Here at Label Planet, we aim to provide our customers with everything they need to print their own self adhesive labels. Over the last few years, we’ve spent a lot of time developing our Help & Advice pages – especially our Label Templates section, which includes label templates, detailed notes, and printing advice for all of our label sizes.
If you haven’t printed your own self adhesive labels before, you may not be familiar with the different kinds of label templates (and information) that we provide.
Well, don’t worry! In this week’s Template Tuesday, we’ll run through all of the features that we’ve included in our Label Templates section.
LABEL TEMPLATES – THE HOME PAGE
Our Label Template home page (which can be found on our website here) contains all the links you need to find label templates, detailed information about our label sizes, and advice pages to guide you through the process of designing and printing your own sticky labels.
At the top of the page, you will see a link to our Sample Request Service. This allows you to request a few samples to make sure you are buying the right sticky labels for your application AND give yourself a trial run at printing a label template.
Next, you will find links to our SIX label shapes. This pages are the first step to finding the template information page for your label size. After clicking on one of these links, you will see a list of all of the label sizes we supply in that particular shape. Click on the Templates link for your label size to reach the Template Information Page.
Below this, you can find compatibility tables to help you find out if your Label Planet labels have a compatible Avery template (or if your Avery labels have a compatible Label Planet template).
Finally, you will see our HELP WITH LABEL TEMPLATES button. This button reveals links to our Help and Advice pages, including our Guides to Designing and Printing Labels, Top Tips, Troubleshooting Guide, FAQs, and this – the Label Planet Label Templates Blog.
LABEL TEMPLATES – THE INFORMATION PAGES
Every label size that we supply has its own Label Printing Template Information page.
At the top of this page we list the key measurements of the label size and layout. You can use these measurements to set up your own label templates. Below this we list any Avery codes that are compatible with our label size. If there are no Avery codes listed, it is because Avery do not supply that particular label size. Some Avery codes may have the word “Zweckform” next to them. This is a European range of sticky labels provided by Avery. To find one of these label templates in your software, you will need to change the label vendor from Avery A4/A5 to Avery Zweckform.
Next you will find our download links. We have grouped them into standard Word templates, alternative Word templates, standard PDF templates, and alternative PDF templates.
The STANDARD templates should be suitable for most of our customers. In some cases, our sticky labels may have a slightly different layout – which requires an alternative label template. This will be noted in the “Notes About This Template” section just below the download links.
Left click once on one of the purple links to start the download process. Your label template will either be saved to the Downloads folder on your device OR you will be asked if you want to Save or Open the file. We recommend choosing to save the label template rather than opening it.
After the download links you will see a NOTES ABOUT THIS TEMPLATE section. This includes detailed notes and printing advice for that particular label size.
LABEL TEMPLATES – THE LABEL TEMPLATES
All of our label templates are standalone template files and therefore must be edited using software. We DO NOT supply label design software and so you will need to bear in mind the limitations of your software when creating your required label design.
Our label templates include:
- WORD TEMPLATES: suitable for use with Word Processors that can edit the .docx file format (e.g. Word, Word For Mac, Pages etc).
- PDF TEMPLATES: suitable for use with Graphics Packages that can edit the .pdf file format (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop etc).
- PORTRAIT TEMPLATES: label templates with a portrait orientation.
- LANDSCAPE TEMPLATES: label templates with a landscape orientation.
- TEXT BOX TEMPLATES: Word label templates with a text box in each blank label – suitable for creating text-only designs.
- MIRRORED TEXT BOX TEMPLATES: Word label templates with a mirrored text box in each blank label – suitable for creating window stickers that can be read from the reverse side.
- BLEED TEMPLATES: suitable for overlapping full colour designs to prevent white edges appearing on printed sticky labels. Only available for label sizes that have suitable gaps around each blank label.
Using Label Templates From Label Planet
We made all of our label templates using measurements taken from our sticky labels. We tested the accuracy of each template before adding it to our website. You may need to make slight adjustments to produce the perfect alignment for your unique software and hardware set up. For example, most desktop printers have a different starting print position. You may need to adjust the page margins to get the perfect alignment for your printer.
If you are having problems with the alignment produced by one of our label templates, we recommend reading through our Guide to Designing & Printing Labels, Top Tips, and Troubleshooting Guide. Printer settings cause most alignment issues. You can fix them by adjusting the page margins of your template or the settings of your printer.
If you are still having issue, you can also contact our Customer Service Team for further help and advice.
Next Week On Template Tuesday: How To? – How To Use Label Planet’s Text Box Label Templates