With UPC code dimensions, the width is more important than the height because the width influences the distance between the bars and how well the scanner’s laser can distinguish between them.
Nominal size: 1.469″ wide x 1.02″ high
Minimum size: 80% of the nominal size or 1.175″ wide
Maximum size: 200% of the nominal size or 2.938″ wide
Yes, white is considered a color but whether we print white ink on your custom labels will depend on the label material.
Yes, you can send us something to color match like a previous label, bottle, printed box, etc. Between our pre-press art department and press operators, we can get an exact or very close match. We can recreate and match colors through one of these two printing processes: four color process printing or spot color printing.
When a customer needs an exact color match for labels, we use “spot colors” to achieve the desired effect since they’re able to reproduce colors that are outside the gamut of ‘4 color process’ colors (CMYK = cyan, magenta, yellow, and ‘key’ black). To create spot color inks, we use the Pantone® Matching System (PMS), a standardized color reproduction system. If you don’t have your PMS color, you can research online using the Pantone color finder.
Assuming that your scanner isn’t broken, there are several possible reasons why the UPC barcode on your labels isn’t scanning: the size, resolution, or color contrast of the barcode.
Please note that PNG and GIF files can’t be used to produce quality labels. JPG files must be in CMYK format with a minimum of 300 DPI and no text – the JPG image should solely be for background usage from the original high-res file. You should also use vector art files over raster for label printing.
If you have a mail merge, list of barcode numbers, or some other type of variable data, you should use spreadsheet or database software to create your variable data file.
To ensure quality labels, we recommend following our design requirements for label printing and using the appropriate design software. You can download our specs sheet to keep or give to your label designer.
The colors on your labels can look different from your design for several reasons. Differences in how computer monitors and printers render color mean the label colors you see on your screen may not match the printed labels.