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How do you Print in Black and Red with Brother Label Printers?

Building on the success of the QL-700 series, Brother’s new range of label printers improves and expands on an already excellent range of features. And now, the QL-800 series lets you print in black and red.

Brother’s new black and red feature is perfect for different scenarios whether you want to highlight food allergens, mark files as confidential or make a general labels stand out, the QL-800 series black and red feature has no end of uses.

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Brother QL-800 Range

Brother QL-800 Thermal Label Printer

Brother QL-810W Thermal Label Printer

Brother QL-820NWB Thermal Label Printer

With your QL-800 you’ll also receive Brother’s fantastic editing software suite – P-touch editor. The software allows you to edit your labels as you need and this is where you can configure your labels to display and print in black and red text using the Brother DK Labels

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To do this on Windows, once you’ve loaded the P-touch software select paper and then click the ‘Detect Size and Colour’ button to detect the correct settings.

P-Touch Editor Screenshot

Click the Text tab and at the bottom under colour, click the drop-down arrow next to what you want to change the colour of text, fill etc.

P-Touch Editor Screenshot

Then create the label and print!

If you’re using a Mac, this process is similar. Select ‘Inspector’ in the top right, then click the paper tab again at the top of the inspector window ensure the label printer is selected and under ‘media size’ click ‘Detect Size and Colour’.

P-Touch Editor Screenshot

Then click the text tab and at the bottom, select the colour –

P-Touch Editor Screenshot

If you need any further help with this, take a look at the Brother web guide.

Brother DK-22251 Tape needed to print red.

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M.harvey 22 February 2020 at 8:59 am

Can you make vinyl stickers with this machine thanks

Adam Whitehead 24 February 2020 at 9:42 am

Good morning.

This label printer cannot print on Vinyl stickers. It only does paper or their film labels.
You would need dedicated Vinyl sticker paper for use in normal printers on these.
Thank you

Sibusiso Mabhena 4 December 2020 at 9:55 am


Can any one help. I have a brother label printer QL 800. I want to disable the monochrome and select a red and black, but there’s no option Monochrome is solid

Adam Whitehead 4 December 2020 at 10:00 am

Hi Sibusiso

Great question, the QL-800 requires a specific label to print red. It’s the DK-22251

Hope this helps
Thank you

C Ward 23 October 2021 at 8:05 pm

Is it possible to print red coloured images on the QL810 please?

Adam Whitehead 26 October 2021 at 10:18 am

Hi Chris

The QL-810W can print red images when using the DK22251 tapes.

Hope this helps
Thank you
The Printerbase Team


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