Understanding Label Construction

A typical label consists of a topcoat, face stock, ink, adhesive, and a liner.


Ink is laid down between the topcoat and the face stock.


A pressure-sensitive or heat-activated coating is used to bond the film to the application surface.


Supports the product through manufacturing and life of use. Protects adhesive until it is applied to the end user’s surface.

Face Stock

Film or other specialty paper, fabric, or membrane to which the topcoat and adhesive are anchored. Carries graphics to the application surface. Functions as a protective laminate. Provides a barrier to moisture or vapor. Functions as a spacer material in a layered construction.


A physical surface coating is applied to promote or increase ink adhesion with conventional and digital print technologies or to modify gloss.

Label Construction


Learn more about our Label Construction process: Different Label Characteristics