Do-It-Yourself Labeling By: Ben Bakelaar
Below is an image-based tutorial which I put together to show how I quickly and easily create labels on my computer. Hopefully once you read it, you’ll be on your way to making your own! Feel free to post up any questions in the comment section below, and I’ll make sure to respond.
First, simply take a sheet of 8.5x11 paper, wrap it around the bottle, and make some marks to size the label. You can experiment with bigger vs. smaller labels – these ones are pretty big, and wrap fully around the bottle.
Unwrap the paper and lay it flat.
Fill in the rest of the boundaries of the label.
Now measure the width and height of the label.
Next we create an image that matches the dimensions of the label. Here, I am using Paint Shop Pro 6. You can use any graphics editing package with some advanced capabilities, for instance Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. Theoretically you could use MS Paint or Microsoft Word too, but for this tutorial I am focusing on graphics editors so you can insert photographs, logos, and other label-worthy graphics.
I have set the width to 8 inches, the height to 4 inches, and made sure that I am working with inches, not pixels.
Adding a border of 1 pixel around the image will help when we cut out the label.
It's time to test it out! I've made sure the label is printing at its true size, so it doesn't stretch or get warped. Make sure you do a “Print Preview” and look at the “Page Setup” options in whatever program you are using.
Here is the printed result. Looks pretty good to me!
Cut out the label along the border that we added earlier.
Close enough! It’s not going to be perfect the first time around.
Wrap the label around the bottle. When you wrap the label around, there should be some overlap. We'll use this to make it stick. You can use tape or glue to seal the seam. Since you are attaching the paper to itself, there's no mess to worry about when cleaning your bottles! Tip: do this *after* you’ve cleaned and dried the bottles, but *before* you fill them.
So what about the bottle carrier box? Can’t have a bunch of fancy bottles without a fancy box. Well, we can apply the same steps as before. To start, measure the width and the height.
Now create your new image and print (steps 6-9). This time I added some text to my label.
I used the glue stick on the front of the box, and then affixed the label after cutting it out. And with that, we have our final product! One labeled box, and one labeled beer bottle. You can download the templates and fill in with your own text, images, graphics, whatever!
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