Whether you’re a startup or an established brand, an eye-catching label design for your product is a must. While a professional graphic designer that understands your brand and product is key for good product label design, it does not mean that you need an in-house design team. The good news is that there are tons of resources out there to help you design labels online!
Since there are so many options for getting labels online, we’ve highlighted our top pick of organizations and individuals who provide custom label designs that are out of this world. We’ve also showcased a few online design programs for those who want a more hands-on approach to designing their labels.
Graphic Design Firms
If you are looking for more of a one-on-one approach when it comes to creating labels online, we recommend partnering with a graphic design firm that specializes in working closely with its clients. Here are our top recommendations.
1. Wildcraft Designs
The Wildcraft Designs team are experts in supplement label design, but have also created impeccable designs for other industries, like cosmetics and skincare. This team consists of hardworking, kind individuals that produce excellent work. They can assist with everything from your logo–the identity of your brand–all the way to the details in the supplement facts panel, and it doesn’t stop there. Beyond labels, Wildcraft Designs can also design catalogs, brochures, business cards, and more!
If you are looking for some extra help with your label design, and want fantastic one-on-one service, Wildcraft Designs is the best choice for you. You can reach them easily by filling out the contact form on their website.
2. Owl Branch Co.
The Owl Branch Co team are designers experienced in an assortment of industries, especially supplement, nutraceutical, skincare and cosmetics labels. The duo boasts multiple years of experience in design, photography, film, and print, so they know what they’re talking about! Owl Branch can not only design labels for you, but they can also take care of brochures, web design, apparel design, and more. If you are looking for a more one-on-one, one-stop-shop experience, Owl Branch Co is the team for you. Contacting them is easy–simply fill out the contact form on their gorgeous website.
That’s right, us! We’re the one-stop-shop for getting labels online. Though we primarily focus on label printing, we know design. We’ve been in the print industry for a long time, so we know a thing or two about how to set up files for print. Our talented prepress artists also have backgrounds in design, so they are more than capable of offering advice or making edits to existing designs as well as creating new ones from scratch. Our prepress team has the advantage of understanding our materials and printing processes, which means they know every trick to making your vision come to life. We’re obsessed with our customers here, so you can rest assured you’ll be taken care of by our team.
Contact us and let us know about your design needs. A member of our team will reach out shortly after with further questions and/or next steps to get your project started. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Graphic Design Communities
These communities of creatives are a fantastic option for those who want the ability to compare many different options and price points for graphic designers. Though specialized one-on-one service might be rarer in these cases, you gain flexibility, value, and speed.
99designs is an online community of graphic designers that have unique skills and visions to offer. The website is a breeze to navigate and simple to use, so it’s easy to get labels online through 99designs. If you have some ideas in mind for your label design, you first need to write up a brief of your project explaining what you need. From there, you can either get matched with a designer you like that fits your needs, or you can open the project up for the entire community to submit ideas for you to choose from.
Once connected to this bustling design community, you’re sure to find your perfect match and get perfect labels in no time!
UpWork is another online freelance community with an intuitive system to get you set up with a shortlist of candidates that fit your needs. The designers on Upwork are highly communicative, talented, and super easy to work with. Idea sharing, communication with designers, project management, and payment are all handled through the UpWork website, making the whole process as seamless as possible. UpWork not only supports graphic designers but also supports creators in a number of other fields, which means it’s a great resource for other projects related to making your business the best it can be!
Designhill boasts a community of about 39,000 graphic designers waiting to help you get that perfect label design. Like other online graphic design communities, you have the option to write up a brief of your project and create a “contest”–dozens of designers will submit designs to bid on your project, and you can select which one you like the best. If you want something a bit more lowkey, you can simply hire a single designer for a more one-on-one experience. Designhill also has a logo store of ready-made logo templates for sale (personalization is free!), as well as an intuitive tool that allows you to create your own logo right on the website.
Not only is Designhill fast and convenient, but it also frequently runs sales and discounts, so it’s great for the budget!
Fiverr is another online freelance community offering a wide variety of services, including label design. The designers on Fiverr can cover everything from logos and brand identity to single-label designs. Feel free to browse available graphic designers based on price range, specialty, delivery time, and more! The intuitive site asks you a series of questions to connect you with a selection of designers that perfectly fit your needs–you can even browse their portfolios to make sure their style fits your vision. Fiverr is easy to use and an excellent resource if you’re looking for a customizable experience.
DesignCrowd specializes in all things design! As an online freelance community boasting 700,000+ members, they have virtually all your design needs covered. DesignCrowd is highly cost-effective, with options you can add to take your label design to the next level. The website is extremely easy to navigate and pleasant to the eye, cultivating an overall enjoyable experience for you. Create a project, post it to the community, and watch custom designs start pouring in within hours. It’s that easy!
Graphic Design Software
For those who are creatively inclined, on a budget, or eager to try their hand at design, these online design tools are the perfect fit. You can create labels online yourself using the software recommended below.
Canva is a fantastic site containing countless ready-to-go design templates for virtually anything you need, including product labels, and it’s free to use! Browse the various templates until you find a style that suits your needs, then customize it! You can change the color scheme, add your company’s logo, and fill in a description of your product. Canva also has great resources for design help, and in-depth tutorials showing you how to use their software. If you need to get a label design fast, Canva is a great choice! They also have a paid version that allows for even more customization and team collaboration.
Some things to note with Canva, however, is that the software is geared more towards web-based design, not print, so the files might need a little extra help from us before we can send it to print. For example, most files export in RGB color mode instead of CMYK, which is the color mode we use to print. Also, fonts cannot be outlined in Canva so they sometimes do not translate when you send your artwork over. Not to worry–we can help with this and get your artwork print-ready!
Learn more: How to Make Print Ready Designs in Canva
Figma is a highly intuitive online design tool… and it’s free to use! The interface is geared toward a more experienced user and is similar in feel to Adobe software. Beginning with a blank canvas, you can create simple, stunning label designs in minutes, allowing you total creative control over your project. Figma also has a desktop app so you can use their software even without a WiFi connection.
In addition, Figma is collaborative! You can create a team and invite your friends, business partners, employees, etc. to view your project and offer suggestions. In the paid version, you can expand your collaborative team and unlock additional features that allow you to create stunning designs.
Designs in Figma are automatically formatted for web-based applications, but exporting your files as PDFs allows us to work with them easily and set them up for print. The Figma blog also includes excellent resources on how to use their software and make designs that stand out.
What Are You Waiting For?
If you’re looking for a sign to get started on your project, this is it! Getting labels designed online is simple and painless. Once you reach out to any of these resources, you’re one step closer to new product labels! While you’re working with a designer, feel free to come to us with any questions about our artwork requirements like bleed, resolution, and file type. We can also help you determine the best label shape and size for your product, and offer some design advice to take to the designer. When you have your designs finalized and are ready to print your labels, we’re here to help! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us.
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- 10 Characteristics of a Well-Designed Product Label
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This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been updated with new graphics and information.