Tactile / Textured 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, gritty or even achieve a faux fabric feel.
  • 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
  • Matte varnish to reduce reflections
  • Soft touch for a smooth feel
  • Textured for a gritty finish

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.

Creating eye catching effects

These methods are used to create impact or draw attention to specific elements of labels that are of high importance. Often used to create contrast visually by using more than one effect.

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 a tactile memorable feel afterwards.

Gloss, matte, glitter, foam and frosted effects can be achieved 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 a different feel. such as soft-touch which can be enhanced with a silky finish. Raised inks and screen printing are the best ways 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 completely scratch proof.

Varnish Options

Varnishes too can be matte or gloss and even add a gritty texture.

Spot varnishes add extra ink over a base and can create a raised effect to make an area of the label really pop out.

Screen Printing

Used to create a picture or pattern on the label with the ability to produce a touchable tactile surface.

Screen printing is also the method used to create tactile warning labels by using a resin that remains tactile.

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 labels perform throughout their intended life. We appreciate both durability and aesthetic appeal.

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 finish.