Standard Clear stickers and labels
These use a transparent sticker vinyl material, meaning that your artwork can be printed without any unsightly white backgrounds. Only the coloured areas of your artwork are printed, any white areas are simply left unprinted so they remain transparent. However, this does mean that white areas are not printed, gradients can’t be used and any printed areas may be slightly translucent due to the properties of clear material.
White ink stickers and labels
These use state-of-the-art white ink printing technology. The same transparent sticker vinyl material is used to provide transparent areas, but if you have any white parts of your artwork you want to keep, then they can be printed as well. Alongside this, gradients can also be printed and any coloured areas are fully opaque, making them more suitable to be placed on dark surfaces. However there is a slight increase in cost for this option due to the additional print time and specialist white ink used.
If you want to put your sticker on a window, you can also select the reverse printing option, so it can be stuck on a surface with the artwork visible from the other side.
To order, get your instant quote now by entering in your options using the calculator above!
What are clear labels and stickers and what can I use them for?
Normal stickers look great, especially if you have artwork which fills the entire shape (such as a square or circle). However, sometimes, you may be left with a white background which doesn’t really serve much purpose.
This can be useful to act as a background and provide good contrast against the surface (for example, very dark artwork placed on a black surface may benefit from the white background).
However, in situations where this isn’t an issue, clear stickers and labels can offer a fantastic alternative which gives you the professionalism of what looks like contour-cut artwork, but without the fuss.
Instead of the normal white satin vinyl we use, the vinyl is transparent and clear. Your artwork is then printed on to it using a special method which fills in coloured areas and makes them almost opaque (if slightly translucent). You’re then left with stickers where only your artwork is visible and the rest is transparent. No more white or coloured backgrounds if you don’t need them!
This affect is often achieved by contour cutting. For example, if your artwork is made up of letters, then each letter is contour-cut out of the vinyl so it can be stuck down on its own. This then means that there’s no actual background apart from the surface it’s being placed on. Whilst Discount Sticker Printing also offer this feature, clear stickers and labels mean that you can have a similar affect with all of your artwork on a single sheet of clear vinyl material.
White ink technology also gives you another advantage. In the past, printing has worked by simply omitting any white colours from the final print, so if you didn’t want a background on your stickers, then you would just make the background white and it wouldn’t be printed. This is fairly straightforward, but if you have white areas within your artwork, then you can be left with printed ‘holes’! White ink technology means that white ink can actually be printed where you have white visual elements in your artwork. This means that virtually everything you want to be printed can be, whilst everything you want left out (such as backgrounds) simply aren’t printed onto the transparent vinyl.
To buy your cheap clear labels and stickers, which give you all of the quality and versatility without the cost, start by entering in your printing options using the calculator above.
How to buy cheap clear stickers and labels online!
Start by choosing your printing option and entering in your shape. quantity and size measurements. Once you’ve done this, you will receive an instant quote with our quote calculator. If you’re happy with this price, proceed by uploading your artwork (or request FREE bespoke basic artwork from us) and then complete your order online. (please not that if you cannot supply your artwork in a EPS vector format there will be an additional charge of £15 for this to be supplied).
Once you’ve done that, just sit back and relax! We’ll print your order in only 2 to 3 working days with 1440dpi high definition printing and eco-friendly solvent inks. This results in vivid detail and stunning colour to really bring out the best in your artwork.
Once printed, your printed clear labels or stickers are packaged up and then shipped to you with next day UK delivery as standard to make sure you get them nice and quickly. Spend over £50 and even that is free!
FAQ – Common questions about clear labels and stickers answered!
Q. Are they waterproof?
Yes! The vinyl material, strong adhesive and eco-friendly solvent inks means that they’re fully waterproof, weatherproof and UV resistant for years of indoor and outdoor use.
Q. What is the difference between clear and white ink?
Normal clear stickers use a transparent vinyl where the white areas of your artwork are simply left blank and therefore remain transparent. However, gradients and any white colours can’t be printed whilst the ink is slightly opaque.
White ink stickers allow the same transparency whilst also being able to print any white parts of your artwork you want to keep. Gradients can also be printed and colours are fully opaque, making them more suitable for dark surfaces.
Q. What is reverse printing?
Usually, artwork is printed on the “front” of the material, but with reverse printing, it’s printed facing the adhesive side. This is ideal for windows where the sticker can be placed on the inside and then seen on the outside.
Q. Can they be printed to any size?
Yes! Just enter in your own size measurements for an instant online quote.
Q. What is the turnaround and delivery?
Your order is usually printed within 2 to 3 working days and then shipped with free next day UK delivery as standard.
Q. What shapes do you have on offer?
Rectangles, squares, circles and more. Just take a look at the drop-down menu. However, with the transparency of clear labels and stickers, the actual shape of the sticker will be almost invisible, with only the shape of the artwork itself on display.
- Essentials / F.A.Q
Please see our recommend artwork guidelines below, if you are unsure about the artwork you are supplying and would like us to check and fix any issues please continue ensuring you tick the ‘check artwork and send PDF proof’ option on the upload page before proceeding
Please note: We only accept print ready artwork on the "upload your file" option, if you need any changes to artwork please select the "we design your artwork" option.
File Type – We accept PDF, AI, EPS or JPEG files
Colour – Convert all colours into CMYK format, with no tints lower than 5%
Fonts – Make sure all fonts are converted to outlines or flattened
Bleed & Safe Area – We require a 3mm bleed and a 3mm inner safe area, WITHOUT crop marks
Image Resolution – Artwork must be at a resolution of 300dpi or higher
To download our checklist please click here.
- File Types
Preferred file types are high resolution flattened PDF or EPS files. If you are designing artwork in a vector program such as illustrator please ensure all fonts are converted to outlines or attach all fonts with your order.
High resolution AI, PSD or JPEG files are also accepted.
For a more in-depth guide about file types click here.
All files supplied must be based in the CMYK colour mode, with no tints lower than 5%.
For a more in-depth guide about colour click here.
To avoid any issues, make the fonts part of your original document through embedding, flattening or converting them to curves in the chosen design program.
For a more in-depth guide about font click here.
- Bleed & Safe Area
All artwork supplied to us for print must have at least 3mm bleed and 3mm inner safe area on all trimmed edges. Please do NOT add crop marks.
For a more in-depth guide about bleed click here.
Images need to have a minimum resolution of 300dpi. If artwork is generated at a lower resolution, then the quality of the final printed job will be affected.
For a more in-depth guide about resolution click here.
- Clear Labels with Opaque & White Elements
The toners we use to print on clear materials are slightly transparent, this means that for the parts that you require to be opaque or to add full colour images we have to create a white base layer on the artwork behind the colour or image, this is achieved by creating a separate layer on your artwork named “white” and anywhere our press finds this colour it will print white toner (beneath the CMYK artwork, beneath images or on it's own).
We can set up your artwork in our design studio, please describe which areas you require to be white or opaque in the notes box on the upload artwork page.
Please be aware that if additional set up is required by our design studio this may delay turnaround time.
For an in-depth guide of how to setup labels with white elements please click here.
- Labels with Metallic Elements
The way we create metallic colours is by using a silver substrate and applying a thin layer of CMYK toner to create the metallic colour required, when ordering please describe the colour required (or give the metallic swatch code from our color logic sheet which is included in all sample packs and can be ordered here FREE of charge) in the notes box at the upload artwork stage.
The parts that you do not require metallic we have to create a white base layer on the artwork, this is achieved by creating a separate layer on your artwork, named “white” and anywhere our press finds this colour it will print white toner beneath the CMYK artwork.
Any white parts on your design that are not named “white” will be printed in a silver metallic.
We can set up your white base for you here in our design studio, please describe which areas you do not require metallic in the notes box on the upload artwork page.
Please be aware that if additional set up is required by our design studio this may delay turnaround time.
For an in-depth guide of how to setup labels with metallic elements please click here.
- Material & Finish Options
Think about the appearance you are trying to achieve for your label, some materials may darken or lighten the appearance of your artwork once printed.
The different finishes may also affect the way your labels appear, Matt effects will make the colours look a little dull or faded and a gloss finish might make them appear brighter.
For more in-depth information about all of the materials and finishing options we offer click here.