Tips for Printing
- Price tags can be easily printed with a home computer and printer.
- Price tags must be printed on lightweight cardstock paper.
- Lightweight cardstock, suitable for home printers, can be purchased in packs, for about $5, at Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and other retailers.
- Price tags can also be printed at Office Depot, FedEx, or Staples. To do this, we recommend you download and install free PDF maker software (www.cutepdf.com for example). Once you have this software installed, you can generate all of your tags. Then rather than printing them to your home printer, you can create a .pdf of your tags and take those to the store for printing. You can also upload them directly to the store’s website for printing and in-store pickup.
If you are having trouble printing your tags please CONTACT US and we will do everything we can to help.
Tips for Printing Barcodes
- If you use a laser-jet printer (with toner instead of ink) make sure you change the printer settings to card stock. If you don’t, the toner won’t bind to the paper correctly and your barcode will rub off!
- Don’t print too dark – it is better to print a little light than too dark.
- Don’t print on the “High Quality” setting, print on the normal setting.
- Some cardstock papers can ‘soak up’ the ink when it is sprayed too dark, causing the edges of the bar-code to be fuzzy and not scan. The edges of a bar-code need to be crisp.
- The edges of a bar-code need to be crisp to scan properly.
- Align your print cartridges – printer cartridges in inkjet printers can get out of alignment, especially when you change cartridges. This can cause the edge of the bar-code not to be clean and straight. There should be a utility that came with your printer’s software that allows you to align the print cartridges.
- Don’t use designer cardstock – Designer cardstock that is ‘fibrous’ can soak up ink from an inkjet and cause the edges of a bar-code to be fuzzy.
- Use a standard dense cardstock. Avoid cardstock with a ‘slick’ surface, as it can cause ink to smudge.
- Don’t ‘scale’ the printing – when actually printing the barcodes/tags, do NOT adjust the scaling on the page. You should print at 100%, just like the tag is generated. If you use a “shrink to fit” option, or if you change page scaling to something other than 100% it can adjust the size of the bar-code, which adjusts the “gaps” between the dark bars and can cause the bar-code to be unreadable.
Correct Tagging Placement
- Pin finished tag with a readable barcode to the front right side of the garment.