Sticky Labels



In this short sticky labels tutorial we’ll look at a couple of projects which are possible with PaintShop Pro and a Word Processor.

You’ll need a colour printer with sheets of suitable printing labels.  For the extension projects MOO.com or print house will be required.

All kinds of label images and mixed text and image projects are possible because PaintShop Pro allows you to add text and pictures to each other by superimposing text layers over.  You’ll find guidance on those steps elsewhere on this site.

The Basics


I’ve chosen a simple image and cropped it to my choice in PaintShop Pro - this is Maisie and she's amazing!


sticky labels original image


Image Information

sticky labels image information






Then in Image > Image Information I’ve found out about the dimensions of my image.  The image is ...

1149 X 1608 Pixels
5.017" X 7.022 inches
229 Pixels Per Inch









Sticky Labels Dimensions



The next important step is to find out about the dimensions of the individual sticky labels.  I use Staples STAP21 labels for my addresses and these are adequate for the project.  You might have another label in mind and you’ll need to check the box for the dimensions of the label.

With the label size information you can now set up to print on the labels in Microsoft Word or Word perfect (or whatever processor you use).


sticky label dialogue 1


In Word, for instance, the labels are set in Tools > Letters and  Mailings > Envelopes and Labels ... Your dialogue may be slightly different but the important bits are there.

The current label is shown in the Label area (outlined in red).

Click the Options button (highlighted in blue) to bring up the next dialogue ( to make changes).


sticky labels dialogue 2



Label Options

the dimensions of the current label are in the Details button.

to set the dimensions of a new label, select New Label.

Details and New Label
both take you to what looks like the same dialogue box.

Details - just see the sizes and details for the label you've currently chosen.

New Label -you can set or change the details of the label you want to use.



sticky labels dialogue 3











New Labels dialogue













The details for this dialogue are on the box of labels.  I always make a dummy label and print off a whole sheet on plain paper to check the dimensions because some printer feeds don’t allow the pick up quite as expected and this disturbs the settings slightly.  Then I file this sheet with my handwritten amendments for future use.

Once you’ve set this up return to the Envelopes and Labels dialogue and select New Document > New blank labels document.

Other Word Processors

If you don’t have Microsoft OFFICE WORD, but have the FREE IBM Symphony, FREE LibreOffice or FREE OpenOffice, you can still tackle this project.  In fact the methodology is quite simple but a bit messier, and can be followed in Microsoft OFFICE WORD too.

In WORD, Insert > Table.  Then set up the dimensions and spacing of the table rows and columns to suit the dimensions of the labels and the images.

In IBM Symphony, Table > Create Table.  Then set up the dimensions and spacing of the table rows and columns to suit the dimensions of the labels and the images.

In LibreOffice, Table >  Insert > Table.  Then set up the dimensions and spacing of the table rows and columns to suit the dimensions of the labels and the images.

In OpenOffice, Table >  Insert > Table.  Then set up the dimensions and spacing of the table rows and columns to suit the dimensions of the labels and the images.

You’ll probably find most other word-processing software will have similar set up procedures.
symphony table

Then paste the image from PaintShop Pro into the cells of the table to fill the page.

Back To PaintShop


Return to PaintShop Pro and resize the image to suit the labels - Image >  Resize.

sticky labels image resize


you’ll need to make the image slightly smaller than the label with at least 200ppi for printing.

It’s a case of Edit > Copy or CTRL-C to copy the image.

Return to WORD

Right-click > Paste or CTRL-V.

You could save the image in PaintShop Pro and then in WORD use Insert  > Picture pics into labels document.

sticky labels image for single label


and the image inserted ...


stickly labels inserted image

There - you have the basics.

Extensions

You could paste the image over the whole labels area.  You’ll need to resize the image carefully and have chosen the dimensions to match the page size inserting a whole page.

Then when you peel the labels off, they correspond to different areas of the image and pasting them on to paper or a 3D object leads to other creative images.

MOO.COM prints onto self-adhesive vinyl.  These are waterproof and low scuff resistant and can be added to 3D objects such as laptop cases.





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