Wednesday, 12 December 2012

What are Company Labels - A buyers guide

A buyers design guide for Company Labels.

Company Labels come in all shapes sizes and types. They range from the small identification type of label, to the high end retail label which battle for the buyer's attention in shops and stores throughout the world.
So what does the buyer need to know before designing or purchasing a Company Label.
When designing a label think simple, do not overcrowd a label, and use your words efficiently. Incorporate symbols or barcodes to give information wear possible.
Technology is changing all the time and the use of QR codes are now an option to give greater information more effectively.
Talk to your printer about the print process they use and any restrictions that may affect the design. Choosing the right process for you design is important and sometimes low cost printing processes will mean some label designs may need adjustments or even a complete redesign.
Use a speciallist printer where possible as it could cost you more........for example if you choose a 'Printer' who usually produces high end retail labels - for a asset or test type of label, his overheads will normally be higher than a specialist printer who's equipment is right for the job.
Always check with your Printer if they require CMYK or Spot Colour artwork and if colour matching is important make sure it is mentioned at the start before ordering.
Choose your font style carefully, as some font styles may not print well at small sizes or if inverted.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Calculating the check digit for a UPC Barcode Company Label

The last digit of an UPC-A Barcode is a computer check digit. This is how you calculate it for your company labels
Using the above UPC-A Barcode reading 01234567891(2), which is made up of 11 digits plus a final check digit which in this case is the number 2.
The calculation is:
Step 1. Start by adding the first digit (left to right method in this case 0) with each alternate digit
i.e. in this case 0,2,4,6,8,1 = 21 and times the total by 3 = 63 (Red Group)
Step 2.  Now add the unused digits digits in this case 1,3,5,7,9, = 25 (Blue Group)
Step 3 Add the two totals in Step 1 and Step 2 together i.e. 63 + 25 = 88.
Step 4 The check digit is the smallest number when added to the result that produces a multiple of 10.
So for this Barcode the check digit is 2   i.e. 88 + 2 = 90
Now you can make sure you supply the correct number to your Graphic Designer
or simply impress your friends in the bar or pub.

UPC barcode check digit calculator 2013.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Company Labels - Company Christmas Labels Template

Download this Cute Reindeer Christmas With Compliments Template Free.

Note: Illustration Author: .
License: Non commercial use, learning and reference use only.

Template Download Link

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The New EAN Barcode Information

Click Here - For how to workout the barcode check digit on your Company Label

An EAN13 is  a 'One Dimensional Barcode' made up of 12 digits plus a check digit.
It is one of the most common barcodes used out side the United States (which uses the UPC Code)
Change's made in the past few years advise that barcode numbers (global trade item numbers or GTINs) should not be re-used until at least four years have elapsed since they were last used. And for clothing the period is reduced from 3 years to 30months.
Main Rules are:
Barcodes should not be truncated in height unless the product size makes this absolutely necessary.
Adequate light margin space (quiet zones) must be given left and right of each barcode.
The target size is 100% but the standard allows 80% to 200%, but it is advisable to keep between 80% and 120% where possible.
EAN Barcodes is used on small Company Labels should when printing barcodes smaller than 100% use a high quality printing process.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Cute Christmas template for gift tags

Just found these fantastic Christmas Tags Designed by Cally Johnson-Isaacs and free to download from her blog, They will certainly be decorating my presents at Christmas.
Please use the link below........its a great blog too!
by Cally Johnson-Isaacs

Christmas template for gift tags - Company Labels

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Art Text - Free design software - Company Labels

Art Text Lite is a great Mac application for changing text into artwork that can be used on Company Labels,  Label headings, logos or branding. It is free to download from Apple -  App Store.
You can also Buy the full version for a UK offer price of £13.99.
Produced by Belight Software Ltd.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

BBC - 'The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler' - WW2 Bizarre Labels

WW2 Food -  Bizarre Wine Labels
BBC is now showing 'The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler' a documentary series, with an eyeopening look at Hitler's rise to power.
After viewing the informative series, one can understand how wine labels like these came about.

Use this link below for more details on the series.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Label Background - Festive Christmas

Here is a nice Seasonal Christmas snow flake image by Vectorportal Site,
Suitable for a company Label Background or Desktop Wallpaper.
It is free to use (Public Domain)
For more great images use this link

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Gorgeous label design - Sunniva

Some more great label design from - -Strømme Throndsen design Oslo Norway

Visit their site for more great design

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Stunning Label and Packaging Design

Stunning Label and Packaging - We just love the way the label works with the bottle
Visit the link below for some brilliant packaging design
Designed by Peter Gregson Studio | Art Direction & Design: Jovan Trkulja & Marijana Zaric | Country: Serbia

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Free Cupcake Label Template PDF

Free Printable Cupcake Labels Template.
Use link below

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Monday, 29 October 2012

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Beer Heaven - Beer Label Heaven - 2be Bruges


'2be' is a fantastic place for Beer and other belgian products. Wall to wall Beer, beautifully displayed and some brilliant labels too......... could this be the best shop in the world!

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Label Graffiti in Belgium

On a recent visit to Belgium I notice the widespread use of label graffiti. Belgium and labels seem to go hand in hand and sometimes to good effect (see Angry September sticker above - see links below). I have to say though most of my attention was taken by the brilliant beer/labels. A blog about which will appear hear soon. So keep watching.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

BBC Fake or Fortune Labels

BBC Fake or Fortune Labels
19th Century labels on the back of the painting are the key to finding the history of a painting maybe by Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

From the BBC
Art detective Philip Mould has a reputation for finding sleepers; paintings that hide dark secrets. His most remarkable finds are pictures whose true authorship has been confused, masterpieces lost beneath years of dirt and over-painting. Although Philip is used to investigating other people's paintings, this time the tables are turned as Philip's own purchase is put under the microscope.

With his keen-eyed researcher Bendor Grosvenor, Philip has bought a painting that he says could be the find of a lifetime; a work by our most important portrait painter, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, one which is worth a small fortune. The only problem is that, in order to prove it, he will have to remove later layers of paint to uncover the truth. "It's a bit like open heart surgery" says Philip, as the expensive and irreversible process begins.

A thorough restoration is needed, and inches of canvas are cut away as an earlier image begins to appear. Fiona is not convinced, and insists that the work undergoes a thorough investigation and is authenticated by an independent Van Dyck expert. Will Philip's reputation and the painting make it to the end of the journey unscathed?

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Star Wars - Pepsi Company

Pepsi Company Collectable Labels

See more Star Wars Pepsi designs here

Monday, 24 September 2012

Smash TV Marilyn Monroe Wine Label

This fantastic Italian Wine Label includes Marilyn Monroe Picture. Who is featured in the American musical drama series Smash. A beautiful design fit to grace any table but maybe too expensive wine :)

More stars on labels to come so keep looking.

Free - Damson Jam Label Templates

More nice looking fruit jam jar tags label templates available free to download from
another great site for labels.
Company Labels keep looking for future templates