5 Things to Do Before You Send Your Labels to Print

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One of the recurring themes of our blog posts is helping educate our clients and potential clients on label ordering and printing. From figuring out which size label you need to choosing the right label material and testing it, to best practices for your label design & graphics, understanding adhesive options, and making barcodes, we try to share as much information as possible to make ordering your labels hassle free.

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Topics: Food & Beverage Labels, Flexo Labels, How To, Digital Labels

Label Quality: Why It Matters, How It's Achieved

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High quality label printing

Most of us understand the difference between affordable and cheap. Diligent bargain hunting is a learned skill, and there are certainly benefits to finding products and services with comparable quality to big brand equivalents sold for premium prices. When you buy cheap labels you get what you pay for.

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
–Warren Buffett



Label Quality

With label printing, there are several factors to consider when trying to determine the difference between a quality affordable label product and a cheap low-quality label packaging.

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Topics: Technology, Flexo Labels, How To, Graphic Design, Digital Labels

Table Top Label Applicator Problems? It Might Be Static Electricity

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Ruined labels and jammed applicators are frustrating, especially when the problem is difficult to identify. Is it a problem with the label construction? The container being labeled? The label application equipment? If your labels are jamming up or multiple labels are applying to a single container, the real culprit may be static electricity.

Label applicator static problems are frustration

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Topics: Technology, Flexo Labels, How To, Digital Labels

Hot and Humid: Label Problems and Solutions

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Hot and humid label problems and solutions

We've covered the issues of cold weather labeling, as well as common label application problems faced year round. With summer officially here it's time to talk about hot days and the adverse effects heat and humidity can have on your labels.

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Topics: Technology, Flexo Labels, How To, Digital Labels

Rub & Scuff Testing For Your Labels

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Rub and scuff test for labelsOne of the most overlooked testing procedures for wine, spirits and beverage bottle labels is the rub and scuff test. It's a simple test, but when utilized properly it can eliminate nearly all abrasion issues that may occur during transit and consumer use of your labeled bottles. The rub & scuff test takes place before, during, and after the actual production of your labels.

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Topics: Flexo Labels, How To, Graphic Design, Digital Labels

How to Get The "No-Label Look"

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Brodsky bottle featuring clear no-label-look

You don't need a clear container, such as a glass bottle, to take advantage of clear labels. You can achieve the "no-label look" even if your containers are colored. Dark and clear glass, metallic and colored tubes, and various bottles, most containers can use film label materials to achieve differentiation and a high-end look. Making the label disappear allows your products to shine through.

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Topics: Flexo Labels, How To, Graphic Design, Digital Labels

Cold Foil vs. Hot Foil for Labels

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Hot foil embossed label design

Adding foil is an effective way to enhance the quality of your labeled products. Depending on your needs, we may use cold foil, or hot foil, and at times no foil at all– when a metallized substrate will work best.


You certainly don't need to become a foil expert, we will always engineer and print your labels with the best solutions for your project. But curious clients often ask about the difference between hot foil and cold foil for labels, so this is just basic information for those interested.

 

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Topics: Flexo Labels, Cold Foil, Hot Foil, How To, Foil Stamping, Graphic Design, Digital Labels

Is it Time to Refresh Your Brand (and Labels)?

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Is it time to refresh your brand (and labels)?

From small business to large corporations, updating your company brand is a big project. Whether you've actively controlled your brand message or it has developed organically – virtally or through consistent consumer interpretation – predicting how your update will be received and impact sales can be more mysticism than science. Even companies with the deepest pockets have learned this the hard way. Remember "New Coke"?

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Topics: Marketing, How To, Graphic Design

Increasing Sales Through Strategic Branding

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Branding for labels

We frequently discuss marketing and graphic design for labels, both key components of branding. Every business has a brand, whether they actively cultivate it or not, and taking control of the brand message is critical to communicating the core values of any company.

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Topics: Flexo Labels, Marketing, How To, Graphic Design, Digital Labels

Top 10 Mistakes With Online Wine Label "COLAs"

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TTB wine label COLA problemsNavigating the extensive guidelines for wine labels enforced by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is no small feat. When you are finally ready to submit your wine labels for a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA), try to avoid the most common errors wineries make during the online submission process.


According to the TTB, these are the top 10 mistakes winemakers make during their online COLA applications:

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Topics: Flexo Labels, Marketing, How To, Graphic Design, Digital Labels

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