Identify sheet size
A4 (210mm x 297mm) or US Letter Size (215.9mm x 279.4mm)? Find the sheet size on the package, and make sure the printer options are set to the correct paper size!
Identify printer compatibility
Some labels are laser printers only, some labels are inkjet printers only, others are compatible with both inkjet and laser printers. Find the printer compatibility information on the package.
Print ratio setting
Make sure your print options are set to ‘Actual Size’ or 1:1 print ratio. If there is a “Fit to Page” in the Print Dialog, or any kind of setting that stretches the image. Switch it off.
Design with tolerance
Printers have an accuracy of approximately 1mm in the vertical and in the horizontal, and the paper can also rotate slightly as it goes through the printer. You need to take this into account when you design your labels. If possible, avoid designing labels with a border around them because any inaccuracy will be visible.
Keep unprinted labels in the wrapping
Labels have moisture in them to help the toner to bond, this will dry out if they are left open to the air. Without the moisture the toner rubs off.
Read the printer manufacturer’s manual
There may be specific settings or instructions which you need to follow for printing labels on your particular printer.
The print and the labels do not usually line up exactly when you first print them and fine adjustments are often needed. This is because every printer is slightly different, and reacts differently to the software in use.