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Instructions for Creating a Black Area on a White Label for Reversed Text, Graphics or Barcode

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Summary

These instructions explain how to create a black region of a label where objects such as text, graphics or a barcode will print in white. The user can choose a shade of gray instead of 100% black. However, values of gray below 50% will result in black text and images, or they will not have enough contrast to be printed clearly. Barcodes will not be readable if they are placed within a gray background. Use white or black only.

Instructions

Reversed Text

1. Draw a shape and position it where desired.

2. Right-click on the shape to open its properties. Change its foreground color to Black.

3. Create a static text box (not a variable, tied to a database) normally.

A sample static text box.

4. Position the text box over the black shape.

5. Click on Print Setup.

Printer Setup button on main screen (Shift+F5)

6. Select Reverse Overlaid Items. It may also appear as Reverse Overlaid Objects, or something similar.

Reverse overlayed objects feature selection in Printer settings
The section of the text that overlaps the black background will appear white.

Note: if an item does not appear white, right-click on the black shape and select Send to Back.

Reversed Image

1. Draw a shape and position it where desired.

2. Right-click on the shape to open its properties. Change its foreground color to Black.

3. Insert an image from a file or from the software’s library as normal. Note: For best results, the image should be black and white or grayscale.

4. Position the image over the black shape as desired.

5. Click on Print Setup.

Note: If you have already selected Reverse Overlaid Items, you may skip this step and the next as it applies to all objects on the label.

Printer Setup button on main screen (Shift+F5)

6. Select Reverse Overlaid Items. It may also appear as Reverse Overlaid Objects, or something similar.

Reverse overlayed objects feature selection in Printer settings

The area of the image that overlaps the black background will print in white.

Note: if an item does not appear white, right-click on the black shape and select Send to Back.

Reversed Barcode

1. Draw a shape and position it where desired.

2. Right-click on the shape to open its properties. Change its foreground color to Black.

3. Create a barcode object normally.

4. Right-click on the barcode to open it’s properties. Select the Character screen in the menu on the left, make sure a ‘Graphic’ font is used as “Human Readable” fonts are unlikely to print correctly when reversed.

4. Position the image over the black shape as desired.

5. Click on Print Setup.

Note: If you have already selected Reverse Overlaid Items, you may skip this step and the next as it applies to all objects on the label.

Printer Setup button on main screen (Shift+F5)

6. Select Reverse Overlaid Items. It may also appear as Reverse Overlaid Objects, or something similar.

Reverse overlayed objects feature selection in Printer settings

IMPORTANT! The barcode must have a Quiet Zone around it of at least 1/8″ within the black background or it may not be readable.

Note: if an item does not appear white, right-click on the black shape and select Send to Back.

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Updated on August 28, 2019

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