What Is a Printable Label?
"Caution! What you're about to consume is highly toxic, so don't even try it!" We often see these on creative labels, which may save us from misery because of the information about a particular product or material being provided. We often see labels pretty much in every corner of a room; they often read as "trash bin: recyclables, biodegradable, and non-biodegradable," "pencils," etc. There are also some occasions where we can see these labels like birthdays, weddings, etc. They're actually everywhere; they can be in the form of a shipping label, a white label, or a custom label. Whether you make use of address labels, Avery labels, return address labels, online labels, mailing labels, or clothing labels, you're primarily aiming to educate (or perhaps warn) the people about the purpose or type of material(s) or services they will benefit from—also serves as an instruction, a guide.
How to Make a Beautiful Printable Label
Since you mean to educate people by the use of labels, then you will need to make it visually appealing. For you to learn how to make beautiful labels, here are the steps to get you through.
1. Determine the Label Type
The design of your labels will differ according to its purpose and type. As mentioned, there are many types of labels. These labels may be used for shipping, custom, mailing, or clothing details. Especially when the label serves as a warning, make sure it's easily readable and easily noticeable.
2. Think about Your Audience
As mentioned, simple labels tend to inform, instruct, or simply differentiate. Thus, you will need to consider how you think this will benefit the people, and how the information will be effectively communicated to your reader(s). Sometimes, it's best to presume that your readers are busy, lazy, and are basically unkeen to details. This way, you will be able to strategize how to design, and where you should place the label(s).
3. Choose a Design Software
There is a wide array of software you can use to design your printable labels. You may use Adobe Photoshop, MS Word, Illustrator, etc. Although Adobe Photoshop is the most conventional design software to use, you may still choose the simplest software like MS Word. When designing the labels, make sure they conform to its purpose or type. Once you're done, choose a specified label printer to ensure its quality.
4. Design Appropriately
It's important to design the labels according to its purpose. If it's used to inform the customer about a food's nutrients, then provide enough space to write the details—make it comprehensive but use clear and concise words; if it aims to segregate (e.g. wastes), then choose minimal words but with a bigger typeface. In addition, a label may also tend to warn about the adverse effects or may also indicate variation (e.g. size, number, etc.). Don't forget to also consider who your readers are. If it's for a corporate transaction, then you would normally choose black or gray colors.
5. Make It Beautiful and Effective
Finally, it's the time you pick your colors, typeface, and design. Since you need to design your labels appropriately, then you will need to choose the appropriate colors, font size, and font style. If that label is used to direct where items are, and especially when they're in a classroom environment, then make your texts big enough and incorporate bright colors since it stimulates children's minds to identify objects. Additionally, sample labels don't just inform or preach; they just simply wish to lighten our world with a bunch of greetings.