How to create Metallic Label Effects

metallic label and sticker effects by Labels Online

Learn how to add metallic shimmer and shine to your design with these metallic options:


Metallic effects on labels can really make them stand out from others.

There are 3 main ways to achieve metallic printed labels:

    1. metallic inks (pantone) & HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver
    2. foiling (cold-foil or hot-stamping)
    3. metallic stocks (PP, PET, PE and Paper)

Each technique has advantages and disadvantages. The MOST POPULAR way of achieving this effect is through the use of Metallic Stocks.  Clever use of the Opaque White ink layer with other colours can achieve a kaleidoscope of effects.


how to use metallic inks (pantone) & HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver

    • Pantone metallic inks are available in gold, silver and bronze colours
    • create printed metallic labels with the convenience of ink during printing without additional processes
    • HP ElectroInk produces metallic effects in a fully digital printing process
    • combine colour to achieve a rainbow of metallic options on any stock
    • digital HP indigo ElectroInk Fluorescent inks also a great idea

what is foiling (cold-foil or hot-stamping)

    • foiling is the process of applying a metallic foil finish to labels
    • hot foil stamps foil on using heat; cold-foil is applied using adhesive
    • popular for creating highlights and premium metallic finishes
    • available in gold, silver, bronze and a range of colours
    • colours and holographic patterns available for specialty finishes

hot to use metallic stocks (PP, PET, PE and Paper)

    • some stocks available in silver, gold and other metallic hues
    • print metallic labels by layering colour onto base stocks and achieve beautiful results
    • create many different shades including gold, silver, bronze and more…
    • opaque white layers highlight contrast and shimmer in beautiful label designs
    • clever design can create the illusion of holograms and watermarks

Labels Online are your one stop shop for metallic label printing in Australia. We have a range of Metallic Label Stocks available @ Labels Online