How to Make Business Cards on a Mac Computer

By Christopher Capelle

  • Overview

    Ask any graphic designer what computer they prefer to work on, and the answer is inevitably a "Mac." Mac computers are the best choice for designing business cards, and even if you're a graphics novice, working with Apple's AppleWorks software, creating a professional-looking business card is a breeze.
    How to Make Business Cards on a Mac Computer
    How to Make Business Cards on a Mac Computer
    • Step 1

      Launch AppleWorks software. Create a new "Drawing" document by selecting "New" under the "File" menu, and then selecting "Drawing." Make sure the graphics grid is visible (this is the square pattern on the document). If not, enable it under the "Options" menu.
      The AppleWorks icon
    • Step 2

      Create a rectangle the size of the business card using the tool palette on the left of the screen. A standard business card is 3.5" x 2", so it is best to stick with that format.
      Accurate card size

    • Step 3

      Select the "Text" tool, and enter your text --name, address, phone number, email and other information. Don't worry about the choice of fonts and the size as you can adjust that later on.
      Entering your text
    • Step 4

      Put in your graphic (if any). This can be created in AppleWorks, Photoshop or Illustrator. If you are copying it from Photoshop, make sure that it is high-res. You can copy it from Photoshop and paste it into AppleWorks.
    • Step 5

      Arrange the elements on the card. Make your decisions--where the text goes, where the graphic goes and what fonts you plan to use. This is where you adjust the size and style of the font. Then select the outline of the card, and set the line width to "None" to remove the border.
      Finalizing the design
    • Step 6

      Print a proof of the card. If you\ are happy with it, export it as a PDF or PS (Post Script) file, and bring it to a printer on the CD or flash drive.
      Have a professional printer do your printing
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Tip: Check with your printer to see what format they want the card in.
    • Warning:
    • Nothing says rinky-dink more than a business card that you printed yourself.
    • Don't use copyrighted artwork or logos on your card.

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