Customize a sample file to create a modern business card.
What you'll need
You'll have everything you need to follow along with this tutorial:
- business-card-design.indd, a sample file to customize
- logo-color.indd and logo-white.indd, two logo variations for the front and back of the card
- Note: Our sample file uses standard US dimensions: 3.5 in x 2 in. For Europe and elsewhere, use: 55 mm x 85 mm
Tip: Go to View > Display Performance > High Quality Display to view all page elements in the highest quality.
By default, you're in Normal mode which let's you see non-printing objects such as margins, text frames, etc. You can switch between Normal and Preview modes by choosing View > Screen Mode.
Open business-card.indd. You're viewing the front of the business card.
Go to File > Place > logo-color.indd and click Open. With your cursor loaded with the logo art, click at the intersection of the top and left margins and drag a rectangular frame.
To resize the logo and frame proportionally, press Control/Command + Shift and drag a corner point.
If you need to move the logo, click the frame with the Selection tool and drag to the desired position on the page.
Select the Type tool in the Tools panel.
Highlight each line of text individually and replace it with your own text. This maintains the font, text layout, and text styles.
Although the text is styled professionally, you can customize it easily. Try setting your name in all caps and your job title in a different typeface.
- Select your name and click the All Caps icon. Increase the font size to 8 pt.
- Select your job title, then highlight Helvetica in the Font menu. Type "Minion Pro Bold Cond Italic" to replace it.
Tip: To explore other typefaces, select some text and click the down-facing arrow in the Font menu. Press the down arrow on your keyboard to cycle through all the fonts installed on your computer and get a live preview on the selected text.
Optional: If you're a Creative Cloud member, you can access thousands of high-quality typefaces directly from InDesign. See Getting started with Typekit and Creative Cloud for details.
Now you'll finish the back of the card.
Click the Pages panel in the panels dock and select page 2.
Select the black rectangle with the Selection tool and click the Fill color swatch in the Control panel. Select the red color.
Go to File > Place > logo-white.indd and click Open. With the loaded cursor, click and drag a rectangular frame somewhere on the red rectangle. Press Control/Command + Shift and drag a corner point on the frame to resize proportionally.
Now, you'll position the logo dead center of the background.
With the Selection tool, drag the logo to the center until you see intersecting Smart Guides that help you align your logo precisely.
Go to File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print) and click Save.
In the Adobe PDF Preset menu, choose either the High Quality Print or Press Quality options, based on your print provider's recommendations.
In Marks and Bleeds:
- Select Crop Marks and Bleed Marks in the Printer's Marks section
- Select Use Document Bleed Settings in the Bleed and Slug section
Click Export to save a print-ready PDF that you can email or upload online.
Note: Since the background runs to the edge of the paper, we saved our sample file with a bleed. This extends the design slightly beyond the page edges so that no white edges show up when the cards are printed and trimmed. See How to set a print bleed to learn more.