Hi All, i am going to start off by saying i am a TOTAL NOOB and have litltle experiencc with adobe prodcuts except for photo shop (little) and adobe PDF pro. i am trying to figure out a soultion to the following issue.
i am working with a printer to have labels made but after they are professionally printed and sent to me i will then have to load them into a printer and print custom info on a text box that is located in a specific location on each label. the labels are being printed on a 8.5 x 11 sheet, 3 across and 6 down. So i need to set specific areas where i can type custom text that will match up with the text boxes on the labels when i print. i have access to illusrator and in design and figured in design might be the best for this. Could someone help me out on where i should start or if i am using the right program?
When you purchase Avery labels, they come with a number on the box so that if you are using Word, you can select the label number and get a table with the correct size and margins. Since yours are being custom printed, you will have to do some measuring and testing. If you have Word, see if there is a table that is 3C x 6R and copy the settings as a starting point.
Use InDesign because Illustrator does not have tables. Neither does Photoshop.
Set the paper size to Letter and set the margins (measure)
Create a table with 3 columns and 6 rows
The row height needs to be set to Exact so it does not fluctuate
To block out the pre-printed design, you can either create a new row or set a top inset for the cell (assuming it is on top—change to "left" or "right" if necessary)
You don't want to waste expensive labels, and it may take a couple of tries to get it right. Print onto plain paper, place it over the label paper, and hold it up to the light, then adjust.
Save your file as a template so you open an untitled copy each time.
I do something very similar to what Jane does, but I just want to add that when I've done this in the past, I've had to nudge my text fields a little to the left, right, up or down a few times to compensate for how the printer pulls the paper through. Since I use a single text frame for each label (chained together), rather than Jane's table, I select all, add a small stroke and print to plain paper like Jane. If it's too high, I nudge it down and print again, and then make adjustments until the strokes align with the sheet of labels. Once they do, I remove the stroke and save as a template. This template is customized for my printer, so I wouldn't try a whole stack of labels on another printer without first seeing if the alignment works, or if I have to do some more nudging.