Label And Sticker Printing Process

Bespoke Sticker Printing Experts

At Handy Labels, we know what we’re talking about when it comes to labels. We’ve had years of experience and we’ve made lots of stickers, over 100 million, in fact. That’s why we are the number one choice for custom sticker printing in the UK.

Bespoke sticker printing is a specialist area requiring advanced skills and dedicated machinery. Handy Labels has got the facilities, skillset and machinery to handle multiple print media and adhesives along with custom shapes and designs. We ensure to stay ahead of the game in terms of ongoing staff training and an extensive plant inventory, to offer the best sticker labels on the market.

Sticker Printing Production

Our stickers come with a guaranteed quick turnaround and speedy delivery and to handle the fluctuations in demand and need for speed, we keep a regimented printing production redundancy. Our printing production facilities have extra machinery on-hand, which goes above and beyond the usual requirements. This means that should anything happen like printer malfunction, staff shortage or a sudden surge in demand, then we have the capability to adapt and still fulfil our commitments. 

Our speedy sticker printing production and efficiency have resulted in a near 100% on-time delivery rate and a 4.96/5.00 average rating review from our customers.

Printing Stickers

How Are Stickers Made?

Sticker Printing Process

From the moment you start your sticker printing order journey we're behind the scenes to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. A lot of customers come to us knowing exactly what they’re looking for, but not sure what shape, material or finish to go for? Our expert sales and graphic design staff are available to advise and guide you to the perfect result in terms of print quality, design clarity and cost-effectiveness. You can even request a sample via our online form

Once you’ve decided on your chosen design and specifications, your order will be processed and begin to make its way through our perfected sticker printing process. 

All our printers have a huge media flexibility range, one of around fifty material, finish, adhesive and colour combinations is loaded on one of our printers ready to receive your design. The various printing options include stickers being able to be printed on a large choice of materials like eco-friendly paper, laminated, matt or gloss vinyl. Vinyl, in particular, can be presented with a range of surface effects like holographic and fluorescence. 

The sticker adhesive is preselected and is supplied on the sheets prior to delivery so the correct material with adhesive is loaded to print on.

Ink Colours

Ink Colours

Our printers are more advanced than a standard home and office printers so that they can create all the different effects and materials on offer. The basic CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) are present but on some of our printers, each colour has a dark and light counterpart achieving a wider colour range.

High definition printing has several types but 8 colour is the most advanced and produces higher photo-realism, reduced graininess, and much smoother gradients. Some of our printers have a special white ink print capability and these 5 colour machines are for clear materials like window stickers and projects with dark backgrounds.

Beware of low fidelity and low-resolution substitutes as some printer production companies are known to keep costs down by compromising on colour and resolution to give an inferior finished product. We keep our costs down without reducing the quality.

Eco-Solvent Inks

All our liquid inks use eco-solvent only. Eco-solvent inks were brought in to make a more operator and customer-friendly working environment than that produced by the original "strong" or "aggressive" high VOC (volatile organic compounds) solvents. These often required forced ventilation and extraction to protect the printer operators and could leave a lingering odour. 

The ink adheres to the surface of the print medium in different ways depending on the material. In the case of vinyl, the solvent dissolves the material momentarily allowing the ink to set into the surface. Sticker printing on paper is achieved using a dry toner for a crisp finish, the toner is fixed by heat so your labels are hot off the press.

How Colour Mixtures Are Used In Sticker Printing Production



RGB Sticker Colour Mixtures

You might remember primary, secondary and tertiary colours from school but the modern colour theory is a complex subject. RGB and CMYK are the most commonly used models and work better in different situations. RGB or red, green and blue are the primary colours and can be used to produce all other colours, it is an additive model where the light of each colour combines to produce the desired effect and full saturation is pure white. Mainly used in light-producing devices like LED or CRT screens.

CMYK or cyan, magenta, yellow and black is a subtractive model which means when the first three are added the light is taken away and saturation is black. This model is used in processes like printing where colours are added. Black is added to save excessive use of the other three colours.

The Modern Sticker Printing Process

Printing, in its various forms, has been going on for millennia. As with technology in general, the rate of advancement has increased in the last 50 years or so with ink-jet and laser replacing traditional methods.

The levels of detail obtainable by our modern printers is so far ahead of their forefathers as to be unrecognisable. In the early days, even the most simple text on paper was the preserve of the wealthy, nowadays photographic quality printing is available for much more cost-effective solutions, making them perfect for everyday use. 

Handy Labels thrive on being at the forefront of bespoke sticker printing by offering an extensive choice of materials, shapes and finishes, ideal for a huge choice of products, all created with our leading technology. Begin your bespoke sticker printing journey online today.