Printable tags are extremely popular are sold through many different online shops. People attach them to party favor bags for a special birthday, use for 50th anniversary parties, Halloween treat bags, graduation party favors, classroom parties and soooo much more! They are all over Pinterest! Ever wonder how to print printable tags right in your own home? I sell a number of them in my shop and am asked all sorts of questions. I made a list of the most popular questions I am asked, and tried my best to answer them in this blog post. I have also included a free set of printable tags so you can try it out on your own! Download here
Most printable tags come as jpeg or pdf. You can open the PDF into the PDF viewer (this comes on most computers). If not, you can download Adobe reader for free here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ or open the jpeg into a software program of your choice. Add type if needed of you visit my shop, I offer tags with customized text here
What type of paper do I recommend? No matter the type of paper, I recommend printing on white paper so that that printed colors retain their integrity. When choosing the type of paper to use for your inkjet printer, I find that it is best to use paper from the manufacturer of the printer you are using. I personally use Epson matte premium heavyweight presentation paper. Because it is designed for printing photos as well as text, I find that the colors are most vibrant when using this paper. This is a 45lb weight paper, which may not be thick enough for your needs. However, I find it is what I use 90% of the time when I print my own personal tags.
Prefer to work with card stock? The number one printing problem comes from customers who are trying to print onto CRAFT STORE card stock. I do not recommend this type of card stock as it is porous and can have a coating. These papers are commonly found in the scrapbooking sections of stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. Instead, look for inkjet or laser friendly card stock/cover paper online or at an office supply store. Here is one I have used from Staples. If I need a stiff cardstock, this is a pretty good option. This is 110lb card stock, however, the prints are not as vibrant as I prefer. I use it when I need something heavy and inexpensive such as a tag for a child’s classroom party.
If you want to print out the tags on sticker paper, here is an Avery sticker paper I like to use amzn.to/1MSOhxX This paper is a nice option when you want to add a tag to a candy buffet paper bag.
The most overlooked component of printing at home tends to come with the printer settings. Make sure to adjust the printer settings on your printer. This will vary based on the printer manufacturer. The majority of the time I use “BORDERLESS PRINTING” because I do not want the printer to shrink my image and to make sure there is not an additional white band added to the outer edge of my image. I always choose “BEST PHOTO”, even if I am not printing a photo (I find is best to treat the printable image as a photo). These settings are generally found under the advanced settings option. Make sure to choose the correct “PAPER TYPE” setting. When you are working with specialty papers, from Epson, Avery, etc., they enclose printer instructions which tell you which paper settings to use.
When you find a combination that works for you, keep that paper in stock AND write down the printer settings that you found successful (write it directly on the box). This way, if months pass between printing projects, you will not have to rely on your memory or start over from scratch! Since I like to order online, I always like to keep my favorite papers in stock.
If you prefer to send out your tags to be printed at Staples, Office Max, Kinkos, etc., they have a variety of paper finishes and paper weights to choose from. Should they ask, you have my permission to have Baer Design Studio tags printed by a professional printer.
Please do not let these instructions overwhelm you!
Thank you for visiting my shop! Brigitte Baer