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There is more to creating the perfect product label than just clicking print. At Frontier Label, we’ve been printing custom labels for nearly two decades. We know how important it is that your product tells a simple yet outstanding story, and we’re experts at creating labels that help you do that. We’re proud of our work and want to help you produce a label that matches the excellence of your product. We’ve compiled all the resources you’ll need to help you design and print the best labels for your product.Quote & Order Now
We’ll equip you with information for making essential decisions like how to choose a printer, how to choose a shape and determine a size, how to choose a material and finish option, how to design your labels, order and so much more!
Today’s consumers are awash in brand choices. Products that end up in shopping carts are the ones that attract buyers. A well-designed custom label will motivate shoppers to pick up or click on a product and may even be the deciding factor in whether or not they make a purchase.
Custom labels and stickers can both be used to promote your brand and engage with customers, but they serve two distinct purposes. Custom labels are primarily informational and are designed to be applied directly to your product packaging. They contain the information that tells consumers the details about what’s in the product, how it’s intended to be used, and the potential benefits of using it.
Custom Label Example:
Stickers, in contrast, are mainly used for promotional purposes. Companies may include stickers along with an order or give them away at promotional events. Stickers can even take the form of a product that you sell. Like labels, stickers are likely to encounter a range of different environmental conditions like frequent exposure to sunlight, moisture, or oils. So, just like you would when ordering labels, consider how your stickers are most likely to be used and select a sticker material that can stand up to the task.
Custom Sticker Example:
As you begin the custom label journey, you’ll need to decide whether you’ll be printing your own labels in-house or sourcing them from a professional label printer. Understanding your potential volume should help you determine which path to take.
If you’re an entrepreneur starting a business on a budget, printing your own labels might be the best option at first. Keep in mind that printing your own labels involves investment in and maintenance of a printer and ink, label sheets, and also requires a good bit of your time. Investing in a home printer can cost around $300-500, but enables you to print a handful of the exact labels you need right when you need them.
If your time is better spent managing other aspects of your business, or if your business grows to a scale where printing labels takes more time than you’re able to spend, upgrading to professional label printing is the best choice. Outsourcing label printing saves time and can be much more economical in the long run. You do not have to constantly order more label sheets and ink or worry about keeping up your printing equipment. Choosing a professional printer that has an easy online ordering system makes this process all the more simple, allowing you to get back to your business.
When taking the professional printing route, you can either go with a digital or flexographic printer to fulfill your labeling needs.
● A method of printing that uses flexible printing plates made of rubber or plastic.
● Each plate is rotated on a cylinder and coated with fast-drying ink.
● The material is passed between the print plate and impression roller.
● Commonly used for product labels and direct thermal labels.
● Enhanced durability: the best solution for labels that require a longer shelflife or those that will be used outdoors.
● Speed of production: uses fast-drying inks that allow presses to add one color after the next quickly; laminating, die-cutting, cold foiling, other options can be integrated into the press line, making production continuous, even for large quantities.
● Color precision: inks can be mixed by hand to control color output.
● Lower cost for large-scale print jobs.
● Plate cost: plates have to be made or purchased for each color in the image, requiring a high start-up cost.
● Registration: movement and shifting occurs as printed labels move from one plate to the next, making it nearly impossible to layer colors precisely, resulting in lower quality.
● Order volume: a majority of flexo printers have MOQ’s (minimum order quantities).
● Files are sent directly from your computer to the press operating system.
● Digital technology prints images directly onto the material instead of requiring plates.
● Digital printing presses deposit toner onto the material (substrate).
● Minimal setup: plates do not need to be created, allowing for quick turnaround times for large and small jobs.
● Higher image quality: digital images are printed as one image, rather than on layers, which results in higher resolution images.
● Lower cost for short runs: minimal setup time eliminates a high starting price, resulting in a lower cost for short runs.
● Flexibility: labels can be changed or updated easily at little or no additional cost, and there are no color limitations
● High cost of large runs: digitally printed labels are more expensive individually, and digital presses have a limit to their efficiency, making them less affordable for large print jobs.
● Less durable: laminate can be added to increase durability, but these labels generally aren’t able to last as long as flexographic labels.
● Lower color accuracy: color range is limited and more difficult to control.
● Limited materials: cannot print on heat-sensitive materials, since digital presses use a heat-sensitive process.
If you’ve chosen digital printing, you’ll next need to decide which digital printer to partner with. There are many digital printers operating in the industry, so finding the right one for your business is simply a matter of comparing the features and benefits offered by each one.
Speed, quality, and customer service are three important factors to review when shopping around for a printer. Speed not only in production but also in the ordering process and turnaround on communication can be a great indicator of a high-quality printer. Likewise, the quality of their website, content, and communication convey the type of service they’ll be able to provide.
Check out the information below to see how Frontier Label compares with some of the other digital label printers out there!
● Turnaround: 1 or 3 Days
● Minimum Order Quantity: None
● Material Options: 14
● Finish Options: 4
● Formats: Rolls or Stacks
● Label Design Services: Yes
● Payment Terms: Yes
● Business Account Shipping: Yes
● Turnaround: 2 – 5 Days
● Minimum Order Quantity: 50 – 100
● Material Options: 5 – 12
● Finish Options: 2 – 3
● Formats: Rolls or Die Cut Stacks
● Label Design Services: No
● Payment Terms: No
● Business Account Shipping: No
In general, most product labels are rectangular as they need to wrap around a container. However, you don’t need to put yourself in a box when it comes to choosing a label shape. You can easily take your branding to the next level by using a round label on square packaging, oval labels on jars and bottles, or even create an entirely new custom shape. If you have a tapered or irregularly shaped container, you might need to opt for a custom-shaped label.
Once you’ve decided on a label shape, you’ll need to determine the label size. A common misconception is that there are one-size-fits-all label sizes for every product, but this is simply not the case. Just as there are a wide variety of bottles, jars, tins, bags, boxes, tubes, etc. to package your products in, so too are there a wide variety of label sizes available to apply to those containers. A well-fitted label communicates thoughtfulness on your part, and subtly lets your customers know that you care about product quality at every level.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to find the perfect label size for your product! We’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you, and we’ve also compiled some commonly used sizes by product in case you’d like to skip the arts and crafts.
1. Grab a piece of paper and wrap it around the container.
2. Mark where you want the edges of your label to be.
3. Cut the paper according to the lines you marked.
4. Wrap the trimmed paper around the container again.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 until you have your perfect label shape and size.
6. Lay the paper on a flat surface to measure the final label size in inches.
Learn more: What Size Label Do I Need For My Product?
Wide Mouth Capsule Bottle – 2.000” x 6.000” Rectangle
Long Neck and ISB Beer Bottles – 3.000” x 7.000” Rectangle
Bomber Beer Bottles – 5.000” x 5.000” Square
High Shoulder Wine Bottles – 4.500″ x 3.000″ Rectangle Square Corners
Sloping Shoulder Wine Bottles – 3.250″ x 3.250″ Square Square Corners
Boston Round Bottles – 2.750″ x 5.000″ Rectangle
750 ml Wine Bottle – 4.500″ x 3.000″ Rectangle Square Corners
50 ml Mini Bottle – 2.000″ x 3.000″ Rectangle Square Corners
0.5 oz / 15 ml Dropper Bottles – 1.250” x 2.500” Rectangle
1 oz / 30 ml Dropper Bottles – 1.750” x 4.000” Rectangle
2 oz / 60 ml Dropper Bottle – 2.000” x 4.000” Rectangle
12 oz Beer Cans – 3.500″ x 4.000″ Rectangle
16 oz (Pint) Beer Cans – 5.000″ x 7.500″ Rectangle
Side-Gusseted Bags – 2.500″ x 5.500″ Rectangle Square Corners
Square Bottom Bags – 4.000″ x 5.000″ Rectangle
Stand Up Pouches – 3.500″ x 3.500″ Square
0.15 oz Lip Balm Tubes –
2.125” x 2.125” Rectangle with Perforated Tamper Seal
1.750″ x 2.000″ Rectangle Square Corners
0.5 oz Lip Balm Tubes –
2.700” x 3.300” Rectangle with Perforated Tamper Seal
2.650″ x 2.750″ Rectangle
4 oz Jars – 1.375″ x 7.000″ Rectangle
8 oz Jars – 2.500″ x 3.500″ Rectangle Square Corners
16 oz Jars – 2.500″ x 5.000″ Rectangle Square Corners
Mason Jars – 3.250″ x 3.000″ Rectangle
Straight-Sided Jars – 1.500″ x 7.000″ Rectangle
Selecting a label material is a matter of both form and function. First, consider your product and the environment in which it will be stored, transported, and used. Bath and body care products usually need waterproof polypropylene (plastic) labels to endure frequent contact with water. Coffee and tea packaging can be paired with specialty paper materials that are designed to enhance aesthetic appeal rather than withstand the elements.
White Plastic (commonly referred to as BOPP) is hands down the most popular label material because it is well-suited for virtually any application. Waterproof, oil-resistant, and easy to apply, this label material is the perfect choice for novice brands and experienced manufacturers alike. Furthermore, this label material is as economical as it is durable, so you get plenty of bang for your buck. Plastic is also available in Metallic, Clear, and Ultra-Clear options for further customization.
Learn more: Ultimate Guide to Label Materials and Finishes
Finalize your label look by choosing between a gloss or matte finish. Gloss finishes add extra shine and saturation to colors on your label, creating an eye-catching look that’s sure to wow. Matte finishes create a non-glare, understated look, heightening the contrast on metallic labels and adding a frosted aspect to clear labels.
Choose a UV-resistant gloss finish if your label needs added durability. If you intend to print additional information, such as serial numbers or best-by dates, on your label, add a thermal transfer gloss finish.
Unique products deserve extraordinary labels! With Frontier, it’s easy to create labels that meet your needs, exceed your expectations and help you sell more product. Login or create an account and complete the request form to have all 14 of our materials in your hands within a matter of days for testing.
Do you know how you’ll apply your labels once you receive them? Will you be applying each label by hand, using a label applicator, or will you send them to a third-party manufacturer who will fill and package your product?
If you are a small business just starting out or are making small batches of products, you might likely start out applying your labels by hand. Tons of people do this, and it’s a lot easier than you think! We’ve got three methods that work wonders.
Peel the label completely from the backing and apply the middle of the label to the container. Working from center, smooth the label from the inside all the way to the outer edges, making sure no air bubbles are left.
Peel only one edge from the backing. Apply the exposed edge to your container. Using your hand or a straight-edge tool, flatten the label to the container from the seam, and pull away the backing paper at the same time.
Create an inverse template of your label from a piece of paper or cardboard. The template will help you apply your label in the exact same spot on your container every time.
Learn more: Methods for Applying Your Labels by Hand
If you are using a label dispenser, applicator, or are partnering with a copacker to label your product, you will need to know what roll direction to request from your label printer. The roll direction, sometimes known as the unwind direction, refers to how your labels are oriented as they’re unrolled.
Roll direction is indicated by numbers 1-4. Each number corresponds to a specific orientation of the label on the roll. If you’re handling the product labeling yourself rather than working with a partner, your label applicator machine’s product manual will give you a heads up on what roll direction you’ll need. If your manufacturer or co-packer is taking care of label application, ask them what roll direction and number your labels should be.
Roll Direction #1 means that the top edge of the design comes off of the roll first.
Roll Direction #2 means that the bottom edge of the design comes off of the roll first.
Roll Direction #3 means that the right edge of the design comes off of the roll first.
Roll Direction #4 means that the left edge of the design comes off of the roll first.
Learn more: How to Determine Your Label Roll Direction
You have plenty of options when designing your label: using robust graphic design software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, using an online graphic design tool like Canva to create the design, or hiring a professional graphic designer. There’s no right or wrong choice. The amount of time you have to invest, your own prior graphic design experience, and your budget are all factors to weigh into your decision.
One way to streamline the design and printing process is to find a label printer that also specializes in design. At Frontier, we would love to partner with you on design work for your custom labels, so feel free to inquire about our design services. We’ve been in the industry for quite a while, so we have the skills and expertise needed to create beautiful custom labels for your business.
When designing your custom labels, always be sure to do research on any special requirements or regulations the FDA and other organizations might have for your particular product. We’ve done a good bit of research ourselves and have compiled some guides to help get you started.
Designing your own product labels can be a rewarding experience as you bring your creative vision to life. Here are five pro tips to keep in mind as you design your labels.
Knowing what your competitors’ product packaging looks like will make it easier to design a label that’s truly unique. Additionally, you don’t want consumers to confuse your brand with the competition. Invest some time to research the competition. As you explore, make note of what’s working well and brainstorm how you could do it better. Remember, shoppers have plenty of options to choose from. For your products to stand out, they need to look more compelling than the other options on the physical or digital shelf.
Before you ever contact a graphic designer or sit down in front of your computer, you’ll want to answer some important questions. This information will help to guide you as you create your label design.
Define your target audience:
● What type of consumer is most likely to buy your product?
● Are they younger, middle-aged, or older?
● What’s most important to them?
● What type of label design is most likely to appeal to them?
● Are they more likely to be drawn to something high-energy and fun or prefer a more refined, classic look?
Define your competition:
● What’s already being done by existing brands?
● What are your competitors doing well with their branding?
● Where do you see an opening to improve on what’s already out there?
● Is there an unmet niche or product marketing need that your brand could fill?
Don’t underestimate the power of a single, high-quality graphic or an engaging pattern. The strategic use of a professionally designed illustration or image can add interest and increase the chances your product attracts attention in the sea of other choices available to shoppers.
Colors have the power to engage emotion. Each color and hue creates a different response in a viewer. The color you choose for your custom labels can add a youthful energy, instill calm, generate excitement, or produce a sense of mystery. Use colors strategically to reflect your brand, product, and feeling you want to create in your audience.
A font choice or combination can command attention from advertisement-weary consumers. By varying the size of your fonts, you can emphasize certain text you want the eye to focus on first. The style of fonts you choose can help support your branding message too. For example, an elegant, flowing script sends a different message than a bold, chunky font. When designing your labels, you’ll want to think about not just what you say, but the font you choose to say it with.
It can be tempting to fill every square inch of space on a product label with text and graphics, but to do so would be a mistake. People are bombarded with enormous amounts of advertising copy and images each day. Adding to the stimulus overload isn’t going to increase your chances of making a sale. Use blank space to your advantage, leaving the areas around important text or graphic elements. This blank space will draw the eye to the areas you want viewers to focus on.
Consider the content that needs to be included on the label. All effective product labels have a few things in common: quality graphics, strategically combined fonts, effective use of blank space, and a compelling marketing message. These key ingredients are the difference between a mediocre label and a highly effective one. If you have a food or beverage product, you’ll need an information panel. For cosmetics and supplements, you’ll also need to follow FDA label guidelines.
Once you’ve chosen your label shape and size, decided on a material and laminate, and finalized the design, you’re ready to place an order for custom labels.
We make ordering your label simple and efficient with our Quote and Order Tool. Use the tool to give us details of your product label design, and we’ll help you execute your vision. If you’re still not sure which material will look best with your label, create an account on our homepage, and we’ll gladly send you samples of all of our materials
After we receive your order, your label goes to our prepress team, who reviews it with an expert eye and sends any edits back to you to make sure you’re satisfied. Then we send your design through our digital printer that prints in millions of vibrant CMYK color combinations. After your label is printed, we laminate it, cut it, and then ship it to you in a matter of days. With our digital printer, we don’t have to use plates, which saves us time and cuts your cost. Digital printing allows us to match the quality of your labels to the quality of your brand.
The Frontier team works with our partners to provide custom product labeling solutions. We also work directly with business owners who’ve chosen to handle their labeling in-house, as well as directly with product manufacturers. No matter what your label printing and application needs are, we can help.
How much are custom labels?
The minimum cost for a label order is around $250-260. Size, shape, label material, and the number of labels all influence the final cost for a custom label order.
How can I get a quote?
You can receive a quote by using our Live Quote Tool. The tool is quick and easy to use and is always up-to-date with current pricing. If you need assistance with generating a quote, contact our friendly Experience Team for help.
What is your turnaround time?
Our standard processing time is about three business days from the time you place your order–in other words, really, really fast. Additional features added to your order may require additional processing time which we indicate clearly for you on the Live Quote page.
We also have an expedited processing option that removes two business days from your processing time, resulting in same-day turnaround in many cases (really, really, REALLY fast)!
Can you push my order to the top of the production list?
Yes! We have an expedited processing option that results in same-day turnaround in many instances. This quick processing is $295 for every 10,000 labels expedited.
Can you design a label for me?
Yes! Our design team is able to take on projects intermittently as capacity allows. Fill out our Design Request form to let us know what you need done and our Prepress Team will reach out to you with next steps.
I have a label designed but I need to make changes. Can you make edits to my label file?
Yes! We are happy to help. Sometimes you just need someone to lend a hand. We can answer questions about preparing your files for print, offer design services for a fee, and can give feedback on work you’ve done yourself. Give us a call or start a Live Chat today!
How much will shipping cost?
You can estimate your shipping charges right from our Live Quote Page! Just input your zip code to see available shipping options and prices. Additionally, all available shipping options will be listed with their exact prices at checkout.
Do you offer blind shipping?
Yes – we understand the need for privacy when it comes to your vendors. We can produce your label order without Frontier branding on the inner cores, on the shipping box, or packing slip. You will be able to select this option at checkout.
Do you offer international shipping?
Yes, we can ship your order internationally via UPS. You will be able to review available shipping options and pricing at checkout.
Can I ship on my own account?
Yes! You can input your proprietary UPS account number at checkout.
There’s a lot to consider when creating custom labels. Selecting the best shape, size, material, and price can be challenging. Our label experts are here to help make things simple.
We provide more than just labels. We provide real, practical business solutions that meet your unique and varied needs. Our team is motivated to see your business succeed, whether you need a hundred labels or hundreds of thousands every week. Get in touch by phone, chat, or from the contact form below!
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