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LabelForge offers an easy way to create customized, attention-getting labels, with all the design tools you need to simplify the process of producing a label.
When you first open LabelForge, you will see the toolbar along the top of the screen and the object menu at the left side. The “label canvas,” blank for now, will appear in the main part of the screen.
The toolbar at the top of the screen includes many of the controls that you will use to manipulate objects on the label canvas, as well as the basic commands to create a new label, save a design, open a saved label, and print.
Most of the buttons in the Object Menu represent types of label content. The last two buttons, Sequence and Merge, offer controls for information that changes automatically from one label to the next. Click on any of the buttons to replace the Object Menu with a new, detailed menu for that object type.
The orange bar along the bottom edge of the screen is the Details Bar. This shows a description of any button that the mouse is hovering over or shows the details of any selected object.
Initially, the label canvas will show a new, blank label, using the most recent settings. Usually, this will be a blank white rectangle, with rulers along the top and left sides.
The toolbar buttons showing a magnifying glass are the basic “Zoom” controls; zoom in (increase magnification) or zoom out (decrease magnification) to view your label design at different scales. (The label will still print at the same size.) Next, Zoom Context adjusts the zoom so that the label fills the entire window. If you are using a mouse with a scrollwheel, you can also scroll up to zoom in, and scroll down to zoom out.
When you start the LabelForge program, the Label Canvas will show a new label using the most recent settings. You can also clear the current design at any point, and start a new label design with fresh settings, by clicking the New Label button on the toolbar. Other buttons on the toolbar allow you to Save your current design or Open a design that you had previously saved.
Only one label design can be open at a time; if you attempt to start a new label or open an existing label, you will be prompted to save any changes before continuing.
To print a label, click the Print button in the toolbar. This will bring up a standard printing window, where you can set printing options and choose a number of copies. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P will bring up the printing window, as well.
If your label design includes a Merge or Sequence, described later in this guide, you will see another window with options to print the current label only, the entire Sequence, or the entire Merge. If you choose to print the Sequence or Merge, then one copy of each label (from the Start position to the End position) will be printed.
When you want to exit LabelForge, click the Exit button at the top right of the toolbar. If there are any unsaved changes to the current label design, you will be prompted to save them before continuing.
If you have any questions about using LabelForge 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!