If you are trying to move a product to market, then the label design is an important aspect of this process. As the first line of sight to any customer, the label design must not only describe the product, but also gain notice ability above the competition. With this part of product marketing, the rules are not black and white. The right combinations of choices will guarantee the desired message, appearance, and qualities are transferred to any product. Label design involves a variety of choices including:
- Ink Types
- Adherence Properties
- Protective Coatings
Unless you are printing only a couple of labels for the lifetime of the item, it makes sense to gain the help of an experienced professional printer. The end cost will be lower, the quality is better, and they have the necessary equipment to print short-run or large-scale quantities. Additionally, choosing to do it on your own only provides one printing method. Experienced professionals offer many ink, stock, liner, and design choices with a lower margin for error.
Digging into the Details
A professional is able to offer advice based on available stocks, inks, application methods, and adhesives. These gurus of label design have inside knowledge backed by years of experience. The design process will take less time while offering outstanding results. Most printing professionals have certain specifications to ensure the label design is printed appropriately. For example, a specific distance is required between multiple line colors to prevent trapping and if die cutting, the print area has to be a certain distance from the cutting location. Here are a few other technical considerations to keep in mind for your label design prior to sending it to a professional:
- Design Software
- Minimum Font Sizes
- Minimum Thickness
- Reverse out Font guidelines
- CYMK and Pantone color call outs
- UPC restrictions
- Screen and shadow recommendations
These among other specifications have to be met in order for a professional to properly print the label without running over the cutting area or having ink issues. An expert will be able to make recommendations based on your design and help with this process. This ensures the end result is not only accurate, but also visually appealing. Some designs do not work on certain types of stock due to ink requirements or other types of factors. In these situations, alterations must be made to the stock, application surface, or even the printing method.
A professional who has knowledge in label design will save you money and deliver better results. Several decisions must be made around the design including product name placement, the labeling materials, graphics, type of inks, and the shape of the label. Different printing methods will have benefits for some scenarios while others could have too many limitations. Professional use their experience to provide tailored advice regarding processes like material selection or printing methods to deliver the right options at the most rewarding cost.
At Flexo-Graphics, we have minimum artwork creation specifications that must be met, which can be found here. Our team is available to help with any questions you might have and will work hard to provide an impeccable design after gaining an understanding of your needs.