How to Create your own business cards
If you need to design and print your own business cards, Labeljoy is the right tool for the job. Just follow the following tips and in no time you will be able to print as many business cards as you need, every time you need them.
1 – Choosing the right size
First, we need to define the right size for our business card. A size of 9.6 by 6.1 cm (about 3 ¾ by 2 ⅜ in.) is considered to be standard, but the choice really depends on the type of paper you’ll be printing on. If you have chosen a pre-cut business card paper then you’ll need to select the proper layout from Labeljoy layout library. Otherwise, you might be printing on a standard business card paper that you’ll be cutting out yourself after printing.
Either way, the first place to go is the Layout window:
If you’re working with a specific set of pre-cut business card paper, enter the name (or part of it) in the text box and click Search. A list will appear with all available paper layouts matching the text you entered. Select the proper layout and click Ok.
If you’re working with plain, un-cut paper and you want to freely define your business card size, then you need to click the Custom tab:
This screen enables you to define paper size, margins, vertical and horizontal spacing, number of columns and rows that define the area where each business card will be printed. The right pane shows you a preview and the resulting business card size is shown in the lower section where the Label size text is. Enter the desired parameters here.
One thing to pay special attention to is the Boundary tolerance parameter. This value defines the amount of bleeding allowed to each position. If you’re planning to have a background color or place elements close to an edge, adding some tolerance will act as a error correction mechanism that will compensate for subtle paper fluctuation during printing.
Finally, if you’re printing on un-cut paper it might be useful to have crop marks printed, that will ensure precise cuts. Open the Option window and click the Print tab:
Define the type of crop marks you need and the color. Click Ok to apply the setting.
Now you’re ready to start designing your own business card.
2 – Adding text elements
Now that your page layout has been defined, you need to start adding elements to your business card.
Here’s a few guidelines that might help you define the right style:
- Keep some distance from the borders, about 0.5 cm (¼ in.)
- Avoid using text smaller than 6 points, you don’t want your contacts to struggle to find your information.
- Name and/or company name should be at least 12 points.
- Increase font size if the text is on dark background.
- Keep things simple.
First, make sure you delete any existing elements that might have been added automatically by Labeljoy, to obtain a blank surface:
Now let’s start by adding a name to the business card: click the Text tool in the left toolbox and draw a rectangular area on one of the business cards. Release the left mouse button and a new text will be inserted to all business cards:
Now we need to enter the right information and edit the text appearance. Double click the new text element to bring up its property window.
Note: depending on the settings found in the Option window – Main tab – Show editor after item add, each time you add a new element, its properties window might automatically pop-up. If it doesn’t, just double click the newly added element to customize its appearance.
Select the Text tab and replace the existing text with your name.
Select the Font tab and define font properties, such as font name, size, bold and text alignment.
Select the Fill color tab and define a color for the text:
Finally, click Ok to apply the new settings:
Now let’s create a copy of the text juts added by selecting it and by using the copy/paste buttons found in the toolbox on the right (3rd group down):
By using a copy of the first text we can add address information while keeping all previous formatting. Double click the copy and change the text to your address information.
Next, go to the Font tab, select a smaller size and remove the Bold attribute:
Move the two text elements to the desired location and use the alignment and size commands found in the lower section of the toolbox to ensure accurate positioning.
Using the same copy/paste approach, let’s now add some contact information:
3 – Adding a logo
Click the Insert graphic button in the toolbox and draw a rectangle in the upper-left area. The default image is added:
In this case, we’ll click the File button found in the Image tab to browse our computer files and locate our company logo:
Move and resize the logo so that it will fit into the business card nicely:
4 – Graphic enhancements
All the information is now on the business card. So far we kept it very simple and effective. Let’s now play with it a bit to make it a little more appealing to the eye.
First, we’ll add a separation line between the upper name and logo area and the lower contact information area. We’ll do this by adding a new Graphic element, removing the default image and by working with the parameters found in the Line tab. The color that the line will be drawn with is defined in the Fore color tab:
In this case the color defined under the Fore color tab is the color of the “J” of the logo. Click Ok to apply the settings and move the line so that it creates two separate areas:
Finally, let’s define a global back color for the whole business card with a subtle fading effect.
Double click the upper-left corner of the business card (or any other empty area) to bring up the Group properties window. Select the Back color tab and activate the Enable back color check box. Now click the Fading button to enable visualization of the controls needed to define a fading color:
We’ll define a very light background moving from an almost white tint (left section) to a very light shade of brown with a 45° angle. This will add a subtle light effect coming from the upper-left corner of the business card:
5 – QR Code
By adding a 2D barcode to your business card, your customers will be able to digitalize your contact information through the use of a 2D barcode scanner or simply using their Smartphone. In order to do that, we need to add a barcode element to the business card encoding the correct type of information.
First, let’s move things around a bit to make some room for the QR Code symbol:
Then, by using the Barcode button, add a barcode element in the upper-left area:
Double click the barcode element to define its attributes:
As you can see, first we need to select QR Code from the symbology list. Next, we need to add some text containing our contact information, formatted according to the VCARD standard. More information can be found on wikipedia.
Since the text contains quite a lot of lower case letters, we’ll enforce the Byte (string) encoding that will produce a smaller symbol.
Finally, since the background on which the barcode will be appearing is almost white, we can safely disable the default white background, so that the barcode symbol will better integrate with the existing fading background while its readability will still be ensured. Go to the Back color tab and deselect the Enable back color check box.
Click Ok to apply the changes.
Move and resize the barcode symbol to fit it into the existing design. Keep in mind that to ensure readability, the symbol should not be too small.