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This can easily be done with just about any image editing software, but I am using Photoshop, only because I have it.

If you have any questions or are having trouble completing this instructable because you do not have Photoshop, just let me know, and if there is enough of a demand for it, I will make another tutorial for Paint, Gimp, or whichever image editing software is most asked about.

STEP ONE:

When you are prompted to print a file, save it as a PDF instead. Then open that PDF with photoshop. (As seen in the picture above.)


Step 1: SELECT THE AREA AROUND THE LABEL.

Once you have the PDF loaded into Photoshop use the "Rectangular Marquee Tool" to outline just the label.

The closer you get to the label, the more ink you will save, but be very careful not to change the resolution of the image or select any parts of the actual label itself.

(If you change the resolution it will cause the final label to print improperly.)

Step 2: INVERSE YOUR SELECTION.

Once you have selected the label, right click inside the dotted lines and click on "Select Inverse"

This will do exactly what you may be thinking. It will select everything but the Postage Label.

(At this point you could be done with just a few keystrokes, but I will explain fully for those of you who have little to no experience with photoshop.)

Step 3: FILL THE SURROUNDING AREA WITH WHITE.

Now that you have inversed the selection you need to right click outside the label area (which is now the new selection) and click on "Fill" Then choose White as the fill from the drop-down if it is not already selected.

Step 4: DESELECT EVERYTHING AND SAVE AS PDF

Now that you have a nice clean label, minus all the unnecessary text and imagery, you are ready to save it as a PDF and "Print"

This can also be used when printing other files of course.

I hope this helped you save LOTS of ink.

<p>If you want to also save time, you should record this as a an &quot;Action&quot; inside of Photoshop with a source and destination folder. Then you could just place all of the downloaded files in the source folder, open Photoshop and play the action and then print all of the files in the destination folder when it is complete.</p>
<p>You've not to fill the area with white or whatever, simply delete it !</p>
Yes, I mentioned that in the text, but on some systems &quot;deleting&quot; is done differently, and also some people have the act of deleting set up to fill with colors other than white. I made this instructable so that anyone could read it and do it no matter what their settings or experience with photoshop might be.
but how long does this method take to do? if you were shipping alot of labels it may take twice or three times as long.
It only takes me a few minutes, and it saves a lot of ink in the long run. You can even save paper by printing multiple labels on one sheet. Maybe I will make an 'able on what I mean by that.
<p>This is an interesting idea. It would make a big difference for anyone that ships a LOT of stuff! :)</p>
Thanks. It can also be used if you need to print a small part of a full-color photocopy or scan.

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