Getting Started with Label Templates

You may need to have labels printed, but maybe don’t require a large number of labels right now. This means you can print labels from home. If you’re interested in giving the printing of your own inkjet labels a go, the first thing you will need is a label template. The template can either be chosen or be created by you.

If you would rather choose your label template from the variety of existing shapes and sizes, you can locate your ideal label shape first, and then find appropriate label size for that shape by searching for the product you intend to label.

When downloading your label template, it’s best to save the file as opposed to opening it. This way, the file will be completely editable and able to be converted to other formats, something that simply opening the file will not allow you to do.

Avery Compatibility

It may be that there is an Avery brand template that you can use for your inkjet labels. But in order to be able to do this, you will need to have an Avery code. If it has one, your label software should contain a set of these codes, although these lists will differ by the label-making software being used.

Where to Begin

Once in your label creation software, you will notice that several labels may appear, each giving you the ability to enter information. The best place to begin entering text is into the label at the top left corner of the page. Once you’ve finished your design and are satisfied with it, you can simply click and drag over it to highlight, copy, and then right-click and choose “Paste” to paste the design into the remainder of labels.

Background and Foreground

If your labels will have an image in addition to the text, it’s advisable to begin with your background image. Ensure that it is faint enough to allow your text to be readable. You’ll also want to confirm the option for formatting and style for all layers that your label template will have.

Another thing to watch for is shifting. This can occur when some elements are too big for the size of the template. If you click off of your template and notice that elements of your labels appear to move, this is a sure sign that adjustments need to be made.

Don’t Print Unless You’ve Tested

It can take a lot of time and effort to design your perfect label. You may be tempted to print your labels right away so that you can see how they look. However, this can be a big risk, as the result may not look exactly like the labels look on the screen of your computer. The best alternative to potentially wasting a lot of labels is to test print them first.

When test printing, don’t use sheets of labels; a plain sheet of paper is best, as this will let you know whether you’ve achieved the proper alignment. Once printed, compare this sheet to your actual labels sheet by holding one up in front of the other. This will instantly tell you whether or not there are any alignment issues.

Mind the Margins

One common and annoying issue with printing labels in the office is that the label doesn’t sit in the centre. In fact, it may only be a few millimetres off in any direction. The good news is that this can be easily corrected by adjusting the margins until the label is sitting at the proper location.

Designing and printing your own labels can be a big job, especially if you’ve never taken this on before. When in doubt, you can get in touch with a professional printer, who may be able to advise you on the best steps to take for perfect labels.