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How to Customize Pre-Designed Templates to Create Unique Labels

How to start with a pre-designed label template and end up with a custom label design

Creative block – that dreaded feeling of a blank document staring back at you. Whether you're pressed for time or simply don't have the muse to create something from scratch, a little push can be all you need to get the ball rolling.

With hundreds of pre-designed, fully customizable templates to choose from – and with new ones added constantly – we can help throw your creative block out the window.

Here's how to get started making pre-designed templates your own.

1. Choose the perfect template

Click "Customize more or save this design" to open the pre-designed label template design in Maestro Label Designer

There are two ways to browse pre-designed templates on our site. First is through our pre-designed template section. Here, you can access templates for a variety of projects from crafts to product labels. You can even filter by size, item number, and shape to narrow down your options. Once you find the pre-designed label template you need, you can edit basic elements such as text and color (when applicable).

The second way to browse templates is through our premier design tool, Maestro Label Designer. Maestro Label Designer is online design software created exclusively for OnlineLabels.com customers. It's a simplified design program made specifically for use with our label configurations, so there's no hassle.

Once you launch Maestro Label Designer, you can find the "Pre-Designed Templates" section in the left menu. Just like the pre-designed template section of the site, you'll be able to browse by category, keyword, and/or item number.

2. Opening your design in Maestro Label Designer

Choose a good base label template design for your needs

When it comes to designing a label, Maestro Label Designer is your go-to tool for creating the perfect label for your business, product, or special event. To customize a template found on our site, click "Customize more or save this design." This will open your selected pre-designed label template in Maestro Label Designer.

If you're browsing designs in Maestro Label Designer, simply select the template you are interested in and you'll be taken to the design space to get started.

3. Get creative with the text

Our pre-designed label templates have color schemes, graphics, text boxes, and fonts already chosen for you. So how exactly can you customize your text to make the label truly unique?

Start with the font

Change the font in your label design so it starts to feel less templated

Make it your own by inserting additional text boxes, playing around with different fonts, experimenting with text orientations, and more.

The style of font you choose helps determine the feel and purpose of your label. If you're looking to create a warning label, for example, you may want to stick with simple, easy-to-read fonts. But if you're designing a label for a beauty product, you may opt to go for something a little more fancy.

Of course, there are always exceptions to these "rules." Think of them more as guidelines than anything else and just have fun with it.

When you click the dropdown under "Font Family" in Maestro Label Designer, you'll notice a second dropdown labeled, "All Font Types." That's where you can filter through different font styles – like serif, sans serif, etc. – to best embody the look you're going for.

What do all these font type names mean, you ask?

Here are some designer font basics to know:

  • Serif: This is a style of font where each letter has little strokes at the end (or feet, as they're called in the industry). Take a look at the OnlineLabels logo for example, notice how most of the letters have little lines on the tips. Commonly known serif fonts include Times Roman and Palatino.
  • Sans Serif: Most commonly used in modern designs, sans serif fonts don't have the strokes (or feet) attached to the ends of each letter. They are simpler and cleaner looking. Popular sans serif fonts include Helvetica and Arial.
  • Script: Also known as handwriting fonts, scripts are fancier fonts that typically resemble organic handwriting, like cursive or calligraphy. Some familiar examples include Playball and Sacramento.
  • Decorative: Maestro Label Designer also offers a decorative category which includes fonts with distinct stylistic characteristics. Creepster, for example, arguably resembles Halloween while Metal Mania may give you a 1980s rock-band feel.

Once you've chosen the ideal font(s) for your label, play around with sizing, alignment, and spacing. You can even choose to alter the orientation of your font to give your design a little more spunk.

Test color and transparency combinations

Pick new colors for the text and images in your label design

One of the easiest ways to create consistency among products is to experiment with font colors. Try changing colors to match the theme of your product. Have a peppermint-scented candle? Using red in your text can help reinforce the scent to customers.

You can also play around with the opacity to see what comes about. You may surprise yourself by creating a unique design.

4. Include images and art

Swap out some templated graphics for your company logo or a symbol that better reflects your product/business

Consider including additional shapes, graphics, and other visual elements – especially if you're working off of a very simple template. Use them to create a separation of information in a more stylistic and distinct way, or to add more excitement to your design.

Upload your own graphics, logos, and photos, or pick from thousands of free clipart images included in Maestro Label Designer. They can help your design better reflect the story you're looking to tell – whether it's for a product, business, or birthday celebration.

5. Add big-business elements

Prepare for big-business by adding a barcode with your product details and pricing

If you're designing a label for a product to sell, Maestro Label Designer's built-in generators make it easier than ever to include barcodes and nutrition labels within your customized creation. All you need to do is input the info and drag it where you need it to go within your design.

6. Finish the process

Finished product: pre-designed label template to custom label design

Once you've customized a pre-designed label template and made it your own, you can print on blank label sheets from your home/office computer or let the OnlineLabels team print and ship to you. Production is quick with 1-3 business day turnarounds, so you'll get it in no-time.




No matter which template, style, color scheme, or orientation you choose, getting creative with these designs is sure to give your label some unique flavor.

Needless to say, Maestro Label Designer is your light at the end of the tunnel. See for yourself how you can create professional-quality designs without having to hire a designer, get started today!

Not completely comfortable using Maestro Label Designer on your own yet? Call 1-888-575-2235 for one-on-one support. Or check out Designer Marketplace for a list of for-hire label designers. If you're going that route, be sure to read through these tips on hiring and working with a graphic designer.