14 Best label printing software to create stunning designs

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Deputy Editor
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  • It's widely-accepted that labels can really make the difference between a sought-after product and one that sits all alone on the shelf
  • Labels are also used for personal, organization-related tasks such as managing your CD library more effectively
  • If you've already perfected your design, you'll need a reliable label printer to make your projects come to live
  • Find out more about printing solutions in our dedicated Print section
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8. Disc Labeler 7 p

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If you want to create appealing, attention-catching labels that draw eyeballs, then Disc Labeler 7 is your go-to label printing software.

Designed by SureThing, this software is not just easy to use, but powerful for creating effortlessly impeccable labels, covers, and other media packaging. It is also Windows 10-ready and promises to deliver nothing but professional results.

Its features include scalable vector graphics capability (WYSIWYG), an image library with thousands of colorful images that you can use as backgrounds or clipart, plus symbols but the numbers vary with the edition you select.

You can also create and manage playlists for re-use in future label designs, and use its Circular Text tool to create a text that matches the contour of the CD or DVD edges with any font and size.

If you have your own images you want to use, you can insert/import or scan them directly to your label designs and use them as backgrounds, or even create collages and so much more.

It also comes with photo editing tools and seamless support for most major printer models without the need to change driver settings.

If you need more information, Disc Labeler 7 has built-in video tutorials so you can get lessons, tips and tricks to help with your labeling experience.

System requirements include Windows 7/8.1/10, 2GB memory (4GB recommended), 400MB free hard disk space, 1024×768 display resolution, a Windows compatible printer, and access to the Internet for software activation.

It is available to try out for free for up to 15 days at no risk, after which you can decide to buy it or remove it from your computer. Editions include the SE, Deluxe, and Gold, which cost $19.95, $29.95 and $34.95 respectively.

If you’re on Windows XP, you can still get the Disc Labeler 6, otherwise, upgrade to 7 and enjoy the best labeling experience in label printing software.

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9. NiceLabel

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Sometimes you want to design and print labels very quickly without needing help from your IT guy or other people. Here’s where NiceLabel’s label printing software comes in.

It is one of the most intuitive, professional label printing software that lets you print labels for various purposes. With NiceLabel, you’re sure of a system rich with features, and professional output.

The interface may not look all mod and cool, but you’ve got all the tools you need in one set. Other features include importing and exporting projects, access to external databases, batch printing with incremental serial codes, photo editing, and text editing tools, plus you can store and use your created labels.

It is available for free with a 30-day ready-to-use trial version, or you can also get the premium version with pricing packages including the Designer Express, Designer Standard, Designer Pro, and PowerForms Desktop.

The advantages you get from NiceLabel software include the efficiency of printing, time-saving, focus on your core business, plus quick and easy designs without the need for technical training or coding knowledge.

NiceLabel also includes a label designer, document management and web printing system, integrated printing, application builder, and it is scalable from as few as five to thousands of users in different locations (including suppliers and manufacturers).

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10. Handy Label Maker

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This is a handy label printing software with not so many features as most of these described in this article, but it does the job either way and does it well.

It comes with an easy to use interface, allowing you to import or export data, contacts, and other information, plus you can print mailing addresses on labels and/or envelopes with an option to select sizes for the same.

You also get to save and manage your contacts for upcoming and future projects you wish to work on. It is available for free but with a limit of 20 contacts, or you can buy the premium version at $9.95.

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Note: Whether you’re printing only a few sheets of labels on a standard printer, or you’re in a commercial set up, you need a dedicated label printing software that is reliable, accurate, and efficient to avoid disastrous outcomes such as delaying supply chains, or endangering lives.

Either way, you get the advantage of saving time, money, eliminating errors, controlling labor costs, and maintaining efficiency while meeting regulatory requirements (especially for businesses).

For personal uses, label printing software delivers pretty cool output so choosing one is ultimately your call.

11. LabelJoy

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This label printing software is engineered to create and print labels for just about anything you have like folders, cards, letters, badges, and other items, either fully or partially.

You can also easily create price tags superfast, with so many templates to choose from that are preset for any label creation and printing use.

With LabelJoy, you get a WYSIWYG (what you get is what you see) user friendly interface, so you know that’s exactly what will be printed. It supports most major graphic formats such as JPG, PNG, GIF, and PDF among others.

Pair your label printing software with a barcode scanner software. Check out this list for the best ones available.

All you need to do is follow three simple steps and you’re ready to get a custom printed label for your items.

What’s more, you can generate, export and/or print barcodes with its QR code generator, and import data from other sources such as Excel, Outlook, Access, and others.

With more than 1500 clipart choices for creating custom stickers and labels, plus 6500 layouts in its internal library, LabelJoy is one of the best label printer software tools you can get and use to print labels in your preferred format, or use custom size paper.

You can also edit text, customize your graphics with effects such as transparency, fading, adding texture and borders.

This software is available for free download, and in 18 different languages from Bulgarian, English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Greek, Russian, Romanian, Danish, German, and many more.

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12. Avery Design and Print

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This label printing software is popular, and compatible with Windows operating system. Its features include not just label sheets, but you can also do other things like name tags and business cards.

It is available for free but you can only use with Avery products. Other features include customized labels, a free gallery with lots of images, fonts, and you can upload your designs online and access them from your computer or other devices.

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13. Papilio Label Helper

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This is a freely available label printing software, which you can use for up to 30 days without registration, after which you’ll need to sign up to use.

However, you need to install DirectPlay to take advantage of the tool and its features, which include colorful templates, cloning options for multiple labels, text insertion and editing, change pagination, position alignment, background color selection, and outline printing options.

Looking for the best label maker software and printers to use? Check out this list with our best picks.

Simply open Papilio Label Helper, create a new project, select a template, and create your label based on your preferences using the tools in this software. Finally, save your project and go to press.

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14. Inkscape

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Although this is a vector graphics editor tool, it doubles as a label printing software too. Its features include photo or image and text editing tools, and support for most graphic formats such as SVG, PNG, WMF, PDF, among so many others.

Want to edit your projects like a pro? Check out the best image editing software for Windows 10 in this article.

All you need to do to print amazing labels with Inkscape is draw a label, and use the different tools to make your preference settings for the labels (you can also create multiple labels simultaneously using the Cloning option), create your label, then save and print it out.

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Now that you know the best label printing software you can use, let us know your favourite, or what we may have left out that’s still good to use, in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about printing labels

  • What is the best program for printing labels?

Although there are many good programs that are specialized in printing labels, we believe that NCH’s Disketch is currently the best one.

  • Can I print labels directly from Windows 10?

Yes, it’s possible that you can print labels straight from Windows 10, without any third-party software, but the process will probably be tedious. We suggest you use specialized label creation software and printers.

  • Are all your recommendations free?

No, if you look closely, only the first 5 programs are free. The rest of them either have a free trial or require you to pay for a license or subscription in order to use them.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2017 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.