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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Multiple UP

Although I’ve written about printing multiple up labels in the past, I had an experience recently that may help you as well.

3 UP Printing
3 UP Printing

Our customer could not only get the labels to print full-bleed correctly and also was getting “strange” white bands in the labels.  Frankly, I had no idea what caused the white bands.  Do you? Full-bleed not printing correctly; I get this question all the time.

To print the multiple up, the customer created a PDF with the 3 labels and loaded them into the BarTender foreground. 

3 UP Image
3 UP Image

I’ve written before about printing multiple up using BarTender in the past: 

By creating the PDF for multiple up labels, you may have to make changes in the vertical gap measurements to get the full-bleed correct.  In addition, I suspected that the PDF would not work as well for this situation as an image file.

Given my concerns, I recommended that we change to a single label image.  Further, I recommended that we make the image 1/16th of an inch larger on all four sides than the actual label size.

1 UP Image

Once we had the image corrected, I started to setup a new template in BarTender.  First I added the correct size of the label (3.25” x 5”) to the Epson driver along with adding .03” to both orientations.

BarTender 3 UP Settings
BarTender 3 UP Settings

Second, I configured the individual labels with a template size of 1.03” x 5.28”.  We always recommend an additional .03” to both orientations when printing full-bleed.

Multiplying this size by 3 (for the 3 UP label), I had a total width of 3.09”.  With a total width of 3.28” setup in the driver, I had .19” left for the two vertical gaps. Dividing the .19” by 2, I set each gap at .095”.

BarTender 1 UP Setting
BarTender 1 UP Setting

In BarTender, setting up the gap and the actual template size is easier to do than creating a single PDF.  You can easily change the vertical gap size and retest the label print.

Once I had the size of the label set correctly, I embedded the single image in the background.

BarTender Background Setup
BarTender Background Setup

If the file was only the actual size, I may add it as an image rather than in the background.  By having the image slightly larger than the actual size, then I find adding it to the background is easier and better.  And in fact, you can add an “overhang” as well if required.

Once I had created and saved this file, I printed it on my C6500 printer.  And interesting enough, it printed perfectly the first time:

3 Up Perfect Full-Bleed
3 Up Perfect Full-Bleed

Further, by changing the extremely large, PDF file to an image and adding it to the background rather than the foreground, the strange bands disappeared.  I’m assuming the printer spooler had issues with the large file size combined with the BarTender file.

Once I sent the redesigned BarTender template, the customer printed on his C7500G.  Although it printed without the strange white bands, the full-bleed printing was off slightly vertically.  He then made a “position” adjustment in the C7500 Printer Setting Utility; and it worked perfectly.

We sell a lot of multiple up labels; especially given the minimum width requirements of 2” in the C7500/C7500G printers.  You can print multiple up labels using a PDF; but it is a lot easier to print using a label application like BarTender.

If you follow the process described above, you can create and print multiple up labels yourself easily and quickly.  If you need multiple up labels or help using an application like BarTender to print color labels on-demand, contact us.  We’d be glad to help.

Guy Mikel

1 comment:

  1. Guy,

    Great article!

    We haven't purchased/leased a digital printer yet but are seriously considering the advantages.

    Any recommendations as to brand & models you might suggest?

    Thank You,

    Jim Dasher
    Spectrum Graphics

    P.: 425.774.0170