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Frontier Label

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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This blog is all about labels and stickers.

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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The Value of Digital Printing

Custom printed labels on bars of soap.

If you don’t print digital, you are paying too much for short-run orders.

With digital printing, you can enhance your product for much less than traditional printing techniques. There are no plate fees, no setup fees and a very fast turnaround time.

1. We don’t use physical plates, so you can have as many colors and designs per order as you would like with a minimal fee per design for managing the file and putting it to press. We don’t have to store thousands of physical plates, taking up space, raising overhead and wasting materials that will eventually get thrown away. Our press electronically draws the images on-the-fly and can reuse its consumables for many different customers before having to replace them. This is better for our customers and better for the environment.

Traditional printing demands a physical printing plate per color you wish to print. That could be upwards of 8 pieces of material that are created for use on only one label or set of similar labels per design you order. No one else can use those plates. The plates are expensive and take time to create, adding cost and delay to your order. You may not be able to use them again if your design changes at all on any of those plates. You could end up paying hundreds of dollars per label design printed, per size printed. If you rebrand and your logo changes, you would have to order a new plate for every color that is involved, even if the rest of the label remains the same.

2. We don’t charge setup fees. We have a proofing fee and an additional design fee. If we spend the time to make you an electronic proof, we will compensate our time with a small fee of $10. If you have more than one design, say 6, in your order, you would pay $10 each for the 5 extra designs. Instead of paying for 24 setup fees of about $25 each and whatever proof fee traditional printers charge, you could pay $60 with Frontier Label.

Traditional printing has setup fees for each color plate you need to purchase as well. This is a fee that is above the cost of plate itself. It is for the time spend separating each color for the build and organizing them so that they can become plates. This process is less expensive than creating the physical plates, but with digital printing is unnecessary. This could be hundreds of dollars to get all of the colors separated and build into artwork with trapping included for the plates to be made.

3. We take about 3 business days. Depending on the options that you order with your labels, you could have them to you in less than a week. Our standard process is quick. We do, however have a quicker option. One business day turnaround. When standard orders are placed before 10am, we ship them out same day. Options that can affect turnaround time include proof approval (if ordered), color matching, custom dies or variable data printing. Even when added up, the options only reach to about 10 business days including our 3 day standard.

Traditional printing is a very slow process. It takes time to setup the art files. It takes time to order and create the plates. If it is not done in-house, the plates must be shipped to the printing house. It takes time to mix the ink colors and load them into the press so that you print the correct colors only. Once the press is made ready, and the job is run, it takes time for the inks to dry. Somehow, printing traditionally takes anywhere between 10 to 30 business days for most companies.

We would love to help you get your custom labels printed quickly and cost-effectively. If you have any questions, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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Graphic Design for Custom Labels

Custom Label Artwork

Let us help you put the finishing touches on your custom label artwork.

We have designers on staff that can help you make changes to your current designs, or help you design one from scratch.

If you need to make adjustments to your design, because of new FDA regulations or any other reason, we are more than happy to help.

We receive a lot of artwork from our customers that is ready to print, and well designed. Some times, we receive artwork that needs some help from a professional designer. Our in-house designers have received degrees in fine art and graphic design. They have a keen eye for balance, unity and use of typefaces. They can help transform an ordinary label design or a template style design into a truly custom piece to better express your product or event.

We love helping people maximize the potential of their product by elevating the packaging. Our design services are especially handy for people who are unfamiliar with design programs on computers, or who have a hard time executing a vision in their head.

If you need any help with your orders, 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 Foil Labels

Automotive Additive with Custom Labels

We don’t limit you to a handful of foil options. Choose any color you want.

Because of our digital printing technology and the metallic materials we use, you can turn any color you want into a foil look. We are constantly looking for ways to leverage our machines and capabilities to bring extra value to your custom labels and stickers.

Our semi-transparent inks will allow the natural color of whatever material upon which they are printed to shine through. Normally, we would print white ink behind portions of the artwork that you don’t wish to look like the material. But in the case of our metallic paper or plastic, you may want portions to look like foil.

When you order a metallic material, you can specify in your artwork where you would like to print white ink and where you would like the metallic areas to be. We ask that when you set up your artwork file, please include a layer or spot channel with 100% magenta in all of the places where white ink should print behind your artwork to make it opaque.

Custom Label for a Surf Wax

The effect of foil on your custom label can be quite stunning. If you choose not to back areas of your artwork with white ink and use a gloss laminate, it can look great, unless they are low percentage colors (CMYK values under about 20%). It can be further enhanced by choosing to use matte laminate for areas with low percentage colors like in the surf wax product image above. The low percentages in the gold color build and the black ink used in the waves really stand out.

If you have questions about how to set up your artwork with a white ink layer, or any other questions, give us a call at 877-277-4682 or click the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of this page.

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