A Guide to Clear Label Printing and Finishing

A Guide to Clear Label Printing and Finishing

Streamline Your Label Production with the Best Clear Label Printing and Finishing Machine: A Guide for Manufacturers and Marketers

What is Clear(Transparent) Label Printing?

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Clear label printing is a printing technique that involves printing designs on transparent plastic sheets. The Clear sheets are then applied to the product’s surface, giving the illusion of printed graphics floating on the product. This printing technique is often used in the production of labels for bottles, jars, and other transparent packaging materials.

How Does Clear Inline Label Printing Work?

Clear label printing requires specialized equipment, including an inline label press, transparent plastic sheets, and high-quality ink. The printing process involves the following steps:

  • Artwork Design: The first step is to create an artwork design that will be printed on the transparent sheet. This artwork can be created using specialized graphic design software or outsourced to a professional graphic designer.

  • Digital Inline Printing: The artwork is printed onto the transparent plastic sheet using high-quality ink that is resistant to fading and scratching.

  • Laser Die-Cutting: Once the artwork is printed, the transparent sheet is fed into a digital label cutting machine. The digital label machine is programmed to cut the sheet into the desired label shape and size. Typically, after printing, the roll is placed back into the die-cutting equipment for the cutting process. However, in the case of Anytron’s inline label press ANY-JET, label printing and cutting devices are connected in-line, allowing for the production of desired label shapes quickly and easily with one roll installation.

Advantages of Clear Label Printing

There are several advantages of using transparent label printing over traditional label printing methods. Some of these advantages include:

  • Aesthetically Pleasing: Transparent label printing gives products a sleek and modern look that is visually appealing to consumers.

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  • Customization: Clear label printing allows for greater customization and personalization of labels, which can help products stand out on store shelves.
  • Durability: Clear label printing uses high-quality ink that is resistant to fading and scratching, ensuring that the labels remain legible and attractive for a longer time.
  • Increased Product Visibility: Clear label printing allows consumers to see the product inside the packaging, which can increase product visibility and encourage purchases.

Applications of Clear Label Printing

Transparent label printing can be used in a variety of applications, including:

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  • Beverage Labels: Clear label printing is commonly used in the production of beverage labels for bottles and cans.

  • Food Packaging: Clear label printing is also used in the production of labels for food packaging, such as jars and containers.

  • Cosmetics: Clear label printing is used in the production of labels for cosmetics, such as skincare and makeup products.

Advantages of Clear Label Digital Inline Printing over Traditional Label Printing Methods

Clear label digital inline printing offers several advantages over traditional label printing methods, such as flexographic printing. Some of the key differences between the two methods include:

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  • Quality: Transparent label printing produces visually attractive and high-quality labels that are more durable and resistant to fading and scratching. Additionally, the ANY-JET inline label press offers a laminating (coating) device, which can produce durable clear labels that can withstand wear and tear.

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  • Customization: Clear label printing allows for greater customization and personalization of labels, resulting in more unique and attention-grabbing labels. Unlike analog printing machines, digital printing enables the printing of product information (barcode, QR code, numbering, etc.) at once. Furthermore, the ANY-JET inline label press can be cut to the perfect size for the container using the label laser cutting function, ensuring that the label fits precisely.
  • Cost: Traditional label printing methods, such as flexographic printing, can be more cost-effective for larger print runs, while Inline digital label printing may be more cost-effective for smaller print runs. The digital inline system that uses digital printers and digital laser cutters, eliminating the need for die-making and saving on consumables. By combining both processes, you can save time and money, and increase your profitability.


Q1. Can clear label printing be used on any type of packaging material?

A1. Yes, clear label printing can be used on any type of packaging material, including opaque and colored packaging.

Q2.How long do clear labels last?

A2.Clear labels produced using high-quality ink can last for a long time, remaining legible and attractive even after extended periods of use.

Q3.What types of products are best suited for clear label printing?

A3.Clear label printing is best suited for products that require high-quality, visually appealing, and durable labels,

Q4. Is laser cutting more expensive than traditional die-cutting methods?

A4. While laser cutting may have a higher initial cost, it can be more cost-effective in the long run due to its precision and consistency.

Q5. Can an inline label press be used for other label printing processes besides transparent label printing?

A5. Yes, an inline label press can be used for a variety of label printing processes, including printing on paper, plastic, and metal.

Q6. Can an inline label press be used for small-scale label production?

A6. Yes, an inline label press can be used for both small- and medium-scale label production, making it a versatile and cost-effective option for companies of all sizes.


The use of clear label printing and laser cutting through an inline label press can provide numerous advantages for companies seeking to create exceptional and superior labels. These technologies offer benefits such as improved product visibility, enhanced aesthetics, efficiency, and precision, which can help distinguish products from their competitors and elevate the overall customer experience.

Moreover, the ANY-JET Inline label press enables the production of clear labels in the desired quantity and design with ease. It is worth noting that a small-sized ANY-JET is sufficient for label printing and cutting needs, instead of opting for larger and expensive machines or outsourcing.

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