Posts Tagged ‘Templates’

Schools – We’ve Got Labels For ALL Your #BackToSchool Needs!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The arrival of a new school year heralds the start of all sorts of labelling projects for teachers and members of staff alike; whether you need labels for providing feedback on classwork and homework, setting targets for pupils to encourage progress, creating lesson plans to guide your classes through the term ahead, providing pastoral care throughout the year, or simply getting all of your administrative files, folders, and paperwork sorted out.

At Label Planet, we supply over 1000 schools across the country with a variety of label sizes and colours to help them get the new school year organised and under control! We’ve even put together a dedicated school section to help you find the perfect label size for a variety of purposes, including:

Target Setting & Assessment Labels

  • Create pupil progress labels to provide pupils with targets at the beginning of a new year, term, or topic, which they can stick into their exercise books and use to keep track of their progress.
  • Use coloured labels to indicate if work has undergone teacher, peer, or self-assessment, or create a colour coded system to categorise how well pupils are doing with a particular topic or subject.

Marking & Feedback Labels

  • Print the school’s marking conventions onto labels that pupils can stick into their books and refer to throughout the year.
  • Create feedback labels to quickly and easily add comments to work (especially those that you find yourself repeating over and over again); you could pre-print comments or create labels that include blank spaces for tailored feedback (for example: “two stars & a wish”, “what worked well”, and “even better if” labels).
  • Make merit and reward badges as a simple, cheerful way to provide feedback on how a pupil is doing.
  • Our LP18/63 label size is suitable for use with the Effective Marking Scheme and many schools buy their labels from us year after year; this size is kept in stock in large volumes, so the labels are ready for same day despatch when schools need to order (or re-order!).

Lesson Planning Labels

  • Print out lesson objectives, success criteria, and WALT / WILF statements, which are particularly popular for use in literacy and numeracy lessons.
  • Create vocabulary or keyword lists for a particular term or topic – pupils can stick these lists into their books so they have accurate spellings and/or definitions to refer to throughout the term or topic. Labels are also a brilliant way to add important diagrams or illustrations to exercise books (without having to resort to using messy glue sticks!).

Pastoral Care Labels

  • Labels can be used for a variety of applications related to pastoral care; for example, labels can be used to organise and securely store pupil records, to colour code files to denote the year a pupil is in, to indicate pupils with special status or requirements, or to identify pupils with medical conditions or allergies.
  • Labels can also be used to track and monitor behaviour, whether they are used to record incidents of bad behaviour, to indicate that a particular pupil has been placed under special supervision or on probation, or as a means of reporting behaviour back to parents (for example, by adding stickers to planners that parents are required to review and/or sign each week).
  • Create a school-wide merit system to reward exceptional behaviour, improvement, or achievement; merit labels can be used to track progress and behaviour throughout the year before being added up at the end of term or year to determine which pupils should receive awards or certificates to reward them for their successes.

School Administration Labels

  • We’ve got label sizes to suit all kinds of administration applications but one of the most popular uses for our labels is to label books, including exercise books, text books, library books, record books, and any other types of books you’ve got!
  • Our coloured labels are a quick and easy way to colour code files and folders, paperwork and records into whatever categories you need to use – which makes it quicker and easier to find a particular file or group of files from the hundreds (and thousands) that schools tend to accumulate.

Ordering School Labels From Label Planet

You can choose to buy packs of 25 sheets (for small projects) or you can take advantage of our price break system and order your labels in bulk – saving you plenty of time and money. The majority of our school orders are despatched on the same or next working day (orders of 500+ sheets of made to order items can take up to 5 working days for despatch but paper products are usually despatched much sooner); we aim to have as many of the most popular label sizes used by our school customers in stock, even when they need to order particularly large volumes in preparation for a new term or school year.

Schools can order online, over the phone, by email, or by fax; you can choose to make payment with your order, request a pro-forma invoice against which you (or your Finance Department) can make payment, OR if you are a Local Education Authority School, you can request a 30 Day School Invoice.

If you wish to order by fax or email, please send us the details of your order on an official purchase order form OR on the school letterhead along with the signature of the individual responsible for making payment.

To choose the right labels for your school label application(s) you can use our List of All Labels page to see what materials are available, visit our Labels Listed By Width and Labels Listed By Height pages to see what sizes are available, try out our brand new Label Finder, contact our Customer Service Team for advice, or simply have a browse through our website.

Once you have chosen your labels, you can order online, get in touch with our Customer Service Team by phone, or simply send us an email or fax with the details of the labels you would like to order. If you have any questions or queries about placing an order for labels on behalf of a school, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll do our best to help!

Get In Touch With The Label Planet Team For Help With Labels, Templates, Orders & Much, Much More!

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here at Label Planet, we like to offer our customers as much assistance as we can, whether they need help choosing the right label for their application, need advice on placing an order, need assistance designing a template, or are struggling to get their labels to print properly.

We’ve spent over a decade selling labels online and we’ve picked up all sorts of handy tips and tricks to help make the process of designing and printing your own labels as easy as possible – which means we’ve got plenty of experience to share with our customers to help them find (and print) the perfect label for their application.

Our website features a whole host of helpful extras to help you find the right label, design your own template, and get your printer properly set up to print your own labels:

Label Finder: this brand new feature makes it quick and easy to narrow down the best label products for your particular label application. Simply fill in the options that you know your label MUST match and the Label Finder will filter through our products to suggest those that are suitable for your requirements.

Sample Request: if you aren’t sure that a particular label is the right one for your application, want to test a particular label to make sure it will work correctly in your particular environment, or if you want to see a few different options to see which one looks the best, simply fill in our sample request form to receive a sample of the label(s) you are interested in.

Template Section: we have created a set of Word and PDF templates for all of our label sizes, which you can download from our template section. These templates give you a simple starting point to create your own designs for your labels.

Help Section: we’ve put together some of our top tips and advice to create a series of helpful pages that can help you design and print your own labels, along with some useful tips for troubleshooting the most common problems that can occur.

Blog: we also create regular blogs with more detailed information about our label products, tips and advice on designing templates and printing labels, and answers to various questions that we receive from our customers.

Alternatively, if you’ve got any questions or queries, want to talk to someone about your particular requirements, or need help with placing an order (or have a query about an order you’ve already placed), you can also phone our Customer Service Team for one-to-one advice. Our office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, although you can also contact us at any time through our Contact Us Form, by sending us an email, or even by popping a letter in the post!

Visit our Contact Us page to find out all of the different ways you can get in touch with us here at Label Planet; alternatively, visit our Help Home Page to find all of our helpful extras to get you started with your DIY label project!

FAQ – What Version Of Word Do I Have?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Over the years, Word has gone through several updates (some larger than others), which can make it difficult to work out what editing tools are available (and where they’ve been hidden) when it comes to designing a label template. Where possible, we provide advice for a number of different versions of Word so that all of our customers are able to design a label template using the version of Word that they have installed BUT this may mean that if customers have an issue, we will need to know what version of Word they have to be able to help them more effectively – and some customers will have absolutely no idea which version they are using.

So, this blog is designed to be a quick-fire guide to help you find out which version of Word you have – so you can find out exactly where your formatting and editing tools are hidden!

Word is usually sold as part of a package called “Microsoft Office”; this means that the version of Word you are using might be listed as Word XXXX or Office XXXX (where the XXXX refers to the year or version of Word that you have installed).

It may be possible to find out what version of Word you have simply by searching for a list of programs/software you have installed. For most devices running Windows, this is as simple as clicking on the “Start” button in the bottom left of the screen, clicking on “All Programs”, and looking for Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office in that list – some versions will have the date/version listed here.

Alternatively, you can find out through Word itself by following these guidelines:

  1. File > Account
    Click on “File” in the top left part of your screen and then click on “Account”. The right hand side of this page should have the title “Product Information” and will identify the version of Office that you have installed.
    This applies to Word 2016 and Word 2013, as well as Office 365.
  1. File > Help
    Click on “File” in the top left part of your screen and then click on “Help”. The right hand side of this page should show the version of Office that you have installed.
    This applies to Word 2010.
  1. Microsoft Office Button > Word Options > Resources
    If you have the round Microsoft Office button in the top left of your screen (instead of “File”), click on the Office button, then click “Word Options”, and select “Resources”. The last item in the list on the right hand side should say “About Microsoft Office” to indicate the version of Office that you have installed.
    This applies to Word 2007.
  1. Help > About Microsoft Office Word
    If none of these options have helped, then try clicking on the “Help” option at the top of your screen and selecting “About Microsoft Office Word”, which should bring up information to indicate the version of Office that you have installed.
    This applies to Word 2003.

 For more help and advice on how to design your own label template, please visit our Help Pages, take a look through our Blog posts, or simply get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you have a specific question or query that you need assistance with. Templates for all of our label sizes (including Word and PDF versions) can be downloaded from our Label Template Pages.

FAQ – How Do I Get My Text To Go Around In A Circle?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

If you’re designing circular labels, you might be thinking that you want your text or design to make the most of the space available, which means that you might be wondering exactly how you go about getting your text to go around in a circle – especially if you’re trying to use a Word template.

Word is, essentially, a word processor; it is software that is designed specifically for inserting and editing text, with some limited function for page layout design. This means that it has a limited number of tools geared towards graphic design, which can make it a little trickier to use when it comes to designing templates.

HOWEVER, there is a simple way to create circular text to match the circular outline of your labels – through the magic of good, old fashioned WordArt! The steps you need to follow will vary slightly, depending on the version of Word you are using – and more recent versions of Word will give you access to editing tools that are more advanced than those in earlier versions.


  1. Click “Insert”, “WordArt”, and select a style to begin.
    If you aren’t sure which style to pick, we recommend choosing the first (most basic) option as you can always alter the style of your WordArt later on.
  1. Enter the text you want into the text box/placeholder provided and select OK.
  2. To change the shape of your WordArt, left click on it once to select it – this will cause a “Format” tab to appear at the top of your page, beneath the words “Drawing Tools”.
    The ribbon will now contain a section called “WordArt Styles”, which will include a larger box showing examples of different styles along with three small icons to the right of this box. The bottom icon in this set of three is the tool you need to use and will either be called “Change Shape” (Word 2007-2010) or “Text Effects” (Word 2013-16). Click on this icon (choose “Transform” from the dropdown list, Word 2013-2016) and select one of the options listed under “Follow Path” to get your text to go in a circular (or even semi-circular) shape.
  1. Resize and/or reposition your WordArt to get it in the correct position within your label design – you may need to use trial printing onto paper and a bit of trial and error to get the best possible alignment.
    If you want all of your labels to be the same (or to use the same basic design), we highly recommend setting up one piece of WordArt in the first label in your template and then using copy and paste to fill in the rest of the labels.


  1. Click “Insert”, “Picture”, and then “WordArt”.
  2. Select a style, enter the text you want into the box provided, and click OK.
    If you aren’t sure which style to select or the font you want to use, we recommend selecting the first style option and using the default font settings, as you can always alter the style of your WordArt later on.
  1. Left click on your WordArt to bring up the Drawing Toolbar; there should be an icon in the toolbar made up of the letters “Abc” – this tool allows you to change the shape of your WordArt, simply by clicking on one of the shapes that appear when you click on this icon (choose one of the thin circular or semi-circular shapes to get your text to follow a circular or semi-circular path).
  2. Resize and/or reposition your WordArt to get it in the correct position within your label design – you may need to use trial printing onto paper and a bit of trial and error to get the best possible alignment.
    If you want all of your labels to be the same (or to use the same basic design), we highly recommend setting up one piece of WordArt in the first label in your template and then using copy and paste to fill in the rest of the labels.

You can find Word (and PDF) templates for all of our round labels on our “Templates For Circular Labels” page; for more tips and advice on designing your own template, take a look through our Blog or visit our Advice Pages.

Top Tips – Getting Started With A Label Template

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

If you’ve never created a template for printing your own labels before it can be quite a daunting process to go through on your own. At Label Planet, we try to provide our customers with as much backup as they need to get them up and running (and printing their own labels). With this in mind, this blog is all about how to get started with a brand new label template.

STEP 1: Getting Hold Of The Right Template
Obviously, the first thing to do is to get hold of (or make!) a template that is suitable for the labels you need to print. At Label Planet, we’ve put together a set of templates for each label size that we offer, so the simplest thing to do is to download a template from our website.

You can find the template you need in one of two ways:

  1. Visit our Template Section, select the shape of label you are printing, and then find your product in the list. You can then download either a Word or PDF template on this page or click on the “More Info” link to view ALL of the templates available for that size.
  2. Visit the product page of the labels that you have purchased and click on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link.

When downloading a template from our website, you may be asked if you prefer to “Open” or to “Save” the file; we recommend that you choose “Save”. Sometimes, working on a file that you’ve simply “opened” will mean that your computer or device can’t convert or edit the file properly – but you won’t necessarily know this until you’ve already finished creating your template and you’re trying to print it. Saving the file is also useful if you want to open the file in software that needs to convert the file to a different format before you can edit it.

As an alternative to downloading a template from our site, you can also choose to set up your own template or use an existing template that is compatible with our label sizes and products (e.g. an Avery template). To set up your own template, we recommend visiting the Template Information Page for the labels you want to print (by following option 2 above) and then using the measurements there as a guide for your template.

To use a compatible Avery template that is built in to the software you want to use, you will first need to confirm that your labels have a compatible Avery code (this information is also listed on the Template Information Page for each label product), and then locate that code in the options listed in your software. Make sure you select “Avery A4/A5” as the label vendor and please note that different software (and different versions of software) will contain different lists of built in templates.

STEP 2: Start Your Design In The Top Left Corner
Unless you’re creating a set of labels where every single label is different, the best way to create a label template is to work on your design in the top left label and then (when you’re happy with your design) use copy and paste to fill in the rest of the labels.

If your design contains multiple elements (e.g. a mixture of text and images), we highly recommend starting with your background and working into the foreground. You should also take care to check the default style and formatting options that are applied to each layer or object that you add to make sure all of the elements in your design sit together in the right position (rather than jumping around your template).

If you are working with a Word template, you can find all of the style and formatting options for an item by left clicking on that item once – this will add a tab at the top of the page called “Format” (beneath a coloured tab that says “Drawing Tools” or “Picture Tools” depending on the type of item you have selected), which will contain all of the tools available for editing that item.

STEP 3: Testing Your Template
While you might think that the next step would be to go ahead and print your labels, we actually recommend adding one extra step and taking the time to do a quick test print of your template. Even if you’ve taken hours to carefully set up and check your template over, what you see onscreen won’t necessarily be what you see when you press print – which is why you should put in a blank sheet of paper first and print your template onto this sheet to test how well (or not) your template aligns with your labels. Hold the printout against a sheet of your labels and if there are any issues with the alignment you can correct these issues before printing onto your labels.

You should always do the following before you print your labels (and your test print):

  1. Put your blank labels or blank sheet of paper into the media bypass tray of your printer (if it has one).
  2. Go through your printer’s settings (click on “Printer Properties” or “Printing Preferences”) to make sure that the page size is set to A4 (and nothing else) and that no scaling options have been selected (e.g. “Fit To Page”).

All printers vary slightly in their accuracy and print positioning, so you may find that your labels are printing in the correct position relative to one another BUT they’re all sitting Xmm too high / low / left / right. To fix this issue, you simply need to increase or decrease the top and/or left margins to manually shift your design into the correct position.

Visit our Templates Section to find and download a template OR visit our Help Pages and Blog to find more help and advice on how to design and print your own labels.

Trouble With Your Templates After Upgrading To Windows 10? Try These 3 Troubleshooting Tips!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

With Microsoft pushing users of its Windows operating system to upgrade to Windows 10, you may have recently decided to take the plunge and upgrade – or you may have found yourself on the receiving end of an enforced upgrade. While some go through the process quite smoothly, others will find that they run into problems – one of which may be that the label templates they’ve been using for months or even years without issue are now failing to print correctly.

We’ve had a few calls from customers who have experienced problems with their templates after upgrading to Windows 10 and so we’ve done some research to find out what is going on and, more importantly, what solutions are available to fix these problems. For most people, the upgrade to Windows 10 doesn’t appear to cause any issues until they try to print their templates; while these templates look fine on the “Print Preview” screen, once printed out the alignment gets progressively worse going down the page. If you experience this problem, we have a shortlist of troubleshooting tips that should fix the issue:

TIP NO. 1: Check The Page Size Of Your Label Template
The Cause Of The Problem:
During the upgrade, Microsoft Word may have returned to default settings and is now using the US page size (American Letter) instead of A4 – which will cause your printer to try to print your template to a page size that is wider and shorter than your label sheets.

The Fix:

  • Go to the “Print Preview” screen (click “File” > “Print”) and click on “Page Setup” (towards the bottom of the screen).
  • Click on the “Paper” tab and check that “Paper Size” is set to A4, with a width of 210mm and a height of 297mm.

If the page size is not set to A4, update the page size and test print your template onto blank paper to check if this has corrected the issue. If the page size is already set to A4 (or if changing it doesn’t solve your issue), try Tip No. 2.

TIP NO. 2: Check Your Printer’s Settings
The Cause Of The Problem:
Upgrading to Windows 10 may also reset your printer to default settings, which can change the page size it uses and can cause your printer to ignore the settings you are selecting (using a default set from your printer driver instead).

The Fix:

  • Go to the “Print Preview” screen (click “File” > “Print”) and click on “Printer Properties” (towards the top of the screen).
  • Check that “Page Size”/”Page Layout”/”Media Size”/”Media Layout” is set to A4. Double check that no scaling options such as “Fit To Page” or “Resize To Fit To Page” are selected.
  • Look for any options such as “Use Driver Settings” or “Ignore Print Settings”, which may cause your printer to ignore the settings you are entering in favour of using the default driver settings.

If the page size is not A4, if scaling options are applied, or if your printer is using default driver settings, update these settings and test print your template to check if this has corrected the issue. If your printer settings are already correct (or if changing them doesn’t solve your issue), try Tip No. 3.

TIP NO. 3: Update Your Printer Driver
The Cause Of The Problem:
Since the launch of Windows 10, many printer manufacturers have created new printer drivers to ensure that their printers continue to work correctly with the new operating system; the printer driver is a piece of software run by your printer, which converts the data (files) that you send to your printer into a form that your printer can then process and print. Unfortunately, these new printer drivers are not installed as part of the upgrade to Windows 10 so you may need to do this yourself after upgrading to allow you to print your label templates correctly.

The Fix:

  • Windows 10 automatically checks for, downloads, and installs new drivers for the majority of devices (including printers), so all you should need to do is run Windows Update to update your printer driver.
  • Click on “Start” > “Settings” > “Update and Recovery” and then select “Check For Updates”.

If Windows Update doesn’t find an updated driver for your particular printer, you can try doing a manual search:

  • Through Device Manager
    Click “Start”, type “Device Manager” into the search bar, and select it from the results. Expand the categories to find your printer, then right click and select “Update Driver Software”. Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software” (but be aware this may take some time to complete!).
  • Through the Manufacturer’s Website
    Printer drivers can usually be found in the “Support” section; while all websites will vary slightly, you will usually need to enter the model/make of your printer and then select the appropriate driver for the version of Windows you are using. Follow the instructions on the website to download and install the driver.

You can also try uninstalling and reinstalling your printer to trigger a search for the latest printer driver:

  • Click “Start”, type “Devices and Printers” into the search bar, and select it from the results.
  • Click on your printer and select “Remove device” to uninstall your printer.
  • Follow the installation process to reinstall your printer (with the latest printer driver).

Hopefully, following these steps should resolve any issues you have printing your label templates. If you continue to have problems with a label template, we are more than happy to talk to customers but please note that we are only able to offer advice on troubleshooting templates and we are not qualified to offer technical advice to resolve issues with your operating system. You may wish to visit Microsoft’s website to search through their help pages and community forum to find a solution for any continuing problems you are having but we would always recommend seeking advice from a professional source rather than attempting to fix things yourself if you have any doubts at all about what you are doing.

At Label Planet, we have created a Template Section on our website, which gives our customers access to Word Templates for ALL of our label sizes and products, completely free of charge. All of our templates have been carefully set up and thoroughly tested to ensure that they provide the best possible starting point if you want to print your own labels. We also review (and update where necessary) our templates on a regular basis to ensure that they remain the most accurate and useful versions possible.

To download a template from our website you can either:

  • Visit our Template Section, select the link for the shape of label you wish to print, and find your labels in the list (which is sorted by no. of labels per sheet).
  • Visit the product page of the labels you wish to print (by entering the product code starting with “LP” into the product search bar), and click on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link.

FAQ Special – A Label Planet Guide To Finding Avery Compatible Labels & Templates

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Many customers use the terms “Avery labels” and “labels” interchangeably, which can lead to a great deal of confusion when they start to look at OTHER manufacturers and suppliers of labels – a situation that isn’t helped much by the fact that many companies use Avery sizes and codes as a reference point for their own products, leading to a mishmash of codes that anyone would be puzzled by. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to finding the right labels (and templates) if you’re using Avery products and/or codes as a starting point.

Do You Sell Avery Products?
We do not sell ANY branded label products (apart from our own name label products); all of our labels are independently manufactured in the UK using high quality materials, with some of our products being “Avery Compatible”.

What Do You Mean By Avery Compatible?
Some of our products are made using the same label sizes and layouts as those made by Avery. This means that you can buy labels from us that are the same size and layout as those sold by Avery and that you can print onto our labels using Avery templates.

We have a number of customers who have used Avery products in the past but no longer wish to purchase from Avery (some have struggled to find a supplier of the product they want, some want a better price, others want to buy a particular size in a material not offered by Avery, and some have had problems with the quality of their Avery products) – these customers want to find a replacement that is the same (in size and layout) as the Avery products they have bought before so that they don’t have to waste time trying to find a similar alternative (or re-designing their templates).

Choosing an Avery compatible product means that you can use the same template(s) as you always do; you simply have to put our labels into your printer instead of Avery’s!

How Do I Find Out If One Of Your Products Is Compatible With One Of Avery’s?
All of our label sizes that are compatible with those of Avery will have the Avery code listed along with their Label Planet code.

We’ve also put together a List of Label Planet Label Sizes With Compatible Avery Codes page so you can see ALL of our label sizes that are compatible with an Avery product (or products) in one go.

Why Do You List So Many Different Avery Codes For One Label Planet Size?
Most of the Label Planet products that are compatible with Avery products will be listed as having multiple compatible Avery codes; this is due to the system used by Avery to create codes for its products and templates.

Every Avery product has a code that is both its “product code” and its “template code” – in other words you can use the same code to refer to a product and to the template that is used to print onto that product.

The problem is that some Avery products have the exact same size and layout (and so can be printed using the same template) BUT have different product codes (and therefore template codes) because they are made with different materials. For example, Avery supplies 40mm round labels in six different colours, which means that there are six product/template codes that can be used to print onto any of those labels (and that can be used to print onto our Avery compatible LP24/40R labels).

We try to list ALL of the Avery codes that are compatible with one of our label sizes because people tend to use these codes to find a built in Avery template in their software (e.g. Word); different software (and versions of software) will include different Avery codes, so by including them all, you should be able to find one that is available in the software that you are using.

I Have An Avery Code & Want To Find Out If You Have A Compatible Product – What Should I Do?
If you have a specific Avery code that you’re trying to find a compatible product for, the best thing to do is to take a look at our List Of Avery Codes With Compatible Label Planet Products. This page lists ALL of the Avery codes that have a compatible Label Planet product. The codes are listed numerically and then alphabetically; if you don’t see your Avery code in this list then it is more than likely that we don’t offer a compatible product.

I’ve Bought Labels From You But I Can’t Find A Compatible Avery Code To Set Up My Template – What Should I Do?
If the product page of the labels you’ve bought from us doesn’t list an Avery code, then it is likely that Avery simply doesn’t supply labels in that particular size and/or layout (and so, naturally, doesn’t offer a template for them). While Avery is a popular brand, many customers find that they simply don’t offer the same range of sizes and material options that others (like Label Planet!) do.

Here at Label Planet, we aim to offer our customers the best possible range of label products AND helpful extras to help them design and print their own labels, which is why each of our label sizes has its own dedicated “Template Information Page” full of information about that particular size and layout along with sets of Word and PDF templates for our customers to download and use.

To find a template for your Label Planet labels, simply visit the product page of the labels you have purchased from us and click on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information For This Label” link. Alternatively, visit our Template Section and use the links to navigate to the templates for the product(s) you have bought from us.

Find out more about our self-adhesive label products (and helpful extras such as templates, samples, and advice) on our “Self-Adhesive Labels” page. Alternatively, visit our “List Of All Label Materials” to view all of the label products available from Label Planet OR visit our “Label Sizes Listed By Width” and “Label Sizes Listed By Height” pages to see if we have a label size that is suitable for your application.

Don’t Let Your Labels Push You Over The Edge – An FAQ Special About Printing Labels

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

While there are various elements that can potentially cause problems when you print a template, one of the trickiest issues is dealing with what happens at the edges of each label on an A4 sheet of labels.

If you’re creating a simple set of basic labels then you’ll probably find that you don’t get close enough to the edges of your labels for them to become an issue BUT if you’re working on a design that fills (or takes advantage of the shaping of) each label then you might find that you struggle to get the edges just right. With this in mind, we’ve created a short FAQ special all about handling the potential problems of printing up to (or over) the edges of your labels.

Why won’t my printer print to the edges of my labels?
If you’ve created a large design that fills your labels but find that parts of it are “cut off” around the edges of the sheet, the problem is probably caused by the “printable” (and therefore “unprintable”) area of the printer you are using.

While standard desktop printers are designed specifically for handling A4 sheets, they cannot print the FULL AREA of an A4 sheet; there will be a section around the edges of an A4 sheet that a printer simply cannot reach, which is known as the “unprintable” area. Even if you create a template design that uses the full area of an A4 sheet, your printer will not be able to print the outermost part of your design – which means that if any part of any of your labels fall into this “unprintable” area, that part will remain blank and unprinted. The only way to solve this issue is to either adapt your design to take into account the area that your printer cannot reach (bearing in mind that, if you’re creating a set of identical labels, you’ll need to adapt the design to suit ALL of the labels on your sheet) or to try to get access to a printer that is capable of “borderless” or “edge-to-edge” printing.

How do I find the “printable” area of my printer?
The simplest way to determine how much of an A4 sheet your printer can actually print is to set up a blank Word document, fill the page with a coloured box or background, and print this document onto a blank sheet of paper. The “printable” area of the sheet will be filled in, while the “unprintable” area will remain blank. You can then use this test print to make sure your design sits within the “printable” area of your printer.

When I print my template, Word says my margins are too small and some content may be cut off – what should I do?
For the most part, you can ignore this warning and simply select “Yes” to carry on and print your labels.

Word attempts to account for the fact that most printers cannot print the full area of an A4 sheet by creating page margins to indicate the “printable” and “unprintable” area of your documents (and templates). Unfortunately, these page margins tend to be a rather excessive overestimate of the area that standard desktop printers cannot reach – which is why it is usually safe to simply ignore this particular warning.

However, if your design is actually sitting quite close to the edges of your page (for example, if your margins are less than 10mm), you may want to do a test print of your template onto blank paper first to establish whether or not your printer will be able to print all of your design.

What if my labels go right up to the edges of my label sheets?
Label sheets are made with a variety of layouts; the majority of A4 label products have a selvedge (or blank strip) around each edge of the sheet with some sizes also featuring gaps between the columns and/or rows of labels. These selvedges and gaps create a layout whereby the entire area of every single label on a sheet sits within the “printable” area of standard desktop printers, which means you can print right up to the edge of every single label without any problems.

The exception to this practice is “kiss cut” or “butt cut” labels; these labels are cut into shapes (usually rectangles or squares) that “butt up” against one another (in other words, there are no gaps between them). While some butt cut layouts have selvedges around one or more of the edges of the sheet, some of the labels will sit at the very edge of the sheet (within the “unprintable” area). You will need to either adapt your design to take into account the areas that your printer cannot print, get access to a “borderless” printer, or select another label layout that DOES offer selvedges (and gaps).
Our range of Rectangular Labels With Square Cut Corners are “butt cut” labels; the label sizes in this range that DO have a selvedge (or selvedges) have an “S” at the end of the product code (e.g. LP8/105S, LP12/105S).

My design overlaps the edge(s) of my labels when I print it out, what should I do?
If the design on each of your labels is getting cut off slightly there are a few solutions you can try. If your design is being cut off on each label on one side and by the same amount (i.e. they’re all sitting too far left/right/high/low), then you can overcome this issue by simply increasing or decreasing the top and left margins of your template to manually shift your design into the correct position. If your design is being cut off on two or more sides, then you should consider reducing the size of the text and/or images you have added.

If your design gets progressively more misaligned as you look down or across the sheet (or if it is aligned correctly in the centre of the sheet and gets worse as you move outwards), then it is likely that your printer settings are incorrect; this issue is most commonly caused by a printer being set to a page size other than A4 OR because a scaling setting has been applied (such as a percentage that is more or less than 100% or a setting such as “Fit To Page”).

 What can I do to make sure my design is appropriate for the shape and layout of my labels (and so avoid problems at the edges of my labels)?
While every design is different, there are a few “golden rules” that you can follow to improve the quality and accuracy of your printed labels:

  • Centralise your design: if you set up your design so that it sits in the centre of each label, it is far more likely that your design will fall inside the central area of your labels (avoiding the edges) and won’t end up sitting in the “unprintable” area of your printer.
  • Avoid using a border: borders highlight the edges of your labels, which means they have the unfortunate side effect of also highlighting any inaccuracies in the alignment of your printer. If you absolutely have to use a border, then we recommend using a thick border, which you can overlap over the edges of your labels.
    Adding a border is also tricky to get right if any sides of your labels are butt cut; standard printers are not capable of extremely accurate print positioning, which will mean that you may end up with the border of one label overlapping onto another.
  • Take care with images and/or coloured backgrounds: if you add an image that is the same shape as your labels you will need to take great care with the alignment, as any slight misalignment will be made more obvious by the repetition of the same shape. If your image and label shapes don’t match, then you need to make sure that the image fits accurately within the edges of your labels OR that there is space around and between each label so that you can oversize your image around the edges of each label. Likewise, if you use a coloured background you will need to take a great deal of care with your alignment if there are no gaps between your labels (to avoid the background overlapping onto another label); if there are gaps between your labels then we recommend oversizing your background (or flood coating your template with a particular colour) to ensure that you don’t end up with any white edging around your labels.

To download a template or to find out more about the size and layout of any of our label sizes, please visit the Template Section of our website. Alternatively, take a look through our Help Pages and Blog for more tips and advice on designing and printing your own labels.

Label Planet & The World Of Self-Adhesive Labels

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

While the label universe is full of all sorts of different kinds of labels, at Label Planet we’ve chosen to specialise in one particular kind of label: self-adhesive labels.

What are Self-Adhesive Labels?
The name comes from the type of adhesive used to make these labels; “self-adhesive” or “pressure sensitive” adhesives are adhesives that are tacky (sticky) under “normal” conditions, which means they require only the pressure of a finger or hand to be applied. These labels simply need to be peeled off their backing sheet and placed firmly onto the surface of the item being labelled.

Why do we specialise in A4 Sheets of Self-Adhesive Labels?
Self-adhesive labels can be produced in a variety of formats (including Roll Labels and Fan-Fold Labels) but we have chosen to specialise in blank labels supplied on A4 sheets. This is because this particular format is the most convenient for customers who are looking to print their own labels. Our labels are compatible with standard desktop inkjet printers and laser printers, which means that anyone can produce their own set of labels using the computer and printer that they already have access to at home or at work.

We have also chosen to specialise in one particular type of self-adhesive label because this allows us to provide our customers with better choice, better prices, better despatch and delivery times, and better customer care. Label Planet customers can choose from over 100 sizes across a range of more than 30 material options with many of these products available to order for same day despatch from stock. Our products are manufactured in the UK using high quality materials and we offer a range of helpful extras to make sure that our customers are able to produce high quality labels themselves.

What kinds of Self-Adhesive Labels are available from Label Planet?
We offer a range of materials and adhesives to help make sure that our customers find a label that can fulfil the requirements of the label application they have in mind. These materials include both paper and synthetic materials (polyester and polyethylene), a range of finishes (gloss, semi-gloss, and matt), and 15 coloured paper options (7 pastels, 5 fluorescents, 2 metallics, and Kraft), while our adhesives range from extremely strong permanent adhesives to extremely light removable adhesives, via a number of “speciality” options, including freezer, opaque, VOID, waterproof, and marine adhesives.

How easy is it to print Self-Adhesive Labels?
All you need is a template and a printer (although time and patience are also quite useful!).

A number of our label sizes are compatible with Avery products, which means you can use the Avery templates that are often built into existing software (such as Word). Alternatively, you can visit the Template Section of our site and download a template in either Word or PDF format for the labels you are going to print. The Word templates can be used in Word or any other Word Processing software that can edit the .docx file format (e.g. Pages, OpenOffice, LibreOffice etc), while the PDF templates can only be edited using a graphics package (such as InDesign, Photoshop etc). Simply add your required design to your template and you’re halfway there!

All of our labels are compatible with standard desktop printers, although some materials are only compatible with either laser printers or inkjet printers – we indicate the printer compatibility on each of our label products, so all you need to do is double check that a product is compatible with the printer you intend to use. You should use the media bypass of your printer (if it has one) and check through your printer’s properties to see if there are any settings that will improve the print quality you achieve (for example, some printers have a “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting) and to ensure that the page size is set to A4 (with no scaling options selected).

We highly recommend doing a “test print” first before putting your labels into your printer; test print your template onto blank paper, put this printout against a sheet of your labels, and hold them both up to the light to see if the alignment is accurate or if it needs adjusting slightly (all printers vary by a few mm in their print positioning, so you can usually improve the alignment simply by increasing or decreasing the top and left margins as necessary).

Visit our brand new “Self-Adhesive Labels” page to find out more about the self-adhesive labels we supply (and the helpful extras that you can find on our website) or visit our List Of All Labels page to view ALL of the different label products that make up the world of Label Planet.

Top Tips To Perfect Your Print Positioning

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

There are many different elements that come into play when printing labels; you cannot assume that you’ll get perfect print simply by filling in a template, dumping some labels in your printer, and pressing print. At Label Planet, we recommend taking some time to make perfectly sure that your template is set up to work efficiently for you – and by “you” we mean your software, your hardware, and your labels.

All of these elements involve factors that can cause problems with your print positioning:

  • LABELS: all label products are manufactured to a tolerance (an allowed deviation from the measurements specified for a product), which means that every batch of labels may have very subtle variations in their sizing and layout that you’ll need to adjust for if you want to create the perfect template.
  • SOFTWARE: all software is designed for a particular kind of task, which means that the software you are using may be limited in its capacity to create a precise template. This means it’s up to you to find the appropriate tools to use and then use them correctly (which may also mean checking for default settings that might not be the best options for your purposes).
  • HARDWARE: all printers vary very slightly in their specifications and accuracy, which means you should make sure that you’re using both the best possible combination of print settings and taking advantage of any additional features (such as the bypass tray) instead of relying on default settings that are usually designed to produce decent print positioning on paper.

Here’s a quick-fire list of things you can do to help prevent problems with your print positioning:

  • Centralise Your Design: centralising your template and working from the inside out is a simple way to control how well your print is positioned, especially if you’re working with shapes that are a little more unusual (such as circles and ovals).
  • Check Your Format & Style Options: if you find that different objects within your design aren’t quite sitting where they’re supposed to or just don’t quite look right (even when you try to adjust them), it’s well worth looking through the format and style options applied to your objects to see if one of those default options is correcting your design in a manner that you don’t want it to.
  • Check Your Template For “Auto Corrects”: this one is especially important if you’re relying on copy and paste to add in separate elements that will make up your final design; some software detects what you are doing and then “helpfully” makes adjustments based on what it assumes you are trying to achieve. When you’re adding content, however, one of these “helpful” automatic corrections may be to move parts of your design around or to increase your template sizing and/or margins to make everything fit – which will obviously destroy the alignment of your template.
  • Make The Most Of Your Margins: if you’ve got your template all set up but find that your print is positioned in the wrong place (i.e. it’s all sitting too high/low/left/right), you might think that the only way to fix this is to move all of your design elements one by one to the correct position. A far better method is to adjust the page margins of your document; this will force your printer into moving all of the elements in your design for you and means you don’t have to worry about making sure that you’ve moved every single element in the exact same way.
  • Always Use Your Media Bypass Tray: the main tray in most printers is the “Paper Tray” and, as the name suggests, is designed specifically for the efficient processing of sheets of standard paper. Labels, however, differ in several ways from standard paper, which means that you should use the “Media Bypass Tray” instead. The Media Bypass tray is designed for thicker materials, which means that it will be able to pick up different materials much more efficiently. This tray also usually offers a more direct route through the printer (involving fewer sets of rollers), which improves your print positioning because there is a much lower chance that a sheet will rotate as it passes through all of the rollers.
  • ALWAYS Do A Test Print: while this might not give you a definitive answer as to WHAT is going wrong, it will give you a quick and easy way to check if your labels are going to print correctly or incorrectly. You can then take a closer look at your template, software, and printer settings to try to root out the cause of the problem and fix it before you use your actual sheets of labels.

For more tips and advice, please visit our Help section.