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Message Board > Miscellaneous > I need computer software help . . . again ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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I need computer software help . . . again
trying to make DIY garment labels this time
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Date: 6/28/13 2:05 PM

There are lots of tutorials on the Internet, all by bloggers who are smart, creative, and young enough to be my daughters. Therein lies the problem. I'm not computer savvy.....

The method I think would work best for my situation involves printing the garment labels to a tee-shirt transfer paper, that then gets ironed on to fabric or ribbon.

However, this requires the text to be mirror-imaged.

OS is WinXP and Microsoft Office/Works 2007. By searching the WORD "Help" tab, there are instructions for mirror-imaging clip art, photos, etc. I cannot figure out how to do this with text, though. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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Date: 6/28/13 2:45 PM

I'm very computer savy and can walk you through the computer part.

Even something as basic as the Windows paint program will allow you to add text and mirror the whole thing. You should already have paint on your system under accessories. I think you will find that if you have picked out the image and know what text you want, you are 90% there.

If you want to try this with paint, post here and I will give you detailed instructions for XP. Additional info you can provide is whether the image will be the full size of the transfer with the text on top of it, or whether the image and text will be adjacent.

You could use more elaborate programs, but for something this basic, you really don't need anything more than the paint program.
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Date: 6/28/13 2:52 PM

You can also purchase 8 1/2 X 11" sheets of printable fabric on a paper backing. Then you print directly on the fabric, and cut it to suit your needs.

Check Joanne's.

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Date: 6/28/13 3:02 PM

Easy Basic instructions:

Open Paint
-Use edit drop down menu to select "Past From"
-Navigate to your file and select it
-Once its on the blank page you can position it more to your liking.
-Click on the "A" on the left menu to access the text function
-On the screen left click and drag to make a text box
-You should also now have a popped up box to seclect text type and size. You can set this before or after typing text in the text box.
- Once you have the text and image in positions relative to each other that you like, chack left side function selection back to the box shape at top left for selection.
-left click and drag mouse to seclect the area you want to flip
-Use Image drop down at top and select flip/rotate.
-go with flip horizontal and click ok
-image should now be flipped and you can use select and drag to position it at upper left. You can then go to the middle of the bottom or left side and hover over the blue marker that is very small and hard to see. Then drag the edge in to size it to what you want.
-Save file and you should be good to go.

There are other things you can do like change the background or overlay the images in different ways if you need to.

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Date: 6/28/13 3:25 PM

Thank you!!! I managed to do all that in spite of not understanding some of the technical words you used. LOL

So, I have my garment size label done and it is mirror-imaged ("flipped" in Paint).

Now... how do I import it to WORD so that I can use a return-address template in order to print out more than one?

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Date: 6/28/13 3:27 PM

I've seen that, and can even iron freezer paper to the back of fabric and print from the ink jet, but I worry about laundering. These are for baby clothes, and they'll see a LOT of detergent, OxiClean, etc.

Inkjet ink is water soluble, I think, so that's why I'm looking to transfer something in mirror-image and then iron it to the fabric, or in this case, I would like to use ribbon.

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Date: 6/28/13 9:29 PM

Quote: Doris W. in TN
Thank you!!! I managed to do all that in spite of not understanding some of the technical words you used. LOL



So, I have my garment size label done and it is mirror-imaged ("flipped" in Paint).



Now... how do I import it to WORD so that I can use a return-address template in order to print out more than one?

You don't really need a template, but I can figure that out if you really need to use it. These instructions create a page of labels from a plain old blank Word document:

Assuming you have saved you label in a file, brute force method of creating a page of labels:
-open a Word document
-now seperately open the folder you label file is in.
-drag a copy of your label file from the folder onto Word (mouse over the file, hold left mouse button down and move it over to the Word page and let go)
-to make sure the label is the size you want, you can right click on the image that is now in Word and select 'size'. You will see options for resizing your image if you need to - make sure 'lock the aspect ratio' is checked so you don't distort the image.
-once you know you have the right size, select the image and either type 'ctrl' and 'c' at the same time or right-click on the image and select copy.
-now click on a blank area of Word and type 'ctrl' and 'v' at the same time to paste additional copies, or you can right click on a blank area of the Word document and select paste.

There are many ways to do this, but this should get the job done.
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Date: 6/29/13 5:33 PM

Thank you Gwen. I've printed out these instructions, will give it a try this week, and let you know how it goes.

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