How to Pick the Right Font for Your Labels

How to Pick the Right Font for Your Labels

What are the best fonts for your labels?

The typography you use on your label communicates more than just words. The fonts, sizes, colors and even the combination of different fonts can express a mood, establish a style and create an emotional connection with consumers. The design team here at Avery put together some tips to help you pick the right font for your product labels. Whether you’re ordering custom labels or printing them yourself, these tips should help you make the best choice when choosing your label font.

The difference between a typeface and font

You may hear both typeface and font used to describe the type of lettering used in a design, but they’re actually two different things. The typeface describes the overall design and look of the characters. They’re also referred to as a font family. In the font family are the actual fonts — the set of characters with a specific weight, width and style. For example, Helvetica is a typeface, and in this font family are Helvetica Light, Helvetica Narrow, Helvetica Italic and other fonts.

The four groups of type. Serif, sans-serif, script and display.
The four groups of type. Serif, sans-serif, script and display can work together as long as they don’t compete against each other.

Categories of typefaces

There are basically four groups of type: serif, sans-serif, script and display.

  • Serif typefaces have a little stroke or line, known as the serif, at the ends of the characters.
  • Sans-serif typefaces have characters without serifs
  • Script typefaces are formal or casual and are designed to appear as if they are handwritten
  • Display typefaces cover a wide variety of character styles and are generally used for headlines and not intended for text copy.
An arched product label that uses display, sans serif and script fonts together.
Display, sans serif and script fonts coordinated together, create a sophisticated look without looking crowded on this Arched Label.

What’s your brand’s personality?

To choose the best label fonts, you’ve got to know your brand. What’s the personality of your brand? Is it fun, sophisticated or down-to-earth? What does your brand stand for? How does it appeal to your target consumers?

Try these four steps to narrow down your selection:

  1. Know your market and select fonts appropriate for your target
  2. Pair display fonts or script fonts with simple fonts so they don’t compete against each other
  3. Make sure your label font is legible and meets regulatory standards for your product
  4. Compare different fonts and see how they work with your graphics
A custom label using a script font and display font on wine bottle label.
The use of the script font for the brand name and display font for this wine label brings these elements to the forefront.

Make sure the label fonts you select create the right impression for your brand. Once you get a feel for what your brand is all about, it’ll be easier to find the right font or combination of fonts. It may not pop out at you right away, so go through some options. Select a handful of fonts that might work, then narrow them down until you find what works for your products.

What size font should you use for your labels?

Our designers put together three sample font PDFs to help you see what a popular label font looks like printed at different sizes and colors, and on different backgrounds.

Image of Roboto and Pacifico font sizes printed on different backgrounds

Download font chart

Sample of Roboto and Lobster fonts at different sizes on different backgrounds

Download font chart

Samples of Roboto and Lora font sizes printed on different backgrounds

Download font chart

Do a test run

Want to try out what your font choice might look like on your labels?  Use the free Avery label templates and design tool to get an idea.

Just pick your label size and personalize the label template with the free software. You can customize an Avery design, or upload your own, then play around with different fonts to see what you like best. Then you can even do a test run and print on some blank labels or even just on a sheet of paper to see what it looks like.

Once you’ve made a final decision, don’t go crazy. Print a few label sheets yourself before you order custom labels and test them out on family and friends before you invest professionally printed labels.


  • Kristi at 4:21 pm

    I cannot figure out how to see all of the font options available for the label I am working on. I am only able to see about five options and there is no scroll bar in the font drop down to see more font options.

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      Melanie Neff at 4:43 pm

      Hi Kristi,
      When you’re in the Avery Design & Print canvas, click on the text box in your label. A menu will open on the left of your screen. The fonts are listed in alphabetical order when you click on the arrow next to the first font. If you still can’t find it, please call our customer care center at (800) 942-8379 and they’ll be happy to help you.

  • Abdoul Karim Ayangma at 5:27 am

    Je voudrais que vous me fassier in etiquette pour mon miel. Honey Nigelle

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      Melanie Neff at 10:09 am

      I’m not sure where you are writing us from and which of our divisions would ship to your location but here are some links to our custom printing service in various countries. Let us know if we can be of further assistance.

      U.S. (ships to U.S. Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
      Canada (Ships only within Canada)
      UK (ships to all EU countries and Switzerland)
      France (ships worldwide)
      Italy (Ships to EU and Switzerland)

  • Junette l Kelly at 10:53 am

    For the life of me, I CANNOT find how to change the font and size on my canning labels. It used to be so easy and you’ve changed things. I always by the 2″ glossy white round labels, I have bought thousands! from Staples. I also have to complain about the huge price you’re wanting now. $17 something for 120. I now have to get them on ebay. What’s up with that? Can you switch me back to the last way of doing the online self print please? Or tell me where I can find the font change and size change. Thank you

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      Melanie Neff at 11:56 am

      Hi Junette,

      I’m really sorry to hear you are having problems changing the font on your canning labels. We haven’t changed anything recently so I’m unsure of where you are having difficulties.

      To change your font, you need to click on the Text Box in the design canvas. Click on the Text tool on the left-side menu and you should see a drop-down menu of available fonts and sizes. If you are still having problems, please call our Customer Care Center here in Brea, CA. They’ll be happy to walk you through any issues. The number is (800)942-8379.

      As far as the price of labels, did you know you can now buy blank labels directly from Avery? Buy just one sheet or thousands. The more you buy, the better the pricing. And also, you don’t have to worry about counterfeits or old products with bad adhesives when you buy from some online sellers. You can just order your label sheets online and have them shipped to you.

      We also offer professional printing services through Avery WePrint, so you can have your 2″ round canning labels custom printed if you like.

      Again, please reach out to us if you need further help.


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