Printing your own labels means taking template accuracy into account. However, it also means using your printer as efficiently as possible. The printer you use may have features that can do much to improve the quality of your labels if you know they are there and know how to use them. Please use the following as a guide. However, for large batch or regular printing it is often more cost effective to use a professional print supplier. Get in touch and chat to us about your requirements for a bespoke quote.
The majority of printers will give you the option to view and modify your print settings before you decide to print. These properties can allow you to improve the quality of your printed labels when the best possible combination of settings is used. The print properties settings to focus on include those relating to media weight and media type. Simply put, these two settings will change the way your printer prints your labels on particular media. If your printer has a specific ‘labels’ setting, all the better. If not, likely the best setting to choose will be ‘heavy paper.’
While you’re in the Print Properties dialogue box, you might want to check that a few more items are in place. You should ensure that no scaling options like ‘fit to page’ have been selected. You’ll also want to ensure that you haven’t chosen to ignore printer settings. Finally, no scaling options like “Fit to Page” or any percentages have been selected.
Choosing the correct Tray
Check your printer for a secondary tray, located above or below the main paper tray. Known as the media bypass tray, it is there to use when printing thicker materials like inkjet labels. Another reason the bypass tray is so handy for label printing is that when placed into it, your labels will travel on a different path through your printer that bypasses one or more rollers. In bypassing the rollers, the paper won’t rotate slightly as it travels through each set of rollers.
Print for your Printer
Regardless of the printer you have, it will have its own level of print accuracy, as well as its own starting point for printing on any sheet of paper. That being said, your template can be adjusted to suit the way your printer does its job. When you bear your printer’s unique accuracy and starting point properties in mind, you can actually design your labels around them and get the best results each time you print.
The unprintable area of your printer is the border of a page where your printer is unable to print. Being aware of this area is another important thing to keep in mind when designing your labels.
Just as every printer has its own level of accuracy and print starting point, so too does every printer have its unique print specifications. If you have a more basic printer, it will likely have its limits in terms of weights and types of materials it can print onto. Fancier and more expensive models have a higher number of customisable features.
The all-in-one office printer is a popular choice. These machines are capable of scanning and copying in addition to printing. These particular machines are designed to complete the tasks above reasonably well. However, a printer that’s dedicated to printing alone will be able to complete this task to a much higher standard and print on a far wider range of materials, therefore requiring less adjustment to your printer settings.
If you plan to print inkjet labels on a regular basis and are searching for a printer, try and find one with two trays that has a specific setting for the printing of labels. It should also be able to print on a large selection of weights and materials. Above all, ensure that your label template has been set up correctly and then test it by printing on a regular sheet of paper before printing on your actual label sheet.