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Tech Talk – Glossary of Terms

Base Stocks

Depending on the application labels can be produced using a combination of base stock, adhesive and finish to achieve the result you want.

  • Paper – The most cost effective and also recyclable
  • Polypropylene – Hard wearing and highly durable
  • Clear – Used to create a “labeless” look
  • Blockout – Used to cover or block out incorrect or foreign language labels
  • Silver Metalised – Attractive and eye-catching
  • Direct Thermal – Ideal for shipping, food or healthcare product labels
  • Sheeted – For over printing (eg. address labels)


  • Permanent – Made to stay on
  • Removable – Peel off as required


  • Gloss
  • Matt
  • Spot Varnish – For highlights that stand out
  • Foil – To bring detail to life or add a touch of class
  • Screen – Raised printing (suitable for Braille)
  • Embossed – To give your labels real punch
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