How to Create Business Cards Using Pagemaker

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PageMaker is a great program to choose when making do-it-yourself marketing materials like business cards. Although Adobe, the program's manufacturer, has since replaced PageMaker with InDesign, PageMaker remains a popular program that is in fairly wide use. One of the best things about PageMaker is that it comes complete with a variety of templates, including business cards, giving users a head start on creating their corporate identities without having to calculate guidelines or measurements.


Step 1

Open PageMaker. A "Templates" screen should pop up. In the "Category" drop-down menu, choose "Business Cards." In the event the "Templates" screen does not appear upon opening, you can find the templates in PageMaker's installation folder; in most instances, this is Program Files/Adobe/PageMaker/Templates.


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Step 2

Double-click on the template of your choice. In the event that the fonts the template uses are not installed in your system, you'll get a pop-up box showing you the missing font and the substituted font. Usually, the system will substitute Courier. Choose a basic font like Ariel instead, as it will be easier to read. You can always change it later.


Step 3

Substitute your text for the sample text in the template. If you like the template's layout with the art as it is, simply paste your text into the remaining cards. If you want to add your own art or logo, arrange everything exactly as you want it on the first card, delete the information on the rest of the cards, and copy and paste onto the remaining cards, using the guides to ensure consistent margins.


Step 4

Print a draft of the finished cards on paper. Place the printed paper on top of a piece of the blank business card stock you'll be using and hold it up to the light to make sure the prints are centered correctly on each card.

Step 5

Make any necessary adjustments to the layout, then load the blank business cards in your printer and print the final cards.


When printing business cards at home, it's best to leave the background white. Colored backgrounds will not always print evenly on home printers.

Leave enough room around the edges of your text and images to make sure the edges don't get cut off. Many home printers can't print to the edge of the document.


Most business cards and business-card templates are 2-1/2 inches by 3 inches. Double-check your template and blank cards to make sure, though.

This article assumes you are using PageMaker 7. Other versions of PageMaker may have slightly different menu elements.