A business card is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to spread the word about your business. It’s well worth an investment, but if you’re just starting out or you don’t have the necessary resources, Microsoft Work is a fast and easy method to make your own business card.
Word offers a variety of print-ready templates anyone can customize in minutes. Follow these easy steps to learn how to make a business card from a template.
Step 1. Create a new document.
Open Microsoft Word (Start>Programs>Microsoft Word) and start a new business card project (File>New>Blank Document>Business Card>Print Business Cards). Wait for the template list to load.
For this tutorial, I am using one of the basic card templates. Feel free to choose another one if you prefer.
Make sure you have access to an Internet connection: Word connects to Office.com’s online library to let you download templates to your computer.
To open the document, click on the thumbnail of your template and the “Download” button under the preview in the sidebar.
Step 2. Customize your information.
The best thing about templates is you already have the layout figured out.
All you have to do is click on the various text areas to replace the default information with your own details. Right click on the text to pull up the font menu and edit font face, size and style.
Step 3. Add your logo.
A logo is essential to make your business recognizable. Logos are just as important as your contact information.
Double click on the default logo image and select “Change image.” Browse your folders until you find your logo file. Adjust size and placement of the image if you need to.
If you are having a hard time moving the logo around, try changing the way the text wraps around the images by using the “Text Wrap” panel.
Tip: If you don’t have a transparent background in your logo, you can try the “Remove Background” feature in Word. However, it’s easier to start with a logo that doesn’t require retouching.
Step 4. Editing other areas.
Other areas of the card template are fully customizable as well.
You can change the look of the various shapes in the document by double clicking on them and choosing fills, outlines and other special effects available in the Format menu.
Step 5. Filling the whole sheet.
When you open a business card template in Word, the document contains multiple identical cards. This way you can print several business cards (usually between 8 and 10, depending on the style) at once.
Repeat the previous steps for all your cards to have a print-ready business card sheet.
Step 6. Save your project.
When you are happy with your card, save it. Choose the PDF format for files you want to print.
Tip: Save your document as often as you can to make sure no changes are lost.
In the end ...
Designing a great card from scratch takes a lot effort and expertise, but creating a clean business card in Microsoft Word using an attractive logo, clear information and a fitting template can do the trick, especially for companies or individuals just starting out.