Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: How To? - How To Use Print Settings To Improve Print Quality & Alignment When Printing Label Templates


There are lots of little ways to improve the print quality and alignment you can achieve when printing label templates, simply by being precise and selective with the print settings you pick.
 label templates misalignment problems

Why Are Print Settings So Important When Printing Label Templates?

You might assume that whatever your label template looks like on your computer screen, that is what it will look like when you press print. This, however, is not always the case.

When printing label templates, a number of steps take place:
  1. Your software sends your label template to another piece of software called the printer driver.
  2. The printer driver converts your label template into a language that your printer can understand. This is a Page Description Language; it describes the content and layout of your template in the form of a series of geometric lines and shapes that are defined by mathematical equations.
  3. This description of your label template is then converted into a bitmap image; a rectangular grid made up of pixels (picture elements or dots).
  4. Your printer then recreates this bitmap image on your sticky labels. It uses the print settings that you have selected (or else the default settings stored in the printer driver).
This means that the alignment and quality of the label template on your screen can be significantly altered during the printing process. These alterations often depend on the print settings you have (or haven’t) taken the time to select.

Which Print Settings Should I Look Out For When Printing Label Templates?

There are a number of print settings to look out for when printing label templates (or even test printing label templates!).

Printing Label Templates & Page Size

You must select a page size of A4 or you will not get the correct alignment. Some printers store the page size used for the previous print job. All printers may default at times to settings stored in the print driver. The default page size may not be A4. Some drivers default to the American page size standard known as American Letter – or Letter.

Printing Label Templates & Media Type/Weight

You also need to select a print setting that is appropriate for self adhesive labels. Sticky labels and standard sheets of paper are two very different print media. For a start, self adhesive labels are much thicker. They are also made of a wide range of materials (including special coatings and finishes), which can influence the quality of your print. To ensure the highest possible print quality, you need to select a print setting designed for printing onto different materials.

This is because media type/weight settings alter how your printer works to ensure your print is always applied as efficiently as possible. Laser printers run more slowly and increase the heat applied during printing. Inkjet printers will also alter the dispersal of inks and slow down to ensure that your print is perfect.

Some printers separate media type (e.g. paper, labels, envelopes etc) and media weight (usually expressed as grammage – or gsm), while others lump them together. Ideally, you should use a specific “Labels” setting, along with a weight that matches your sticky labels.

Our Material Specification Sheets include the weight of each of our products; these can be found on each range page or by visiting our List Of Material Specification Sheets page. 

Alternatively, you should opt for a “Heavy Paper” setting or the most suitable option available. Some manufacturers provide guidance in the printer's manual on the best print settings to use for specific print media.

Printing Label Templates & (Printer) Resolution

Your printer’s resolution refers to the amount of detail that your printer can reproduce in a given area. A higher printer resolution means that your printer can include more detail, which is needed to accurately reproduce high resolution artwork.

Regardless of the level of printer resolution your printer can achieve, most printers default to a lower printer resolution. This is because basic day-to-day print jobs do not require a high printer resolution. A basic resolution of 300 x 300 dpi (dots of ink/toner per inch) is good enough for standard documents.

If you want to print images or high resolution digital artwork or photography onto your sticky labels, you will need to select a higher level of printer resolution. These may be referred to in a number format (e.g. 300 x 300 dpi/300 dpi) or with a descriptive title (e.g. “Good”). 300 dpi is usually “Normal” or “Good”, 600 dpi is “High”, while 1200 dpi (capable of reproducing high resolution digital photographs) is “Best” or “Photo”.

Printing Label Templates & Scaling

Never use scaling options when printing label templates. This includes any percentage less than 100% or “Fit To” options, such as Fit to Page and Fit to Sheet. If you have an “Actual Size” option, use it to help prevent scaling problems.

Printing Label Templates & Edge-To-Edge “Borderless” Printing

If your self adhesive labels sit very close to or at the edges of your A4 sheets, you may need to turn on your printer’s edge-to-edge printing feature – if it has this option. Most standard desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet. This creates an “unprintable” border around the edges of your self adhesive labels where your printer cannot reach. If your design falls into this area, you will need to turn on your printer’s “edge-to-edge” function, which allows it to print the full area of an A4 sheet. If your printer doesn’t offer this function, you will need to adjust your design to ensure that it doesn’t fall into the areas on your A4 sheets of sticky labels that your printer cannot print.

Printing Label Templates & Default Settings

Some printers will also have options called “Ignore Printer Settings” / “Use Default Settings” / “Use Driver Settings”. These should NOT be selected as they will instruct your printer to ignore your carefully chosen print settings in favour of the default settings stored in the printer driver.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Definition – What Is A Printer Driver & Why Are They So Important For Printing Label Templates?

Friday, 17 August 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: Stikins Name Labels Investigates Alliterative Aliases & Superhero Pseudonyms

You might not know it but the 17th August is the birthday of Lois Lane, a character from the Superman comic books (and films!). This got us thinking about all of the alliterative names used in comic books. So here in the Stikins name labels office, we decided to investigate this titular trend and see how it fares amongst our customers…

Stikins Name Labels Presents…Fascinating Facts About Superhero Pseudonyms And Alliterative Aliases.

Take a look at the world of comic book characters and you’ll soon run into a whole bunch of alliterative names.
  • Alliterative names appeared very early on the history of comic books. Examples from the 1930s and 40s include: Lois Lane, Clark Kent (Superman), Lex Luthor, Billy Batson (Captain Marvel/Shazam), Wonder Woman, Shiera Sanders (Hawkgirl), the Caped Crusader (Batman), and the Scarlet Speedster (Flash).
  • Most alliterative names, however, come from one creator – Stan Lee. During the “Silver Age” of comics, Stan Lee created a huge number of titles for Marvel Comics, including the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Black Panther.
  • Each title needed to be populated with heroes, villains, family, friends, colleagues, and other characters. In an effort to remember all of their names, Stan Lee decided to use alliteration. If he knew one half of a name (and that the other half started with the same letter or sound), he could - usually - remember all of the names he'd given to his creations.
  • Lee famously forgot the names of Peter Parker (Spiderman) and Bruce Banner (the Hulk) – resulting in a number of storylines that referred to Peter Palmer and Bob Banner.
  • The trend has been honoured by comic writers ever since. More recent additions to the list of alliterative names include: Wade Winston Wilson (Deadpool), Jessica Jones, Miles Morales (Spiderman), Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider), and Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel).
  • Superman has a LOT of alliterative names – especially “LL” names. At least 24 characters have double Ls as their initials, mostly from the Luthor, Lane, and Lang families. While the first few names were accidental, the writers went with the trend and have even made reference to it in a number of storylines. In one, Superman receives a message that a loved one is in danger and the only clue to their identity is the letters LL – which Superman himself acknowledges isn’t exactly helpful...
  • Technically speaking, one of the most famous LLs – Lex Luthor – isn’t really a double L at all. His full name is actually Alexander Joseph Luthor.
  • Lois Lane has plenty of alliterative connections. Not only does she have a sister named Lucy Lane, she was also named after an actress called Lola Lane, and has been portrayed by a number of actresses with alliterative names – including Amy Adams, Dana Delany, Pauley Perrette, Grey Griffin, Rebecca Romijn, Noel Neill, and Monica Murray!
  • While most characters only have one alliterative name, some have the (rather dubious) honour of having alliterative superhero/supervillain names and alter egos. These include the Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz, who also uses the aliases John Jones and Hank Henshaw), Miss Martian (M'gann M'orzz who also uses the alias Megan Morse), Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom), and one of the characters who operated under the Star Sapphire title (Deborah Darnell).
So just how popular are alliterative names out in the “real world”? We reviewed all of the names ordered from us last year and just under 4.6% of our customers used double initials. Whether they were inspired by the world of comic books or not, we’re love all of the names that share this distinctly heroic trend.

FAQs – What Name(s) Can I Request On My Name Labels?

We often get questions from customers who aren’t sure what to include on their name labels. So here are our answers to your FAQs about the names on your name labels.

Should I Include Just A Name?

It’s completely up to you. The majority of our customers do request just a name on their name labels. You can also enter a name on one line and one piece of information on the other line. This could be a school name, class/year group, contact phone number, medical/allergy condition, or a friendly message (“This Belongs To” / “Please Return To” etc).

Can I Include A Full Name/Nickname?

Of course! Most people will enter a first name on the top line and the surname on the bottom line. You can also add in middle names, nicknames, or use an initial if you prefer. If you have double barrelled surnames or first names (or both!) or quite a few middle names to enter, you should still be able to fit the full name on neatly. We recommend a maximum of 15-20 characters per line.

If you’re still not sure, you can contact our Customer Service Team for advice. You can also use the Preview on our website to check how well (or not) your text will fit. 

Can I Include More Than One Name In A Pack?

Yes BUT all of those names will be printed onto all of the name labels in that pack. In other words, we can't split packs so half are printed with one name and half with a second name. If you’re more than happy to share name labels, you can enter two or more names as you wish.

If you want to cut your name labels in half, we recommend entering one name on the top line and one on the bottom line.

Can I Include Accented Characters?

Yes, we can print most standard accented characters; visit our Name Labels FAQs to view all of the accented characters that we are able to print.

Can I Include Images / Icons / Emoticons / Emoji?

Unfortunately, no. Our system can only print letters, numbers, and basic punctuation.

If you’re particularly creative, you can use punctuation marks to create a friendly picture ;)

Order Stikins Name Labels Today!

You can order Stikins online, by phone, or by post. Order online at any time by visiting www.stikins.co.uk. Give us a call during office hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) to order over the phone. Or fill in the order form on the back of our Parent Leaflets and pop it in the post!

You can find more information about Stikins name labels on our (appropriately but non-alliteratively named) About Our Name Labels page. For more answers to FAQs, visit the Stikins Name Labels FAQs page.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Label Planet: Get Your Designs Into Shape With Label Shapes From Label Planet


Sometimes a really simple way to get creative with labelling projects is to make the most of the label shapes available. Here at Label Planet, we supply rectangular labels, round labels / circular labels, oval labels, and square labels to help you get your labelling project into shape.

How Can Different Label Shapes Make A Difference To Your Design?

Being selective with your label shapes is a brilliant way to add an extra dimension to your label design. They give a creative boost to any design and each label shape has its own set of benefits.

label shapes from label planet

Rectangular Labels

You might think rectangles are a bit boring but they have plenty of benefits if you choose to use them. They are the easiest shape to work with and are available with rounded or square cut corners. Rectangles tend to offer the largest area to work within, which is great if you need to fit a lot onto your sticky labels. They also fit well onto items of all shapes and sizes.

Square Labels

If you’re looking for a subtle alternative to a standard rectangular shape, square labels are an ideal choice. They offer a slightly different shape that can help to draw the eye. Like rectangular labels, they offer a good space in which to add your design and are easy to work with. Our square labels have rounded corners.

Round Labels / Circular Labels

Round labels are a perfect way to add a decorative flourish to any labelling project. They naturally draw the eye and fit well on items of all shapes and sizes. They can be more difficult to design and trickier to print accurately – but if you’re willing to put in a bit of effort and have plenty of patience, they can produce extremely rewarding results.

Oval Labels

Perhaps the trickiest of the lot to design and print, oval labels offer an especially decorative shape. They are a great way to add a personalised touch and tend to create a home-made feel. You’ll need to make sure that your design suits the continuous curve of your blank labels to get the most out of this particular shape.

Media Labels

We also supply a few special shapes. These are label shapes designed for a particular purpose. For example, CD labels or DVD labels and box file labels or folder labels. If you need self adhesive labels for these particular applications, choosing media labels that match the shape of your items helps to make sure your sticky labels look professional – and ensures that their shape is fit for purpose.

Top Tips For Keeping Your Label Shapes In Line

Here are a couple of top tips that will help you to always keep your label designs in shape.
  • KEEP THINGS CENTRAL: where possible, always centralise your design. Your design will start from the centre of your sticky labels and expand outwards. This helps to create balanced designs that look professional, as well as making sure that you don’t end up accidentally cutting bits of your design cut off around the edges of your sticky labels.
  • WATCH OUT FOR THE EDGE(S): take extra care if your design extends all the way to the edge of your sticky labels. Your design must account for the shape of your sticky labels especially if you are adding design elements to their edges (see backgrounds and borders). You also need to account for the capabilities of your printer. Most standard printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet. If your printer doesn’t have an “edge-to-edge” printing capability, it may not be able to print the full area of all of your blank labels. You may need to adapt your design if this is an issue.
  • BIG BACKGROUNDS AND BOLD BORDERS: it is very tricky to get every single design to align perfectly with every single blank label on an A4 sheet. If you are using coloured backgrounds and/or borders, this can lead to white edging. This means that some of the edges of your sticky labels are left unprinted because your design hasn't quite aligned perfectly. To avoid this problem, we recommend oversizing coloured backgrounds and borders. This allows them to overlap all of the edges of your sticky labels making it impossible for white edges to appear.

Buy Different Label Shapes From Label Planet Today

If you’re looking for basic matt white paper labels, you can find our different shapes here:

Alternatively, you can use our Label Finder to select the label shape(s) you are interested in – and find out all of the different sizes, materials, adhesives, colours, and finishes available in that particular shape. You can find label templates for all of our label shapes (and sizes) by visiting our Label Templates home page. We provide Word label templates and PDF label templates for all of our label shapes and sizes.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: How To? – Improve The Alignment Of Your Label Templates Using Your Printer


Did you know – you can actually improve the alignment when printing label templates simply by making the most of your printer’s specifications, special features, and print settings.

Printing Label Templates – Printer Specifications

It matters whether or not your printer was designed for printing self adhesive labels. This doesn’t mean that you need a “label printer” – i.e. a printer designed only for printing self adhesive labels. You simply need to know that self adhesive labels are ONE of the media types your printer can process.

Printers designed with self adhesive labels in mind will have specifications that suit the slightly different printing process required to print sheets of sticky labels compared to other print media – such as paper, card, envelopes, photograph paper etc.

you can find your printer's specification in its manual or on the website of the manufacturer/supplier.

Printers designed to handle self adhesive labels and/or thicker print media will always produce higher quality print and alignment when printing label templates. Multifunction (e.g. “all-in-one”) and dedicated application printers (e.g. “photo printers”) that can only process paper or specific print media may not be able to print label templates accurately – if at all.

Ideally, you want a dedicated printer that lists self adhesive labels as a media type that it can print.

Printing Label Templates – Printer Special Features

Printers designed to print self adhesive labels will have various features that allow it to perform this particular function.

Perhaps the most important feature is the presence of a media bypass tray. This is a secondary tray that usually sits just above or below the main paper tray. The main paper tray is designed to handle standard sheets of paper. The media bypass tray is designed specifically to process thicker media – like self adhesive labels. It also offers a straighter path through the printer – by bypassing at least one set of rollers. This reduces the chances of sheets rotating as they are pulled through the printer.

To make the most of your media bypass tray, you should load your sheet labels carefully. First, fan them out to disperse any static build up. Next, tap them gently against a solid, level surface (like a desk) to make sure the sheets make a neat stack. Load them into the media bypass tray and make sure they are perfectly straight. Finally, position the tray guides firmly and levelly against the edges of your sheets. This helps to ensure that every sheet is drawn into the printer evenly, reducing the chances of your sheets rotating as they are printed.

Please note: you should also follow these steps even if your printers doesn’t have a media bypass tray!

Printing Label Templates – Print Settings

Finally, the print settings you choose also influence how well (or not) your designs align on your sticky labels.

First, make sure you don’t have any size or scaling options applied. Go into Printer Properties or Printing Preferences to check that:
  • The Page Size is A4.
  • No scaling options are selected (including a percentage less than 100% or “Fit To…” options, such as Fit To Sheet or Fit To Page).
  • No options such as “Ignore Printer Settings” or “Use Driver Settings”/“Use Default Settings” are selected.
Next, select an appropriate print setting for the media type you are printing. Some printers offer a specific “Labels” print setting. If your printer doesn’t offer this option, use the most suitable alternative – such as “Heavy Paper”.

In laser printers, these settings cause your printer to use more heat and run more slowly. This helps the toner to bond more effectively with your sticky labels and reduces the chances of sheet rotation and misalignment. Inkjet printers will also run differently to allow the inks to dry more efficiently in place.

Some printers will allow you to choose specific print settings for the print media AND the print weight/thickness, while others combine these settings together.

You may also have a print quality option, which determines the level of printer resolution. Generally, these settings have descriptive names, such as Fine, Best, Normal, Good, and Draft. Selecting a higher printer resolution will cause your printer to run more slowly, improving the accuracy of alignment you can achieve. 

Next Week On Template Tuesday: How To? - How To Use Print Settings To Improve Print Quality & Alignment When Printing Label Templates

Monday, 13 August 2018

Stikins ® Name Labels: Stikins Name Labels Get You Back To School Ready Whatever The Weather


Whether you’re ahead of the game or lagging behind with your back to school prep, summer is well underway and it might be time to start making plans. Especially if you’re in Scotland, where schools will be opening their doors in the next week or two.

Whatever the weather, Stikins name labels get all your back to school stuff labelled in minutes – with super swift despatch and delivery to match.

Stikins Name Labels Takes A Look At British Heatwaves

With the latest heatwave departing in a wave of showers, we thought we’d take a look into Britain’s history with heatwaves. Did you know that…
  • The UK doesn’t actually have an “official” definition for a heatwave although the Met Office is working on one.
  • In 2003, thousands of death were attributed to a heatwave. In response, the Met Office and Public Health England worked together to create a “Heat Health Watch” system made up of four levels. Each level is based on maximum day temperatures, minimum night temperatures, and “normal” thresholds (28-30°C max day and 15-18°C min night).
    • LEVEL 1: normal summer conditions
    • LEVEL 2: 60+% chance that temperatures will be above normal for 2 days (+ the intervening night)
    • LEVEL 3: temperatures have been above normal for a consecutive day and night and there is a 90+% chance this will continue into the following day.
    • LEVEL 4: conditions are worse than levels 1-3. The health of the whole population is at risk, rather than just high-risk groups.
  • According to Met Office archives from 1910 onwards, the UK has experienced multiple heatwaves in every decade.
  • Some of the worst or best weather – depending on your perspective – came about in:
    • 1906: still holds the September heat record after temperatures reached 35.6°C.
    • 1911: temperatures reached 36.7°C and the record for monthly sunshine hours was recorded (383.9).
    • 1976: a combined heatwave and drought have made this summer a yardstick that subsequent heatwaves are often measured against. The hottest overall summer on record saw temperatures peak at 35.9°C in July. The UK spent 18 consecutive days above 30°C and 15 consecutive days above 32°C.
    • 1983: the warmest July on record until 2006; Northern Ireland recorded its highest temperature (30.8°C).
    • 1990: held the highest temperature record until 2003 (reaching 37.1°C). It still holds a number of records including the highest temperatures recorded in Wales (35.2°C) along with the Midlands (37.1°C), East and North East (35.8°C), and North West (34.6°C) of England. Brilliantly the North West record is based on a temperature taken right here in our home town of Nantwich!
    • 1995: the warmest August on record (peaking at 35.2°C) and the driest summer ever. Only 103mm of rain fell across the UK in June, July, and August.
    • 2003: August saw the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK – a sweltering 38.5°C.
    • 2011: two heatwaves created some of the warmest ever spring and autumn temperatures (27.8°C in April and 29.9°C in October).
  • This year has seen heatwaves taking hold around the world. In Canada, temperatures rose consistently above 35°C. In the US and Mexico, temperatures climbed above 40-50°C in a number of places. Japan recorded its highest ever temperatures – peaking at 41.1°C. On 28th June in Oman, the temperature overnight never dropped below 42.6°C, setting a world record. Even the Arctic Circle recorded temperatures over 30°C.
  • In the UK, England peaked at 35.3 °C, Scotland at 31.9°C, Wales at 33.0°C, and Northern Ireland at 30.5°C. So, while we’ve all been feeling the heat, temperatures have (just about) fallen short of record-beating figures.

Stikins Name Labels – Durable Stick On Name Labels For Every Kind Of Weather

Stikins are designed to stick on and stay on – whatever the weather. Our unique adhesive creates a firm and strong adhesive bond with all sorts of items. You can use one pack of name labels to label up clothing, fabric items, shoes, bags, school uniform, P.E. kit and equipment, water bottles and lunch boxes, stationery kits, and all those other essential extras that you want (your kids) to keep safe.

Independently tested for 40 washes at 40°C, our name labels have also been thoroughly tested year after year by thousands of families across the UK. You can find some of their thoughts and feedback about Stikins by visiting our Reviews Page. With over 7,000 reviews (and counting), you can take a look through just some of the different ways our name labels have been put to the test.

Stikins are sticky name labels; simply peel each one off the backing sheet and stick it down. Stick your name labels onto the wash-care of clothing and fabric items. In shoes, it's best to use the side wall or the underside of the tongue. Stikins are white name labels and printed with a black font. This makes them really easy to read (even when your kids are in a rush). Stikins measure 30mm x 15mm, which means they fit neatly and discretely onto items of all shapes and sizes.

Order Your Stikins Name Labels Today With Superfast Despatch And Delivery 

If you’re in need of some name labels for the back to school rush, have no fear, Stikins are here – to help. We designed our name labels to be super-quick to apply and we aim to make sure our despatch and delivery times are just as speedy. We print and post orders every day (Monday to Friday, up to 3pm) via Royal Mail’s first class service.

Around 93% of mail sent first class will arrive next day. Royal Mail won’t guarantee next day delivery (and items can take up to 5 working days to arrive), which is why we also offer a guarantee next shipping option. This costs £6.30 and guarantees that your name labels will arrive by 1pm on the next (working) day. You can upgrade to this service online or by phone. Please order nice and early in order to leave us plenty of time to pack and post your order.

When you order online, you will see the despatch date of your order as you checkout. If you order by phone, a member of our team can advise you as to when your order will be despatched.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Label Planet: Use Gloss Labels To Add Some Shimmer And Shine


Gloss labels are a great way to add a decorative touch of shimmer and shine to any labelling application. Find out how gloss labels can add a touch of glitz and glamour.

What Are Gloss Labels?

The term “gloss labels” applies to sticky labels with a gloss finish. The term is usually refers to a “full” gloss finish, although it may also include a range of “partial” gloss finishes, including semi-gloss and silk/satin finishes.

What Is A Gloss Finish?

Finish refers to the surface properties of a paper or film as determined by its appearance and texture. A gloss finish refers to a surface that has a bright and shiny finish. Gloss surfaces are bright and shiny because they are very efficient at reflecting light. The level of gloss, therefore, depends on how efficiently the surface reflects light (i.e. whether the light is reflected in a concentrated pattern or if it is diffused/scattered). A “full gloss” finish is very bright and shiny because it reflects light very efficiently. A “semi-gloss” finish is less bright and shiny because it is less efficient at reflecting light and more likely to diffuse (scatter) light.

What Are The Benefits Of Gloss Labels?

The primary benefit of gloss labels is their decorative appearance. Gloss labels are often chosen for marketing and promotional purposes because they add a subtle touch of decoration while also creating a professional and high quality finish. Usually they are chosen because they provide a subtle contrast to standard matt labels – providing a decorative finish without resorting to the use of coloured labels or elements of pattern and texture.

The shimmer and shine of gloss labels can also be beneficial because it tends to draw the eye more than the dull, flat finish of a matt label. This can be used to draw attention to a particular item or to the specific information carried on the gloss label.

Gloss labels are usually made by adding a special coating to a face material (such as paper or polyester). In addition to creating a gloss finish, these coatings also tend to have additional benefits. For example, they often create a protective layer, making your sticky labels tougher and more durable. In some cases, particularly with paper labels, they can provide (limited) protection against exposure to water. Our two splashproof paper labels are not fully waterproof because they are paper labels. However, their coatings provide some protection, which means they can be wiped clean and dry if lightly splashed with water. Another benefit is that coatings can help to improve the receptivity of your sticky labels, improving the quality of print you can achieve. This is especially important if you are trying to reproduce high resolution artwork on your sticky labels.

What Gloss Labels Are Available From Label Planet?

gloss labels from label planet

We supply seven ranges of gloss labels. Six have “full” gloss finishes, while one offers a “semi-gloss” finish.

Three of these ranges are gloss paper labels: GW, GWPQ, and SG.

GW: Gloss paper labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are one of two splashproof products.
GWPQ: Gloss paper labels for use with inkjet or laser printers or for handwriting. Ideal for creating high resolution print.
SG: Semi-gloss labels suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. They are the second splashproof product.

The remaining four ranges are gloss polyester labels: GCP, GTP, GTR, and GWP.

GCP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with inkjet printers. They can also be used to make transparent white boards.
GTP: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a permanent adhesive (see GTR).
GTR: Gloss transparent labels suitable for use with laser printers. This product range has a removable adhesive (see GTP).
GWP: Gloss white labels suitable for use with laser printers. Ideal for creating decorative and professional sticky labels that are also waterproof – suitable for indoor and outdoor applications that may involve exposure to water.

Order Your Own Gloss Labels Today

We’ve created a List Of Gloss Labels page, which you can visit to find out more about gloss labels in general, to find out more about each range of gloss labels, or to place an order for your own gloss labels today.

This page includes a brief description of each product range, including the material, finish, adhesive, and printer compatibility. Click on View Products for more information or to view the sizes available (and to order). Our most popular sizes are available to order in packs of 25 sheets for same day despatch from stock. Other sizes are available as made to order items in bulk boxes of 500 sheets.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: How To? – How To Correct Misaligned Label Templates


Last week, we listed five main causes of misaligned label templates. This week, we’ll teach you how to fix (and avoid) them for problem-free printing.

label templates misalignment problems

Misaligned Label Templates – Printer’s Starting Print Position

Misalignment Problem: All your sticky labels are misaligned in the SAME direction by the SAME amount.

Fix The Problem: Adjust the page margins of your label template.

In Word, click on the “Layout” tab at the top of the page. Click on “Margins” and select “Custom Margins” from the list. If you are using a PDF template, the method depends on the software you are using. Consult the supplier’s website/forum for advice if you aren’t sure how to change page margins.

Adjust the TOP and/or LEFT margins as follows when your designs print out:
  • High: increase the top margin
  • Low: decrease the top margin
  • Too far left: increase the left margin
  • Too far right: decrease the left margin
It’s best to measure the misalignment and adjust your margins by that amount. Do a test print onto paper after changing your margins and compare the test print to your sheet labels to see if the issue is fixed. If not, alter the margins a bit more and test print your template again. Repeat until the misalignment is no more!

Avoid The Problem: Unless you know where your printer’s starting print position is, it’s difficult to determine if it is likely to cause a problem without printing your template. Avoid wasting your self adhesive labels by test printing your label template onto paper to check for this issue BEFORE using your sheet labels.

Misaligned Label Templates – Printer’s Print Settings

Misalignment Problem: The misalignment gets worse as you look down, across, or out from the centre of your sheet. Some labels may be aligned; usually the misalignment gets worse moving away from the correctly printed ones.

Fix The Problem: Check your printer’s print settings (usually called Printing Preferences, Printer Properties, or Print Settings) are set up correctly:
  • The page size must be A4 (definitely not American Letter/Letter).
  • No scaling options should be applied. This could be a percentage less than 100% or “Fit To” options – like Fit To Sheet or Fit To Page. If you are printing a PDF template and there is an “Actual Size” option, use it to prevent scaling problems.
  • No options such as “Ignore Printer Settings” or “Use Default/Driver Settings” should be selected. These ignore any specific print settings you select and use the default settings stored in the printer driver instead (which may not be the ones you need).
Out of date printer drivers can also cause alignment issues. Run the software updater on your device to ensure that you have the most up to date driver installed. If your printer has its own software, you can use this to check for updates. 

Avoid The Problem: Check your printer’s settings BEFORE you print.

Misaligned Label Templates – Wrong Label Templates

Misalignment Problem: None of the designs align correctly. There may be a pattern to the misalignment if you use a very slightly different template.

Fix The Problem: Double check that you are using the correct label template. If you downloaded a template from our website, check the file name displayed at the top of your screen. It should contain the same size code as your sticky labels. For example, to print LP40/45 REM, you need a label template with LP40/45 in the file name.

If you are using a compatible Avery code, visit the relevant template information page to check you are using the correct code. Click on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the relevant product page OR head over to our Label Templates section.

If you sourced a label template elsewhere you will need to verify with the source that you have the correct template. Alternatively, check the measurements of the template to double check they match your self adhesive labels – including a page size of A4.

In Word, the page size can be found by clicking on the Layout tab and selecting Size. Check the measurements of the template by left clicking inside the table used to represent your blank labels. This will bring up an additional Table Tools Layout tab at the top of the page. Click on Properties to view the measurements used for each row/column/cell. 

Graphics packages will also indicate the size of each element (label) within your template as well as provide Document Properties – which should include the page size. 

Avoid The Problem: Take care when selecting your label templates! All of our label sizes have their own template information page, which contains compatible label templates and Avery codes (where applicable), along with detailed measurement information.

Misaligned Label Templates – Unhelpful Autocorrect

Misalignment Problem: Depends on how your template has been resized. It is often similar in appearance to scaling misalignments. If the resizing has been applied equally to each row or column it creates an accumulating effect, causing the misalignment to get gradually worse.

Fix The Problem: Double check the measurements of your label template. Check the measurements of Word label templates using the Properties tool in the Table Tools Layout tab. Graphics packages should also allow you to view the measurements of the items within your label template.

You can measure your sheet labels to find out what size your template should be using OR, if you have ordered from Label Planet, you can visit the relevant template information page to view detailed measurements of your sticky labels.

Adjust your label template to undo the effects of any autocorrected measurements that you find.

Avoid The Problem: Try to copy and paste content that is the right size to begin with so your software won’t feel the need to adjust your template for you.

Misaligned Label Template – Manufacturing Tolerances

Misalignment Problem: Depends on the measurements of your sheet labels. Given that variations will most likely be repeated, there will probably be a pattern to the misalignment. If it is just the margins that are affected, all of your designs will be printed slightly too high/low/left/right. If it is the size of the labels themselves that is slightly off, the alignment will most likely get worse as you look down or across the page.

Fix The Problem: Measure your sheet labels to determine if they differ slightly from the stated measurements.

If the margins are the issue, alter the page margins of your label template as described above. If the size of the labels themselves (OR the gaps between the labels) is the issue, adjust the measurements of your label template to make it match your sheet labels.

Avoid The Problem: This is tricky to avoid unless you take the time to measure your self adhesive labels before printing your label template. We recommend test printing label templates to check for this misalignment issue without wasting your sticky labels.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: How To? – Improve The Alignment Of Your Label Templates Using Your Printer