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How to print on Circles

Did you want to know to print onto Circles? Hopefully this will help you achieve better results from your labels & Stickers. We print alot of Labels but we want you Help you to print your own!

Circles are notoriously hard to print onto, they can by far be the hardest to get looking perfect especially if you already have a fixed design.

Here are a few things to bare in mind when starting to design your Round labels.

For example when printing onto a 37mm Circle you need to design your image in a 39mm square. Why? Because if you design a 37mm circle there is absolutely no room for movement and the chances of you getting your image to print exactly in the right place is very slim. What you need to remember is when a printer is printing onto an A4 sheet of labels, its spraying ink onto a moving page.

It’s a bit like parking your car into a parking space, sometimes this can be hard enough just doing that! Now think of the parking space being exactly the same size of your car. Could you still park it? Probably not. Then to make it harder now consider the parking spot moving past you as your trying to reverse in & you must also time the parking perfectly into an exact size spot. Not easy!

So how do we get around this, well we need to plan in some contingency room. So if you use a 39mm square this allows you upto 1mm movement in all directs up, down, left & right.

If you are not using a background image or colour this isn’t so important but its worth noting anyway.

As these images below show they all still fit inside the box. Even though each one is been moved by 1mm in a different direction each time they will still pick up the background image if you make oversized like this.

Label Print Alignment
Image showing Label position in Centre of Larger Background
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Image showing label movement to the Left ontop of a correct sized background
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Image showing label movement to the Right ontop of a correct sized background
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Image showing label movement upwards ontop of a correct sized background
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Image showing label movement downwards ontop of a correct sized background

If you try and place a 37mm circle ontop of a 37mm background colour this is what you get when it moves slightly. You will see white edges creeping into the circle.

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Image showing label movement to the Left ontop of a circle background – showing white areas creeping inside the circle
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Image showing label movement to the Right ontop of a circle background – showing white areas creeping inside the circle
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Image showing label movement upwards ontop of a circle background – showing white areas creeping inside the circle
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Image showing label movement Downwards ontop of a circle background – showing white areas creeping inside the circle

Please note the Pink circle is to show the cutting line of the label, you should not put a circle outline on your image design. The circle is already cut on the sheets and you DO NOT need to print a circle onto the page. If you do you will end up with the same issue if there is any movement during printing. Still trying to line up a circle onto of a circle.

The next thing to remember is this contingency room needs to also apply to the inside of the circle with you text.

So once again if your printing onto a 37mm circle, please leave atleast a 1mm gap all around the edge for print movement. To be honest I would try and leave 1.5-2mm to be safe. So try and keep you text contained to a maximum area 35mm.

In the image below it shows a 34mm inner circle which should leave a good area encase of any movement.

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34mm Green Circle showing the suggested print area for you text.

Once again is the paper moves, having allowed for this already, your text should stay inside the cut circle. The green circle depicting the outer most edge of your text.

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Image showing label movement to the Right
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Image showing label movement to the Left
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Image showing label movement Upwards
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Image showing label movement Downwards

The closer your print is to the edge of the label the more obviously any print movement will be. So the further from the edge the better really.

So try and keep your text inside the inner circle, make sure your background flows out of the larger circle. You should end up with something like this.

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Image showing Text position inside the Green Print area of the label
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Image showing Background added & filling entire 39mm square area – Image bleeding off all sides of the circle

Then remove the circles, you don’t want to be printing them. There you go, this should be ideal to work with.

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Also a bonus for setting this image to a 39mm square is that it will butt up to the next image on the page. On a sheet of 37mm round labels there are 35 Circles, You can place the first design in the middle of the page at 105mm x 148.5mm, then position the others accordingly.

LLR37 Circles – 39mm square layout in PDF – Download HERE

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