ESSENTIAL GUIDELINES FOR PRINTED LABELS
When wanting to make printed labels there are many different factors one should keep in mind. Effectively, if one adheres to these simple guidelines, they shall effectively eliminate any unforeseen problems that may arise. Depending on the source of reference, one shall find many different guidelines to follow; however, most experts almost always agree that there is 3 basic steps one should observe when creating printed labels.
The first step one should undergo when creating printed labels is to observe those elements of the design which may not be altered. For example one should always observe the type of printer that is to be used and the width of the print head before beginning the process. Another factor one should observe when creating printed labels is the surface area of the item to which the label is going to placed upon.
The second step one should undergo when creating labels is that they should always define the label size. Doing this will effectively give the creator a fixed idea of what the end result will be. Defining the label size can be done by determining the “fixed” elements of a label. Also, one should go about determining any other parts of the basic layout that may apply.
Finally, the last step one should undergo when creating printed labels is that they should always perform a preliminary test before printing all the labels. The best way to test labels is to print a preliminary example and determine whether or not it may be used. This is especially the case when designing bar code labels as one would not want to go about printing a group of labels only to find out they do not work. The best way to go about testing bar codes is by printing out a preliminary label and scanning it with a scanner. Also, one may also use a verifier which will accurately determine the quality of a code.