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.

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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Company Labels - Company Christmas Labels Template

Download this Cute Reindeer Christmas With Compliments Template Free.

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License: Non commercial use, learning and reference use only.

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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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