Create a Reverse Printing Object in a Label – CODESOFT Instructions

Summary

This Instruction Article explains a couple of ways to create a Reverse Printing (White on Black) objects on a label.

CODESOFT provides four types of reversed objects. These include:

  • Barcode
  • Text
  • Shapes
  • Images
  • Multiple Objects (on a black background)

There are two approaches:

  1. Stand-alone reverse text or graphic
  2. Reversed text in a large black background

Preparation

  • Knowledge of CODESOFT
  • Understanding of thermal printing

Instructions

Stand-alone Reversed Text or Graphic

The simplest way is to set the Character and Shape settings properties for the objects.

  1. Start with a blank label
  2. Create a Text object with fixed value – “Sample”
  3. Open the Properties page of the object and select Character
  4. Set the Foreground color to Black and the Background color to Transparent
  5. Select Shape settings
  6. Check Background box and set color to Black
  7. The text object will appear as a simple black box. If so, go to printer settings and select the Reverse overlayed objects. The actual name for this feature may vary depending on the printer and software driver.
  8. Once the feature is set, you should see a reversed object on your label

Reversed text in a large black background

In this example, the method above does not work because there are areas in the black box that are not covered by any text.

  1. Start with a blank label
  2. Create a Text object with fixed value – “Sample”
  3. Open the Properties page of the object and select Character
  4. Set the Foreground color to Black and the Background color to Transparent
  5. Select Shape settings
  6. Confirm that the Background box is unchecked
  7. Draw a rectangular box covering a large area of the label and partially cover the Sample text
  8. Open the Properties page of the box
  9. Check Background box and set color to Black
  10. At this point, the text object may appear on your screen as a simple black box. If so, go to printer settings and select the Reverse overlayed objects. The actual name for this feature may vary depending on the printer and software driver.
  11. Once the feature is set, you should see a reversed object on your label

Additional Comments

One of the features used in this article (Reverse overlaid objects) may not be available to all printer.

Updated on February 27, 2019

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