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Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Printing Jar Labels

If you’re looking to create professional-looking jar labels, you’ve come to the right place. This comprehensive guide will take you through the entire process, from designing your labels to printing them out. Whether you’re labelling jams, pickles, desserts or beauty products, this guide will help you create eye-catching and professional labels for your jars. Let’s get started!

Determine the Purpose and Design of Your Jar Labels.

Before you start designing your jar labels, it’s important to determine their purpose and the overall design you want to achieve. Consider what information you want to include on the labels, such as the product name, ingredients, and any necessary warnings or instructions. Think about the style and aesthetic you want to convey, whether it’s a rustic, vintage look or a modern, minimalist design. This will help guide your design choices and ensure that your labels effectively communicate the desired message to your customers.

Choose the Right Jar Label Material and Size.

When selecting the material for your jar labels, it’s essential to consider factors such as durability, moisture resistance, and the overall look and feel you want to achieve. Common label materials include paper and polyester. Paper labels are a cost-effective option and work well for dry products, but may not hold up well in moist environments. Synthetic labels offer a high level of durability and are often used for products that require long-lasting finish, liquids and products stored in fridges, but are more expensive.

In addition to material, you’ll also need to choose the right size for your jar labels. Consider the size of your jars and the amount of information you need to include on the labels. You want to ensure that the labels fit properly on the jars and are not difficult to apply. Measure the surface area of your jars and select a label size that will provide enough space for your design and text. Keep in mind that larger labels may be more eye-catching, but smaller labels can be more cost-effective if you’re printing in large quantities. Remember – if labelling food products you also need to be compliant with the Food Standards Agency and their regulations, including minimum font size, volumetric information, allergens, company address and cooking instructions if any.

Create Your Jar Label Design

Once you have chosen the material and size for your jar labels, it’s time to create your design. If you have design experience or want complete control over your design, using design software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator or even Canva is an option. However, they can be complex and require a learning curve if you’re not familiar with them.

You can also of course use a graphic designer or an agency to produce your labels in line with your branding. This is a service we also provide as a labelling company! You can see examples of our work here.

Whether you choose to use design software or services, make sure to consider your branding and the overall look and feel you want to achieve. Use colours, fonts, and images that align with your brand identity and appeal to your target audience. Once your design is complete, save it in the appropriate file format recommended by your printing company, such as PDF or AI. We discourage using JPEG or PNG as the resolution of the file is often too sufficient.

By following these steps and taking the time to create a professional-looking design, you can ensure that your jar labels stand out and make a lasting impression on your customers.

Print Your Jar Labels

When you’re happy with your label design, it’s time to print them out.

To ensure professional-looking results, it’s important to use high-quality printing presses and premium material. An experienced printing company will make sure the artwork is set up correctly and is suitable for the job prior to printing. Any necessary adjustments in your design will have to be signed off.

Before the printing can commence there are several tools that might be needed – cutters to cut out the particular shape and (depending on the printing method) printing plates might need to be ordered, but you would be advised about this at the beginning of the process.

You can read more about different printing methods here.

When your labels are ready, they will most likely be supplied on a roll and ready for your label applicator to finish the labelling stage of your jar production!

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