Ordering Labels: Label Artwork, Label File Formats and Layouts



Label Artwork: File Types

If you are supplying your own artwork, it will speed up your order processing if we receive artwork files that we can readily open. This means we should have the same software that you have generated your artwork or file in, or be able to import your file into one of our software applications.

The Fastest Way

For smooth transition to print, we highly recommend that you supply your artwork in either of the following formats:

  1. EPS or AI Files: WMF format with all fonts to curves
  2. Adobe PDF: ensure you have converted your fonts to curves prior to exporting.

Through years of handling files electronically across the web, these are the most fail safe methods and have proved to be the quickest way for us to prepare your artwork for printing in any medium. We experience very few issues with EPS and AI files.

Software application files

We can accept your artwork for conversion in the following applications:

  • Corel Draw X3 (and previous versions)
  • Adobe Illustrator CS3 (and previous versions
  • Adobe PDF Files

Ensure fonts are converted curves (or outlines) and that any if any bitmaps are embedded that they are of suitable resolution for printing (300 dpi for full colour printing / 600 dpi for foil printing). Colours should be able to be separated.



Accepted File Formats / Picture File Types

We are able to import the following picture file types into our applications. Please ensure they are of the correct resolution at 600 dpi for spot colour or foil print.

  • TIFF Bitmaps (.tif)
  • Windows Bitmaps (.bmp)
  • Paintbrush (.pcx)
  • Kodak Photo CD Images (.pcd)
  • Compuserve Bitmaps (.gif)
  •  Adobe Photoshop files (.psd)
  • Corel Draw PhotoPaint (.cpt)
  • JPG or JPEG files (.jpg or .jpeg)
  • Encapsulated Post Script (.eps)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)

Artwork : DVD/CD or E-mail?

We accept your artwork in the following media storage:

  1. Disk: DVD or CD 
  2. Email: We accept all file formats emailed

The easiest and most reliable way to supply a document file for your job layout is to convert it into an Adobe PDF file.

If your artwork is correctly set, this will help ensure that your label printing plates can be produced exactly as intended, in the shortest possible time, with minimal artwork costs.



Label Artwork: Colour Separations

If your artwork is required to be printed in more than 1 colour and you are supplying your own art files, we require the job to be colour separated. This means for each colour we require a separation to create a printing plate — for example, if your company logo has 3 colours red, blue and yellow, we would require a separation plate for each colour in the logo, one for the red, one for yellow and one for blue. See our example below. Separations need to be supplied in either 100% black for foil printing or in PMS Colours for flexo printing.

Please check with us prior to job set up as to how this job is to be printed on our label press as this can affect the layout order and direction of the printing plate.

Composite Artwork

Colour Separated Artwork



Label Artwork: Job Layouts

When supplying your artwork "press ready" for plate making all artwork needs to be set to accommodate the number of formats printed at one time on our label press and for the number of colours to be printed on the label layout.

We have included some example layouts below in downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files. You must supply the composite of your job and if colour separations are required the required layout to produce multiple colours. If you need to learn more about colour separations, please click here.



Single Colour Label Formats

These layout instructions show a simple single colour label layout

A composite proof showing label dimensions The art plate for actual label making

Composite Proof

This should show how you intend your label format to look. It also shows the dimensions of the job. The label edge should be shown along with any bleeds, crops or dimensions.

Art Plate

This is the file that is forwarded to our plate makers. This file will be used to make the foil printing plate to produce the image on the label format. It should not include the label outline or any crops. Remember— anything on this plate will be printed on the label.

Example Single Colour Label Format

Single Colour Label Format Example Single Colour Label Format Example (112 KB)



Multiple Colour Label Formats

These layout instructions show a two colour label layout.

A composite proof showing label dimensions The art plate for actual label making.

Composite Proof

This should show how you intend your label format to look. It also shows the dimensions of the job. The label edge should be shown along with crops or dimensions.

Art Plate

This is the file that is forwarded to our plate makers. This file will be used to make the foil printing plate to produce the image on the label format. It should not include the label outline or any crops. Remember, anything on this plate will be printed on the label.

Remember, it is be advisable to contact us prior to setting your job so we can best advise you on setting up your artwork layout.

Example Multiple Colour Label Format

Multiple Colour Label Format Example Multiple Colour Label Format Example (104 KB)



Label Roll Specifications

Below is our Label Specifications Sheet. This download will provide us with your requirements for label roll direction and any special backing paper requirements such as registration marks, notches, perforations etc. Submit the Label Specification Sheet with your purchase order.

Label Specification Sheet

Label Roll Specifications Label Roll Specifications (61 KB)

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