Address/Gift Labels

 

This tut if for for PSP8 only as no other versions has this feature, also the images above were reduced for this page.

Don't know about you, but I really hate addressing envelopes. So I have been making mine for years now, using a card program. 

PSP8 now comes with templates and I can now use most image formats instead of being limited to a select few.

For some reason and I don't know why yet as I don't need to buy labels yet, but the number on my box is 8160, however the template in PSP8 we'll be using is 8760. Either Avery changed the box numbers or the label PSP8 has, 8760, is not for ink jet printers and the 8160 labels that I have are for ink jet printers.. Does it matter, no, because they still work. What you really need to concern yourself with is the size which is 1 x 2 5/8, so when buying your labels look for this size not the box number. A box of labels will last you a good long time. So with that said we'll move on. :) 

What you will need

JASC PSP8 get HERE

Images of your choosing from 1 to 30 and of course a color printer. :)

You will also need a good working knowledge of PSP8 to do this tut. You will need to know where things are and how to use them. If your a beginner to PSP8, I suggest you go do other tuts first to learn how to do things in PSP8.

 

Let's create some labels.

We'll create the address labels first as gift labels are basically the same process.

Don't forget to Save very often, as that is very important with PSP8 as you never know when it will crash. :)

As, in my opinion, it's still very much unstable, even with the 8.10 update.

 

This tut looks really long, but once you do your first one it won't seem so long. :) 

The hard part will be determining what images to use. :)

 

Step 1. We will be opening a new image by inches not pixels. So make sure you select inches. The size is; width 2.625 by height1 in inches, the pixel size will be if you want to go that route is 788 x 300. The reason for this size is it's exactly the same size as the label and therefore we won't have to resize it later. Raster background checked and transparent checked. My resolution  is also set to 300, don't know if this makes a difference as it seems to be the default mine is set to. I haven't changed it to find out. :) However at this resolution I believe your print quality will be better then set at 72 which is the default for web images. Let's save this and we'll call it 8160_address_label. 8160 because that's the box number and address because this will be an address label. I have different size labels I use for various things and therefore, I put the box number first so I can open the one I plan on using without having to open all of them to find the one I want. You save yours anyway you like after all they are your labels. :)

 

Step 2. Flood fill this first layer with a color of your choosing. Change your background\foreground colors to whatever you want them to be, mine are both set with black. Add a new layer. Select your text tool. First go to the tool bar and change it to Floating, as this is the only thing that cannot be changed later for some reason, everything else can be changed after you type your text if you like or you can do it now.  Click in the image and you get a pop-up box of which you'll type in your address. Type your name hit enter, type your address hit enter type your town, state and zip. Highlight all of this then move that box out of the way a bit. I moved mine over near the layer Palette and PSP8 remembered where it was last time I used it. Now you can change your font to whatever you like. I'm using Carmen Tango as I like a script font, change your size to 36 or a size that looks good to you, for this tut I changed it to 48 because that looked good, however my name should be at 36 as that looks good for my name, check anti-alias, click alignment center if you want it centered or alignment left. There is really no need to worry about placement yet as we will place it later. Just make sure all of it is in the image somewhere, because if you don't when you deselect whatever is hanging over the sides will be gone, however you can hit undo as many times as you need to get it back. Now go to selections and select none.

 

Step 3. Ok now you have a decision to make. Do you want all your labels on the page to look alike if so open 1 image of your choosing, something you won't have to re-size to much as re-sizing distorts images. Do you want all your labels to be different then you'll need to open 30 of them as that is how many labels are on the sheet of labels. However there are 3 columns so in that case if you want each column to be different then open 3 images. In other words open as many images for however many different labels you want.

Now depending on how many images you have chosen to use the steps here will be different. 

Do this step for 1 image

If you have only chosen 1 image copy and paste as new layer, move it where ever you like and re-size if necessary to fit. Now you can line up your text as best as you can to the image. Trying to keep every thing center in height as much as possible. Zoom in as need be to see what your doing. That's it your finished until step 4. So skip the rest and go there now. For the rest of you continue on. :)

Do this step for more than one image.

The steps here will be same for 2 images as it will be for 30. Go to window duplicate or you can Shift+D to duplicate which ever is convenient for you and duplicate your image as many times as you have images that you want to put into the different labels. In other words if you want 30 different labels you will need to duplicate this 29 times so you'll have30 total, if you want 3 different labels duplicate it 2 times, so you have 3 total. Click on one of the images that you want to put into your label, copy and paste as new layer, then close it so you won't use it again, re-size as necessary, move into position, re-position your address, trying to keep them centered height wise as much as possible, zoom in as needed. Now do a File/Save As and save it with whatever you used above but put a 1 on the end of it. Something like this 8160 address lable_1 will work. Great your first one is done. Do this same step for ever how many you chose to do, just remember to change the number at the end to the next number, you know 2, 3, 4, whatever you have.

Glad that's done aren't you. lol Let's move on to the next step.

 

Step 4. You should have all of your labels open for this step, and hopefully those of you who chose to do many different labels closed all the image files as you went along, if not close those now as they are no longer needed. It is not necessary to merge your layers before doing the next step, they will print just fine without merging them. This way you can make changes to them any time you like.

This first step is the same for everyone. Go to File\Print Layout. Next go to File\Open Template. Make sure Avery is selected, then go to the one named 8760, double-click on it to open it. Were opening it this way so you don't accidentally click on the delete button, that for some unknown reason is right above the ok button. I've come very close to deleting my templates because of it, now I double-click to open a template.

Again the steps here will be slightly different, but your almost done. :)

Do this step for 1 label

On the right hand side you'll see the label you created, just click and drag it to one of the white boxes, doesn't matter which one. Next go to Template and select Fill template with image, or you can click on this box it's on the toolbar at the top right hand side. Go to file\print and your finished. It's going to ask you if you want to save it when you close out of it, you can if you want but I don't, as I already have the the label saved in psp format and can make the same one again any time I like so I see no point in saving it. However you can save it if want just make sure you give it a different name or you could lose your original template.

Do this step for 3 labels.

We'll do the 3 column makers first. On the right hand side you'll see all of your labels you made, select the first one at the top and drag it over to the first column space, keep selecting that first image and dragging it over until the first column is full. Do this same step for the other two labels you made, except for the second image in line put it into the second column and the third one in the third column. Go to file\print and your finished. It's going to ask you if you want to save it when you close out of it, you can if you want but I don't, as I already have the the label saved in psp format and can make the same one again any time I like so I see no point in saving it. However you can save it if want just make sure you give it a different name or you could lose your original template.

Do this step for more than 4 labels.

On the right hand side you'll see the labels you created, just click and drag the first one in line over to one of the white boxes, it doesn't matter which one as your going to fill them all anyway. Click on the next image in line and drag it over to any open box, keep this up until you have all 30 labels you created on your sheet. Now your ready for printing. Go to file\print and your finished. It's going to ask you if you want to save it when you close out of it, you can if you want but I don't, as I already have the the label saved in psp format and can make the same one again any time I like so I see no point in saving it. However you can save it if want just make sure you give it a different name or you could lose your original template.

 

 

Gift Tags lets say for Christmas

As I stated above they are basically the same process, the only exception being the text you'll type in instead of your address. However we want a 2 step process instead of a one step process as we did with our address labels

Step 1. Open the same size image you used earlier, now go to File\Save as and let's save this as 8160_christmas_label. Flood fill the first layer with a color of your choosing.

 

Step 2. Add a layer and click on your text tool, everything should be pretty much set as above as we haven't made any changes. Now type in To:, highlight it and change the font size to 48 or whatever you like and change your text to whatever you like, mine is still set at Carmen Tango so I'm gonna use that.

 

Step 3. Add a layer and let's do this again this time typing in From:. 

An alternative method to this 2 step process to make it a one step process is to type in To: hit enter twice, then type in From:. However I like everything on it's own layer so that I can move them around to my way of thinking and therefore I use the two step process.

 

Step 4. That's it, the rest is the same as above, with the exception that you'll be opening Christmas images this time instead of other images. Btw I use 30 images as I want all my gift tags to be different.

 

Hope you enjoyed this tut as much as I enjoyed creating it for you.

 

 

 

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