Which Download Should I Use?
New Feature! While, you can still use our Microsoft Word and Apple pages files below, we have partnered with Canva to offer a free design tool for your labels.
Canva is a drag and drop graphic design tool that allows you to create, customize and save designs for your Dashleigh labels and hangtags. Click the button above to start designing.
Word File with Outlines
Recommended for new Word users. Outline background image allows you to add images, text boxes and shapes over the image. Delete the background image before printing.
Word File with a Table
Tables with the margins and label dimensions are included on the page. The tables are usually hidden when opening- just show the gridlines using the instructions included in the file.
For those using design software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.
More Template Types
|Apple Pages Template|
|Open Office Template|
|Template JPG file|
Label Size: 3.4 x 0.93 in
Top/Bottom Margin: 0.511 in
Left/Right Margin: 0.497 in
Horizontal Spacing: 0.62 in
Vertical Spacing: 0.192 in
1. Downloading Your Label Template
You can choose between downloading our Microsoft Word templates or PDF.
Microsoft Word with Outlines: (recommend for beginners) Quickly add your text and images to your hang tags using the Microsoft word template with outlines. Each template comes loaded with a table that includes the perfect margins.
Additionally, we have added images that show the outline of the hang tag so you can design with ease. Just delete the images before printing.
Microsoft Word with Tables: Add your custom designs and text to these templates using our custom table that shows you the guidelines of where the hang tags appear on the page.
PDF: These files are perfect for Adobe software users. Just open the file in any Photoshop or Illustrator program. Use the file as your background while designing and just hide the layer before printing.
2. Designing Your Labels
Designing A Perfect Labels
All printers are slightly different, these lines will help ensure that your design prints consistently.
1. Bleed: Creating a label with a color background, it is best to extend the design 0.25 inches past the actual label size. Note that this area will be trimmed in printing.
2. Trim: This is the actual size of the label - it helps to align your tag design so that everything falls inside neatly.
3. Safe Zone: Make sure that all vital information falls within .25 inches of the trim line. This will allow room to move as your tags print.
4. Adding a Border: To create a consistent border, it it is best to create a border that is 3/8 inches from the bleed line.
Have a small issue with an image, text or design in your Word document?
3. Printing Your Hang Tags
Lining Things Up
Firstly, we recommend printing your hang tags on a blank sheet of paper. As all printers are slightly different, this allows you to see if there are any minor adjustments to the layout- so your design perfectly aligns to your hang tags.
Either hold the color print over the label or use an razor knife to cut out your label.
You can adjust your hang tags using the Margin tools in your software or nudging each design manually.
Highest Quality Printing
Once you have aligned your labels, now it is time to check your printer settings to make sure you are printing using the highest quality your printer can handle.
Each printer setting menu is vastly different, but we can tell you that any "premium paper" setting is generally the best.
Optimal Printer Settings
- In advanced printer settings you can adjust for the different media types you might put through the printer. When you hit print, find the "paper type" or "media type" box and select premium paper (or experiment with the many media settings for best results)
- To prevent bleeding: turn down your ink volume. When you hit 'print', select the advanced features (you may have to look under different tabs to find this, it's different on every printer) -under the 'advanced settings, you should be able to turn down your ink volume resulting is a better-quality waterproof label.
Free Designs to that Work Perfectly with your Template
at the Dashleigh Design Library.
Hello! Thank you for your Dashleigh purchase and thank you for supporting our small business. Our goal on this page is to assist you in taking your outstanding creative ideas for your labels and bringing them to vibrant color.
Designing Your Label
Getting started, you will want to choose your preferred software and download the corresponding template (located on the right side of this page).
Note: Be sure to checkout our free design templates for some design inspiration.
If you are more comfortable in Microsoft Word, we recommend downloading our MS word .doc files. They come with pre-loaded tables and text boxes to outline the space where you can design in your label. You may need to delete the backing image, so the lines do not print on your actual labels.
If you are using Adobe products, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat or Reader, we recommend downloading the .pdf file.
Open Office and Other Solutions
If you are not quite sure, or do not have a preferred software, we will point you in the direction of Open Office, a free word processor you can download- including on both Windows and Mac OS. Download the Open Office template to get started.
For Apple Pages, either using Open Office (listed above) or using the PDF download as a background to your document, while adding text boxes and images over it. Once complete, you can remove the background image - so that the outlines do not print. Full instructions here.
Printing Your Label
If you reach any hiccups during the design process, be sure to check out the FAQ section of the site.
Now, you have completed the designing portion of your project, now it is time to print.
This is where it might be a good idea to move slowly.
Lining Things Up
Firstly, we recommend printing your labels on a blank sheet of paper. As all printers are slightly different, this allows you to see if there are any minor adjustments to the layout- so your design perfectly aligns to your labels. Either hold the color print over the label or use an razor knife to cut out your label.
You can adjust your labels using the Margin tools in your software or nudging each design manually.
Highest Quality Printing
Help: If you have purchased Waterproof White Vinyl labels- we recommend reading this section as well.
Optimal Printer Settings