Using Illustrator Templates

Our cards are free to use to make personal or commercial cards, but the templates may not be distributed in any way.

Our Illustrator templates are pre-press ready and can be used to create cards printed at home or by a commercial printing service. If you are designing your card to be printed by an online or local printer, use the single card designs. If you are looking for free Avery business card templates or want to print them yourself, choose the 8-up (8 business cards per page) or 10-up (ten business cards per page) templates. The crop marks are on a separate layer, so you can delete them or turn them off.

8-up business card templates work with Avery 8869, 8373, and 5881 papers. 10-up business card templates work with Avery 8872, 8873, 8874, 8876, 8877, 8878, 8879, 28873, 28877, 5871, 5876, 5877, 5878, 5882, 8374, 8371, 8376, 8377, 8471, 8476, 27871, 5371, 5376, 5377, and 5911 papers.

These templates are for the standard US card size of 3.5 inches by 2 inches. The cards have a guide area for the edge of the card, and also for the required one-eighth inch bleed (image area that extends beyond the trimmed size of the card). The background is on a separate layer so you can turn it off if you don't want a colored background when printing at home to

save ink. The graphic elements of each card are also on a separate layer.

If you are using the 8 or 10 per page templates, we suggest using the Find and Replace feature in Illustrator to change the text elements for each card at once. Also, you can use the "Select Same..." fill and stroke properties from the Select menu to help speed up color customization of the design and text elements.

Using Photoshop Templates

Our Photoshop templates are pre-press ready single card templates. These templates are intended for submission to a commercial printer. They are a good starting point for a custom design. You can add a photo background, change the font and text colors etc. The templates are 300 dpi, CMYK, and have a one-eighth inch bleed (image area that extends beyond the trimmed size required for borderless printing by a commercial printer.

The templates were created in Photshop CS. You can still use them with earlier versions of Photoshop, but the design elements will no longer be vector objects. If when opening in older versions of Photoshop you are prompted regarding "Vector Smart Data" just hit "Continue" and the card will open as a layered file and you can still work with it. Do not click "Read Composite Data" as the card file will open flattened, and you won't be able to edit the text.

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