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How To? – How To Use Label Planet’s Mirrored Label Templates

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Last week, we explained how to use our text box label templates. This week, we’re taking a look at our mirrored label templates. The two are essentially the same with one key difference. In our mirrored label templates, each text box has been mirrored (or reversed). In this post, we’ll explain why these label templates are set up in this way, when to use them, and how to use them to design and print your own self adhesive labels.

What Are Mirrored Label Templates?

In addition to providing Word label templates and PDF label templates for all of our label sizes, we also  supply a range of formats to suit the various kinds of designs that our customers may want to produce. One of these extra formats is our mirrored label templates.

In this format, your label template will include a mirrored text box in each of the blank labels on your sheet. Like our text box label templates, each text box has a centralised layout and allows your text to fit neatly within each blank label.

mirrored label templates

Each text box has been rotated to flip your text box into a reverse or mirrored position. To read the text you either need to hold it up to a mirror OR view the text from the reverse side.  – as is the case when printing transparent window stickers.

You can use the mirrored text boxes as they are or change them to suit your required label design.

When Should You Use Mirrored Label Templates?

The main use for mirrored label templates is to create window stickers. Your mirrored design can be printed onto transparent labels that are to be applied onto the “inside” side of a window. When viewed from outside, the text appears in the “correct” direction.

The text boxes are set up to ensure that your design fits neatly within your blank labels AND is automatically mirrored. So you don’t have to worry about making too many adjustments yourself. Mirrored label templates are brilliant for beginners who haven’t designed window stickers at all. They’re especially useful if you’re not confident or familiar with Word’s tools – like those required to reverse designs. This label template does most of the work for you. All you need to do is replace the text in each text box and choose any style elements that you want to add to personalise your design. You can also use these label templates if you’re more experienced BUT you’d like to use a template that speeds up the design process.

How Do You Use Mirrored Label Templates?

Left click inside the first text box. The text box will automatically shift into a non-mirrored view until you click outside of the box. At this point, your text will revert to its mirrored state. After clicking inside the text box, select the existing placeholder text and delete it. Type in the text you want printed onto your sticky labels.

Repeat this process for each of the text boxes in your label template OR use copy and paste to speed things up…

  • Select and copy the text you have entered into the first text box. Click into the second text box, delete the existing text, and then paste your text into that text box. Repeat for each of the text boxes in your label template OR…
  • Delete all of the text boxes – EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST ONE. Select the first label (including the text box) by positioning your cursor in the bottom left corner of the first label and triple clicking the left button on your mouse quickly. Copy this selection and then paste it into the rest of your blank labels.

mirrored label templates - add your own textYou can replace the existing text and print your sticky labels although you may want to add extra design features. The simplest way to decorate text-based designs is to change the font and to add elements like a coloured background or image

To do this, we recommend adding your design to the first blank label only. Then delete the rest of the mirrored text boxes before using copy and paste to fill in your label template.

How To Change The Font Of Your Text Box

You can change the font of your text BEFORE or AFTER adding your text.

  • BEFORE: Delete the existing placeholder text from the first text box. Select your font and style options using the “Font” section of the HOME tab and/or the “WordArt Styles” section of the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab. Then type in your required font.
  • AFTER: Delete the existing text from the first text box and type in (or paste in) your required text. Select your text and then apply your preferred font and style options.

mirrored label templates - choosing font and style optionsYou can also decorate the text box itself, for example, by adding a border or coloured background. Click on the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab at the top of the page. Change the format of your text box using the tools in the “Shape Styles” section.

Think carefully about the shape and layout of your label size when adding coloured backgrounds and borders. To create a coloured background, your text box must fill each blank label (or overlap it slightly if possible). Borders must be thick enough to overlap the edges of your blank labels. This will increase the overall size of your text box, so you may need to resize your text box to get the correct alignment.

How To Add Images & Background To Your Mirrored Label Template

You can add images or additional text boxes next to the existing text boxes.

Adding Additional Elements Next To Your Text Box

First, reduce the size of the existing text box to make room for your image or new text box. Next, use the INSERT tab to insert your image or text box (or paste an image / text box copied from elsewhere). We recommend making sure your image is the right size before pasting it into your label template. We also recommend changing the Wrap Text format to Tight. To do this, select your image and click on the PICTURE TOOLS FORMAT tab that appears at the top of the page. Click on “Wrap Text” and select “Tight”. This will allow you much greater control over the positioning of your image.

Remember that item you add that contains any directional elements (e.g. text) will need to be mirrored:

  • Mirror an image: select your image and click on the PICTURE TOOLS FORMAT tab. Click on “Rotate” and select “Flip Horizontal”.
  • Mirror a text box: select your text box and click on the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab. Click on “Shape Effects” (in Shape Styles). Select 3-D Rotation from the drop down list and click on 3-D Rotation Options. In the sidebar, set “X Rotation” to 180°. This will add a grey background to your text box. Click on “Shape Fill” and select “No Fill” (for a transparent box) or white (for a white background).

mirrored label template - adding an image

Adding Additional Elements Behind Your Text Box

Alternatively, you could add an image or background colour behind your text box.

You may need to resize the image to fill your blank label. You should also change the Wrap Text format to Tight. Next, select your text box and click on the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab. Click on “Bring Forward” and select “Bring To Front”. This will layer your text box on top of your image.

Remember to flip directional images as outlined above.

You can also add a background colour by changing the colour of the template itself (which is basically a table). Select the table by moving your cursor to the top left of the table until it turns into a four headed arrow. Left click once to select the table. Now you can click on the TABLE TOOLS DESIGN tab at the top of the page and use the “Shading” option to add a background colour. Remember that this colour will ONLY apply to your template. You could add the same colour background to your text box – although our mirrored text boxes are transparent by default. This can be done using the “Shape Fill” option in the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab.

Remember, if you are adding any additional elements we strongly recommend setting up your design in the first blank label. Delete the existing text boxes from the rest of the label template. Then select your first completed label. Place your cursor in the bottom left corner and triple click the left button quickly. Copy your design and then paste it into the rest of your blank labels.

Download Mirrored Label Templates From Label Planet

To download any of our label templates, simply head on over to our Label Templates home page. Click on your label shape and select your label size from the list. This takes you to the individual Label Template information page for your self adhesive labels. Download links can be found in the middle of this page. Our mirrored label templates are listed under the Word Templates column. Choose a portrait or landscape mirrored label template (if applicable) and left click once on the purple link to start the download process.

Your label template will usually be downloaded to your Downloads folder. If you are asked if you want to open or save the file, we recommend choosing save. We also recommend opening Word (or other word processing software) first and using “File” > “Open” to locate and open your label template. Remember, the file will probably be locked for security reasons because you downloaded it from the internet. There should be a yellow banner going across the top of the page. Click on the Enable Editing button to unlock the label template.

You should be able to see the layout of your sticky labels in the form of a dotted grey outline. If you cannot see this outline, Table Gridlines are turned off. To turn them on again, left click once anywhere in the middle of the page to bring up the TABEL TOOLS LAYOUT tab. Click on the “View Gridlines” button on the left hand side of the ribbon.

Next Week On Template Tuesday – Definitions: What Is A Bleed Label Template?

How To? – How To Use Label Planet’s Text Box Label Templates

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

One of the formats we provide for our Word label templates is Text Box Label Templates. In this week’s Template Tuesday, we’ll explain what these label templates are, when to use them, and how to use them to design and print your own self adhesive labels.

What Are Text Box Label Templates?

Here at Label Planet, we provide label templates for all of our label sizes. We supply a range of template formats to suit the various designs that our customers may wish to create. One of these is our text box label templates format.

In this format, your label template will include a text box in each of the blank labels on your sheet.

text box label templates

Each text box has a centralised layout and allows your text to fit neatly within each blank label. You can use the text boxes as they are or change them to suit the design you are creating.

When Should You Use Text Box Label Templates?

Our text box label templates are designed to create sticky labels that are printed with text only. The text boxes are set up to ensure that your design fits neatly within your blank labels. So you don’t have to worry about making too many adjustments yourself. These label templates are brilliant for beginners who haven’t designed self adhesive labels at all. They’re especially useful if you’re not confident using Word’s tools to adjust a label template to perfect your alignment. This label template does most of the work for you. All you need to do is replace the text in each text box and choose any style elements that you want to add to personalise your design. Of course, you can also use these label templates if you’re more of a template expert but you want a label template that speeds up the process of adding your design.

How Do You Use Text Box Label Templates?

Left click inside the first text box. This will allow you to select the existing placeholder text and delete it. Type in the text you want printed onto your sticky labels. Repeat this process for each of the text boxes or use copy and paste to speed things up…

  • Select and copy the text you have entered into the first text box. Click into the second text box, delete the existing text, and then paste your text into that text box. Repeat for each of the text boxes in your label template. OR…
  • Delete all of the text boxes – EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST ONE. Select the first label (including the text box) by positioning your cursor in the bottom left corner of the first label and triple clicking the left button on your mouse quickly. Copy this selection and then paste it into the rest of your blank labels.

text box label templates - adding your own textYou can simply replace the existing text with your own text and print your sticky labels. Alternatively, you may wish to add some additional design features. When working with text-based designs, the main ways to add design elements is to alter the font and to add elements like a coloured background or image.

If you wish to do this, we recommend setting up your design in the first blank label, removing the rest of the text boxes, and using copy and paste to fill in your label template.

How To Change The Font Of Your Text Box

You can change the font of your text BEFORE or AFTER adding your text.

  • BEFORE: Delete the existing placeholder text from the first text box. Select your font and style options using the “Font” section of the HOME tab and/or the “WordArt Styles” section of the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab. Then type in your required font.
  • AFTER: Delete the existing text from the first text box and type in (or paste in) your required text. Select your text and then apply your preferred font and style options.

text box label templates - choosing font and style optionsYou can also change the style of the text box itself. For example, you can add a border or coloured background to your text boxes. Click on the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab at the top of the page to change the format of your text box using the tools in the “Shape Styles” section.

Take care when adding coloured backgrounds and borders. You need to consider the shape and layout of your label size to avoid white edges appearing on your printed sticky labels. If you add a coloured background, your text box must fill each blank label (or overlap it slightly if possible). If you use a border, make it thick enough to overlap the edges of your blank labels. This increases the overall size of your text box, so you may need to resize your text box to get the correct alignment.

How To Add Images & Backgrounds To Your Text Box Label Template

You can add images or additional text boxes next to the existing text boxes.

Adding Additional Elements Next To Your Text Box

First, reduce the size of the existing text box to make room for your addition. Next, use the INSERT tab to insert your image or text box (or paste an image / text box copied from elsewhere). We recommend making sure your image is the right size before pasting it into your label template. We also recommend changing the Wrap Text format to Tight. To do this, select your image and click on the PICTURE TOOLS FORMAT tab that appears at the top of the page. Click on “Wrap Text” and select “Tight”. This will allow you much greater control over the positioning of your image within your label design.

text box label template - adding an image

Adding Additional Elements Behind Your Text Box

Alternatively, you could add an image or background colour behind your text box.

When adding a background image, you need to make your text box transparent as they are solid white in colour by default. Select the text box and click on the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab at the top of the page. Click on “Shape Fill” and select “No Fill”. Next, insert your image. You may need to resize the image to fill your blank label. You should also change the Wrap Text format to Tight. Next, select your text box and click on the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab. Click on “Bring Forward” and select “Bring To Front”. This will layer your text box on top of your image.

text box label templates - background layers

You can also add a background colour by changing the colour of the template itself (which is basically a table). Select the table by moving your cursor to the top left of the table until it turns into a four headed arrow. Left click once to select the table. Now you can click on the TABLE TOOLS DESIGN tab at the top of the page and use the “Shading” option to add a background colour. Remember that this colour will ONLY apply to your template. If you want your text boxes to match, you will either need to add the same colour background to your text box or make your text box transparent. Both can be done using the “Shape Fill” option in the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab.

Remember, if you are adding any additional elements we strongly recommend setting up your design in the first blank label. Delete the existing text boxes from the rest of the label template. Then select your first completed label. Place your cursor in the bottom left corner and triple click the left button quickly. Copy your design and then paste it into the rest of your blank labels.

Download A Text Box Label Template From Label Planet

To download any of our label templates, simply head on over to our Label Templates home page. Click on your label shape and then select your label size from the list. This takes you to the individual Label Template information page for your self adhesive labels. Our label template download links can be found in the middle of this page. You will find our text box label templates under the Word Templates column. Decide if you want a portrait or landscape text box label template (if applicable) and left click once on the purple link to start the download process.

Your label template will usually be downloaded to your Downloads folder. If you are asked if you want to open or save the file, we recommend choosing save. We also recommend opening Word (or other word processing software) first and using “File” > “Open” to locate and open your label template. Remember, the file will probably be locked for security reasons because you downloaded it from the internet. There should be a yellow banner going across the top of the page. Click on the Enable Editing button to unlock the label template.

You should be able to see the layout of your sticky labels in the form of a dotted grey outline. If you cannot see this outline, Table Gridlines are turned off. To turn them on again, left click once anywhere in the middle of the page to bring up the TABEL TOOLS LAYOUT tab. Click on the “View Gridlines” button on the left hand side of the ribbon.

Next Week On Template Tuesday – How To? How To Use Label Planet’s Mirrored Text Box Label Templates

How To? – How To Print A Sheet Of Address Labels Using Create Labels In Word

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

In this week’s Template Tuesday post, we’re going to show you how to print a sheet of address labels in Word. This guide will explain how to use Word’s built-in Create Labels tool to quickly and easily set up a template to print a sheet of self adhesive labels with your required address.

NB: This method is only suitable for printing a sheet of sticky labels with the SAME address.

CREATE LABELS – STEP ONE: OPEN THE CREATE LABELS TOOL

1. Open Word and create a new Blank Document.
2. Click on the MAILINGS tab at the top of the page.
3. In the “Create” section on the left hand side of the ribbon, click on LABELS.

The “Create Labels” tool will now appear on your screen as box entitled “Envelopes and Labels”.

Word Label Templates - Create Address Labels - Create Labels

CREATE LABELS – STEP TWO: SELECT A COMPATIBLE LABEL TEMPLATE

1. Click on the OPTIONS button. This opens a new box entitled “Label Options”.
2. “Printer information” must be set to PAGE PRINTERS and “Tray” must be set to your media bypass tray – if your printer has one.
3. Set the “Label vendor” to AVERY A4/A5.
4. Select a compatible Avery Labels Template code from the list and click OK.

If you have purchased self adhesive labels from Label Planet, you can find compatible Avery codes by clicking on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the relevant product page.

NB: if your A4 labels don’t have a compatible Avery Template, you need to click on NEW LABEL and set up your own label template. You can find instructions on how to do this here.

Word Label Templates - Create Address Labels - Select Label Template

CREATE LABELS – STEP THREE: ENTER YOUR ADDRESS

1. Type your address into the ADDRESS BOX.

If you simply want a plain sheet of address labels, you can now load your A4 labels into your printer and press print.

Word Label Templates - Create Address Labels - Add AddressTo alter the design of your address labels (e.g. by adding a border, background, image or changing the font style), click on NEW DOCUMENT. This will open a new document containing a label template with your address added into each blank label.

Word Label Templates - Create Address Labels - Edit And Print Your Address Labels

CREATE LABELS – STEP FOUR: PRINT YOUR LABEL TEMPLATE

As mentioned above, if you are printing plain address labels you simply press the print button. If you have created a new label template document to add more design work to your address labels, you have more control over the print process. We recommend following these steps:

1. Press FILE and then PRINT to get to the print preview page. Click on PRINTER PROPERTIES and confirm the following;

  • The page size is set to A4.
  • No scaling options are set (e.g. less than 100% or “Fit to Page/Sheet”).
  • No options such as “Use Default/Driver Settings” or “Ignore Printer Settings” are selected.

2. Test print your address labels by loading blank paper into your printer. Hold your test print against a sheet of your blank labels and hold both up to a light source to confirm that the alignment is correct. You can then make any necessary adjustments before you…
3. Load your sheet labels into the media bypass tray (if your printer has one) and print your address labels.

We highly recommend using this method (rather than printing directly from the Create Labels tool). It gives you easy access to your printer’s print settings and lets you perform a test print. Without these options, you may find that you end up with a set of misaligned (and unusable) address labels.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: How To? – How To Print Address Labels Using “Mail Merge” In Word

How To? – How To Use Copy & Paste To Fill In A Word Template

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Why Should You Use Copy & Paste To Complete Label Templates?

At Label Planet, we highly recommend using copy and paste to complete Word label templates. Copy and paste allows you to duplicate your design more accurately compared to setting up each label one by one. It’s also a much faster way of completing label templates.

Please note: this tip assumes you are creating label templates with a single design (or multiple copies of two or more designs). To print a different design onto each sticky label, you will need to set each one up individually.

The way you use copy and paste to complete label templates will depend on whether or not there are any gaps between your blank labels. We’ve created guides for three different A4 label layouts.

First you will need to set up your required design in the top left label. Next select your design. Place your cursor in the bottom left corner of the first label and quickly triple click the left button. This selects the content AND formatting options you have applied to your design. Finally, copy your design using the Copy icon in the Home tab at the top of the page or use a keyboard shortcut by pressing the Control Key (Ctrl) [Windows] / Command Key (⌘) [Mac] and the C key.

Copy & Paste – Label Templates With No Gaps

If there are no gaps, select the entire label template and paste into all of the blank labels in one go.

You can use this technique with any of our RECTANGULAR LABELS WITH SQUARE CUT CORNERS.

  • Put your cursor above the first column until it turns into a solid black arrow pointing downwards.
  • Click and hold down the left button as you move your cursor above the last column.
  • Release the button and your blank labels will be highlighted by a light grey background.
  • Paste your design into the cells using the Paste icon in the Home tab or use a keyboard shortcut by pressing the Control Key (Ctrl) [Windows] / Command Key (⌘) [Mac] and the V key.

Label Planet - copy and paste - label template with no gaps

Copy & Paste – Label Templates With Gaps Between Columns Only

If there are gaps between the columns of blank labels you cannot simply select the entire label template. You will end up pasting your design into the gaps as well as into the blank labels. Usually, this results in your designs being misaligned, overlapped, or both when you try to print your label template.

To use copy and paste to complete your label template, you need to select just the columns of blank labels.

You can use this technique with most of our RECTANGULAR LABELS WITH ROUNDED CORNERS.

  • Position your cursor above the first column of blank labels until it turns into a solid black arrow pointing downwards. Click the left button to select that column.
  • Move your cursor above the second column of blank labels (NOT the gap between the first and second columns).
  • Hold down the Control Key (Ctrl) [Windows] / Command Key (⌘) [Mac] on your keyboard as you left click once to select that second column. Both the first and second columns of blank labels should now be highlighted in grey to indicate they are selected. The column representing the gap between them should remain non-highlighted.
  • Repeat this process for each column of blank labels.
  • Paste your design into the cells using the Paste icon or the keyboard shortcut.

Label Planet - copy and paste - label template with gaps between columns

Copy & Paste – Label Templates With Gaps Between Columns & Rows

If there are gaps between the columns AND rows of blank labels, you could complete your label template by pasting your design into each label. This is fine for label templates with only a few blank labels per sheet but becomes a time consuming process with smaller label sizes.

We recommend using copy and paste (and a careful selection process) to fill in groups of blank labels and so speed up the process of completing your label templates.

You can use this technique with our ROUND LABELS, OVAL LABELS, and SQUARE LABELS.

  • Paste your design into each of the blank labels in the top row individually. Left click inside each blank labels and use the Paste icon or keyboard shortcut to add your design. Repeat this for each blank label in the top row.
  • Next select the top row – including the blank labels and the gaps. Position your cursor inside the first label. Click and hold down the left button as you drag your cursor inside the last label in the row. Release the button and the top row should now be highlighted in grey to indicate it has been selected.
    If your design fills your blank labels you may end up selecting your design rather than the blank label. In this case, left click inside the gap below the first label in the top row. Use the up arrow key on your keyboard to move the cursor inside the first label. Hold down the shift key on your keyboard and use the right arrow key to move your cursor into the last label in the top row.
  • Copy the top row using the Copy icon or the keyboard shortcut.
  • Now left click once inside the first label in the second row. Use the Paste icon or the keyboard shortcut to paste your design into that entire second row. Repeat this process with the first label in each of the rows of blank labels in your label template until it is complete.

Label Planet - copy and paste - label template with gaps all round

Next Week On Template Tuesday: How To? – How To Print Address Labels Using “Mail Merge” In Word

How To? – How To Add Designs To Word Label Templates

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

This week, we’re looking at tools in Word that you can use when designing label templates. If you are creating a simple text-based design, you simply type your text into your template. Alternatively, to create a design that contains other elements (like images), there are TWO basic ways to add your design. You can use Word’s design tools to create new content OR use copy and paste to add content that exists in an external source.

Designing Label Templates – Using Word’s Design Tools

To use Word’s design tools, you first need to insert an item into your label template. This could be a text box, WordArt, a shape, or an image that you have saved as a file on your computer. To add any of these items, click on the “Insert” tab at the top of the page and then select the item you want to add.

To edit your item or change the formatting applied to that item, you need to select it (by left clicking on it once) to bring up an additional formatting tab at the top of the page. For images this will be the Picture Tools Format tab and for text boxes, shapes, and WordArt this will be the Drawing Tools Format tab.

Label Templates Word Design Tools Picture Tools TabYou can use these tabs to change the size, colour, and positioning of your items to build up your required design.

Designing Labels Templates – Using Copy & Paste

This option allows you to insert elements into your design that have been set up somewhere else. For example, if you are creating product labels, you may have content you want to include in your design set up in other documents – such as a spreadsheet containing product details, a Word document containing instructions for use or a list of ingredients, or a copy of your company logo. You can use copy and paste to insert all of these elements into your label template.

Copy & Paste A Saved Image File

There are a few ways to copy and paste an image that is saved as an individual file on your computer.

  • Use your file manager to locate your saved image file. For Windows this is the “File Explorer” and for MacOS this is the “Finder”. Right click on the image file and select “Copy” (for MacOS you can use a two-finger tap on your trackpad or hold down the Control key as you click to “right click”). Go back to your label template and select “Paste” from the Home tab.
    Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste. If you are using Windows, you should hold down the Control Key (Ctrl) on your keyboard and press C to copy or V to paste. If you are using MacOS, you hold down the Command Key (⌘) and press C or V.
  • Open your saved image file using an image viewer or editor. The menu should include tools to select your image and copy it. Go back to your label template and select “Paste” from the Home tab.
  • Use your file manager to locate your saved image file. Select your saved image by left clicking on it and hold down the button on your mouse as you move your cursor to your label template. Release the button to copy your image to your label template.

If you use copy and paste, you may experience conversion issues depending on the original file format of your image. To avoid this issue, we recommend opening a new blank Word document and pasting your image into that document. Then copy and paste that image into your label template.

Please note: you can also use the “Insert” tab to insert saved image files. Click on Insert, select Pictures, and browse to your saved file. Select that file to insert it into your label template.

Copy & Paste Content From An Existing File Or External Source

Copy and paste can also transfer existing content from an external source into your label template. You can copy and paste in a number of ways:

  • POINT AND CLICK: most software will have a copy option in its menus. Select your item by left clicking on it once or highlight a section of text that you want to copy. Then click on the copy option in the menu. Alternatively, you should be able to right click on your item and select copy from a list of options. You then go back to your label template and select “Paste” under the Home tab at the top of the page.
  • KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS: follow the steps above but instead of clicking on copy and paste options use your keyboard to perform these actions. If you are using Windows, you should hold down the Control Key (Ctrl) on your keyboard and press C to copy or V to paste. If you are using MacOS, you hold down the Command Key (⌘) and press C or V.
  • DRAG AND DROP: select your item as described above, then hold down the left button on your mouse as your move your cursor to the location where you want to insert your item. Release the button to paste your item into your label template.

We recommend using copy and paste to create label templates where all of your sticky labels share the same design. Set up your design in the top left label and then use copy and paste to add this design into the remainder of the blank labels in your label template. This is much quicker and much more accurate than trying to create your design in each individual blank label.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Paste Options In Word Label Templates 101

Label Templates; Designing & Printing Labels – A Summary

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Over the last 31(!) weeks we’ve looked at the process of designing and printing your own self adhesive labels; from sourcing a label template, adding a design to your label template, and finally printing your label template onto your blank labels (including a few troubleshooting tips to help you out at each stage).

While printing your own A4 labels can be a quick, easy, and cost effective way to create a set of sticky labels that are just perfect for whatever project you’ve got in mind, there are plenty of small things that can make a big difference to how well (or otherwise) your blank labels turn out.

While some small things ruin the alignment of your label template, others can help to create the perfect print on your A4 labels – the trick is knowing how to avoid potential problems and how to use certain tools effectively, which isn’t always easy (or obvious) if you don’t have much experience designing and printing your own adhesive labels.

Our hope is that this label template blog will be a useful resource for anyone to use when they need to design and print their own A4 labels, so for our last post of the year we’ve created a summary of all the topics we’ve covered so far (before we return next year to examine even more template troubles, tricks, and troubleshooting tips!)…

The TEN Things You Need To Print Your Own Labels

A brief list of the things you’ll need when printing A4 labels.

The Different Types Of Templates (& How To Choose The Right One For You)

An explanation of the difference between standalone and built-in label templates, single design and multiple design label templates, and Word templates and PDF templates, along with definitions of Portrait, Landscape, Text Box, Mirrored, Bleed, and “Alternative” templates.

How To Find & Open A Label Template

Step by step instructions for how to find and open built-in templates and standalone templates.

How To Make Your Own Label Template

A guide to creating your own label template with step by step instructions for Word.

Label Templates – Avery Templates 101

A guide to Avery templates, including advice on finding a compatible Avery code for your Label Planet labels.

Troubleshooting Tips For Choosing The Right Label Template

If you’re having trouble (or have questions about) finding the right label template for your label size, our troubleshooting tips are a good place to start!

Always Start With A Plan

A brief bit of advice on how to start designing a label template.

Build From The Background Forward

Top tips for creating label designs that are made up of multiple layers.

Copy & Paste 101

A beginner’s guide to what “copy and paste” actually means and how to use these tools.

How To Select (Highlight) Content In Word

A beginner’s guide to selecting different items in Word (and how to this as effectively as possible).

Copy & Paste 102

A guide to using copy and paste when designing a label template.

Getting Things In Line With The Perfect Alignment

A brief definition of what the term “alignment” actually means with regards to label templates.

Choosing Suitable Shapes & Logical Layouts

Top tips for creating the perfect label design for the specific label shape and layout of your blank labels.

Tackling Text-Only Templates

Top tips for designing label templates that only contain text.

Getting Inventive With Image-Only Templates

Top tips for designing label templates that only contain images.

Tops Tips For Combining Text & Images In Word

Top tips for designing label templates that contain text and images.

Finding Word’s Design Tools & Features

A guide to the design tools available in Word, along with instructions on how to find and use them effectively.

Using Word’s Arrange Toolbar To Create A Perfectly Arranged Template

A more detailed guide to the “Arrange” set of design tools in Word and how they can help to create a perfect design in your label template.

Labels & Mail Merges 101

A guide to Mail Merge tools and a step by step guide to using Word’s “Step By Step Mail Merge Wizard” to create address labels or product labels from a single label template and a data source.

How To Create Window Stickers Using A Mirrored Template In Word

A guide to using Mirrored templates in Word to create window stickers that can be applied onto one side of a window and read from the other side.

When & How To Use A Bleed Template

A guide to what Bleed templates are and how they can be used to create perfectly printed self adhesive labels.

Top Tips For…Rectangular Labels

Top tips for designing a label template for rectangular labels.

Top Tips For…Round Labels & Oval Labels

Top tips for designing a label template for round labels, circular labels, and oval labels.

Why The Kiss Principle Creates Perfectly Practical Labels

A brief bit of advice about how keeping things simple can help to create the perfect label template (without driving yourself crazy in the process).

Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Label Designs

If you’re having trouble (or have questions about) designing a label template, these troubleshooting tips should help you pull off your design with a minimal amount of fuss!

Printing Templates 101

A brief guide to what happens when you “press print”.

Choosing The Right Printer To Print Your Labels

Top tips for choosing the “right” printer to print your own A4 labels, including information about laser printers, inkjet printers, dedicated printers, all-in-one printers, photo printers, print media, media types and media weights, media bypass trays, printer resolution, and “extra” features that are ideal for printing adhesive labels.

Choosing The Right Print Settings To Print Your Labels

A guide to choosing the right print settings to get the best possible alignment and print quality on self adhesive labels.

Top Tips For Loading Your Labels To Align Your Design Perfectly

Top tips for loading your printer labels correctly to avoid alignment issues.

The First Rule Of Printing Labels: ALWAYS DO A TEST PRINT FIRST

THE ONE TIP THAT EVERYONE SHOULD ALWAYS FOLLOW!

Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Printing

If you’re having trouble (or have questions about) printing a label template accurately, these troubleshooting tips should help you to fix any alignment or print quality issues that you encounter when printing laser labels or inkjet labels.


And that’s all folks!

We’ll be back in January with more tips and tricks to designing and printing your own label templates; if you have any suggestions or questions that you’d like us to feature in the Label Planet Template Blog, simply send us an email and we’ll do our best to provide a suitable solution!

Remember, if you need any advice or tips you can always visit our Help Pages for Guides and Troubleshooting Tips – and you’ll find label templates for all of our label sizes on our dedicated Label Templates pages.

Designing A Label Template – Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Label Designs

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Over the last sixteen weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at the process of adding a label design to a label template, including advice on implementing a design that works for you, for your labels, and for the limitations of your software (along with specific guides on how to find and use Word’s design tools and features).

This week’s post gathers together all of the content from the last few months to create a hitlist of top tips to make the process of designing your labels as trouble-free as possible.

Presenting Label Planet’s Top Ten Top Tips For Designing Your Own Label Template!

1. Keep Things Simple

Most people print their own labels because it is a quick and easy way for them to create bespoke or personalise labels without having to spend time and money paying a designer and printer to do the job for them. Choosing an overly complex design is a sure-fire way to find yourself wasting time and money trying to replicate a design that far exceeds the limitations of your software, your hardware, and/or your own abilities when it comes to digital design.

2. Plan Your Design Before You Start

Taking a moment to sketch out your design (and type out the contents of your label) is a quick way to double check that:

  • Your design fits onto your labels without looking cluttered or messy
  • Your label design accomplishes what you need it to do AND looks professional

Making changes to a hand-drawn sketch is MUCH quicker and easier than getting partway through your design and realising that it isn’t going to work.

3. Start With The Background & Work Forward

If you’re creating a design with a lot of different elements (that need to be layered or that overlap to create your completed design) then it is always best to start with the “background” layer and work your way forward.

4. Use Cut, Copy, & Paste (Carefully) To Make The Design Process Quicker & More Accurate

Cut, copy, and paste are easy to use functions that can speed up the entire process of designing a label template; you can use these functions to add different elements to your template from an external source AND you can also use them to replicate your design in order to add it to all of the labels within your template. Using copy and paste is a much more accurate way to adjust and/or replicate your design by duplicating one item rather than inserting multiple items and attempting to adjust them one by one AND it can be used to duplicate both content and the formatting options you have applied to your content.

5. Remember That Formatting Matters

If you don’t bother to change certain formatting options from their defaults, you may find that you are limited in the tools that are available to you AND in how accurate you can be with the changes that you make to the various elements within your design – especially when it comes to positioning and layering different elements together.

6. Centralise Your Design

Using a centralised layout makes it easier to make sure that ALL of your design fits neatly onto ALL of your labels – and can avoid problems around the edges of your labels (see tip 7).

7. Take Care At The Edges

If your label design goes all the way to the edge of each label, you need to make sure that you aren’t setting yourself up for alignment nightmares when you come to print your labels; avoid narrow borders (which are nearly impossible to align perfectly) and only use a full colour background if you have space to overlap your design slightly (without creating a mismatch on labels that “butt up” against one another).

8. Don’t Be Afraid To Use Bleed

While you might be preoccupied with making sure that your design fits INSIDE each label, if you want to add a coloured background or a border you may be better off deliberately oversizing your design so that it overlaps (bleeds over) the edges of your labels to prevent any white edging appearing on your labels.

9. Be Aware Of The Unprintable Area

Most desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet, creating an “unprintable area” around the edges of a label sheet; if any part of any of your labels falls into the unprintable area of your particular printer then you need to make sure that your design doesn’t involve adding any print to those parts of your labels.

10. Put Your Text In Text Boxes

If you are creating multiple sections of text, it may be worth putting each section into its own text box so that you have greater control over where the different elements in your design sit on each label. Adding your text as one block and then trying to manually space out your text to create your required design layout is unlikely to give you anything like the precision you need to replicate your design as accurately as you’d like.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Printing A Label Template – Printing Templates 101

Designing A Label Template – Why The Kiss Principle Creates Perfectly Practical Labels

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

If you haven’t heard of it before the “KISS” principle stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid” and states that most things work best if they are kept simple (i.e. they don’t have unnecessary complications) and therefore simplicity should be a key consideration during the design phase.

This principle is a useful concept to keep in mind when it comes to designing and printing your own labels; many people start off with a very complicated (albeit beautiful) design in their head, only to find that it is extremely difficult to reproduce that design accurately – often leading to a waste of time, money, effort, and labels.

Starting off with a simpler, more straightforward design is a quick and easy way to save yourself the headache – with the added benefit that label designs with less content and less complexity often end up looking much cleaner, attractive, and professional than “busy” designs (that often look messy and even illegible).

Here at Label Planet, if you’re doing anything more complicated than a single image or a single block of text, we highly recommend taking a moment to draw a quick sketch of what you want your labels to look like. Simply tracing out where all the bits of your label design should fit can help to give you a better idea of where to start when you come to add your design to your template – and how to go about building up your elements to produce your final design. It also gives you a chance to see if your design actually WORKS in the way you need it to and to play around with different versions to see if there’s a better way of arranging your elements to make your labels more effective.

If you’re also intending to add a LOT of text (for example, a list of ingredients, health and safety warnings, or instructions for use etc), we also recommend taking the time to type up your text FIRST, so you know exactly how much room you need for your text (and how much space is left for adding more decorative elements around your text) – or even if you perhaps need to consider cutting down your text or dividing your text over a couple of labels (rather than scrunching it all up onto one).

While the prospect of designing your own labels might seem like an opportunity to create a really “unique” design, you need to bear in mind that it is YOU who will have to actually recreate your ideas in a label template. You need to consider how confident and experienced you are when it comes to using software for design purposes – as well as how sophisticated (and accurate) your software is when it comes to replicating a design. If your software simply can’t perform a particular task to create a specific part of your design OR if you simply don’t know how to use the more advanced features of your software, then it really may well be worth simplifying things into something that you know you are able to recreate successfully instead of wasting time struggling with something more complicated.

Remember, there are lots of ways to create unique labels that DON’T rely on complicated designs and advanced design tools – and there are plenty of forums and sites available online for you to pick up hints and tips on how to use your software to create some pretty amazing designs and effects.

It’s also worth remembering that you probably decided to design and print your own labels as a way to save yourself some time and money by not dealing with a design company and/or printing company – it’s not worth doing it yourself if you only end up wasting time trying to set up a needlessly complicated design.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Label Designs

Designing A Label Template – Top Tips For…Round Labels & Oval Labels

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This week, we’re taking a quick look at our top tips for designing ROUND LABELS & OVAL LABELS.

Their curved and ever-changing edges can make these labels a bit more difficult to design (and print) accurately, especially if you need to rely on software (and hardware) that isn’t really geared up for pin-point accuracy when it comes to creating the perfect label design on circular labels and oval labels. HOWEVER, our top tips should help to give you a head start in designing your own round labels and oval labels with as little stress as possible!

TOP TIP NUMBER ONE: always centralise your design.
One of the easiest ways to create beautiful looking labels with a minimal amount of fuss is to centralise your design; this means that your design will be positioned in the centre of each label, which helps to prevent parts of your design getting cut off at the edges and can stop white edging appearing on your labels (this occurs with coloured backgrounds, where the printer doesn’t quite line up your design perfectly, leaving part of the label unprinted – as most labels tend to be white in colour, this is referred to as “white edging” although “blank edging” would probably be more accurate).

At Label Planet, ALL of our label templates are set up with a central alignment so you don’t have to remember to set this up before you start designing.

TOP TIP NUMBER TWO: use a bleed area if you want to add a coloured background and/or border.
A bleed area is basically a blank space outside of the actual area being printed that is used to overlap a design in order to avoid white edging.

Bleed is used for all kinds of printed materials, including labels where the blank spaces between labels can be used as a bleed area. This technique is ideal for designing round labels and oval labels, which always have at least some blank space between and around each label.

Even if there is only a few millimetres between two labels, you can still use this space to avoid white edging. Basically, all you need to do is to very slightly oversize your label design so that its edges overlap each label; when you come to peel your printed labels off their backing sheet, you shouldn’t get any blank unprinted areas at all.

You must make sure that you don’t include any important design elements at the very edges of your labels – if they fall into the bleed area, they will be left behind when you remove your labels from their backing sheet.

TOP TIP NUMBER THREE: use a thick border if you have to use a border at all.
While we’d generally say that borders can be more trouble than they’re worth, if you do absolutely HAVE to have a border on your labels you should make the border as thick as possible so that you can still make use of the bleed technique described above.

It is unlikely that a standard printer would be able to reproduce a very narrow border accurately enough to line up that border perfectly all the way around an oval or circular label – which will probably lead to some white edging. It will also emphasise the fact that your labels are (very slightly) misaligned, which can spoil the overall look and finish of your labels.

To overcome this, you can increase the size of your border so that it will overlap the edges of your labels all the way around – leaving behind a (more or less) even border with no blank unprinted gaps when you remove your labels from their backing sheet.

TOP TIP NUMBER FOUR: accept the limitations of the software you are using.
While some people will make their own labels using graphics software that is designed specifically for creating complex and detailed graphics, other people will be “making do” with software that isn’t really designed for this purpose.

While most software has tools that can be used when designing a label template, they simply won’t be as sophisticated and accurate as those provided in graphics software – and you may need to simplify your design to make sure that it can be replicated by your software.

For example, many people use Word to design labels and, while it is perfectly possible to create decorative AND professional looking round labels and oval labels in Word, you do need to adapt the tools that are available in Word to the task of adding a design to a label template (and have a bit of patience with their limitations).

It is also worth noting that Word is NOT sophisticated enough to create templates that show the outlines of round labels and oval labels. Instead, Word templates are made up of tables that replicate the layout of a sheet of labels; the square or rectangular cells in the table represent the spaces in which each round label or oval label sits (so that the outermost points of each label touches the four sides of the corresponding square or rectangle). This means that you may need to use a bit of trial and error to make sure that your design aligns correctly with your labels (by performing a few test prints onto paper).

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Why The Kiss Principle Creates Perfectly Practical Labels

Designing A Label Template – Top Tips For…Rectangular Labels

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

This week, we’re taking a quick look at our top tips for designing RECTANGULAR LABELS.

TOP TIP NUMBER ONE: check if your labels have rounded (radius) corners or square cut corners.
Square cut corner rectangles have sharp, pointed corners naturally formed by two sides meeting at a 90° angle, while rounded corner rectangles have curved corners that form an arc – the corner radius can vary from a very rounded corner to a very slight arc at the extreme of each corner.

Generally speaking, there isn’t much difference between designing a rounded corner rectangle and a square cut corner rectangle unless you are trying to create a border or shaped element within your design that follows the outline of your labels (radius corners included) exactly.

The other thing to consider is that rounded corner rectangles tend to have selvedges and gaps between (some of) the labels as part of their layout. This means that you are less likely to run into problems with the printable area of your printer (see top tip number 2) or when printing full coloured backgrounds (see top tip number 3) if you are using rounded corner rectangles rather than square cut corner rectangles.

At Label Planet, we specify whether a product has rounded corners or square cut corners in the product description on the individual product page for each item that we supply. Our rectangular paper labels are also sold through two separate range pages; Rectangular Labels With Rounded Corners and Rectangular Labels With Square Cut Corners.

TOP TIP NUMBER TWO: check if your labels have selvedges.
A selvedge is a blank area at the edge of a sheet of labels. This area is used to help make sure that most (if not all) of the surface area of each label falls within the “printable area” of an A4 sheet.

Most desktop printers CANNOT print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet of paper, creating both a “printable area” (in the middle of the sheet) and an “unprintable area” (around the edges of the sheet).

While rounded corner rectangles tend to have selvedges built in to their layouts by default, some square cut corner rectangles are made by simply dividing the full area of an A4 sheet into equally sized rectangles – meaning that part of some of the labels will inevitably fall into the “unprintable area”.

If your labels don’t have selvedges OR if your printer’s printable area doesn’t extend as far as the selvedge that is present on your label sheets, there are a few easy workarounds you can try:

  1. Avoid using full colour backgrounds (so the coloured elements of your design – that actually require print to be added to your labels – will fall into the printable area of your sheets).
  2. Reduce the size of your overall design (so it fits into the printable area of your sheets).
  3. Choose a different label size! It is more than likely that there will be a similar label size available – just with rounded corners.
  4. Get access to a printer with an “Edge-To-Edge” or “Borderless” print setting (this allows the printer to print the full area of an A4 sheet).

We list layout measurements for all of our label sizes on our individual template pages so you can use the page margins to check how much blank space there is at each edge of a particular sheet of labels. Our square cut corner rectangles with selvedges at the top and bottom of each sheet also have an “S” after the first part of the product code (e.g. LP10/105S, LP16/105S DF, LP21/70S MWPO etc).

It is worth checking the page margins of square cut corner rectangles AND rounded corner rectangles because some rounded corner sizes do sit quite close to the edges of their sheets.

If your printer does not have an “Edge-To-Edge” or “Borderless” print setting, you may be able to find the printable area of your printer by visiting the manufacturer’s website or checking your printer’s manual. Alternatively, you can use this quick-fix method to check for yourself:

  1. Open a blank Word document.
  2. Go to the “Layout” tab, click on “Margins” and “Custom Margins”, and change the Top/Bottom/Left/Right margins to 0.
  3. Click on the “Insert” tab, and use the “Shapes” option to add a rectangle that fills the ENTIRE page of your blank document.
    Top Tip: change the colour of the rectangle to a light colour to avoid wasting too much ink/toner.
  4. Print your document (ignore any warnings that your margins are too small and DO NOT allow Word to automatically “fix” your margins).
  5. Your printed sheet will now indicate how much of an A4 sheet your printer can print (i.e. its printable area) and how much it cannot print (i.e. its unprintable area).

TOP TIP NUMBER THREE: take care with full colour backgrounds and borders.
There are very few rectangular label sizes that feature gaps between the rows AND columns of labels; while this isn’t an issue for most people, it can become problematic if you are trying to add a full colour background and/or border to your label design. This is because it can be tricky to get a standard printer to print EVERY label in EXACTLY the right position on your label sheets; if the alignment is even slightly out, you can end up with part of your label design overlapping the edge(s) of your labels and (if your labels don’t have gaps between them) partially printing on another label.

If the edges of your label design are all the same colour, then you might be able to get away with a very slight misalignment BUT if the edges change colour at all then any misalignment will show up when you remove a label from its backing sheet.

Usually, the way to sidestep this problem is to use of “bleed areas”; i.e. to deliberately overlap your design into a blank space around each label so that the full colour background or border extends beyond all of the edges of your labels (preventing both white edging and overlapping onto neighbouring labels).

As mentioned, however, most rectangular sizes don’t have gaps between the labels; while rounded corner rectangles tend to have gaps between the columns of labels, both rounded corner and square cut corner rectangles will have at least some labels that “butt up” against each other along one or more of their sides.

This means that if you are struggling with your alignment, you may need to try:

  1. Changing your design so that the background and/or border are uniform in colour all the way around each label (so it is possible to disguise any slight overlap).
  2. Reduce the size of your design to create a blank/white border around the edges of your labels.
  3. Remove the coloured background and/or border from your label design altogether.
  4. Choosing a different label size! There may be a close label size that does feature gaps between all of the labels.
  5. Take your labels to a professional printer; they will have access to printers that offer a higher level of precision than standard desktop printers (allowing them to recreate your design with enough accuracy to prevent any noticeable overlap).

TOP TIP NUMBER FOUR: use your alignment tools to keep your label design organised.
Many rectangular label designs will contain a number of different elements or areas within the design, such as a space for a company logo, an address, a message, health and safety warnings, contents, or even a blank space to add information.

To keep all of those elements under control within one label design, you can use alignment tools to assign each element a particular alignment to help keep it out of the way of other elements in your design.

For example, while it’s always best to use a central alignment for your overall template, you can alter the alignment for individual items to make sure that items that should be on the left of your design are always positioned to the left, while items that should be on the right of your design are always positioned to the right.

Remember, if you are including multiple elements in your label design and you are using Word, you should change the “Wrap Text” option for images and shapes to “Tight” (or “In Front Of Text”) and consider using text boxes if you want to be able to precisely position separate sections of text.


You can find templates and material options for all of our rectangular label sizes on our Templates For Rectangular Labels With Rounded Corners and Templates For Rectangular Labels With Square Cut Corners pages.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Top Tips For…Round Labels & Oval Labels