Artwork Specifications

 

Printing digitally gives us the ability to go to press very quickly if the electronic files are set up properly. We can help you set up your correctly to prevent any delays.

 

your labels now printing process

 

Proofs

All new jobs will receive a PDF proof via email so you can see what your artwork will look like. Colors on PDF proofs cannot be guaranteed to match with 100% accuracy. If you want to see a printed proof from our press there is a $50 charge per version. We recommend this if your job is color sensitive.

Application Requirements

We prefer vector art .ai or .eps files. Any other files (.jpg, .psd, .png) will need to be converted to an Adobe Illustrator file to be printed which we can do for you. We require you send us the raw files used in creating your label to get the best quality. Please package, include any fonts, or include a pdf file.

Layout Requirements

  • All fonts must be included in the file. To prevent conflicts, it is recommended to outline all fonts.
  • Document setup should be set to final trim size.
  • Type and images must not print closer than 1/16” to the dieline unless it is bleeding beyond the edge of the label.
  • If there are bleeds, they must be 1/16” past where the label will be cut at the die line.
  • Minimum type size: 3pt is the smallest readable text we can print.
  • Font sizes may need to be adjusted based on color and art work.
  • Any imported images need to be embedded in the document.

 

Image/Color Requirements

  • All embedded images (EPS, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PSD) must be high resolution. We recommend 300dpi. Anything less may result in poor quality. If JPEG compression is used, please set it to maximum quality.
  • All images must be assigned CMYK not RGB. (Note: Digital cameras save images as RGB. These images will need to be converted to CMYK before embedding.)
  • Pantone colors will automatically convert to CMYK. There will be a shift in color.
  • Metallic colors like Pantone 877 silver and Pantone 871 gold will not have a metallic luster like traditional metallic ink unless they are printed on foil. Foil material offers a metallic luster to any color not backed in white.
  • We recommend taking advantage of our digital press proof for an accurate representation of color and content.

 

Barcode Requirements

Barcodes have special requirements to be readable by a Point of Sale scanner. Barcodes are most readable in black and white format. Red should never be used for barcodes. Barcodes should be at least .25 inch high with 80% magnification. They need at least 1/8 inches on each side of the barcode for a quiet zone. Barcodes should include the text associated with the symbol in at least 3 point font.

 

Sample Request

If you would like to order samples, please fill out our Sample Request Form and we will mail you samples of previously printed labels.

 

For any other questions or comments, please contact our experts at 1-877-299-7744.

Artwork FAQs

How can I send my artwork to you?

Please build an account or log into your account and place your order within our system. You will be prompted to an artwork upload page. Please upload all files directly to the website. If you have problems please contact our customer service representatives. You can reach them by phone at 1-877-299-7744 or fill out a Contact Us form.

Can I send my artwork through a dropbox?

Yes you can send a link to your dropbox or Google Drive to artwork@yourlabelsnow.com.

In what formats can I send my artwork to you?

We prefer vector art with all imported graphics and fonts. Any other files in other programs will need to be converted to be compatible with our system.

Can you help me design my labels?

Yes. We can design new art or recreate existing art for your labels. The first hour of artwork is included with your order. We charge an hourly rate of $95 for each additional hour. If you would like us to help you with this, we will be happy to give you an estimate of how long it will take our graphic designers to handle your request. Please call 1-877-299-7744 or fill out a Contact Us form with any questions.

Can you supply me a bar code?

If you need more than one barcode (for example, multiple products), contact the Uniform Product Code Council. You can contact them at 1-937-435-3870. For a fee, they will issue a set of numbers, which can be used for your product barcode labels. For single barcodes, you can order them from SimplyBarcodes.net. When you have your codes, we can create them for you through our barcode software.

Why do your labels have rounded corners?

Rounded corners on labels help to ease application if you are machine applying your labels. If you need labels with 90 degree corners please Contact Us as we consider these special shapes.

Is there a difference in pricing if my label is in black and white vs. color?

No, there is no difference in pricing whether you print your labels in color or black and white.

What kind of materials can you print on?

We carry several labeling materials for you to choose from. Our most popular material is our semi-gloss paper, but we also offer polypropylene (BOPP) materials that are water resistant. If you are having trouble selecting a material check out our Materials Page If you are looking for a specific material please call 1-877-299-7744 or Contact Us.

What sizes of labels do you carry?

We have a very large selection of sizes and shapes of dies you can choose from as well as a list of special shapes. You can view all of the various shapes available in the Instant Quote Tool. Just select the shape you want, then type in the size you are looking for. If the size you want is not showing up please Contact Us.

What is a die?

A die is a piece of tooling that cuts the shape of the label. We have hundreds of shapes and sizes to choose from. View our special shapes through this link.

What if I need a unique die shape not shown in the YourLabelsNow.com library?

Not a problem. Every label must have a die. If you have a unique shape, just call us at 1-877-299-7744 or Contact Us and we can create the die for you. (Additional fees apply)

What does label windout direction mean and how does that affect me?

Windout direction refers to how the roll of labels will be produced so that the labels are facing the right direction at the time of application. It is only necessary to specify a windout direction when the labels are going to be applied by a machine to your products. This ensures the applicator is receiving and dispensing the labels in the correct direction on the packaging they are being applied to. If you are hand applying your labels you do not have to worry about the windout direction.

 

Can you match a special color?

Yes, we can. All of your labels will be quoted and printed as a four-color process (CMYK). If you have a special color to match, please let us know. We will get as close as we can to your Pantone color.

What does “four-color process” or CMYK mean?

To reproduce full-color images, typical printing processes use four colors of ink. The four inks are placed on the label in layers of dots that combine to create the illusion of many more colors. CMYK refers to the four ink colors used by the printing press. C is cyan, M is magenta, Y is yellow, and K is black.

What are spot colors?

Pantone colors are frequently used for spot-color label printing.

Will my labels come on a roll or a sheet?

All of our labels are produced on rolls, this allows you to choose whether or not you want to apply your labels by hand or machine. We do not have the capabilities of producing labels on sheets.

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