Labels Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which label material is suitable for my product?
It depends on where your product will be displayed and how it will be used. For general indoor use, we recommend white premium sticker paper. For products that will be exposed to oil and water, we recommend either BOPP labels or white vinyl material. If you’re not sure about what to choose, you can request a sample kit. It includes our popular print products and a swatch kit that shows a variety of our materials, coatings, and features.
How do I create a custom-shaped label?
If your design does not match any of the standard label shapes we offer, you can choose Custom on the order calculator. Then, select the design dimensions so we’ll trim it according to its exact size and shape.
Will I see proof before you print the labels?
Yes, our prepress team will e-mail you a PDF document for your review. You may check the PDF proof for any design errors and make necessary changes before it goes to print. This service is free of charge and your proof will be ready within 6 hours after you place your order.
I don’t have a design yet. How do I create one?
You can use our online design tool in creating your artwork. Click the Design Your File Online link to use this service. You will have access to more than one million stock images that you can use in your artwork. Alternatively, you can choose the Buy Now/Upload Later option if you want to pay for your order and upload your artwork at a later time.
When will I receive my order?
This depends on your order and printing specifications. Shipping dates vary by location. Some label formats and materials take one (1) business day to print while others take a few more days to produce. The estimated delivery date of your order appears on the order calculator if you input your zip code and printing turnaround preferences.
Does turnaround time include the processing and printing of my order?
Turnaround time begins once your print-ready artwork has been uploaded. If you have requested a PDF or hard-copy proof, turnaround will begin once you’ve approved the file. To find out your order’s exact delivery date, enter your ZIP code under “Printing Cost” in the online calculator. Any additional rates will appear after input. Find more information on turnaround time here.
What are the best uses for a roll, cut-to-size, kiss-cut and sheet label?
Roll labels are placed in label dispensers for quick and easy machine application in large quantities. Cut-to-size labels are suitable for low quantity orders and manual applications. Kiss-cut labels are the best choice for intricate designs that require extra protection. Those who need mailing address labels should print sheet labels. Sheets are space-saving because they’re easy to stack and store.
Which material should I choose for each label format?
White vinyl sticker paper is the thickest material available for cut-to-size and kiss-cut. It’s also weatherproof and waterproof.
For roll labels that will be applied on food jars and drink bottles, it’s preferable to use either white BOPP, clear BOPP, or silver metallic BOPP on items that will be stored in a refrigerator. BOPP materials are also oil and water-resistant.
Sheet labels are either printed on uncoated or high gloss white paper sticker. Our standard white sticker paper should generally be used indoors but the high gloss coating that can be added is UV-resistant. Choose the uncoated option if you need a writable surface.
How to Print Cut-to-size Labels online?
Step 1: Use the Cut-to-size Labels Product Calculator
Step 2: Choose your custom Label product specification (Size, Material, Quantity, etc)
Step 3: Upload your custom Label design or Create your own design through our Design Tool
Step 4: Submit your Cut-to-size Label Design for FREE Proofing
Step 5: Checkout
How soon can you deliver my labels?
Our fastest printing turnaround for return address labels is in 1 business day. Printing turnaround is the time it takes for us to confirm your order, print the labels and have them ready for pick up or shipping. Printing turnaround does not cover weekends, holidays, shipping time, and delays. Both our cut-to-size and sheet name labels have a standard printing time of eight (8) business days. It can be expedited to next-business day or three (3) business days for an extra fee. For our roll name labels, the production time will take six (6) business days. For return address labels, you can choose from 1, 3, and 8 business days printing turnaround.
How will I know when my order has shipped?
PrintRunner will send you an email with a tracking number once your order is ready for shipping. If you selected for pick up, you should receive an email informing you that your order is ready.
Do you offer label templates?
We offer downloadable blank print templates that you can use with your preferred design software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Publisher. You can find them below the order calculator in the Templates tab. Just choose and download your preferred label size from the list.
What size are return address labels?
We offer a wide range of sizes for return address labels. The most popular sizes are 2” x 2” and 2” x 3.5 for cut-to-size and roll format.
What are the different label materials?
Each type of label offers different material options. For sheet labels, we offer white paper sticker, which is great for indoor use. This material comes either uncoated or with a protective high-gloss UV finish. If you want a writable surface, choose uncoated labels.
White paper sticker in gloss, high-gloss UV, and matte coating is also available for cut-to-size stickers. If you need something that’s UV-resistant and weatherproof, our most durable option is white vinyl material.
Roll labels come in premium white paper sticker, biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP), and Estate adhesive paper. White premium paper sticker is our most popular paper label, suitable for indoor applications. Our BOPP material is durable for labels that are exposed to oil and moisture. Estate adhesive paper has a subtle, elegant texture. It’s writable when uncoated but you may add a matte finish.
Can I create a water bottle label design on the site?
Of course! Under Artwork Status, choose Design Your File Online and then click Start Designing.
Can I print water bottle labels in small quantities?
Yes, you can. Print only what you need by choosing the quantity on the product calculator. You can choose as few as 25 pieces.
Is Next Day Printing available?
No, water bottle labels are printed with 3-day and 8-day turnarounds regardless of size or quantity.
How much does your custom roll labels cost?
It depends on several factors including the size, material, and quantity of your roll labels. You can use our product calculator to check the estimated cost of your order once you have set the specifications of your labels. If you want to enjoy bigger discounts, bulk printing is the answer. The higher the quantity of roll labels that you are planning to purchase, the lower the price per unit.
Can I upload my own custom roll label design?
Of course. If you already have a print-ready file, just select Upload My Own Artwork in our website’s product calculator. To avoid problems and errors in printing, be sure to follow our file specification and other guidelines.
I need durable roll labels for my food products. Which material should I pick?
If you want to get moisture-resistant roll labels, then choose BOPP. It is durable and won’t easily disintegrate even if it is immersed in water. BOPP also sticks on most types of surfaces.
How can I access the online design tool?
Once you have completed setting the specifications of your roll labels and your order, you can click Design Your File Online just below the product calculator. Select Start Designing afterwards to go straight to our online design tool. Use it to upload your logo; add text, lines, and shapes; and modify the colors of your roll labels.
Do you provide a free proof if requested?
Yes, we do. When uploading your artwork, just select I need a PDF proof to request a free PDF proof of your label design. You have to approve this PDF proof if you are satisfied with it. We can only proceed with production once you send us your approval.
How many stickers will fit in one sheet?
The number of labels depends on the size you choose. If you need more labels in one sheet, we recommend choosing 2.685” x 1”, which contains 30 labels per sheet. If you choose the largest size which is 5” x 4”, you can fit 4 labels per sheet.
Are the labels writable?
The uncoated white paper sticker is best for labels that you need to write on.
How many designs can I use?
Since the labels are printed digitally, you can create as many designs as possible in your artwork. To start your project, click the Upload My Artwork link. You can also upload your design later by choosing Buy Now/Upload Later.
What is the difference between kiss-cut labels and cut-to-size labels?
Cut-to-size labels, also known as die-cut labels or singles, do not have an extra border around the design. Die-cut labels are printed and trimmed while cutting through the paper backing, unlike kiss-cut labels which still have the border and backing intact.
Can I order free label samples?
Yes. If you’re not sure what type of label material to order, you can request a free sample kit. This kit contains our most popular products and some sticker and label stocks to compare which material would work best for your project. Be sure to indicate in the request form what type of product or material you would like to be included in the sample kit. Just fill out the form and we’ll send the kit to your registered address.
Is it cheaper if I order labels in bulk?
Yes. Bulk label printing saves material and shipping costs, so ordering in higher quantities reduces the cost per unit. You can an instant quote using the order calculator to compare the quantity costs. Just select your preferred label printing specs from the dropdown options and the calculator automatically shows the total cost and price per piece.
How soon can I receive my custom food labels?
Our fastest printing turnaround for food labels is 1 business day. This means that if you confirm your order before 5:00 p.m. PT from Monday to Friday, your labels will be ready for delivery by 6:00 p.m. PT on the next business day. For fast printing, make sure to select “Next Business Day” as your preferred turnaround option in the order calculator.
What should I put on my food label?
By law, there’s mandatory information that you need to include in your food labels such as net weight, nutrition facts, and ingredients. For those that want to sell retail, a barcode is also required. Your label requirements depend on the type of product that you sell. The Food and Drug Administration’s Food Labeling Guide provides detailed information on what should be included in your food label.
How much does it cost to print food labels?
You may use the order calculator to check the estimated price of your labels. The cost depends on the size, material, and quantity that you’d like to order. For example, 100 pieces of size 2” x 2” stickers on glossy sticker paper costs 31¢ each. If you order 500 labels, the cost drops to 10¢ per piece.
Can I use custom shapes for cut-to-size food labels?
Cut-to-size labels are available only in rectangle, circle, and oval. We recommend roll labels if you want to print in non-traditional shapes such as heart and starburst. These unique shapes will surely capture the attention of your target customers.
Can I print in large quantities?
Yes. Print as many as 5,000 water food labels per order. If you don’t see the quantity you need on the product calculator, fill out the custom quote form, and we’ll get back to you with the prices.
What is the most durable label material?
White vinyl on cut-to-size format is our toughest label material. It’s the thickest adhesive ideal for outdoor use and products exposed to heat, refrigeration, or water. It is also dishwasher safe and it comes in a weatherproof and UV-resistant gloss coating that adds vibrance to your designs.
How much does it cost to print shipping labels?
You can use the order calculator to check the estimated price of your labels. Input the size, material, quantity, and preferred printing turnaround time so the calculator will generate an instant quote.
Who can avail of your free ground shipping?
Orders $39 and above can avail of our free ground shipping throughout Continental U.S. For customers who live in Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada, additional charges may apply.
Important Note: Our free shipping is not applicable to freight shipping.
Where can I see the estimated shipping cost for my order?
At the bottom of our website’s product calculator, you may enter your zip code and then click on Get Rates to generate the estimated cost to ship your order.
Do I need to talk to a sales representative to order?
No, you don’t. PrintRunner offers a hassle-free way to order. With the help of our product calculator, you can browse all the options available for our bottle labels on one page. This includes size, shape, material, coating, and more. You can even get the estimated cost of your order instantly in our product calculator.
Can I use my artwork for my bottle label design?
Yes, you can. Select Upload My Artwork in the product calculator to send us your print-ready artwork. If you have time to create your own, you can use our online 3D design tool by clicking Design Your File Online. To avoid any technical problems, please read our file specification and other guidelines here.
How do I peel off the labels?
Cut-to-size labels have a bend-and-peel backing that makes them easy to apply. To remove, bend the backing slightly and remove the panels one by one. Then, apply the label on a dry and clean surface.
Can I order less than 10 pieces?
The minimum order number for labels is 25 pieces.
Would the stickers cost less if I print them in black and white?
No, the price of stickers would be the same whether you print in full color or in black and white only.
Can I use custom sizes for my beer labels?
Yes, you can use any shape that best suits your brand. Just choose Custom Shapes from the dropdown to use this option.
Will I receive my order tomorrow if I choose Next Business Day?
Next Business Day refers to the time when we are able to ship your order. If you complete your order by 5 pm today (includes proof approval), we will be able to have your labels ready to ship the following day.
What is the minimum number of labels I need to order?
For cut-to-size beer labels, the minimum is 25 pieces only. If you’re ordering roll beer labels, the minimum would be 250 pieces.
Are wine labels waterproof?
Not all wine label materials are waterproof. If you want something that can withstand being submerged in water, white vinyl is your best choice.
Can I create the design of my discount labels on your website?
Yes, you can. Our online design tool makes it easy for our customers to create label designs from scratch. After selecting the specifications of your discount labels, choose Design Your File Online to start making your own label design.
Can I upload my own label design?
You can upload your print-ready design on our website by selecting Upload My Own Artwork in the product calculator. Just make sure that you follow our file specification guidelines that can be found here.
Can I use the labels on any kind of surface?
Our discount labels come with an adhesive that can permanently stick on most surfaces. For maximum efficacy, make sure that the surface is clean and dry before applying the labels.
Are warning labels available in big sizes?
Yes, you can print safety labels as big as 12” x 17”. These labels are easy to see even from afar. To print big warning labels, choose the width and height on the product calculator.
What’s the best material for outdoor use?
White vinyl is waterproof and UV-resistant. We recommend using this material for displaying messages outdoors.
How fast can I have my jar labels printed?
Custom jar labels can be printed as fast as the next business day for a small additional fee. Other options for turnaround time are three (3) business days and eight (8) business days, Note that the printing time does not include shipping & delivery.
How can I get bigger discounts with my custom jar labels?
Bulk printing your custom jar labels can help you get bigger discounts, The larger your order quantity, the less you spend per label.
How much does it cost to print labels?
This depends on your preferred label size, material, and quantity. Use the order calculator to get an instant quote. Select your preferred size, quantity, and material and you’ll see the estimated cost of your order at the bottom of the calculator.
How soon can I receive my packaging labels?
You can check your order’s estimated arrival date using the product page order calculator. Indicate your preferred printing turnaround time, zip code and our order calculator will generate estimated arrival dates and costs based on your location.
Do you have a tool that I can use to design my beverage labels?
Yes, we have an online design tool that you can use to create your label design from scratch. Just click Design Your File Online to access the tool for free. Here you can easily add images, text, shapes, and more to your label design. You can also use the tool to change the background color and crop, rotate, and align the design elements to your liking.
What are blank print templates?
These templates are files that you can download for free to help make your design as accurate as possible. They come with the correct trim and folding lines that serve as your guide when designing your labels using any design software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Microsoft Publisher. Our blank templates are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
What’s the cut-off for your next-day printing?
You need to be able to complete your order before 5pm. Once our team receives your order, your beverage labels will be ready for shipping by 6pm the next business day.
Does turnaround time include shipping time?
No, it doesn’t. Turnaround time is for the production of your beverage labels only. If you want to know the estimated time of arrival and shipping rates of your order, provide your zip code in the product calculator and click Get Rates.
Does your beverage label only come in cut-to-size format?
No, we also offer our custom beverage labels in roll, sheet and kiss cut format.
Can I use the canning labels on the lids?
Yes, our labels adhere well to almost any smooth surface and can be used on can lids.
Are canning labels writable?
Only the matte white paper sticker is writable. It doesn’t have any gloss coating, so you can use ballpoint pens and markers to label your products with ease.
Will the labels withstand cold temperatures?
Although not all labels are waterproof, our materials are durable and will not lose their adhesive when cold. We highly recommend choosing waterproof white vinyl sticker for its extra durability.
How do I get my design checked for free?
Upload your design, then select the PDF Proof option and we’ll email a proof for your approval. Please allow up to 12 hours to receive this email.
My product requires refrigeration. Which material is water-resistant?
White vinyl is a waterproof and UV-resistant material that works well on products that need to be refrigerated. It has a high-gloss finish that adds sheen to your design and prevents ink from running.
Do I need to upload my artwork right away?
If you choose the Buy Now, Upload Later option, you can place an order without uploading your artwork right away. You can also choose Design Your File Online if you don’t have an artwork but want to create one now.
What’s the difference between cut-to-size and roll candle labels?
Cut-to-size labels are individually cut. They come with a bend-and-peel backing that protects the adhesive from air and moisture. Because cut-to-size labels need to be peeled one-by-one, they are more suitable for small projects and for handing them out to customers. On the other hand, roll labels are printed and rolled, so they can be applied continuously by hand or machine. Since they don’t have any backing that needs to be peeled, roll candle labels are more practical to use for high-volume applications.
Can I print in custom sizes?
We currently do not print candle labels in custom sizes. However, you can choose from a variety of sizes on the product calculator. Flat width and height begin at 2” up to 17”.
What file format should I use in uploading my artwork?
We recommend uploading your file in PDF format because it preserves the original font styles, images, and colors in your design. You can also upload your artwork in other formats (JPG, PSD, PNG, and more). To know more about file specification and template guidelines, please check our File Preparation Guide.
Can non-designers use your online design tool effectively?
100% yes. Our online design tool has an intuitive interface that makes it easy to use even for non-designers. It comes with the essential features for designing a print product such as adding images and text, inserting shapes and lines, changing the background color, as well as cropping and rotating images.
Is clear BOPP waterproof?
Yes, it is. Clear BOPP can be submerged in ice water and exposed to high humidity without disintegrating.
What are the available shapes for your clear labels?
Our custom clear labels are available in four standard shapes: rectangle (with rounded corners), square (with rounded corners), oval, and circle. If you need something different from these four options, you may opt for a custom shape for your clear labels.
What are the advantages of using white vinyl sticker?
White vinyl sticker is a durable material that is capable of producing colorful and bright images. It is resistant to humidity and moisture, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.
Can I get your vinyl labels in custom shapes?
The cut-to-size vinyl labels that we offer are only available in three shapes such as rectangle, oval, and circle. However, we also offer vinyl labels in roll format, which you can print in custom shapes and any of the four standard shapes.
I want to label a large number of items. Which vinyl label format should I get?
Get your vinyl labels in roll format. Unlike cut-to-size vinyl labels, roll vinyl labels can be peeled and applied using most standard label dispensers. This makes the whole process faster and easier, which is ideal for labeling items or products in large quantities.
How long does it usually take to print custom waterproof labels?
It depends on the format of your waterproof labels and your preferred turnaround time. If it is cut-to-size, you can expect your order to be ready for shipping in three (3) or eight (8) business days. If it is roll, the standard printing time is six (6) business days, which can be expedited to four (4) business days if you are in a rush.
When can I get my order of metallic labels?
The printing turnaround time plus shipping time determines when your custom metallic labels will arrive.
“Printing turnaround” is the time we need to produce your order and this does not include weekends and holidays.
Shipping time is based on the transit time you selected and starts after the printing turnaround time.
What is a free file check? Do I need it?
Our free file check will allow you to see your design before we send it for printing. This gives you the chance to make significant changes to your design so it will be free of errors.
Are your metallic labels waterproof?
The high-gloss UV coating of our labels offer some protection against moisture, but the metallic ink labels are not waterproof.