Clicking a card above will open a PDF document in a new
window. Place your cursor in the blank area of one of
the cards and begin typing your name, title, address,
phone etc. These instructions are also in the yellow
area at the top of the card page (PDF document). The
instructions will not print.
Note: If the image on your screen
looks grainy, don't be concerned, it will print out to
look as good or better than the images above.
Clicking the print button will
bring up a dialog box like the one below. If you have an
older version of Adobe Reader it may look different.
It is important that you
print the card sheet without 'Scaling'. Scaling will
print the sheet to the default
margins set in you print settings which means your
printer will shrink the contents to fit within those
margins. If you want 2" x 3 1/2" cards, you want No 'Scaling' (see above), actual size
depending on your dialog box. If you do, the cards
should print a sheet of ten 2" x 31/2" business cards,
if not they may be smaller. Do a test print on plain
paper in grayscale or black before doing your final
print. NOTE: If your printer cuts off a little at
the bottom, you can work around that by choosing 'legal' instead of 'letter' as your paper size.
Some printers start and stop printing on a page at different
places depending on where the pick-up wheels are
There are lots of different printers and
unfortunately they're not all the same so you could have
a different printer settings dialog box than others so
you'll have to look around yours to find the different
settings to make your print project look the best.
Paper quality settings are very
important on the newer printers. If you will be using
paper with a shiny finish like photo paper be sure to
use a setting to best match your paper or your print
quality will suffer.
Print Quality settings like
normal, better or best, are also
available on most printers, these setting can make a
very noticeable improvement also.
NOTE: Be sure to use the same
procedure and settings for the back of your cards.
We don't recommend using perforated card
stock, because you will be printing one large image on
a sheet of paper, and precise sizing and positioning is difficult.
If you have some card stock and want to try it, fine,
but please don't purchase some in hopes it will work, it
could be a big waste of money, paper and ink.
Plain heavy bond paper and scissors is a
simple no hassle way to produce
nice looking cards at a very low cost.
You can find heavy bond paper and low
tech inexpensive paper cutters at your local office
supply store that do a nice job.