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Whether you’re creating labels for a snail mail penpalling hobby or for business correspondence, the Avery 8160 label boasts the standard dimensions--1 inch by 2.63 inches--seen in most printing programs. Those dimensions produce a page of 30 labels (three columns of 10 apiece), which may be printed on many companies’ sticky label paper. There’s no need to pay for expensive labels when, with a variety of computer programs, you can print your own Avery 8160 labels on your computer.
Open Word and click “Tools,” then “Letters and Mailings” and choose “Envelopes and Labels.”
Click the image of the label in the bottom right-corner, which opens up the “Label Options” window. Scroll down to Avery 8160, click it so it is highlighted, click “OK,” then click “New Document.” A page of separated labels appears on the page.
Type your address or other information onto the top left label, then use the text toolbar at the top of the page to choose a font, size and color.
(Optional) Click the “Insert” menu, then click “Picture” and “Clip Art.” Type a word into the “Search for” box, such as cat, cupcake or soccer. Scroll through the resulting list and double-click an image. Drag it into place on the label.
Block and copy everything on the label with your mouse. Right-click and select “Copy,” then click your mouse into the next label. Right-click and select “Paste.” Repeat to paste into the other 28 labels on the screen.
Open Publisher and select “Publications for Print.” Click the “Labels” option and scroll through the preset options for Avery 5160 (these labels have the same sizing as the 8160). Double-click a label for it to appear in your workspace.
On the left pane window, click the “Multiple” page under “Copies per sheet.” This means you’ll print the 30 labels instead of just one. Type your contact information over the preset placeholder text.
Click the “Font Schemes” link on the “Label Options” pane, then choose a font family for the label. Double-click a font scheme and the label automatically updates.
Click the “Color Schemes” link on the “Label Options” pane, then choose a color scheme. Double-click a scheme and the label automatically updates.
Open Photoshop and click “File,” then choose “New.” Name the file “MyLabel” and set the width to 2.63 inches and the height to 1 inch. Change the “Mode” to “CYMK Color” and the “Contents” to “White.” Then click the “OK” button.
Click “View” and “Fit on Screen.” This won’t increase the size of your label, it just gives you more room to design.
Click the “Text” tool, which looks like a “T” on the “Tools” palette on the left side of the screen. Notice a new toolbar at the top of the screen. Select your font, color and size, then click inside the “MyLabel” box and type your label information.
(Optional) Click the “Paintbrush” tool on the “Tools” palette, then choose a color from the “Color Picker” and draw some colored accents on your label.
Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.