How to Print Wine Bottle Labels

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How to Print Wine Bottle Labels
Printing your own wine label adds a great personal touch to any homemade wine or spirit. (Wine bottles in a corner with room to write image by Albo from Fotolia.com)

According to Tom Pelick, Director of the American Wine Society, designing a personalised wine label can enhance your wine and is a good marketing strategy to entice first-time buyers to choose your product. Whether you intend to sell your wine for commercial purposes or to share with family and friends, designing your own labels adds a creative and appealing touch to your wine. Virtually, all you need to print your labels is a photo design software program, adhesive label paper and a quality printer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Photo editing or design program (such as Photoshop)
  • Label paper
  • Wine bottle
  • Printer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set the dimensions for your wine label in your photo- or design-editing program. Make sure your canvas, the white area that you are working on, is set to the dimensions of your desired label size. Most wine labels are approximately 3.87 in. wide x 4.62 in. tall. Setting the canvas is typically done through your "Page Layout" or "Canvas Size" function, though the method may vary according to the software program you use.

  2. 2

    Design your label. Use photographs, drawings, geometric lines and patterns or create a graphic design of your own. The label should include your company name, your location, the type of wine in the bottle and the date you bottled it. The font should contrast the background and be easy to read. Avoid using bright, obnoxious colours such as neon shades, and limit the label colours to five or less. For example, it is better to use black, white and three different shades of red together on one label as opposed to pink, green, blue, purple, red, brown and orange.

  3. 3

    Purchase self-adhesive label paper at an office supply store. Label paper is available in either standard paper stock or matt or gloss finish. Wine labels are generally printed on gloss-finished paper as it is impervious to moisture and unavoidable wine drips. The ink on a standard paper label will smear when exposed to moisture.

  4. 4

    Insert the label paper into your printer and set the paper type. If you use gloss labels, make sure to set your printer to the gloss paper setting.

  5. 5

    Print your labels. Try to maximise space on the label paper by copying, pasting and tiling the label image in a separate document. This will enable you to print multiple labels at one time; typically, three to four labels per page.

  6. 6

    Allow the label to dry before cutting and adhering it to the wine bottle.

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