How to design labels in illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by oldschool, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2003
    I am designing labels in illustrator to print myself. They are 8 to a can I make it that whatever i do in one label mimics in all the others? Is this possible, so i don't have to edit each one every time i have a change.

    The template .pdf is attached.

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  2. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The key is to do all your design work in a master document with only ONE label.

    Group the elements of that label. Then, record an Action that uses the Transform:Move:Copy functions to replicate the group across and down to populate the 8 labels. (easy to calculate the numeric offsets for the moves).

    Then save the 8-up document with a different name.

    Need to change it?
    Go back to the master document, make your changes, and re-run the Action to make 8 labels again.
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2003
    canadaRAM to the rescue again. That was perfect...thank you very much.

    You should try some of the products I make're in Victoria right?

    We make the sausage on the pizza's at Villages, and you'll probably find our dry cured sausages in most small stores under the label "Moccia's".
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
    Between a rock and a midget

    you can make one master label. Then make that a symbol (it's in the symbol palette). ONce it's a symbol, copy and move them until you have them where you need them. When you need to edit them, just double click on one of them, edit it, and then get out of the symbol editor thing. Once back at your document, they will all update immediately.

  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Of course you are aware that OSX Addressbook can automatically format and print sheets of labels using the included Avery label templates.
    You can also Print to PDF from Addressbook to create a portable document.

    I use this create sheets of 80 identical mailing labels.

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