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How to Put Your Brand First with Inside Label Printing

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It’s not a secret that customers are willing to pay premium price for brand products that offer quality and consistency. That said, creating a strong, differentiated brand image is a key to turning website visitors into loyal customers.

Now, there are many tools you can use to put your brand first. But as an online clothing store owner, you should start with the basics – making your apparel stand out. That’s where inside labels come into the picture.

If you haven’t heard of inside labels or not sure whether your brand needs them, don’t worry. This blog post will walk you through the basics of this custom branding option that can help you stand out from the competition.

What are printed inside labels?

You’ve probably heard the term “inside label” quite a lot, but just in case, here’s a reminder. Inside labels are the shirt manufacturer’s tags that are attached at the back of the collar, showing the info the apparel is bound by law to have – country of origin, size, fabric, and care instructions.

When it comes to print-on-demand services, however, you might also see the option to have a printed inside label added to a product for an extra fee if the product of your choice has a tear away tag. In this case, the manufacturer’s original tag is removed, and an inside label is printed on the inside of the t-shirt.

inside-label-example-nike-tshirt

Source: Behance

Of course, a printed inside label still needs to have all the mandatory product variant info. But many brands also use inside labels to add that little extra touch to a product.

Benefits of inside label printing

And that extra little touch could be anything – a (very) short joke, a sketch of your cat, an important date… but in most cases it’s probably going to be your brand logo, so that’s what we’re going to talk about.

If you’re running a successful online store, custom-printed inside labels with a logo are definitely something you need to at least consider. As always, you have to look at the pros and cons of adding a customized inside label to the products that allow them.

Let’s start with the pros, and there’s plenty of those! Here’s why inside label printing might be just what your brand needs:

  • It makes your brand more professional. With printed inside labels, your garments are completely under your brand, and your customers see that you have thought about everything, even the smallest of details. There’s nothing more professional than that.
  • It helps your brand stand out. By customizing labels on your products, you’re working on yet another angle of creating and defining your brand which helps you stand out from the competition.
  • It’s a constant reminder of your brand. Let’s be honest – most of your customers care about the product, not the brand. There’s a strong chance that after a customer gets their hands on the product, they’ll forget all about the store they bought it from. Out of sight, out of mind. But a printed inside tag on a shirt makes your brand stay in their sight for as long as the shirt lasts.
  • It’s yet another way to be creative, i.e. add a fun or informative message for the customer.

What about the cons then? Well, an inside labels cost extra (it’s $2.49 at Printful). So you have to decide whether building your brand image in the long term is worth investing a little more.

Apparel with tear away tags on Printful

If you’ve decided to go for your own custom printed label on your garments through Printful, there are a couple of things that you should know.

First, inside label printing is only available for garments with tear away tags and some all-over print items.

Second, at the moment inside label is only available if you’re doing DTG printing. If you want to do embroidery on your chosen product, printed inside labels are not available.

You can filter garments by “Branding options” to find products with inside labels.

inside-label-printful-branding

You can also sort garments with tear away tags by models, brands, colors, and other characteristics that appeal to you.

How to add an inside label to your products on Printful?

You can add an inside label to your products either when you’re pushing a product to your store, or when you’re making a manual order through your account for a specific product variant. For the sake of this blog, we’re gonna use the process in the push generator, but they’re very similar.

You need to open your Printful Account, pick the store you want to add the products to, and pick “Add product”.

printful-add-product

Choose the shirt with a tear away label that you’ve set your eyes on. Pick all the product variants you want to add by choosing the colors and sizes. Add the design you want to put on the shirt. On the right from the mockup you’ll see an option to add an inside label. Choose that, and you’ll see the space where you can customize the inside label.

Here you can add your logo or any other info you want to the template. The size of the field that’s meant for your logo is 3×1.13″. When the product gets printed, all the mandatory info about the shirt will be filled in automatically. And that’s it! Printful’s labels are as easy to add as that.

Take your brand to the next level

As your online business is growing, you have to think of the new ways how to develop it further. While there are loads of things you can do, improving your product value is something worth investing in.

Custom inside label printing is one of the options at hand that can strengthen your brand and its image. And our intuitive Mockup Generator gives you an easy way to do that while offering a wide range of products in a variety of colors and sizes. So take your brand to the next level with inside labels!

This article was originally published in January 2014; it has since been updated.

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  1. Ian

    Just interested; is it possible to have a custom label added like would be in a shop; a small card attachment that contains product information as well? I don’t know what the technical name is but the kind that is where you normally find the price in a regular retail outlet?

    1. Giedre Kronberga

      Hi Ian,

      I think what you have in mind is hang tags 🙂 They aren’t available at the moment, but we’re working on it.

  2. Karen

    Please help.

    For the tear away labels I am using the standard label with my logo provided by Printful.

    However.

    For all-over prints like yoga pants and sports bras, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to have? Can I submit a label that is just my logo for these particular items (in which a standard label isn’t a available)? Or do I need to have all other information required by law? If the latter is the case, where do I find that information for each garment?

    Thank you.

    1. Giedre Kronberga

      Hi Karen,

      Because our all-over print products have care instructions and fabric information on a label (not branded), you can use inside labels to simply add your brand logo to the product 🙂

  3. Brendan Shelton

    I like that you said printing inside labels help your apparel appear more professional and clean. I usually don’t enjoy wearing something that has labels wherever without thought. The next time I am designing something I will take these tips into consideration.

  4. Jayne

    Hi. I guess the American Apparel ranges do not offer Inside Label as I did not see any tab for that. I did see the Outside Lable Tab.
    I have been trying to look for the information required for the Outside Lable but couldn’t find any. I have downloaded the template, but it only says 3″ * 3″. There is no option like Automated Inside Label.
    Do we just upload our logo on the Outside Label, or do we need to create each label including all information required for the Inside Label for each product size and variety?

    1. Giedre Kronberga

      Hi Jayne,

      We offer outside label printing is as a branding option. If you want to use it as inside labels, you’d have to manually update each label and keep track of the info about each variant.

  5. Claudio

    Hi, Giedre.
    I have some doubts. If I use the inside label I can’t use the outside label? And if I using the outside label you can remove the tear away tags?
    Thanks.

    1. Giedre Kronberga

      Hi Claudio,

      You can’t use both inside and outside labels simply because each of the designs would peak through the garment. And we only remove labels for products that come with tear-away tag and have inside label print.

  6. ankita

    i have uploaded the logo in inside label but it is not showing in the final mockup design and product pictures? what should i do?

    1. Madara Zute

      Hi there,
      Our mockup generator currently does not show the inside label but it will be printed on your product if you set it up in the generator.

    1. Madara Zute

      Hi Dayvaughn,
      There are two ways how the inside labels can be added—from our template and from a custom inside label.
      To add the inside labels from template to existing products, go to Stores > Sync > Edit on the product > Select all variants (checkbox on the left) > Change print file > Inside label > Add the inside label design > Save.

      If you’d like to add a custom inside label design along with the required information from the inside label guidelines, each label has to be created (for each color and size) and added to each product variant separately.
      To add the inside label this way, go to Stores > Sync > Edit on the product > Edit on the variant > Inside label > Add the label design > Save. Then repeat the process for the rest of the product variants.

      If you have further questions, please reach out to [email protected], I’m sure they’ll be able to help out. 🙂

  7. Aylin Alpagot

    Hello,

    Is inside label printing available for art art prints, posters, canvas etc.? If not, how is your branding service for Wall Arts?

    1. Madara Zute

      Hi Aylin,
      At the moment inside labels aren’t available on wall art products, as these products aren’t branded to begin with.
      We’re unable to print the back side of these products, but you can include a small brand logo on the front of the product.

  8. James Gordon

    When will you finally provide inside label/tag printing for embroidered t-shirts and sweaters?
    Currently these products are not white-label or brandable, since the Bella+Canvas tag isn’t being removed.
    How are we supposed to sell these if they don’t have our own brand on them?

    We need inside label printing for embroidery products!!

    1. Madara Zute

      Hi James,
      We understand branding is an important part of establishing your brand online.
      Currently inside labels aren’t available for embroidery products because they’re printed using the DTG technique, which is used in a different department at our facilities.
      While these techniques aren’t combined to keep the fulfillment times as fast as possible, you can submit a new feature request about this option.

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