Etiquette Systems is in operation during the present crisis as an essential manufacturer supplying the medical, food, and distribution industries. We will be prioritizing labels that support these industries, please inform us if your order falls into this category. COVID-19 Labels

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The standard for bar-code labels is plain black-and-white, and that's what we recommend for you. However, we can also print custom bar-code labels in color, and they'll scan just fine. It takes a little extra care to make multicolored bar-code labels work, but attention to detail is something you can always count on with Etiquette Systems.

We begin by knocking out a white background behind the symbology, ensuring maximum contrast. We can do this on any face-stock material, including translucent or transparent films; we just print white boxes first, then image the variable data symbols on top. We're always careful to extend the knock-out area by one-quarter inch (0.25") to either side of the symbology, to create a quiet zone—a space that must be free of designs, so the scanner can recognize the code.

The images on bar-code labels must also be clean and sharp in order to be properly scanned. Therefore, when printing with a conventional analog printing press, we never image bar-codes using the CMYK color process. Instead, we print all bar-code stickers as 'spot,' to ensure no blurred edges. In addition, we only print bar-codes in darker PMS colors when black isn't an option.

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