Have you ever needed to print labels for your products? Do you know you can print the labels you need all by yourself? Don’t believe you can? Then this article will take the doubts away from you.
Using your printer, you can create high-quality labels from your workplace or home. In this article, you will find well-structured instructions on how you can do just that. When you read to the end, you will know how to print Avery labels with ease.
What To Know About Label Printing
1. Your Printer Matters
When you need to print labels, you should use the best printer for printing Avery labels possible. Your printer type will help you figure out what label to purchase. Using the wrong label type will provide frustrating results. It is a common mistake that you should avoid.
The two most commercially popular printer types you will often find on most people’s work desk is either the inkjet or a laserjet. Avery makes labels that can work with both. You might think they are just labels, and the printer should not tell the difference, but you would be somewhat incorrect.
In a way, you might be correct because the printer itself can not tell the difference between both types of labels. On the other hand, the variety of materials these labels are made with react differently to different ink kinds in printers. The inkjet uses ink that may not be adequately absorbed by a label made for laserjet and vice-versa.
Suppose you don’t want to print labels with smearing problems where the ink is not absorbed correctly or flaking issues where the laserjet's toner does not adhere correctly. In that case, you must use the right label.
If you do not know what type of printer you have, you can check the cartridge under your printer. Inkjets have small ink cartridges, while large toner cartridges are found in laserjets.
2. Your Design Influences Your Choice Of Label
You have to put your design into consideration when picking the type of label to use for a print job. This choice has to do with the size of the label most of the time.
The size of your label can be the reason it looks good or downright terrible. If your label design uses a full-color background and a small portion of white-space, using a label the size of an A4 paper would be wrong and ruin your work’s final look. You always have to remember that the right label size can improve the aesthetics of your design.
3. Appropriate Templates
You can avoid joining the many people who face print misalignments because they used the wrong label template for their product.
The incorrect label template dulls your product’s appearance, making it look inferior to other rival products out there. It can even come off as a knockoff of some other product. This can hurt your sales because appearance is critical in selling products.
To avoid print misalignments, you can check the packaging of Avery labels to find the template number. If you find that, you can then go to Avery’s website to search for the exact template you need. Avery has in-browser software that can aid you in your design process.
4. Printable Area
The Printable Area of a label refers to the outcome of the label when it is printed. This translates to how the label will appear when printed and ready to be stuck on a product’s surface. You need to understand this to work your design appropriately and choose the right canvas size. This is so a better part of your design does not get chopped off when printing it.
The printable area of your design is divided into this three areas:
- Safety Area: This is the section that you can rest assured to be printed on the label. All of your design’s details can be kept within this safe section.
- Trim: The trim is, as the name implies, your label’s border, which will let you know where your design will be cut off.
- Bleed Area: For designs that you would like to flow out of the border, this area will need to be considered. It is the area on the label beyond the border that provides full-color background labels with that extra bit of flair in appearance.
You can also use Avery’s in-browser software to identify these different areas.
5. Before You Print
Now that you are sure your design is excellent and your label looks (on-screen) just how you want it to look, it is time to begin printing. Before you print, there are some settings you need to check - there are more, but these three are the most critical. They are paper size, page scaling, and paper type.
Paper Size: It is essential to make sure this is correctly set because it can cause your labels to be misaligned. The size of paper you want to use depends on what kind of design you are aiming for.
Paper Type: The paper type also plays a significant role in how your labels are aligned when they come out of the printer. The paper type setting affects printing speed. Check the ‘labels’ option to slow down the pace to one that is suitable for labels.
Page Scaling: This should always be set to 100% or ‘Actual Size.’
Once you have ensured everything is set correctly, you can proceed to print a test copy. Before feeding the printer with paper, you should mark a side of the paper to know which side is up and how you should feed the printer.
Printing Avery labels is not difficult; you only need to ensure you are picking the right template or that your design is impeccable. This article has provided some useful tips to guide you.
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