Labels International

Artwork Guidelines

If you are a graphic designer and would like to design something more complex than can be achieved with our online design function, we have provided the following information and guidelines to help you get the most out of your design.


Cutline

We use a specific cutline for all of our labels and we ask that you use our cutline where possible when submitting your own designs by email. Please click here to download a PDF containing our cutline specification.

 

Bleed

Any parts of the design which are intended to print to the trimmed edge of the label should be extended 1mm beyond the cut line to give a 'bleed' (which allows for tolerance in the production process). The website is set up to accommodate 1mm bleed for all products.




Colours / Colour Matching

Here at Labels International we are able to design labels from a variety of methods. When specifying a colour, we can accept any of the following:

  • CMYK (e.g. C2, M11, Y100, K0) - Preferred
  • Hexadecimal (e.g. #ffd900)
  • RGB (e.g. 255, 217, 0)
  • HSB (e.g. 51°, 100%, 100%)
  • Pantone® colours*

Pantone Colours

* We print in CMYK. If Pantone® colours are used in your design we will use the CMYK Pantone® matching system to print your labels using CMYK inks. Please note: There are many Pantone® colours that cannot be accurately matched using CMYK colours. If you use a Pantone® colour that cannot be matched it will be converted to the closest CMYK colour available. If printing on a vinyl other than white, the colour or effect of the vinyl may affect the final printed colour.



Fonts

In most cases, fonts are not required in the artwork as any text on the label will not change. To make things simple, please convert all text to outlines (curves) when sending label designs to us by email.

If you do need to include the font, we have a vast library of thousands on our system. You might want to check with us when submitting your order if your design uses a rare or obscure font. If it is not subject to any licensing then why not attach the font with your artwork and we will add it to our collection.

If you supply us with a particular font and point size we can replicate this. However, make sure that when you design your own label it is created actual size otherwise point sizes will be meaningless.



Submitting Files

We can accept logos and designs via email in almost any format, but if the label has been designed using a vector based program it is always best to prevent rasterising the design. As such, our preferred file formats are listed below:

  • .pdf
  • .ai
  • .eps

Other common file formats include:

  • .jpg
  • .jpeg
  • .doc

As previously mentioned, we can open almost anything. In the unlikely event that you send us a file we cannot open, we will contact you about your options.

We can currently accept files via email up to around 20MB.

Popular Products

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Poly Labels (PP)

Digitally printed polypropylene labels on rolls. Perfect for outdoor use and products that may come into contact with liquids. Waterproof and tear-resistant.

Metallic Labels

Digitally printed metallic labels on rolls. A choice of bright silver, bright gold, matt silver or matt gold paper. Full colour printing including options for white ink.