Setting Up a Business Card Using InDesign

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Here’s a little tip for those of you who don’t already know: a business card is a key tool in attracting or reaching out to potential clients. So say a company needs you to design a business card for their networking event, or that you are trying to start your own company and need to design one. Here you are, waiting for your lap top to start up when eventually, you realize that you have no idea what to do or how to get started on setting one up. So you scramble over to Google and search up how to set up a business card and come across a phenomenal, one of a kind blog which explains to you everything you need to know about setting up a business card. Exhale my dude, you no longer are stuck in a rut because this blog (aka me) is here to help!

In this tutorial, you’ll be learning how to properly create a file for your business card on InDesign. Knowing how to do so is super easy yet very essential. So here are the certain steps to setting up a business card in order to have the final results look spic n’ span!

Step 1

For your first step, open up Adobe InDesign (as shown below) and then click file>New>Document located at the top left corner of this program.


You’ll then see the New Document file (a big square that just popped up on your screen as a result of following the first step).

Step 2

The next step is to look at the document options (top of the sqaure that just popped up) and select Print. Make sure the Number of Pages is set to 1. Also uncheck the option that says Facing Pages.

From the Page Size menu, you’ll have the option to choose US Business Card but in this case I’ll just manually set the Width to 3.5 in. and the Height to 2 in. 

Then add Margins of 0.1875 in and a Bleed on all the edges of 0.125 in. Be careful for the bleed size which is 1/8 extra (3.75 x 2.25).


Then just click create and that will get you started!

Here are some things to go over and remember:

  • The standard dimensions for a business card is 3.5 x 2 inches.
  • Make sure the font size is legible!
  • Watch the bleed size, otherwise the logo and text on your business card may come out misaligned or be cut off.


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