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Old 12-04-2008, 07:08 PM   #11
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so then are you printing this on standard multipurpose copy paper?
I've printed labels on kinko's paper before. It's not the super cheap b/w copy stuff, but it ain't photo paper either.

Use a color laser printer, ink will run!

Photoshop can't be beat, it is pricey.. but it really is the best.


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Old 12-04-2008, 08:59 PM   #12
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I use Macromedia Fireworks 2004 MX (now Adobe Fireworks). You can download older versions of the software for free from www.oldversion.com. It's only a trial version, but you have thirty days, and you'll get the chance to (1) crank out a label (because honestly, who can't finish the label in thirty days?) and (2) evaluate the software.

I print on a color laser printer, either at work, or at Kinkos. It's important to use laser, because ink will run when the bottle "sweats."

I prefer the feel of laser paper which, which used with a laser printer, makes the label feel glossy. Sometimes, for gifts, I'll use some sort of Avery Labels product, with the glue already stuck to the back. It actually does come off pretty easily of you soak it, but it's EXPENSIVE. For brews I'm keeping around the house, I'll just print on regular laser paper, and then adhere the label with milk that I brush on, or a glue stick. (If you're like me, you'll be skeptical of using milk, but I promise. . . everyone uses milk, and it's really pretty fool-proof.



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Old 12-17-2008, 01:00 PM   #13
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So of course I have an ink printer at home. Does anyone know if you put the label on SD card if you can take it to Staples and print it off there?? When I was printing labels last night, the bleeding was AWFUL!!

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Old 12-17-2008, 03:30 PM   #14
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I print with a Canon inkjet on HP Everyday Semigloss Photo Paper. Works well enough.

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:10 PM   #15
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I don't know how fancy you wanna get. I just use Micrsoft Word, set it up to print labels using Avery Labels #5264 (4" x 3.33"), and send it to an inkjet or laser printer. It works great as you've got a lot of font options, can import photos or graphics, etc.

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:41 PM   #16
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I have been using MS Paint for ages, but recently downloaded Inkscape for free. Definitely try it if you are one of the more "non-graphic software literate" types like myself. I love Inkscape, and it is plenty powerful for creating labels for me.

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Old 12-18-2008, 01:45 AM   #17
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Inkscape is cool. Several tutorials on youtube will teach you the basics.

I have downloaded Gimp. But, so far.... I just don't get it.

I'm sure the two together would make a powerful combo.

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Old 12-18-2008, 02:43 AM   #18
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I use Photoshop and thanks to the tech department at work I got it for a gigantic discount.

I've never heard of using milk to attach paper labels with. I've been using label paper printed on my color laser jet in the office. The label paper is way expensive and sometimes a real pain to get off of the bottle. Going to have to try the milk method with the next batch.

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Old 12-18-2008, 03:43 PM   #19
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I use a glue stick.

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Old 12-18-2008, 03:48 PM   #20
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Gimp, Word for laying several out, and color copier with Milk.
I think I'd like to find something besides word for printing, I think thats where my color probs are coming from.



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