Archive for October, 2016

We Wish You All A Wonderfully Weird Halloween…

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Yes, tonight is the night that ghouls and ghosts are free to roam the Earth and we hope you have a spooktacular time tonight!

Whether you’re donning your most delightfully devilish costume to scare your neighbours (go trick or treating) or raise some hell (have a party with friends), spending the night on (or behind) the sofa with a line-up of scary films, or simply stuffing your face with sugary goodness because, well, it’s Halloween – we hope you have a wickedly good time!

FAQ – How Do I Find The Right Template To Print My Labels?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

When it comes to printing your own labels, it’s really important to get hold of the right template to help make the whole process go a whole lot smoother. Templates come a variety of formats and it can get a bit confusing if you’re new to the world of DIY labels – hopefully this blog post should help to make things clearer!

Finding A Template
There are THREE ways to get a label template:

  1. Use a BUILT IN template; some software has a selection of templates built in, which you can use to design and print labels.
  2. DOWNLOAD a template; we have created free templates for ALL of our label sizes so that you can download the one you need from our website.
  3. MAKE your own template; some software will allow you to create a template simply by entering the measurements of your labels. We have created a template information page for all of our label sizes, which includes detailed size and layout measurements that you can use as a starting point if you wish to make your own label template.

Built-In Templates
If your software has label templates built in, all you need to do is select the template that is compatible with (the same as) the labels you want to print. Avery templates are the most commonly used example and a number of our label sizes are the same as Avery sizes, which means you can use a built in Avery template to print labels that you have bought from us.

All of our label sizes that have compatible Avery codes will have the relevant Avery codes listed along with their Label Planet codes – on the product page, product packaging, and template information page. Alternatively, you can visit our List of Label Planet Sizes With Compatible Avery Codes page to see if your Label Planet labels have any compatible Avery codes.

If you have an Avery code in mind and want to see if we supply labels that are the same size, you can use our List of Avery Codes With Compatible Label Planet Sizes page to look up your Avery code and see if we do supply that label size.

If you want to use a built in Avery template, you may need to first select Avery A4/A5 (or Avery Zweckform) as the label vendor/manufacturer to view the Avery templates (as your software may include templates for a variety of brands).

Downloading A Template – Choosing A File Format
Digital files can be created in a variety of formats, which can then be read and edited by specific kinds of software. Our templates, for example, are available in TWO file formats:
.docx Word Templates – the .docx file format is used for Word documents but can be read and edited by other types of Word Processing software (such as Pages or LibreOffice).
.pdf PDF Templates – the .pdf file format is a more generic format that can be read and edited by a variety of graphics packages (such as InDesign or Photoshop).

You need to choose a template with a file format that can be edited by the software that you have access to for the purpose of designing your labels. Please note that some software may be able to read a file format but NOT edit it (for example: the standard version of Adobe Reader can read but not edit the .pdf file format – so you can open PDF templates in Adobe Reader but you can’t make any changes).

Downloading A Template – Choosing A Format
Here at Label Planet, we offer the following formats:
Portrait & Landscape: while the majority of label designs will work best in portrait format, there are some occasions where it is easier to work in landscape – so we provide our customers with options for both!
Text Box & Mirrored: if you only want to add text you can use our Text Box Word templates, while if you are printing transparent labels and want the text to be readable when viewed from the reverse side (e.g. if you are sticking labels on the inside of a window but want them to be legible from the outside) you can use our Mirrored Text Box Word templates.
Bleed: these templates allow you to add oversized coloured backgrounds and images to your labels to prevent any white edging around the outsides of your labels.

Downloading A Template – Top Tips
If you are given the option to “Save” or “Open” your template, select “Save”. Next open the software you want to use to design your labels and use that software to open your saved template (File > Open); this will allow your software to confirm that it can read and edit the file properly (and make any necessary conversions if it can’t) – before you add your design.

If you can’t edit your template at all, it has probably been temporarily locked for security reasons; look for a (yellow) banner going across the top of the page and click on the “Enable Editing” button to unlock the file. If you are using a Word template and cannot see the outlines of your labels, Table Gridlines are turned off. To turn them on, left click once somewhere in the middle of the page, select the Table Tools “Layout” tab at the top of the page, and click “View Gridlines” (Word 2007 onwards, Word For Mac 2016); alternatively, select the “Table Layout” tab, and click “Gridlines” (Word For Mac 2011).

If you are using a Word template to print round labels or oval labels, don’t panic if you can’t see a grid of circles or ovals; Word isn’t capable of creating such a template and so a compromise of squares and rectangles is used instead, so that each square or rectangle represents one of the round or oval labels (with the outermost points of the circle or oval touching the four sides of the square or rectangle).

Downloading A Template – From Label Planet’s Website
There are TWO ways to find the template you need on our website:

  1. Navigate to the product page of the labels you have bought from us and click on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link to view ALL of the available templates for that label size.
  2. Visit our Template Section; select your label shape from the options provided and then select your labels from the table at the top of the page.

You can find more help and advice on designing and printing your own labels in our Help Section, which includes our Guide to Designing & Printing Labels, Top Tips, and our FAQs page. If you find that you encounter a particular problem that you can’t resolve or have a quick question about label printing, remember you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will do their best to provide a solution.

Give Your Invitations & Decorations A Haunting Halloween Or Blazing Bonfire Theme With Labels From Label Planet

Monday, October 17th, 2016

With Halloween just two weeks away and Bonfire Night not that far off, you might well be in the midst of planning a fantastically frightening Halloween party or a spectacular night of (bon)fires and fireworks for Bonfire Night – and, if you’re making your own invitations or decorations this year, we might well have a few labels that will give your holiday projects that perfect finishing touch!

KRAFT LABELS
These labels are made with brown Kraft paper that has a ribbed finish for a brilliantly subtle touch of pattern and texture. Kraft paper is a wonderful addition to any homemade project, whether you’re making cards and invitations or party decorations. The natural finish of these labels makes them an especially perfect choice for bonfire themed projects.
All of our Kraft Labels can be handwritten or printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer.

TRANSPARENT LABELS
Our range of transparent labels might not seem like an obvious choice for Halloween or Bonfire Night BUT they’re an excellent way to add a creative twist to your projects by producing a “floating” effect for your designs. You can use them to make address labels with Halloween or Bonfire Night inspired designs OR use them to add addresses to invitations that have been printed with a Halloween or Bonfire Night theme (so you don’t have to plaster a massive label all over your carefully chosen stationery).

Our removable transparent labels are also a perfect way to create temporary decorations that you can stick around your venue, on walls and doors, windows and floors, and any furniture in between! For example, you could make cobwebs, blood stains, or ghostly apparitions to give your Halloween party a truly terrifying tone OR create your own indoor firework display to match the events going on outside on Bonfire Night.
Our transparent labels include options for permanent and removable adhesives, gloss and matt finishes, and inkjet labels and laser labels.

COLOURED LABELS & FLUORESCENT COLOURED LABELS
If you’re looking for labels that will fit into your holiday colour scheme, we’ve got some perfect options for both Halloween and Bonfire Night. For a more subtle tone, you could try our pastel colours, which include crimson-red, orange-red, and yellow for that autumnal feel (as well as blue and green if you’re going for more unusual Halloween colours).

Alternatively, if you want to make sure your party or event is full of colour, you should definitely check out our range of fluorescent colours, which bring an instant burst of creative colour to any project – we’ve got options for red, orange, yellow, green, and magenta, which should come in handy for both your Halloween and Bonfire Night events.
We supply SEVEN pastel colours, which can be handwritten or printed with either an inkjet printer or a laser printer, and FIVE fluorescent colours, which can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

GOLD LABELS & SILVER LABELS
Firm favourites for the autumn (and, we’ll be honest, winter) season, our gold paper labels and silver paper labels have a wonderful semi-gloss textured finish that has a subtle touch of festive sparkle – which makes them ideal for this time of year, whether you’re trying to add a supernatural shimmer to your Halloween festivities or a flame-like finish to your Bonfire Night celebrations.
These labels can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

Take a look at our List Of All Materials page to see if we’ve got any other labels to give you even more ideas for your holiday projects or simply visit our range pages to choose the label sizes you need and place an order:
KRAFT LABELSTRANSPARENT LABELSCOLOURED LABELSFLUORESCENT LABELSGOLD LABELSSILVER LABELS

Have You Heard About Our Free Label Sample Service?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Here at Label Planet, we know that choosing the right label for the job can be a crucial decision and, with so many different options available, it can be a difficult decision to get right.

This is why we offer a free label sample service so that our customers can request a sample of the labels they THINK are appropriate for their particular label application and test them out in their actual application before they place an order. This way you can check that the material you choose has the appropriate finish for your application (whether you’re going for a dazzling and decorative finish or something a bit more subtle and understated) and that the material and adhesive will function correctly in the environment(s) associated with your application (whether they’ll be stored in a variety of different locations, exposed to different temperatures, or even used outside or in damp indoor conditions).

To request a sample all you need to do is fill in our online sample request form or get in touch with our Customer Service Team. If you are using our online form, please try to be as accurate and detailed as possible with the information you provide – this will allow us to make sure that the samples we send are the best possible options for your particular label application. If you aren’t sure what sort of label you need, try to describe your application in as much detail as possible so we can make a recommendation based on the information you provide.

You can also request a sample if you know what labels you want to buy BUT you’d like to have a few extra sheets on hand so you can practice getting your print just perfect before you put your purchased labels into your printer.

You can find our Sample Request Form on our website here, while our Customer Service Team contact information can be found on our Contact Us page here.

FAQ: How Do I Find Out What Your Labels Cost?

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

All of the prices for our labels are listed on our website and we’ve tried to set things up so that it’s as simple and straightforward as possible to find out how much a particular label costs (and to buy!).

Firstly, we’ve taken the decision to make sure that all of the prices are on our website are ALL-INCLUSIVE; every price includes both VAT and standard UK delivery, which means that the price you see is the price you pay (and you won’t get a nasty shock at the end of the checkout process).

The only time you would need to pay more is if you require non-standard UK delivery.

We offer a range of upgraded delivery options, which do carry an additional shipping charge – this is the amount that the Royal Mail or our carrier service charges us. You will also need to pay extra if you require delivery to the Republic of Ireland or if you are ordering 500+ sheets for delivery to a non-UK Mainland address (e.g. Northern Ireland or Islands With UK Postcodes/Extended Postcodes) via carrier.

For any questions or queries about non-standard delivery options – or to place an order with one of these delivery options – please contact our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help.

Next, we’ve created a price break system, which means that if you are ordering larger quantities, the price per unit is much less than if you order smaller quantities. Our price break levels are indicated on the product page for each label product that we sell, so all you need to do is select the quantity that you need (or that best suits your budget) and add it to your basket.

Our products are grouped onto “Range Pages”; each product type that we supply has its own range page, which provides more information about each product range (including material specifications, common uses etc) along with a complete list of all of the label sizes available for that particular material. You simply click on the image of the product you are interested in to view the product page and price list for that product.

If you are struggling to find a price for a particular product you can always contact our Customer Service team for advice; we also recommend getting in touch if you want to order a mix of colours OR if you have a bit of a shopping list – as we may be able to offer you a slightly better price than if you order online.

Visit our LIST OF ALL LABELS page to view all of the label ranges available from Label Planet and to find out more about (or to buy) a label product within that range; view our Contact Us page for all of our contact information, so you can get in touch with any questions or queries that you might have about our prices, delivery options, and placing orders.

5 Ways That Your Printer Can Make Your Labels Better (& 1 Way That They Can’t)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

When it comes to printing your own labels, the accuracy of your template is undoubtedly one of the most important factors in determining how well they turn out. Another major factor, however, is the printer that you use AND how efficiently you use it; some printers offer specific features that can vastly improve the print quality and accuracy of alignment that you can achieve when printing your own labels and ALL printers can turn the process of printing your own labels into a nightmare if you don’t set them up correctly.

This blog post lists a few of the ways that your printer can help (and hinder) the process of printing your own labels.

  1. THE MEDIA BYPASS TRAY
    The media bypass tray is a secondary tray, usually found just above or below your main paper tray; the media bypass tray is designed specifically to process media made using thicker materials than standard sheets of paper (like labels!) and offers a straighter path through your printer by bypassing at least one set of rollers – this improves the accuracy of your printer’s alignment by reducing the chances of your label sheets rotating slightly as they go through each set of rollers.
  1. THE START PRINT POSITION & THE UNPRINTABLE AREA
    Ever printer has its own level of print accuracy and starting print position (i.e. the place on the A4 sheet that your printer starts printing from); if you bear these two factors in mind, you can adjust your template to suit your printer specifically, which will allow you to design around these factors and create the best possible (and most accurate) template for your particular printer.
    Similarly, most desktop printers are unable to print the full area of an A4 sheet (which produces a kind of border around the edge of your label sheets called the “unprintable area”), which means that if you are aware of where your printer can and cannot print, you can tailor your design to make sure it all falls within the “printable area” of your particular printer.
  1. THE PRINT SETTINGS
    Most printers offer a variety of print settings and properties to choose from, which means that you may well be able to improve the print quality and accuracy of alignment that you can get simply by making sure you use the best possible combination of settings available to you.
    The key settings to check are any that relate to the Media Type or Media Weight; these settings will automatically adjust the way your printer prints to suit a particular medium type and/or weight – with some printers including a specific “Labels” setting that should be ideal (as an alternative, we recommend choosing “Heavy Paper”).
    There are a few other settings that may not improve the print you get BUT will absolutely destroy the alignment of your template if they are wrong. You should therefore always check the following as well:

    • Check that the Page/Media Size/Layout is set to A4.
    • Check that no scaling options (such as a percentage or “Fit To Page”) are selected.
    • Check that no options such as “Ignore Printer Settings” or “Use Driver Settings” are selected.
  1. THE PRINTING METHOD
    Desktop printers tend to be either laser printers or inkjet printers; some label products are tailored to suit ONE of these printing processes only, which means that to get the best out of your labels you should make sure that you choose labels that are compatible with your type of printer.
    All of our label products will have their label compatibility listed on their range page, product page, and product packaging. You should NOT ignore this compatibility listing; if you print laser labels with an inkjet printer or inkjet labels with a laser printer the best you can hope for is poor quality print that smears or flakes away – at worst you may end up damaging your printer.
  1. THE SPECIFICATION
    Every single model of printer will have its own unique set of specifications, which reflect the type and level of printing that a specific model is capable of and designed for. For example, more basic models of printer will be limited in the types and weights of materials that they can print onto successfully. Generally speaking, the more expensive the model, the higher the specification should be; a cheaper “All-In-One” model is designed to do a number of tasks to a reasonable standard and will be limited in the types of materials that it can process, while dedicated printers will be designed to do one task (printing) to a very high standard and will be able to perform that task across a range of material types and weights.
    Ideally, if you are printing labels, you should try to use a printer that has label-specific specifications, such as the presence of a media bypass tray, a specific “Labels” print setting (or settings), and the ability to process a variety of materials and thicknesses. You can find ALL of this information about any model of printer by checking the manufacturer’s manual (usually available from the manufacturer’s website).

AND ONE THING THAT YOUR PRINTER CANNOT IMPROVE:
Even if you’ve chosen the perfect printer, set it up properly, and carefully selected the perfect combination of print settings, your labels are never going to print out properly if you don’t take your time setting up your template.

This is why we always recommend doing a test print onto blank paper first; you can confirm that your printer is correctly set up AND double check that your template is correctly aligned before you start printing onto your actual label sheets.

For more tips & advice take a look through our Help Section and our Blog; you can find Word & PDF Templates (along with more detailed label size information and printing advice) for all of our label sizes in our Template Section.