When creating artwork for return address labels, there are a few things to consider. The first thing to consider is what kind of graphic should you put in your return address label. Return address labels are small, and there are 80 labels on each page, so you’ll have to balance your desire for high quality graphics and document performance. High quality artwork (gif, jpeg, etc) copied over 80 times will negatively affect the performance of Microsoft Word, and Open Office documents. If your graphic is affecting your document performace too much, you’ll have to decrease the quality of the graphic. You could also choose to use an SVG graphic. Inkscape is a free program that will let you create and edit SVG graphics. SVG graphics are Scalable Vector Graphics where shapes and colors are defined by coordinates equations. They are fantastic because when you zoom in on the graphics, the quality of the graphic is not lost as it is in a gif, jpg, etc. There is another thing to consider with SVG graphics, how complex the drawing is. Keep the SVG as simple as possible, reduce the number of “Nodes” to the least possible. Many times when converting a drawing or sketch from jpg to svg, there will me many nodes that basically are not needed. It’s a painstaking job, but you’ll be better off minimizing the number of nodes which will increase document performance.
It takes commitment to be environmentally friendly. If you’re concerned about saving trees, and would like to live a little greener, here’s your chance. All of our front page items, like the ML-3000 , ML-2000, and such are available in recycled material. Just replace the ML prefix with RL, so the ML-3000 becomes the RL-3000, and the ML-8100 becomes the RL-8100.
Logo’s can be used anywhere for business. You can use them on letterhead, on signs, on the sides of cars and trucks. But obviously here at Macolabels.com, we’re only gonna talk about logos on shipping labels. Consider using Inkscape to design your logo.
If you think your company is super, and your company name begins with an M, you could go with the first letter like this:
And the great thing about using these SVG graphics, is that you can scale the image up or down without loss of quality. So whether putting them on a tiny return address label or a regular address label, or a larger shipping label, your graphics will look great.
I’ve been busy with the sharpie and the scanner this morning. The boss is lookin at me like I’m wasting time. Wasting time? Why I never waste my time. Since when is blog posting wasting time? Ok, sometimes it’s a waste of time, but I’m being productive and low maintenance by using open source software to produce this blog.
Maybe someone will like my stick family. The Sticks are great for personalized return address labels. Stick em in the background like a watermark behind your return address.
I scanned my sketch directly from the Gimp:
Return Address labels are usually a necessity. That is unless you’re the unabomber, or someone like that who really would prefer not to have fingerprints, or any other identifying marks , and would generally like to remain anonymous. If you’re printing out a whole page it can be tedious to create a whole page of labels. So you need to have a little patience and learn how graphics can be inserted into Microsoft Word. I use Microsoft Word 2007, because it seems to be pretty popular. I also use OpenOffice, but it’s not as popular even though it’s popularity is growing.
To get started, you want to download our ML-8100 template here:
Then you need to get some graphics. Here are some Family Icons that are pretty popular these days. It’s the Stick Family. We’ve got Mr Stick, Mrs Stick, Brother Stick, Sister Stick, Little Sticks, Dog Stick, Cat Stick and the most delicious of all, Fish Stick! They’re in SVG format, so download Inkscape for free so you can manipulate them and export them to different graphics formats.
Check out our ML-8100 return address labels. They’re comparable to Avery 5167 Laser Labels. We supply lots of folks with this label who create their own customs designs, and then resell them. But they’re not just for return address labels. Use your imagination and see what uses you can use return address labels for.