PI6 Business Card

printed business cardThe PI6 Template Library has some terrific layouts for all sorts of printed projects, including several styles of business cards.

This tutorial shows you how to customize a template, replacing the default text and images with your own. After you make your own business card template, you can save it and print it out on heavy card stock.

Start by dragging one of the business card templates from the EasyPalette's Template Library into an empty area of the work space. I'm using Business Card 6, shown below at 25%. 

defaults on business card template

All of the objects in the template will be active. Hit the space bar to deactivate them. Now all you have to do is click on each object to select, then edit it. I like the colors in this one, so I'm going to leave them as they are, but keep in mind that you can change object and text colors, font and font size, and other attributes of the objects making up the template.

To replace the default photo with your own photo or logo, choose File, Place, As Object to open a photo of yourself. If your photo isn't as big as the one in the template, select the Transform tool, Resize option. Hold down on the Shift key while dragging on a corner of the photo to maintain its height to width ratio. Resize the photo so that it is about the same size as the template default. Delete the default image.

replace default photo with your own

With the Pick tool, click on the Ulead Systems, Inc. text at the top of the card. Right click and Edit Text. When the Text Entry Box opens, replace the default text with your own company name. Note that you can change the font, font size, color, style, etc. if you wish to do so.

edit default text

Click OK to close the Text Entry Box. If your company name is shorter or longer than the default text, you will have to center it on the rectangular blue object underneath it. While the text is selected, Shift+Click the underlying blue rectangle object so that both are selected. Right click, Align, Center Both.

Repeat these steps of selecting each text object, then right click and Edit Text to replace the default text. You don't even have to select the Text tool to do this, you can just right click on the text with the Pick tool and choose Edit Text.  You can even select the blue rectangular objects at the top and in the middle of the card, then do Edit, Fill to fill them with a different color or texture. In this tutorial, I'm leaving them blue.

After you've edited everything, use the Pick tool to select the blue rectangle or text at the very top of the card, then right click, Select All Objects. In the Attributes toolbar, click the Center Horizontally button (arrow).

center all objects horizontally

If you'll be using this business card again, this would be a good time to save the entire thing as a .UFO file. After saving, right click and Merge All. Your card should look something like the one shown below at 33% size.

business card completed

Because the resolution for this image is 96 dpi, it would print out at the size of an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper, obviously much too large for a business card. To prove it to yourself, choose File, Print Preview and you'll see what I mean. After you take a look, click Close to return to the work space without printing. 

What we need to do next is to get 8 copies of this card printed onto a piece of card stock. First, choose Format, Resolution and edit the resolution to 300 dpi. Now if you do File, Print Preview you'll see a much smaller image on the page, just the right size for a business card. Click Close to return to the work space.

Choose Edit, Rotate & Flip, Rotate Left 90 Degrees. This will turn the image sideways. Copy it into the Clipboard by hitting Ctrl+C or hitting the Copy button. 

Choose File, New. Create a new, True Color file 8.5 X 11 inches with a resolution of 300 dpi with a white canvas.

make a new file 8.5 X 11, 300 dpi

Click OK to create the new file. It will serve as the base image for the business card sheet. Paste the Clipboard contents (the business card) into the image by hitting Ctrl+V or hitting the Paste button. Right click and Duplicate the card 3X, so you have 4 cards. Line them up in a vertical row. While any object is active, right click and Select All Objects. Right click, Align, Left. This will line them all up evenly on the left. While all objects are still selected, right click, Align, Space Evenly. When the Space Evenly box opens, choose to space them Vertically, Fixed, 0 Pixels. This will line the objects all up with their edges touching.

space card objects vertically, 0 pixels

Click OK to close the Space Evenly box. The 4 cards should fit onto the page. 

column of 4 cards

While the vertical column of cards is active, right click, Merge as Single Object. Right click and Duplicate this column of cards. Position the Duplicate column of cards so that is just to the right of the first column. Right click, Select All Objects. Right click, Align, Top. 

To butt the right column up against the left column of cards, zoom in to Actual Size. Select the right column and use the left pointing arrow key to nudge the right column over one pixel at a time to the left, until the columns are just touching each other with no space in between them. However, if you will be using a paper cutter rather than scissors or a utility knife to cut the cards apart, then leave a bit of space between the columns of cards.

nudge columns with arrow key until they touch

Now that everything is all lined up, right click, Merge All. Do File, Print Preview to make sure that the cards all fit within the printable area for your page. If they don't you can drag the image around in the Print Preview screen to make sure it's centered within the printable area.

screen shot of print preview screen

When everything looks good, click the Print button and print out the cards on heavy stock. I like to use 80 lb. card stock, but some of the new, heavier papers with textures also make nice business cards (albeit they will remain a bit flimsy). 

The easiest way to cut your cards out is with a clear, quilting-type ruler and a utility knife. I used a heavy plastic mat to protect my table top.

cutting out cards with utility knife

If you've got a really steady hand you can use regular scissors to cut out your cards, but it can be difficult to get a perfectly straight line. Another alternative is to use a heavy duty paper cutter. We have one but after a near disembowelment, I try to avoid using it. :o)

This tutorial uploaded 5/25/01

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