What Is a Professional Card?

A professional card is defined as a piece of card stock that contains a professional's basic information such as their name, age, and date of birth. Additionally, a professional card may also include details related to their work such as their title or designation, and their contact information.

How to Make a Card in Microsoft Publisher

Do you need to make a DIY card but don't know how? We've provided a step-by-step process below to help you out. Even if you're entirely new to Microsoft Publisher, our list of instructions will help you get the hang of it easily.

1. Decide on a type of card

Since we're talking about cards in general, you may need to decide on a specific type of card before moving on to the next step. There are various types of cards to choose from which include but are not limited to greeting cards, Christmas cards, business cards, and invitation cards. Your choice for this step will affect the succeeding ones in terms of the card's purpose, design, and content.

2. Define the purpose of your card

Depending on what type of card you've decided in the previous step, you will then need to identify what the card is for. If you decided to go with thank you cards, for example, then your purpose would be to express gratitude to the corresponding recipient. Another example would be about business cards, wherein its purpose is for conveying personal or professional information as well as the contact details of the card owner.

3. Create a concept design for your card

A concept design refers to the initial look of your professional cards and will still have to go through evaluations and, if necessary, revisions as well. You can get this done by sketching the design on paper and writing down notes pertaining to specific features, or you can just settle with making a list of descriptions. As mentioned earlier, have your concept design evaluated after creating it.

4. Design your professional card using Publisher

After the necessary evaluations and revisions have been made, you can finally jump from paper to digital with the use of Microsoft Publisher. After launching to application and starting a new document, simply refer to your concept design and try to replicate the look by adding colors, images, and other elements. When adding graphics, change the text wrapping setting to either Behind Text or In Front of Text to enable dragging-and-dropping.

5. Add the necessary card details

The best thing about Microsoft Publisher is it allows for easy processing and rendering of both text and graphics, making it a good publishing application for entry-level graphic designers. After you're done designing your card, you can then start adding the text. Again, your card's content will rely on the type of card as well as its purpose, so just try to make your content as relevant and appropriate as possible.

6. Get your professional cards printed

Lastly, getting your custom professional cards printed and then distributed. You can always print your cards yourself if you've got all the necessary materials and printing equipment, but you can also have it done by professionals to save you time. Whichever works for you and whatever type of card you're making, just make sure to have your cards printed in the best possible quality.

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