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=How To Create Business Cards=
 
 
First set up the dimensions with some guides to help in the process.
 
First set up the dimensions with some guides to help in the process.
  
For 8.5x11 size paper:
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For 8.5 x 11 size paper:
# Create new document (8.5 x 11 inches and .5 inch margins, default
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# Create new document (8.5 x 11 inches and .5 inch margins, default unit *inches*)
unit *inches*)
 
 
# Page -> Manage guides:
 
# Page -> Manage guides:
02a. Add Horiz. Guides at 0.5, 2.5, 4.5
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# Add Horiz. Guides at 0.5, 2.5, 4.5
02b. Add Vert. Guides at 0.5, 4.0, 4.5, 8.0
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# Add Vert. Guides at 0.5, 4.0, 4.5, 8.0
03. View -> show guides
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# View -> show guides
04. Page -> snap to guides
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# Page -> snap to guides
05. Insert shape (rectangle) to fit in upper left area sized for a
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# Insert shape (rectangle) to fit in upper left area sized for a typical 2x3.5 inch business card, and resize so that it fills entire region bounded by the guide.
typical 2x3.5 inch business card, and resize so that it fills entire
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# Now design your card within that region.
region bounded by the guide.
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# [[Group]] all the elements of the card together as a single unit.
06. Now design your card within that region.
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# <uncheck> Page -> Snap to Guides
07. Group all the elements of the card together as a single unit.
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# Select the business card
08. Page -> Snap to Guides <uncheck>
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# Item -> [[Multiple duplicate]] -> No. copies = 1, Horiz shift = 3.50, Vert. Shift = 0.00
09. Select Group
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# Select the top row and multiple duplicate vertically to fill the page.
10. Item -> Multiple duplicate -> horizontally for the top row,  
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# Item -> Multiple duplicate -> No. copies = 4, Horiz shift = 0.00, Vert. Shift = 2.00
then select the row and multiple duplicate vertically to fill the page.
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# Done.
  
That's all I've got. If there is a better way of to go about creating
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Thanks to all the help on the mailing list for helping me get this documented.
business cards it would be great to know. I tried google, and searching
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the usual places but didn't find anything.
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For my U.S. Letter business card stationery from [http://www.geographics.com/ Geographics],
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I found that I needed slightly different margins.
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# Left and Right margins should be 0.75". Top and Bottom margins should be 0.5.
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# Vertical Guides should be at 0.75, 4.25, 7.75
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# Instead of a shape, insert a text frame. Use F2 (Properties) to position it at X=0.75, Y=0.5, W=3.5, H=2.0
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Otherwise, as above.
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Geographics also supply [http://www.geographics.com/download_temp.php?fis=LetterBusinessCards|A4BusinessCards Letter and A4 templates]
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for Word/OpenOffice.

Latest revision as of 12:15, 16 February 2016

This article is part of the HOWTOs series.
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First set up the dimensions with some guides to help in the process.

For 8.5 x 11 size paper:

  1. Create new document (8.5 x 11 inches and .5 inch margins, default unit *inches*)
  2. Page -> Manage guides:
  3. Add Horiz. Guides at 0.5, 2.5, 4.5
  4. Add Vert. Guides at 0.5, 4.0, 4.5, 8.0
  5. View -> show guides
  6. Page -> snap to guides
  7. Insert shape (rectangle) to fit in upper left area sized for a typical 2x3.5 inch business card, and resize so that it fills entire region bounded by the guide.
  8. Now design your card within that region.
  9. Group all the elements of the card together as a single unit.
  10. <uncheck> Page -> Snap to Guides
  11. Select the business card
  12. Item -> Multiple duplicate -> No. copies = 1, Horiz shift = 3.50, Vert. Shift = 0.00
  13. Select the top row and multiple duplicate vertically to fill the page.
  14. Item -> Multiple duplicate -> No. copies = 4, Horiz shift = 0.00, Vert. Shift = 2.00
  15. Done.

Thanks to all the help on the mailing list for helping me get this documented.


For my U.S. Letter business card stationery from Geographics, I found that I needed slightly different margins.

  1. Left and Right margins should be 0.75". Top and Bottom margins should be 0.5.
  2. Vertical Guides should be at 0.75, 4.25, 7.75
  3. Instead of a shape, insert a text frame. Use F2 (Properties) to position it at X=0.75, Y=0.5, W=3.5, H=2.0

Otherwise, as above.

Geographics also supply Letter and A4 templates for Word/OpenOffice.