Printing tips

Check printer suitability by referring to the printer technology information printed on the packaging.

Please refer to your printer manual for specific recommendations for printing labels. It is important to select the right paper source in your printer driver, when printing labels.

Avery recommends that a label sheet should only pass through a printer once. The label backing loses rigidity when individual labels are removed.

This could result in the label sheet getting caught in the printer pass and causing a paper jam, labels peeling off inside the printer, or the adhesive residue of the removed labels contaminating the printing drum

To get the best quality from your labels, it is very important that you store them in an appropriate environment. We recommend that you store the labels at room temperature in the original packaging. We recommend 10-30°C and 35-55% humidity. If the sheets are stored in one of our climate protection bags inside the packaging, we recommend to keep unused sheets in the bag. In any case, avoid strong climate variations and high air humidity.

We recommend using our free template software Avery Design & Print to print your Avery printable products.  It includes thousands of inspiring template designs and creative tools.

We also offer downloadable Microsoft® Word Templates for all of our printable products. Click here and then enter your product’s software code

You can learn more about all our Software here

  • Be sure you are using a genuine Avery product – non-Avery products are not optimised for our templates, and are not manufactured to our specifications.
  • Test print. Print first on a sheet of plain paper to determine which direction to feed in your printer and to check your design and alignment.
  • Printer settings. When you click Print, look in the Properties options in the print dialog box. Ensure you are printing to A4 paper (non US Letter size).
    Adjust Paper Type to Labels and Print Quality to Best. If your printer doesn't have a Labels setting, choose Heavyweight or Cardstock.
  • Feed once. Don't re-print on the same sheet of labels.

You may need to change your printer settings to accommodate your label or card sheets. For best results, we recommend adjusting your printer settings (or printer properties) for Paper Type or Media to Labels or Cards. To optimize print quality, you can also change it in your printer settings from Normal to Best.

Tip: Some printers perform better when you feed one sheet at a time through the manual feed tray.

This can vary greatly depending on the environmental conditions they have been exposed to (e.g. heat, humidity etc). To achieve optimal results we recommend you use products that have been stored under normal conditions* and have been on shelf no longer than approximately 2 years. Life span of a label once applied is much different and again, depending on the environmental conditions and the specific label type, can be up to 10-15 years and above.

* Store the labels at room temperature in the original packaging. Avoid strong climate variations and high air humidity.

Correct separation of waste:

Labels applied on paper, carton and similar and packaging = Paper

Labels applied on bottles = Glass

Label backing paper = Residual