Template - What is a template?
A document used in electronic or paper media that has a pre-determined page layout and style, which can be edited to produce the required finished document. A template will indicate where specific page elements are to be inserted and may include standard text or images as required. They are designed to save time (the layout doesn't have to be set up from scratch each time) and allow for the production of many new documents based on an existing design, pattern, or style.
In label printing, templates are used to design labels; they take the form of a document that contains the layout of a sheet of labels or the outline of a single label. Each outline is then filled in with the required label design. A label template allows a user to begin designing their labels immediately, without having to first set up a grid or outline that matches their labels exactly. It can also be used to save label designs or to create new labels that are based on an existing design that simply need a few updates or different information. Label templates can be designed with all of the required information included in the design or can be used together with a mail merge tool, whereby variable information is added to each label when the template is merged with a data source.
Label templates are built in to some software (including word processors and graphic design packages) but can also exist as separate documents (the most common formats for label templates are Word documents and PDF files).
At Label Planet, we have Word templates and PDF templates for all of our label sizes, which are free to download from our website.
Template can also be used to refer to the stencil, pattern, or overlay used in graphic arts and sewing to replicate letters, shapes, or designs; for example, the stencil used in screen printing may be referred to as a template.Go Back to Glossary