PI8 Printed Business Card

The EasyPalette's Template Library contains a number of useful business card ("Name Card") templates. This tutorial shows how to use a template to make a custom business card.

business card

This tutorial is part of a series that shows how to use Print Multiple in useful printed projects. Other tuts in this series include: Printed CD Label, Printed Valentine Card and Printed Note Cards.

To custom edit a business card template, use the Pick tool to double click on a Template Library "Name Card" thumbnail, or drag from the thumbnail to an empty area in the work space. In this tutorial, I'm using Name Card 1. I like this layout because it leaves a lot of room on the left side for a logo image.

drag from thumbnail

When the template opens in the work space, you'll notice a few things right away. First of all, the image looks very large because it's 700 X 420 pixels. It's this large because the image is created at a 200 dpi resolution. This higher resolution is good for printed output, yielding better detail and crisper text. In fact, if you wanted to make your own business card from scratch, this would be a good size (in pixels) and dpi to use for your new canvas.

The second thing to note is that all of the objects are active. Hit Enter to deactivate all of the objects. Now you can click on each object to select it for editing, or select an object from the Layer Manager to edit it. To change the background image used on the card, select it. It is Obj-6 in the Layer Manager.

select card background

When the background object is selected, you can choose Edit, Fill (Ctrl+F) to fill with a different color, gradient, texture or image. I'm filling my background with a logo image I drew myself that I've copied into the Clipboard. You could also fill with an image from a File, or fill from the EasyPalette's Fill Gallery.

fill background with image

Click OK to fill with the desired image, color or texture.

background filled

Select the name text ("William P. Stein")to make it active. Right click and choose Edit Text. Doing so will automatically select the Text tool. Right click and choose Select All. This will highlight the default text. Type the desired text over the highlighted default text. Click to finish typing. (If you need more information about using the Text tool, you can check out this PI8 Basic on the Text Tool)

The text will remain active. Now you can edit the font, font color, font size, etc. in the Attributes toolbar or in the Text Panel. Hit Enter to deactivate the text. I decided to put my business name first, with my own name underneath that in the upper right corner. I've removed the text shadow, changed the alignment of the text to right-aligned, and added my business URL.

edited replacement text

Next, select the address text in the lower right corner of the card. Right click and choose Edit Text, then right click and choose Select All. While the default text is highlighted, type in the desired text. Click to finish typing. Edit font, font size, font color, alignment and other attributes in the Attributes toolbar or the Text Panel while the text is still active. Hit Enter to deactivate the text. I've selected and Deleted the company name text in the lower right corner.

Now that you've edited the card to your satisfaction, it's time to print it. Choose File, More Print Function, Print Multiple (Crl+Shift+P). Doing so will open the Print Styles screen. Choose a Paper Layout. I'm using the Avery J7419 business card layout. If you're using perforated business card sheets, check the package to see which Avery layout they suggest, as there are quite a few business card layouts.

select a layout

If the business card content doesn't look right or fit correctly within the layout's placeholders, it's best to close the Print Styles screen, edit the objects on the card in the work space, and try again.

When you're happy with the way your business cards look in the Print Styles screen, choose File, Print. When I use Avery's perforated business card stock, I take care to crease the perforations in both directions before separating the cards. That can help them to separate more cleanly.

Finally, be aware that you can print your business cards out on plain card stock or heavier glossy finish paper and just cut them out yourself with a rotary cutter, paper cutter or scissors. In fact, it's often easier to do it this way because you don't have to worry so much about the graphics lining up perfectly within the confines of the business card stock. Also, think outside of the box -- "business cards" make great raffle tickets and gift tags too.

make gift tags too

This tutorial uploaded 2/7/03

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