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COLORWORKS® MEDIA OVERVIEW

I have my Epson color printer, now how do I find the right labels?

Epson recommends inkjet coated label media to get the best image quality and durability. Here are 3 options:

Inkjet media offered through your reseller or distributor

Our resellers and distributors are highly experienced in suggesting labels that work with your printer.

Epson Media

Epson offers premium matte, high gloss, and durable matte synthetic labels in a limited selection of standard sizes. You can order these through your Epson authorized reseller or distributor.

Compatible Media

Epson works with major label manufacturers to identify inkjet media that is compatible with Epson ColorWorks printers; this is published in our Compatible Media list. This list provides:

  • Information on the many media options for ColorWorks printers-- including clear, semi-gloss, BS-5609 certified, and more.
  • Links to vendor spec sheets which give information on the adhesive and construction.

 

There's no "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to label media!

With any of these options you should test and verify that the media meets your performance and durability requirements.

How to select the right label for the job?

What type of finish do you want for the label?

The main types of finishes are matte and gloss, but there are other options available, such as: semi-gloss, clear, metallized, plain uncoated, and textured.

In what environment are you using the label?

If your products will be exposed to moisture, you want a label that is water resistant. Some paper labels have water resistant properties, but we suggest a synthetic film label for high humidity or wet environments. If your product will be frequently handled by hand and exposed to elements, a durable synthetic label is recommended.

What substrate are you applying the label to?

Choose a label with an adhesive that suits the substrate. Plastics and drums are harder to adhere to and require particular adhesives.

How long will you need the label to last for?

If you’re printing shipping labels, a plain uncoated label will do fine. If you’re printing labels for laboratory use, then you may want a BS-5609 certified label.

Epson's Compatible Media List gives guidance and information on available label options.

What type of label media do you recommend for my application?

GHS Labeling

Companies that must comply with hazard communication standards/GHS Compliant

Common Media Used:

  • Durable matte synthetic
  • BS5609-certified labels

 

Medical Devices

Medical Supplies, Supplement Labels, Kit Labels, Pharmaceuticals, Disinfectants

Common Media Used:

  • Durable matte synthetic
  • Matte paper
  • Gloss paper or film
  • Clear

Do-It-Yourself Hardware

In-Store Carton Labels, Product Labels

Common Media Used:

  • Matte paper

Bottle Labeling

Bottle & Product Labels, Craft Beer & Wine, Specialty Coffee/Tea

Common Media Used:

  • Textured paper
  • Gloss film

Fresh Food

Deli Labels, Curbside Pickup Labels, Product Labels

Common Media Used:

  • Matte paper
  • Gloss paper or film
  • Clear

Product/Carton Labels

Manufacturing

Common Media Used:

  • Matte paper
  • Plain uncoated paper

Shipping Labels

Shipping Labels, Carton Labels, Shelf Tags

Common Media Used:

  • Matte paper
  • Plain uncoated paper

Prime Products

Consumer Products, Boutiques

Common Media Used:

  • Gloss film
  • Clear

Health & Beauty

Nutraceuticals, Health & Beauty, Cannabis

Common Media Used:

  • Gloss paper or film
  • Durable matte synthetic
  • Clear
  • Metallic film

Tradeshow & Event

Tradeshow Identification Badges

Common Media Used:

  • Cardstock

I’m an Epson ColorWorks reseller that does not have media converting capabilities. How do I get media?

Epson media is available for order through your distributor, however these are only available in limited types and sizes. See Epson's list of Authorized converters.

I’m an end user. How do I get label media?

The reseller you bought your printer from is the best source for media. If your reseller does not have a media offering, see Epson's list of Authorized converters.

What are my next steps?