will look like when delivered. We recommend this option if you care a great deal about the look and feel of the label.

Our color match option is available to allow you to either choose a standardized color, like the ones in the PANTONE® system, or send in a physical object to which we match your label. We use CMYK and if necessary, orange, green or violet inks to help achieve the closest possible visual match to your intended color. We don’t print with Pantone inks, but we can reproduce about 90% of the range of colors in the swatch books.

Let us work with you to help you achieve the best possible results. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us by phone at 877-277-4682 or by clicking the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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