There are many apps and websites out there to help you get started on designing your label. Here are our top 5 favorites.
Canva has a label design option – see top right. This program won’t be your friend in helping you create print-ready files. Instead, this website is fantastic for getting ideas flowing, looking at trends, and taking your first steps in design. It helps to see where you want to place all your graphics, images, and copy in an easy to manipulate program.
Hoping to write some brilliant, engaging label copy? Run it through Hemingway before you submit your label to be printed. There are some non-negotiables. Don’t mess with the standard nutritional copy format for example. Instead, if you are writing instructions or other low-key copy, double check by the ultimate professional. It will revolutionize how you write.
Vecteezy is a free vector website. Search a term, download the royalty-free design and use it in your Adobe Illustrator file. This website has a wide array of options, and once you import it into Illustrator, you can manipulate the files to make them your own. It’s ideal for those who can’t draw. Or, those who like to save time.
Pixabay is a royalty-free image database. But it’s not just any royalty-free image database, it’s the best one there is. Like Vecteezy, they offer virtually limitless options to any of your search queries. If you don’t have a budget for original photography, save yourself some time and money.
Adobe Illustrator is non-negotiable. This program is necessary for creating the industry standard, print-ready label files. It not only allows you to get specific with your design, providing endless customization options, but it also provides us with the information we need to get to press. Whatever stage you’re at in your design, stop, and download it now. Already have it? Great! Make sure you have the latest version and always check for updates.
Learn more about what Great Lakes Label offers and how to incorporate various techniques into your label design. Download our e-book, Complete Labeling Solutions.
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