How to Print Envelopes Using Adobe Illustrator

While Adobe Illustrator isn’t the first tool one thinks of for printing envelopes, there's nothing keeping you from doing so, provided your printer driver allows you to specify a manual paper source. You will need to be creative within Illustrator to make the artwork fit the available area, but printing on an envelope is the same as printing on a custom paper size.

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Open a new piece of art, and specify that the size is Custom and the units are Inches.

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Enter the dimensions of the envelope you're using. For a standard business envelope, this would be 8.5 inches wide by 4 inches tall.

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Create your artwork in the artboard specified. You may wish to leave margins of a quarter of an inch.

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Load the envelope in your manual feeder in your printer, and in Illustrator, hit "Ctrl+P." Click on the "Setup" item in the Print dialog box, and specify that the X coordinates be "+4 inches" (or whatever the height of your envelope is). Hit "Done" and then hit "Print".