Comments: Labelling

https://listoffreeware.com/free-label-printing-software/ this suggests Gimp. That's a free photoshop thing.

Posted by Debster on 17 October, 2020 at 10:37 PM

Thanks Debster, I didn't know about that site. Hive mind is great :)

Posted by Blue Witch on 18 October, 2020 at 8:28 AM

Microsoft Word does it very well indeed. All the main label producers provide free templates.

Posted by Tim W on 18 October, 2020 at 10:07 AM

The Avery one is dreadful Tim - are there others?

And how does Word print a multi-sheet (in exactly the right place) from one design?

Posted by Blue Witch on 18 October, 2020 at 10:29 AM

Have a look at decadrypaper dot com slash word-templates-pxl-13 for alternative templates, though I have always found Avery's to be perfectly usable. Maybe we're trying to do different thingsā€”I'm not sure what you mean by multi-sheet? (Other than the obvious increase the number of pages!)

Posted by Tim W on 18 October, 2020 at 10:54 AM

Yes, sorry, not my best phraseology Tim!

Design one label, then print however many you want of it onto a sheet of labels (we use 21 on a sheet for jams and chutneys, 10s for honey, and 65s for addresses). Next time, use up the labels left on the sheet by starting the printing at whatever position you are up to.

With Avery, you can't print like this, every time you have to turn what you've done into a whole-sheet PDF, which wastes labels/ink and is bloody awkward to do. Unless I'm doing it wrong, or there is a newer version of the software that I don't have?

Also, I am very very very fussy about design placement on a label. It must be split-mm precision. And Avery just doesn't work as well as Labels Unlimited did, even when using their own brand labels (and it's not the printer set-up causing it).

Posted by Blue Witch on 18 October, 2020 at 11:04 AM

Avery does Word templates, which don't need any pdf-ing at all. The later versions of Word have them built-in. Design one label, then simply cut and paste it to fill the sheet, or as many labels as you want to print. I do this quite a lot, and often have a partial sheet of blank labels to use up. It works very well, provided that your printer doesn't have a labyrinthine path (which may tend to cause labels to peel off when a partial sheet is sent through). The printed labels are perfectly positioned.

Posted by Tim W on 18 October, 2020 at 11:10 AM

Thanks Tim. I'll download the latest Avery version and give it another go.

Posted by Blue Witch on 18 October, 2020 at 1:11 PM
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