For some people, printinglabels can be nothing short of a nightmare. The good news is that for these people, there are many options to getting their labels printed. However, is printing labels on your own printer really that hard? Not when you apply these terrific tips.
Don’t Print On Labels the First Time
The labels you plan to use may have been inexpensive to purchase, but that’s no reason to waste them. A good way to find out how your inkjet labels are going to look is to print them on a regular blank sheet of paper. Once printed, simply place the label paper behind the sheet and look at it against a light source to determine whether spacing and positioning is the way you want it. As well, printing on a blank sheet will tell you whether or not labels need to be inserted into the printer face down or face up.
Care for Your Labels
Believe it or not, how your store and otherwise care for your labels can make a big difference to how they turn out once you’ve printed them. Most labels are sold in some sort of plastic packaging. This packaging should be kept intact with labels inside, and then stored in a place that’s free of humidity.
A flat label will print best, and so, if you’ve long since recycled that plastic packaging, consider placing a weight on top of your stack of labels to keep them straight.
Even though your printer’s settings are perfect, and the paper you chose for your labels is the right kind, doesn’t mean your labels will be smudge-free as soon as they’ve been printed. In fact, smudging can happen to anyone. Oil from your fingers is enough to cause ink to move around, causing a label print redo. To avoid this, always handle your label sheets by their edges.
Don’t Print On the Same Sheet More Than Once
Inkjet label sheets can only go through a printer one time. Sending labels through more than once can cause curling at the edges due to paper being so tightly guided through the printer. Curled label paper can result in other problems, such as jamming and peeling off of labels inside the printer.
The inkjet printer distributes ink onto the page using droplets of ink, and not by burning ink onto the paper like with a laser printer. Therefore, it’s important to ensure your labels have lots of drying time before you set about peeling them from the sheet and applying them to items. If label sheets must be stacked, consider placing a piece of paper between each sheet to minimize smudging.
The number of sheets in your printer’s paper tray will also make a difference to how well your labels turn out. For example, if you are planning to print one sheet of labels, ensure that there are at least 25 pieces of plain paper loaded in the paper tray behind your label sheet. This will ensure that the leaf is taken into the printer correctly, and aligned properly once inside the printer.
Not being familiar with your printer’s settings can also negatively affect the quality of your printed labels. It’s important to know what to expect out of your particular machine so that there are no unwelcome surprises. At the end of the day, getting to know your printer settings, as well as following the suggestions above can help you to avoid a lot of stress, money, time and ink when the time comes to print your labels.