Tactile / Textured Labels

High and low tactile effects on labels. Creating raised surfaces on the labels can be done in many different ways screen printing and adding layers of ink are common methods. You can have effects that are silky smooth, grittier or even faux fabric feel on paper.
  • Available on digital & flexographic printing
  • Low tactile effects – Gloss on Matte, Soft touch or Grained varnish
  • High tactile effects – Screen printing including braille
  • Varnish effects – gloss, matte, satin, pearlescent, sand, soft-touch. pearlescent & frosted
  • Tactile Warning of Danger or Tactile Triangles 9mm & 18mm

High Tactile Printing Effects

  • Screen printing with resins
  • Satin varnish – Inbetween shiny, but not much
  • Matte varnish – reduce reflections
  • Soft touch – smooth feel
  • Textured – Gritty

Can we print braille on labels?

Braille is done with high tactile screen printing, yes it can be done by our skilled printers. Known as high tactile effects due to the pronounced effects they can have on labels. Braile techniques are usually only used where regulation states or the product designed to be inclusive

Creating eye catching effects

These methods are used to create impact, draw attention to specific elements of labels that are of high importance. Often used to create contrast visually by using more than one effect commonly a matte label may have one element in high-gloss as somebody walks past the label they see the glossy part shine out, reflecting more of the light. This is used to draw the attention to your product.

Once in someone’s hand the labels feel different compared to other finishes soft-touch will feel smooth and silky alternatively create a rougher effect with a textured finish. Raising elements of labels is done to achieve both the visual effect before your product is picked up and tactile afterwards.

Gloss, matte, glitter, foam and frosted effects can be achieved by varnishing effects too, ask how to create something special today.

Low Tactile Printing Effects

  • High gloss varnish – Shiny finish
  • Gritty
  • Super-matte
  • High-build gloss
  • Soft touch – smooth feel

Similar to the high-tactile effects only subtler, with the application of the inks to build 3D effects.

Materials Creating Texture


Cream antique, Matt Wine, Epique & White Antique, layered materials that create textured appearance commonly found on high-end premium products that evoke old world/dated/premium paper aesthetics.


Synthetics can provide different feels these can create a soft-touch feel, which can be enhanced with a silky finish. It should also be noted that currently, we cannot do any embossing on synthetics. Raised inks and screen printing is the best way to add texture to a label printed on synthetic label material.

Inks & Finishing Techniques


Gloss or Matte Overlaminate can toughen up a label when its needed to be (almost) completely scratch proof. When the customer knows the packaging will be handled lots and standard non-laminated labels wouldn’t be able to resist handling.

Varnish Options

Varnishes too can be matte or gloss and a gritty texture which can be graded some

Spot varnishes, and adding only little extra ink over a base of white or black can create a raised effect then add a varnish to contrast what is beneath to make an area of the label really pop out.

Embossed Labels (Debossed Labels)

Embossing is done only on paper labels. Hot or cold plates come up from underneath and force an indentation into the label surface.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is where inks or resins are forced through a mesh; this only has holes to allow the ink through in specific places. This creates a picture or pattern on the label depending on what is used it can create a touchable tactile surface.
Varnishes can be applied using rotary screen printing which provides excellent varnish coverage applying a high amount creating a tactile effect with exacting precision.
Screen printing is also the method used to create tactile warning labels, using a resin that remains tactile.

Paper or Synthetic Labels?

The only effect you can't achieve on both types of label material is embossing. Which can't be done on synthetic labels.

The choice between paper or synthetic is often made when understanding the durability needed from a practical stand point rather than aesthetics tactile.

You may prefer the feel of a paper label, but will this survive to reach your customers?

You will want to see and feel the quality of labels and that’s why we recommend getting samples.Operations Manager. Philippa Griffin

As a Readability customer you can benefit from our extensive experience in print and packaging and our understanding of how to make every label work no matter the situation. We appreciate both durability and aesthetic appeal, fulfilling this with the correct use of materials, inks and adhesives. Humidity, being transported in boxes, or being carried around in peoples pockets is no excuse for a label falling.

Readability Service Level Agreement

  • Artwork Proofs – Returned for Approval in 48 Hours
  • Order Placed To Delivery – Maximum Of 10 Working Days From Latter of Approval or Payment
  • Best Value Offer Pre-set Sizes
  • Clear & Simple Quotes – The price You See At The Bottom Of The Page Is What You Pay
  • If we say it works, it works. If not we fix it. No cost to you ever!

Tap into over two decades of know-how in combining different label materials and finishes to create a label that connects with your target market. Choose from clear films, foil, holographic materials or semi-gloss vinyl and combine with a varnish, foil stamp, embossing or even a resin screen varnish to create the perfect.

How are those fancy labels made?/How can I achieve that for my labels?

We don’t limit our labels here at Readability and will explore all your options thoroughly. If you can send a copy of your artwork through to explain accurately what it is your trying to achieve.
Fancier labels can mean higher minimum order quantity/value being applied. However, this would only be the case if a non-standard material or ink was having to be brought in from a supplier. We have a wide range of different inks and materials (paper and synthetic) in stock.
Nope, but that does depend on what premium means to you. We expect all our labels to meet a high standard in both appearance and functionality that exceeds most customers expectations. When you get in contact be sure to get a sample pack this will show the quality of labels that is our standard. You can request specifics to be included, metallic effects are a popular choice.