Template Tuesday Presents...how to troubleshoot misaligned label templates.
What Do We Mean By Misaligned Label Templates?
When we talk about misaligned label templates, we mean label templates that look absolutely perfect on screen but absolutely awful when they’re printed onto your self adhesive labels.
Troubleshooting a label template that isn’t right to begin with is a completely different situation compared to troubleshooting a label template that LOOKS like it should print out perfectly – but doesn’t.
If you’re sure that you’re using the right label template for your label size and layout AND that you’ve filled in your label template so that all of your designs are the right size and in the right position BUT your printed designs are all wrong, then you have a misaligned label template.
Which might seem like a cause for panic – but it really isn’t…and here’s why.
What Causes Misaligned Label Templates?
It is ridiculously easy for a label template to become misaligned. There are all sorts of little things can take a perfect label template and destroy its alignment when you press print.
This is because there are a lot of moving parts involved in getting your designs from the label template on your screen to the blank labels in your printer. Far more than you probably realise.
If any of these moving parts aren’t set up properly, aren’t communicating properly, or quite simply aren’t even up to the job then your label templates can end up being misaligned.
Misalignments take many forms; they can be tiny misprints that are more of an annoyance than a real issue or they can be massive mistakes that can end up costing you a lot of time and money.
In our experience, misaligned label templates tend to be caused by simple, small issues that are quite easy to fix.
Over the years, we’ve seen misalignments caused by incorrect print settings, out of date software, and even dirty printers. And we’ve also seen some of the different ways that these problems can be put right.
What To Do If You Have Misaligned Label Templates?
Here’s our guide to reacting to misaligned label templates…
Take a few deep breaths. If you feel it will help, try swearing a bit or wandering about the office/house muttering about stupid printers and stupid computers and whatever else you feel is stupid.
Remember that misaligned label templates can be fixed.
No seriously, they can be fixed *.
Remember that some fixes are easy and take a moment to apply. Others are more complicated and take a bit of time. Either way, you will end up with a set of beautifully printed self adhesive labels.
No seriously, you will.
Patience and a bit of trial and error can work miracles.
A cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit can also be a good idea.
If patience doesn’t work, you can always turn to the internet.
And by the internet, we mean the Label Planet Troubleshooting Guide.
Read through the advice and have a go at fixing your misaligned label template.
If your fixes don’t work, don’t waste hours fighting with your label template – because you may not win.
Instead – get in touch! Here at Label Planet, we’ve experienced all kinds of troublesome templates and problematic printers, which means that we have been right where you are – and we’ve picked up plenty of tips and tricks to help you troubleshoot your troublesome templates.
* Misaligned label templates are rarely caused by label templates that are “wrong” or “broken” – at least when it comes to Label Planet’s label templates. We created our own label templates based on the measurements of our products and every single label template has been thoroughly tested to ensure that it creates the correct alignment before being added to our website.
The most common cause of misaligned label templates is print settings and these take seconds to fix. It’s also worth double checking that you haven’t accidentally downloaded the wrong label template for the size and shape you need to print.
Next Week On Template Tuesday – Troubleshooting Label Templates Part 1 – Diagnosing The Problem