Finishing and Label Orders : To Perf’ or Not To Perf’
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When it comes to custom label printing there are so many variables, it can be baffling to try to wrap your head around all of them.
Let’s take “finishing” for example. At our shop, your order of custom stickers can be finished on rolls, perforated rolls, fan folded, in singles (with or without score tabs) or on sheets. We can also customize the finishing to suit a particular machine application requirement.
The specific product you are ordering, along with its printing method, can both limit or determine how your order will be finished: like how custom embossed foil seals are finished exclusively on rolls whereas most orders of bumper stickers or screen printed decals are supplied as singles with a score tab.
What Is A Score Tab?
A “score tab” is a little slit on the back of the decal through the backing paper to ease the removal of the sticker from the liner. This is because most bumper stickers are die cut edge-to-edge with the backing paper, which can be tricky to remove unless you have long, strong fingernails – hence the need for a handy score tab.
Domed decals are normally supplied to the end user on sheets (not to be confused with SINGLES) since the production of these little beauties requires a flat surface to accommodate the pouring and curing of the polyurethane doming material. The number of decals per sheet will depend on the size and shape of the printed decal, as well as the size of the sheet. Any decals produced on a digital wide format printing press are typically finished on sheets, which have been cut down from the wide sheets that come off the press in order to fit the packaging for shipment, unless the client specifies cutting them into individual singles and is willing to pay the additional cutting fee that is usually applied.
Most of the time, however, labels or decals are finished on rolls, when produced either digitally or flexographically. In some cases, you may have the option to perforate the rolls or have them cut into singles. This type of finishing is useful if you are planning to distribute individual labels or decals at events or in mailings, that sort of thing. It does require extra set-up to have an order finished with perforations or in singles, which usually adds a small amount of cost to the order, however in some cases, it can be a serious time-saver and we all know what is said about time and money…
If you have any questions about your custom label project – give us a call. We’re here to help!