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How to Create a Card in Publisher

A card is more than just a rectangular piece of paper wherein you can write or print some information on. It is used to convey a message or better yet, advertise a business entity. Individuals and companies use different types of cards such as membership card, tent card, business card, quarter fold card, rack card, etc. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, 27 million business cards are printed daily even in this modern era.

Although there are several programs that allow you to create a card, making use of Microsoft Publisher will provide you the convenience you need. Publisher’s multiple tools and features allow you to create typographic quality text and produce visually appealing cards. Start creating a card by following the steps below.

1. Know Its Purpose

You could not make a single card that would serve different purposes, which is why your first need to be specific with the purpose of your card. Are you going to use it as a promotional tool for your business? Or to say thank you to someone? Or to give your contact details to a colleague? Or to greet someone on their special day? There is a specific card for a specific purpose. Knowing its purpose will give you a clearer idea of how you should design it.

2. Set Dimensions

The first thing you should do after launching Microsoft Publisher is to choose the size of your canvas. Fortunately, Publisher features ready-made card templates you can choose from. Just to give you an idea, the standard size for a business card is 3.5 x 2 inches, 4 x 9 inches or 3.5 x 8.5 inches for a rack card, and  5.8 x 4.1 inches for postcards. However, for greeting cards and invitation cards, you can use whatever size you prefer as long as it is printable in available paper sizes.

3. Select Colors and Fonts

To make your card aesthetically pleasing, you need to select the right colors and fonts. In business, colors are more than just for visuals, they represent your brand and produce a good identity for your company. Pick colors that would elicit positive emotions and at the same time match your cards’ theme and purpose. In selecting fonts, make sure it is not just good to look at but also readable in both digital and print media. Moreover, for birthday cards, Christmas cards, greeting cards, wedding invitation cards, and anniversary cards, you can opt for a more colorful and creative design.

4. Type Details

Now that you have selected the colors and fonts you are going to use for the card, start filling it with the necessary details. In doing so, bear in mind the purpose of your card. If you feel the need to add images, set aside enough space for it. Make sure that your card will look well-organized and not packed with too much information and/or images. 

5. Save

After reviewing the layout and details of your card, save it. In saving a file in Microsoft Publisher, click File > Save & Send > Create PDF/XPS. In the Publish as PDF or XPS dialog click PDF, and your file is ready to print. Saving your file in PDF format will preserve its layout.

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