- Business card
- Business class
- Business ideas
- Business license
- Business management
- Business park
- Business plan
- Business school
- Business solutions
- Financial aid
- Financial group
- Financial management
- Financial services
- Financial statements
- Home business
- Personal Finance
- Savings account
- Small business
- Wealth management
How to Make Business Cards in Illustrator CS5
by Elizabeth Mott
1. Create a new CMYK-mode Adobe Illustrator CS5 document with a 3.5-inch-by-2-inch artboard. For vertical cards, transpose the dimensions and set up your file at 2 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall.
2. Open the Window menu and choose "Layers" to bring up the Layers panel if it isn't already visible. Select the Rectangle tool from the Adobe Illustrator toolbox. Click once on your artboard to open the Rectangle dialog box. Enter the size of your artboard in the width and height fields. Click on the "OK" button to create your rectangle. Click on the "Stroke" swatch in the toolbox and set it to None by clicking on the "None" swatch with the diagonal red line through it.
3. Position your box on Layer 1 so its boundaries snap to the dimensions of your artboard. Lock Layer 1 by clicking in the Layers panel column between its visibility eyeball and its name.
4. Open the fly-out menu at the upper right corner of the Layers panel and choose "New Layer." Name your Layer "Type" and click the "OK" button to create it.
5. Click the "Type" layer in the Layers panel to select it. Activate the Type tool, then click on your artboard to create a point-type object. Type the text for the first line of your business card; usually either a company name, if you use one, or your name.
6. Click the Type tool to deselect your first text object, then click on your artboard with the Type tool and create a type object that contains your telephone number or numbers. If you use more than one number, consider adding a designator either before or after each number that identifies each by type, including mobile, fax and office numbers.
7. Click the Type tool, then click on your artboard again to add a piece of text that supplies your address. Repeat this process twice more to add your email address, title and your tag line or slogan. If you need to add more types of information, create them as separate type blocks as well.
8. Switch to the Selection tool, then marquee around all your type objects to select them. Open the Window menu and choose "Character" to display the Character panel if it isn't already open. Select a typeface for your text from the drop-down Font menu at the top of the panel.
9. Click on the pasteboard to deselect all your text, then select the item you want to be the dominant element on your card. Enlarge this piece of text by changing its size in the Character panel.
10. Click the pasteboard again to deselect your text, then select the items you want to be
the smallest elements on your card. Reduce their size in the Character panel.
11. Select only those text elements that you want to be in a contrasting color. Double-click the "Fill" color swatch in the Illustrator toolbox and select your desired shade. To choose from a prefabricated color library, click the "Color Swatches" button to access these licensed color systems. Click the "OK" button in the Color Picker to close its dialog box and apply your new color to the text items you selected.
12. Use the Selection tool to position your text elements in your preferred sequence and locations on the card. Consider placing your name and title first, followed by your email address and phone numbers, then your address. To align individual type elements precisely to one another, open the Window menu and choose "Align" to bring up the Align panel. Use its Align and Distribute tools to center all your text objects to one another, for example, or to distribute an equal amount of space between or among text objects.
13. Use the box you drew on Layer 1 as a positioning aid to help you distribute multiple instances of your business card design in a sheet-sized file from which you print your business cards. Unlock locked layers, copy all the material from multiple layers of your card design to the clipboard at once, then paste it onto a single layer in another file.
- To add a vertical or horizontal rule as a divider to separate classes of information from one another, use the Pen tool to draw a path and apply a stroke to it.
- Add a separate layer to your document at the top of its layer stack to contain a logo or graphic element. Lock this layer once you position the logo where you want it so you won't accidentally bump it out of position while you're adjusting the text on your card.
- Avoid using more than two typefaces on a single business card. Reserve decorative styles for your name and use easy-to-read typefaces for your contact information.
- If you plan to print your cards on micro-perforated sheet stock that tears down into card-sized pieces, download the appropriate template for your paper product and test your design on plain paper first.
- For readability's sake, never set anything in a script or Old English-style typeface in all capital letters and use highly decorative styles sparingly.
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