Digital Label Printing

Often times we get asked by customers what is the difference between custom digital label printing vs Flexographic label printing. We hope to answer these questions below and clarify the difference for each. Both are narrow web printing.

Custom Digital Labels
  1. Digital label printing does not require plates. The ink comes directly from a print head. Similar to how your desktop printer works. If you have many versions of artwork plate charges can add up fast.
  2. If you change your artwork, there are no extra fees for plates to get remade.
  3. Digital label printing tends to be best for short label runs, or short run labels with multiple different versions.
  4. If we do not have the size or shape label you need, we will create a new die for your custom size label. This die fee is a one time charge on your first order only.
  5. Digital label printing cannot match Pantone colors 94%.

Flexographic Label Printing

Flexographic Custom Label Printing
  1. Flexo (Flexographic) label printing uses plates. These plates lay the ink down onto the label material.
  2. If you change your artwork, we will need to create new plates. This is what the term ‘plate charges’ means.
  3. Flexographic label printing tends to be the preferred method of label printing for high quantities of labels and small text.
  4. If we do not have the size or shape label you need, we will create a new die for your custom size label. This die fee is a one time charge on your first order only.
  5. Flexographic printing can print and match Pantone colors without any trouble.
Custom Labels
  • Do you need a label quote? Contact us today and see how L&N Label can help with your next custom label or custom sticker project.

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