Template Tuesday Presents...top tips for avoiding the terrifying nightmare of troublesome label templates.
Troublesome Label Templates – TOP TIP No. 1: ALWAYS Do A Test Print First
It doesn’t matter how precise you think your label template is – troublesome labels templates can and will go wrong, usually when you least expect it.
Take just two minutes to do a test print onto paper first and avoid the heartache and misery of a badly printed set of self adhesive labels that have nowhere else to go but straight into the rubbish bin.
HOW TO: Simply place a blank sheet of paper into your printer (using the media bypass tray if it has one). Print your template as you would onto your blank labels. Hold your test print against a sheet of your sticky labels. Hold both up to a light source to check for any misalignment.
Troublesome Label Templates – TOP TIP No. 2: CHECK Your Printer’s Print Settings
Incorrect print settings are the main cause of troublesome label templates. To get the perfect print you must make sure your printer is using the correct size and media settings. Print settings control MANY different factors and can influence the print alignment, quality, and resolution of your printed designs.
HOW TO: Before printing your label templates, go into “Print Settings” / “Printer Properties” / “Printing Preferences” (etc) and confirm your printer is set up as follows:
- The Page Size must be A4.
- There should be no scaling options applied (e.g. less than 100% or any “Fit To…” options); if you have an “Actual Size” option – use it!
- Options such as “Ignore Printer Settings” or “Use Default/Driver Settings” should not be selected.
- Set the media type/weight to a specific “Labels” setting – or “Heavy Paper” as an alternative.
- If you need to print high resolution artwork, make sure your printer’s print resolution is set to a higher setting.
Troublesome Label Templates – TOP TIP No. 3: GET IN TOUCH!
If you encounter a problem and get stuck – DON’T spend hours fighting your troublesome label templates.
Here at Label Planet, we’ve spent YEARS working with label templates and self adhesive labels. We’ve faced a lot of troublesome label templates AND we’ve picked up a lot of top tips to help you untangle whatever nightmare of a printing problem you’ve encountered.
If none of this helps – GET IN TOUCH! You can give our Customer Service Team a call during office hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). Alternatively, email a description of what is going wrong and we’ll do what we can to provide a solution. You can also send a copy of your troublesome label templates to us so we can see what’s happening and give you some guidance on how to put things right.
HOW TO: give us a call on 01270 668076 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – if you are emailing, please try to provide as much detail about your troublesome label templates and what is going wrong (you can also send us the template itself), as this will help us to pinpoint the problem and provide a solution as quickly is possible.
Next Week On Template Tuesday: Choosing The Right Software / Application To Design & Print Your Own Label Templates