This week we’re taking a closer look at Avery templates and how they can be used to print labels – whether you’ve bought Avery labels or Avery “compatible” labels.
What are Avery templates?
Basically, an “Avery template” is a template that has been designed for the purposes of printing onto a particular label product manufactured by Avery.
So why do other label companies (like Label Planet) mention Avery templates – when they don’t sell Avery labels?
You may have noticed that we – like other label manufacturers and suppliers – list Avery template codes on our website. This is because, while we DON’T sell Avery labels, we supply some label sizes and layouts that are exactly the same as those supplied by Avery (they are “compatible” with Avery labels/templates).
This means that you can use an Avery template to print onto our labels (or you could use one of our templates to print onto Avery labels) – providing that the two are compatible (i.e. use the same label size and layout).
We list compatible Avery template codes on the product page, product packaging, and template information page for all of our label sizes. We have also compiled two pages that you can use to cross-reference between our label sizes and Avery sizes; use the “Search By Avery Code” page to look up an Avery code to see if we offer a compatible size and use the “Label Sizes With Compatible Avery Codes” page to look up a Label Planet code to see if there is a compatible Avery template code.
So do all label companies supply labels that are the same size as Avery labels?
Most companies will sell at least some label products that are the same as Avery labels. Over time, the brand “Avery” has become synonymous with labels, which means that the sizes produced by Avery tend to be extremely popular. Generally speaking, however, these sizes are “standard” label sizes (i.e. they fit well onto an A4 sheet – without leaving waste around the labels – and are useful in a range of label applications), which means that they are provided by most label manufacturers and suppliers, although many customers will still think of them as “Avery” sizes.
You may find that these label manufacturers and suppliers actually offer a much bigger range of label sizes, materials, and adhesives than Avery (usually along with more competitive pricing). You will note that some of our label sizes do not have any compatible Avery codes listed – this is because Avery simply doesn’t manufacture labels in those sizes.
Unlike other label manufacturers and suppliers, however, Avery’s brand dominance has led to the inclusion of built in “Avery templates” in a lot of mainstream software. Some customers may prefer to use a built in template, while others may HAVE to use built in templates that are supplied with the software that they need to use to create company documentation or packaging. In these cases, you either have to buy labels from Avery OR source a label manufacturer or supplier that offers compatible label sizes.
Why do some of your label sizes have more than one compatible Avery code?
Each product manufactured by Avery has its own unique code – and that same code is also used to refer to the template that can be used to print those labels.
So, where a particular label size is available in more than one material, there will be multiple template codes that can all be used to be print onto any of those Avery products – as well as onto any label supplied by other label companies that use the same label size and layout.
For example, Avery makes a label size that features 18 labels per sheet, each measuring 100mm wide by 30mm high; this label size is available as paper labels for inkjet printers (Avery product/template code J8172) AND as paper labels for laser printers (Avery product/template code L7172). You can therefore use Avery template J8172 OR Avery template L7172 to print onto either of these Avery products AND you can also use either of these templates to print onto Label Planet’s LP18/100, which are compatible with the label size and layout used by Avery.
Label Planet product codes are made up of two parts – the label size and the label material. We have named our label templates using the label size only, so you can use the one template to print onto any products that are made in that label size. For example, you can use our template LP24/40R to print LP24/40R, LP24/40R REM, LP24/40R C, and LP24/40R FC.
Why can’t I find a particular Avery code in my software?
The contents of the set of built in Avery templates available to you will be dependent on the software you are using AND the version of that software you are using (software manufacturers may update the list of available built in templates each time they release a new version). The Avery code you want to use might not have been deemed popular enough for inclusion OR it may belong to a product that Avery has discontinued (but other label manufacturers and suppliers still supply).
The other reason you might not be able to find a specific Avery code is that it could be a code for an American Avery label size; American Avery label sizes are measured in inches and are produced on label sheets in the American Letter paper size (8.5 inches wide by 11 inches high or 215.9mm by 279.4mm), while UK Avery label sizes are measured in cm/mm and are produced on label sheets in the A4 paper size (210mm wide by 297mm high or 8.27 inches by 11.7 inches).
Some software will contain built in templates for both UK/A4 Avery Sizes and American/Letter Avery Sizes, so you will need to select ONE of these options before you start looking for your Avery code.
Likewise, if you have downloaded Avery’s own design software from the Avery website you need to make sure you have downloaded the UK version and not the US version. If you are using American software that only contains built in templates for American Avery sizes, you will have to find an American company that can supply labels into the UK as these label sizes will not be manufactured or supplied in the UK.
Next week on Template Tuesday: Troubleshooting Tips For Choosing The Right Label Template