Getting Started Tutorial

Driver Installation

Before you begin creating custom signs and labels, you will first need to install the driver for your particular LabelTac® printer. Our drivers are found on the LabelTac® Setup CD included with every printer and are also available for download online through our LabelTac Support Site or the link below. To install your printer, please use the following steps:

Using the LabelTac® Setup CD

  1. Plug in the USB cable and power on your LabelTac® printer
  2. Insert the Setup CD and select 'Install LabelTac® Drivers' from the Main Menu
  3. Select the method your printer is connected to your PC (USB, Ethernet, Serial) and then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the initial setup - You can adjust your Printer Defaults/Name and Printer Sharing Settings if desired
  4. Once the driver installation is complete you're done! You should now be able to design and print your very own custom labels

Using downloaded LabelTac® Drivers

  1. Plug in the USB cable and power on your LabelTac® printer
  2. Download our latest drivers from the following link: LabelTac® Driver Download
  3. Extract/Unzip the downloaded drivers (note: for more information on how to extract a file, please review this Microsoft Support article)
  4. Once the extraction is complete, Run the DriverWizard.exe to begin the driver installation
  5. When the DriverWizard opens, choose Install a LabelTac® Printer and then select the method your printer is currently connected (USB, Ethernet, Serial)
  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to begin the installation - You can adjust your Printer Defaults/Name and Printer Sharing options if desired
  7. Once the driver installation is complete you're done! You should now be able to design and print your very own custom labels

Installing Labeling Software

Once your LabelTac® printer has been installed, you can begin printing your own custom labels using the labeling software of your choice. To help you get started, the LabelTac® Setup CD includes both our labeling software LabelSuite™ as well as our Microsoft Word Templates & Symbols Library. Both of these options includes hundreds of professional grade pre-made label templates and symbols. For help in deciding which program will suit you best, please review our Which Program Should I Use? article.

Installing LabelSuite™

  1. Download our LabelSuite™ Installer from the following link: LabelSuite Download
  2. If necessary, download the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 update: .NET Framework Download (Note: This is typically only needed for older versions of Windows)
  3. Run the LabelSuite-Setup.exe
  4. Review and accept the End User License Agreement, then select Install to begin the installation
  5. When the installation is complete, you can open LabelSuite™ using the icon on your Desktop or through your Start Menu

Installing Microsoft Word Templates & Symbols

  1. Download our Templates & Symbols Library through the following link: Templates & Symbols Library Download
  2. Run the LT_Library_Setup.exe to begin the installation
  3. When the installer opens, select Next and then select an installation directory (the default is your Desktop) - Select Next and then Install to install to this location
  4. Once the installation is complete, you can review your new templates by opening the LabelTac Template Library folder located in the directory you previously selected

Making A Label In LabelSuite™

Customizing Label Size

  1. From the LabelSuite™ Main Menu, select the Custom Size option.
  2. Set the Supply Width to the size of your vinyl stock and the Length to the desired length of your label.
  3. Select either the Portrait or Landscape orientation to differentiate between a Horizontal/Vertical label.
  4. To adjust the Unit of Measurement, select either Inches or Centimeters.
  5. When ready, select the Create Label option to begin editing.

Adding/Editing Text for Your Label Template

  1. To add text to your label, select the Insert tab from the top-left of the editing window.
  2. Select either the Scalable or Paragraph option to add a text box to your template. (Note: Scalable text boxes will adjust font size in proportion to text box size.) Once selected, a small text box will appear in the editing window.
  3. To change Paragraph text to Scalable text and vice versa, right-click on the text box and select the Convert option.
  4. To edit the text displayed, double-click within the text box and type the desired wording.
  5. Adjust the font by selecting the Style tab from the top-middle of the editor and using the font drop-down menu.
  6. Adjust the text size for Paragraph Text by selecting the small arrows next to the font drop-down menu. You can manually input the desired point size in this box as well.
  7. Adjust the text size for Scaleable Text by dragging the text box to the desired size.
  8. To bold, italicize, or underline your text, select the desired option from within the Style tab.
  9. Change the text alignment (left/center/right) from the Style tab.
  10. You can adjust the Paragraph/Line Spacing by right-clicking on your text box and selecting Paragraph.
  11. To rotate text, drag the rotate the symbol above your text box in the desired direction. Use the Rotation option from the top-right of the editing screen to set a specific value (45°, 90°, 180°, etc.).
  12. To align text to your template, select the View tab from the top-middle of the editing screen and select the desired alignment option.

Adding Images to Your Label Template

  1. Select the Insert tab from the top-left of the editing window.
  2. Click on the Image option to open the Windows Explorer.
  3. Navigate to and highlight the desired image file and then select Open to add the image to your template.
  4. Resize and position the image as you would scalable text.
  5. To rotate your image, adjust the Rotation option from the top-right of the editing screen (90°, 180°, etc.).

Adding Barcodes

  1. Select the Barcodes tab from the top-left of the editor.
  2. Choose the desired barcode type from the list of displayed options (Code128, Code39, UPC A, etc.) – a small barcode will be added to your template.
  3. Input the information you would like scanned by double-clicking on the barcode example and typing the desired information.
  4. Select the Barcode tab from the top-middle of the editor to select further options for your barcode (Human Readable, Show Checksum and Include Checksum – NOTE: If using Code39, please disable the Checksum options before printing).
  5. To rotate the barcode, drag the rotate symbol in the desired direction. You can also adjust the Rotation option from the top-right of the editing screen to set a specific value (45°, 90°, 180°, etc.).

Adjusting Printer Properties

Die-Cut and Black-Mark supply will require adjusting certain Printer Properties prior to printing. You can also adjust the Print Speed and Darkness settings by using the Printer Properties feature. Note: Any changes made to these settings within LabelSuite™ will be temporary and settings will revert to their defaults upon closing LabelSuite™.

  1. Select the LabelSuite™ tab from the top-left of the editor.
  2. To access the Properties Menu, select the Settings option.
  3. To print specialty supply, select the Stock tab and adjust the Type to "Labels with Gaps" or "Labels with Marks" (to print solid-color supply, select "Continuous").
  4. Adjust the Print Speed and Darkness by selecting the Options tab and adjusting these settings as desired.
  5. Select OK to apply any changes.

Printing Your Label Design

  1. Select the LabelSuite™ tab from the top-left of the editor.
  2. If you have multiple printers, you can change the model being printed by choosing the Select Printer icon.
  3. For a preview of your final design, select the Preview checkbox.
  4. When ready, set the # Copies desired and then choose the Print option to begin printing your labels.

Making A Label In Microsoft Word

Customizing Label Size

  1. Select Page Layout from the top bar.
  2. Select Custom Margins from the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  3. The Page Setup menu will now appear. Change all of the fields under margins to 0.
  4. Set the Orientation to Landscape.
  5. Select the Paper tab from the top of the Page Setup menu.
  6. Change the Height field to the size of the vinyl supply you will be printing on and the Width field to the length you would like your label to be. Then select OK. (If you receive a Margins Warning message, select Ignore.)

Inserting Text Boxes

  1. From the top menu bar, select Insert.
  2. Select Text Box from the menu.
  3. Select Draw Text Box from the bottom of the drop-down menu (or press D on your keyboard).
  4. To create a text box, click and drag your cursor to the desired size you would like within the template.
  5. To remove the thick black outline and white back filler, select Format from the top menu.
  6. Select Shape Outline or Shape Fill.
  7. From the drop-down menu, select No Outline/No Fill.
  8. To position the text box, move your cursor along the dotted line until you see a symbol. Then click and drag the box to the desired position.
  9. To resize the text box, click on one of the the small clear boxes along the dotted line and drag your cursor to the desired size.

Adding/Editing Text for Your Label Template

  1. To choose a specific font, click within the text box. Then hit ctrl+shift+f and choose your preferred font/style/size (or select the Home tab from the top menu and change the values in the font section).
  2. To change the direction your text faces, select Format from the top menu bar. Then select Text Direction from the top right and choose the desired direction.

Adding Images to Your Label Template

  1. Select Insert from the top menu bar. Place your cursor over Photo and then select Picture from File from the drop-down menu.
  2. Navigate to and highlight the desired image file and then select Open to add the image to your template.
  3. Click and drag the image to reposition it. To change its size, click a corner of the image and drag to make the image larger/smaller.

Adding Barcodes

  1. If you don't already have barcode fonts installed on your computer, download our font pack from the following link: Barcode Fonts Installer
  2. To apply barcode fonts to labels, enter the text string you would like to make a barcode.
  3. Highlight the text and select Font. Scroll through the list of fonts until you find the desired barcode. Select the font and click OK.
  4. To test the barcode, create a sample barcode label and print it with your LabelTac® printer. Use your barcode or RF scanner to scan the sample label to verify it reads correctly. Depending on your system, you may need to try different barcode fonts until you find one that functions with your scanner. Some RF scanners may require that you add an asterisk (*) before and after your barcode to make it scannable.

Printing Your Label

  1. From the top menu bar, select File and then Print (or you can use the hotkey ctrl+p).
  2. Select your Creative LabelTac® printer from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the number of copies you would like to print and click the Print button to print your label(s).

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