4 Mistakes To Avoid With Clear Or Translucent Labels

If you want a clear background on your label, choose clear BOPP. It's a transparent polypropylene film that looks practically invisible when applied. The "no label look" can make your product look stunningly good—if you're careful to avoid these common graphic design mistakes.

Mistake #1: Not including a white layer in your design.

When you print on white labels, the background is always white, so there's no reason to put a white layer in your design. But when you print on clear labels, you need to include a white layer behind anything that needs to print in a solid color.

If you forget to include a white layer, your colors will come out looking semi-transparent. (That can be a striking effect when done deliberately. You just don't want to do it by accident.)

Mistake #2: Not incorporating clear or translucent areas in your label design.

Clear labels give you creative design opportunities you would never have otherwise. Using a clear area in your label helps set your product apart from the crowd.

Mistake #3: Forgetting that white can also be a color.

One of the benefits of printing on clear labels is that you can use white to your advantage. Use white graphic elements or white text directly over the clear background to make your labels truly stand out.

Mistake #4: Choosing the wrong liner.

One of the most often-overlooked elements of the buying process is what’s behind the label: the liner.

Clear BOPP is available on a paper liner or clear plastic liner (which we call "Ultra Clear"). Though they're the same price, they can behave differently during the application process. It's important that you confirm with your label applicator that their equipment can handle clear-on-clear labels, as there can be unusual challenges in detecting the gaps between labels.

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