Everything You Need To Know About Printing Labels with Your Inkjet Printer

printing labelsWhen you need to label your items, you may not be sure which type of label is best suited to your needs. When trying to make a choice, it might help you to know that the inkjet labels are currently one of the best-selling types. This is most likely due to the popularity of inkjet printers, which continues to increase due to the wide variety of printers available at prices to suit nearly every budget.

Why Inkjet?

The inkjet label has many advantages over its competition. Not only does it allow for inexpensive printing from the home, but the material from which these labels are made allows for quality printing without the bleeding of ink. The inkjet label also resists smudging, which means far less chance that additional labels will need to be printed in future.

Inkjet Printing Technology

The inkjet printer applies ink onto paper and labels by applying the ink in droplets. There are two ways to do this; continuous printing, and drop-on-demand printing.

Continuous Printing

Continuous printing offers high speed, meaning that it takes less time to print labels. As well, continuous printing eliminates the common issue of clogging in the ink nozzles, because this type of printing moves ink from the cartridge to the paper using high pressure. Once the ink reaches the nozzle, it is then subjected to an electrostatic charge. Deflection plates then direct the ink to the surface being printed on.


This form of printing can be accomplished using two methods: piezoelectric and thermal. Piezoelectric drop-on-demand printing uses chambers located behind the ink nozzles. These chambers are filled with ink, which is forced through the nozzle and onto the material being printed when an electric charge is applied.

Thermal drop-on-demand printing also requires the use of an ink cartridge that has chambers. However, the chambers in thermal drop-on-demand printing contain heaters instead of ink. An electric current passes through the heater, causing ink to bubble. As the ink bubbles, pressure increases to the point where ink is sprayed onto the material being printed.

Print Quality

The print quality of any label printed by an inkjet printer is determined by two factors: Dots per inch and pixels per inch. A dot is defined as the smallest amount that a printer can generate. A pixel is an image’s smallest unit.

Generating the best quality label means understanding how the above terms relate to one another. The inkjet printer renders its images using a limited set of colours, unless it is a higher-end printer, the latter of which uses a variety of colours. The DPI or dots-per-inch measurement is how many dots an inkjet printer can print over one inch of material. The PPI or pixels-per-inch measurement will be smaller than the DPI because many printer dots will make up a single pixel.

Usually, the higher the DPI, the clearer and cleaner the printed image or text will appear. Of course, there are other factors at play which the inkjet printer cannot control.

Image Size

The size of the image being printed on a label is important. For example, if you are trying to increase the size of a very small image to fill the length and width of a label, that image will become more and more distorted as its size is increased. A printer cannot clarify a picture that was distorted to begin with. So to avoid this problem, use an image that’s as close to the label’s size as possible. Doing so will result in a much clearer result.

Whether it’s a set of address, parcel, pallet shipping or other labels that you are trying to print, your business can save money and you can save time by printing them on an inkjet printer.


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