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How to Create an Envelope in InDesign

An envelope comes in handy whether you are sending letters, delivering mails, giving out invitation cards, handing money, or keeping important documents. An envelope is more than just a piece of plain flat paper which is used to enclose letters and documents. It plays an important role especially in the field of business. It gives an idea to the people what the company is and gives a gist on the services they offer. In short, it serves as additional advertising to a certain company.

Although a plain white envelope does its job in enclosing its contents, wouldn’t it be better to make use of it as a promotional tool? Or wouldn’t it be nice to have personalized and creative stationery? As you read along with this article, you will learn how to create a well-designed envelope in Adobe InDesign. The program has various features that allow you to produce a well laid-out envelope. Worry not! You don’t have to be an expert in graphic designing to make use of the program, just follow the steps provided below.

1. Select a Size

An envelope is not a one size fits all kind of thing. For its contents not to crumple, you need to choose the appropriate size of your envelope. Most businesses make use of #10 envelopes which measures 4.12 x 9.5 inches. For donation letter envelopes, dl envelope, catalog envelope, etc., you can make use of other envelope sizes such as No. 9 (3.875″ x 8.875″), A6 (4.75″ x 6.5″), A4 (4.33″ x 8.66″), and A7 (5.25″ x 7.25″). To start, after launching InDesign, click File > New > Document then click Print and select a preset size. If the size you prefer isn’t available, you can always change the file size.

2. Add a Logo

In business, having a logo in your envelope and letterhead will help people distinguish your company from the others. An ideal position for the logo is on the top of your envelope. To attach the logo in your canvas, click File > Place and select your premade logo.

3. Choose Fonts

Remember to choose the fonts that would best suit the envelope’s purpose and/or its contents. If you’re giving out invitation cards for a wedding, you may use calligraphy fonts. On the other hand, if it is for business, make sure to keep it professional and legible while maintaining your company’s branding.

4. Add Text

Now that you have attached the logo and chose a font, start typing the necessary details for your envelope. It should include the company name, address, email address, and other contact details. If you want to add a tagline, you may do so. Adding text in InDesign is quite easy: select the Type Tool then add a text frame to the document by dragging in the Document window. Next is click on the text frame you created and type the text.

5. Save

If you are satisfied with the design and layout, review the details first and save your document. Just click File > Export > Adobe PDF and click Save, now you have a printable customized envelope! You only have to find a good printer and print your document out. Here’s a fact, according to, less than 25 million envelopes were used in the 1890s and the numbers soared to 60 million in the 1920s. And even in this modern age, businesses and individuals still utilize envelopes to enclose letters and documents.