Pressure Sensitive Labels (PSL)



What Does PSL mean?

PSL stands for pressure sensitive labels or pressure sensitive labeling. Simply put, its a printed material that has an adhesive coating on one side for instant application. You might just call it a sticker…that works too. Whatever you call it, PSL’s require specific materials depending on the aesthetic and application of the brand owner. (you)

Food Safe Labels.

Everything PSG prints comes with automatic brand protection. That means, your pressure sensitive labels will be printed with the highest level of food safety and quality (SQF) and accurate color targeting.

PSG can also offer a wide variety of flexible packaging solutions to compliment your label order. From stand up pouches to stick pack, we can offer a one-stop source for your printed labels and packaging.

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Can’t find the labeling or packaging resources you’re looking for? Contact us.

Tip: You can always check out our packaging blog for archived PSG content.

Pressure Sensitive Label Samples

No matter what you’re labeling, PSG can offer a multitude of face stock, laminate and self-adhesive label solutions. Check out some examples below to see a variety of label materials and industries served.  (*click to enlarge)

Be sure to check out our case study on our resealable labels.

Special Note: Check out our Pinterest page for a some custom label design and flexible packaging ideas.

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salsa jar printed labels and stickers


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How Are Pressure Sensitive Labels Made?

If you’re curious about how pressure sensitive labels are made, we can offer some videos and literature on how the printing process works. We also have a quick FAQ section below.

From learning how to properly measure your custom label to seeing how a die cut label runs on our presses, we’ll give you the information needed to be a better buyer. (*click to enlarge  / play video.)

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See how PSG does digital printing.  Learn more about our digital/flexo hyrbid labels and stickers  here.

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Want to automate your labeling process? Let us know. We have machine partners that can help.

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Our Label Guide Is Coming Soon. (Aug. ’21)

Flexo label printing is our specialty.  High-quality PMS color matching along with scalable unit costs, makes flexo printing a great labeling solution. Learn more about the substrates we use and how brand owners can use special embellishments to stand out from the competition.

Need a smaller run to get you through? We can offer a digital label application for multi-SKU short runs.


Here are some common FAQ’s regarding your custom printed labels and pressure sensitive labels. You can always shoot us your request on the contact page, or hit us up on LiveChat.

Did you know we can help with both label printing and label design? PSG can recommend a creative source or have our pre-press team assist with a strategy, personalized to your brand. Check out the PSG Pinterest page for some printed label and product packaging ideas.

How do you determine label pricing?

Everything we do is custom to your needs. *Be sure to put functionality first!

We’ll need the following to get you pricing:

  • what is your label being applied to?  (i.e.: glass bottle, plastic tub, etc…) – this will determine the face stock / label materials used.
  • will the label be applied wet or with extreme heat or cold temperatures?
  • automated or hand application?
  • size of label needed in inches?
  • quantity needed per SKU or flavor? (we can quote the minimums and a range. *size drives the minimum order qty.)
  • art work / design (colors count…want to make sure we have it as close to perfect on the first quote.)

How does pressure sensitive adhesive work?

Adhesive usually comes in permanent and removable. Beyond that, there are temperature and moisture considerations. If the product will be cold and/or wet, we have specific adhesives to ensure proper bonding.

Be sure to give your sales rep the details of your product surface, and filling process, to ensure the proper adhesive is quoted.

What is a die cut label?

A die cut label is a label that requires special shaping or cutting. A steel rule die is basically like a big cookie cutter…cutting out the shape of the label but keeping the paper liner intact.  The die is usually itemized on your quote, and as long as it doesn’t change, it’s a one-time charge.

What label sizes are available?

That depends on the size of the product the label is being applied to, as well as whether or not you’re automating your labeling process. We have a large assortment of existing dies and the ability to custom order for special die cut shapes. Once you confirm the size/shape, we will make a template for your design team to lay out the art work.

What are some ways to make labels?

We offer a wide variety of label materials, label adhesives, and even release liners. Depending on your needs, we would print your product labels digitally (for shorter runs) or flexo (for larger runs, better unit cost)

Label Stock: We offer paper and BOPP film labels as well as matte and gloss laminate. (Not to mentions various top coats and varnishes.)

How many business days does it take to print?

Usually about 5-10 business days after proof approval.