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The Label Designer module is meant for creating or editing completely custom designs, using text, images, or barcodes. These items can be placed and modified with the menus, and can be moved around your label by dragging them on the design area.
The toolbar across the top of the screen shows some common controls and options for the Label Designer.
When you open Label Designer, or choose the New Label option in the Hamburger Menu, the New Label window will open.
The New Label Options include the length and width of your design. On the Kodiak or Toro Max systems, you can also choose “Reset to Tape Size” to set your label dimensions to the default size for your loaded label stock. If your label stock uses pre-printed elements, check the Show Supply Background checkbox to show those preprinted elements on the screen.
The New Label Template section of the window lets you choose a premade template to apply to your new design, such as an ANSI-style warning template or a basic barcode template. By default, you will start with a blank label. To use a prepared template instead, choose a Template Category from the drop-down menu and choose a template from the previews that appear. LabelForge PRO will automatically adjust the template to fit your label’s dimensions.
Once you have made your selections, click Finish to start designing your label.
Each object on your label, such as a text box or an image, is added to your label through the Insert Menu.
Click on the desired item type to add it to the center of your label; when an object has been added to the design, the new object will automatically be selected for editing. To select a different object, simply click on it in the design area; to select multiple objects, hold the Control key and click on each item.
When an object is selected, use this menu to precisely control the object’s size, location, or rotation. You can also quickly move the object by dragging it across the design area, or resize it by selecting it and dragging the control boxes at its corners.
When an object is selected, use this menu to adjust the object’s arrangement relative to other objects or the label as a whole. You can center objects on the label, or align multiple selected objects to each other. You can also control whether an object covers up another, or is covered instead.
When an object is selected, use this menu to adjust the unique options available for that type of object. For example, for text objects, you can change the font and size, while for barcode objects, you can choose the barcode format and options for human-readable text (HRT).
When an object is selected, use this menu to choose the colors for that object. You can select a wide variety of colors, even if the appropriate supplies are not currently loaded, but only colors that match your loaded supplies can be printed accurately.
Connect your label design to a spreadsheet or database, and automatically generate a series of matching labels, or add automatically generated content to your existing label design.
To use this function, start by selecting the type of Data Source that you want to use, from the drop-down menu:
(For the ArcFlash, CSV, GHS, ImageFolder, NFPA, or XLSX Data Source types, the necessary file or files will need to be available on the system where you are using LabelForge PRO.)
After selecting the type of Data Source you want to use, click Add. Make the appropriate selections in this window to set up your Data Source.
Once a Data Source has been set up, select a Text, Rich Text, Linear Barcode, or 2D Barcode object on your design. (If you are using an ImageFolder, select an Image or Symbol object instead.) Then, select the desired field from the Data Source Field dropdown menu. The object will be automatically updated to reflect the contents of that field for the current record in the Data Source.
The Navigation section at the bottom of the Data Source menu shows the current record and the total number of records in the current Data Source. You can also cycle through the records or jump to a specific record.
Choose basic label design options, such as the size of the label you are creating (or a dynamic size, which extends or shrinks to match your content) and the supplies you plan to use when printing your label.
Adjust printing options, such as the common printing preferences. You can also choose which labels to print from an automatically generated set of labels, if you are using a Data Source.
When you are ready to print your label, click the Print button in the Print Settings menu.
If you have any questions about using LabelForge PRO label design software, get help from Graphic Products’ world-class support team by calling 800-788-5572 or visiting GraphicProducts.com. We’re here to help with all your labeling needs!