20 free ebooks for designers and artists
A lot of free ebooks have been on offer over the last few years. Though there will always be a thriving market for design books written by experts (and sometimes it is definitely worth splashing your cash to receive the highest quality content), the quality of free and ‘freemium’ content has vastly improved. In fact, it’s often on the same level as books you’d pay for.
Thanks to the digital age, it’s now viable for professionals to utilise the electronic book – a much, much cheaper way to distribute literature than printing a free physical book. If you do have some budget to spend, you could head over to our pick of the best graphic design books – you can be sure you won’t be wasting your money.
If you are inspired by these free ebooks, and in need of other incredible freebies to get your project started, check out our selections of the best free graphic design software and the best free fonts for designers.
But what design content can you get for free? A quick search on your favourite search engine will reveal hundreds of free ebook options, making it difficult to extract the best ones. But we’ve saved you the trouble in this guide. Need something to read your ebook on? Check out our guide to the best ereaders out now.
01. Everything There Is To Know About Logo Design
Master the art of logo design with this free ebook [Image: Blue Soda Promo] (Image credit: Blue Soda Promo)
Logo design is one of those apparently simple areas of graphic design that actually contains many subtle nuances. To walk you through what makes for a good logo, including how to incorporate colours and typography, download Blue Soda Promo’s free ebook, Everything There Is To Know About Logo Design.
Running at a trim 25 pages, this free ebook will quickly fill you in on everything you need to consider when creating a graphic to represent either your brand or that of a client.
01. Instagram for Business
Optimise your use of the social media platform (Image credit: Iconsquare/Hubspot)
Instagram is fast becoming a key tool in the success of a business. Iconosquare and HubSpot have joined forces to bring you this comprehensive ebook detailing how to use Instagram for business.
You’ll find out how to optimise your use of the social media platform to best sell yourself, and grow your design business. The book covers everything from using Instagram stories and hashtags, to the anatomy of a successful Instagram post.
(Plus see our post on how to boost your Instagram engagement, for more great tips.)
03. Pay Me or Else!
Don’t let tight-fisted clients get away with it [Image: Lior Frenkel]
Sooner or later, every designer is going to come up against a client who, for whatever reason, won’t pay up come invoice time. Lior Frenkel from nuSchool has been in this situation plenty of times, so he’s written a book, Pay Me or Else!, on how to deal with such clients.
It’s broken up into three parts: the first is about the best tactics for getting clients to pay up, the second looks into why clients don’t pay, and the third part covers strategies for avoiding bad clients and working in a way that covers you in almost every situation.
Eliminate online distractions with this practical guide [Image: Oli Gardner]
Attention, says Oli Gardner, is a limited resource; every link and banner you add to a web page, while serving a purpose, also serves to distract your users and deplete their mental energy. If you want to eliminate unwanted distractions from your websites, his book Attention-Drive Design hopes to help you out.
In it, Gardner outlines techniques for achieving visual simplicity through psychology and interaction design, with plenty of real-life examples to help you ramp up your conversion rate.
05. The Shape of Design
Frank Chimero’s book will inspire you to look at what you do in a whole new light [Image: Frank Chimero]
Starting life as a talk in 2010, Frank Chimero’s self-published The Shape of Design was an early design community Kickstarter success, getting funded on its first day, and has since become essential foundational reading, not just in design education but in other creative practices, too.
Focusing on the mindset of making rather than tools and methods, it asks: what are the opportunities, problems and possibilities of the creative practice? And once the work is done, what happens when it is released into the world?
06. The DesignBetter.co library
These three books cover product design, design thinking and design leadership [Image: InVision]
Why settle for just one free ebook when you can have three? The DesignBetter.co library from InVision aims to help you build a strong design practice.
This collection of definitive books, written by Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery, explores how the best companies approach product design, design thinking, design leadership and more.
07. 50 Must Read Tips From Designers, To Designers
Experienced designers share their tips [Image: Rout One Print]
As the title suggests, this free ebook from Route One Print brings together key pieces of advice from experienced graphic designers – including Jacob Cass (aka Just Creative) and Brent Galloway – to make your life easier. “From client management to typography, brand identity to finding alternative textures in Photoshop, this ebook offers practical tips for designers and showcases new ways to think about design,” says the blurb.
It also promises to reveal which fonts the designers never use. Is it Comic Sans? Helvetica? We guess you’ll have to download the 50 Must Read Tips From Designers, To Designers eBook to find out. Route 1 offers a whole range of ebooks for designers in fact, including The Freelancer’s Bible (below) and The Design Comedy: How to deal with the 9 stages of client hell.
08. Brand House Book
The Brand House Book breaks branding down into six manageable stages [Image: Roger Lindeback]
If you’re having problems getting to grips with the world of branding, this free ebook by Roger Lindeback can help you out by taking away all the jargon and relating it to everyday experience.
In the Brand House Book, Lindeback aims to make branding tangible by comparing it to building a house. He breaks it down into six manageable stages – dreaming, planning, starting work, designing, building and finally getting the details right – with a branding summary at the end of each stage, setting out all the important issues to think through in your brand building process.
09. The Practical Interaction Design Bundle
Get three helpings of interaction design advice for the price of none [Image: UXPin]
Not one but three free ebooks in one handy bundle, The Practical Interaction Design Bundle consists of three free volumes from UXPin, comprising over 250 pages of design best practices and with over 60 examples of the best UX design.
Volumes 1 and 2 of Interaction Design Best Practices will take you through techniques, theories and best practices relating to the tangibles of interaction design – words, visuals and space – while volume 2 tackles the intangibles: time, responsiveness and behaviour.
Topping off the bundle is Consistency in UI Design, covering how and when to maintain consistency in your design, and when to break it to draw attention to elements – without suffering the drawbacks.
10. An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
What’s a Photoshop? This book will tell you [Image: Steve Bark]
If you’re after a beginner-friendly guide to getting started with Photoshop, this free ebook by Steve Bark, An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop, will explain the fundamentals for you, from panels and tools to layers and basic printing.
If it’s just a little too basic for you, never fear; there’s also an intermediate guide available that covers more advanced subjects such as vector tools, smart objects and clipping masks.
11. The Building Blocks of Visual Hierarchy
Learn to create accessible, intuitive layouts [Image: UXPin]
If you’re designing for the web and want your layouts and interfaces to be accessible and visually intuitive, The Building Blocks of Visual Hierarchy from UXPin is an invaluable resource.
This free ebook explains how size, colours, space, layout, and style affect visual understanding, provides tips for designing clear visual hierarchies, and includes 18 examples of great sites including MailChimp and RelateIQ.
12. The Freelancer’s Bible
From marketing to tax, plan out your freelance career with this book [Image: Rout One Print]
Whether you’re already freelance or thinking of making the jump, The Freelancer’s Bible from Route One Print is full of useful freelance advice. It includes tips on how to market your business, find your USP, license your work, manage client relationships, complete tax returns and much more.
13. Flat Design & Colors
Love flat design but don’t know where to start? Download this freebie [Image: UXPin]
The free ebook Flat Design & Colors by UXPin dives deep into the most powerful techniques for creating highly usable yet visually interesting web designs.
The design team compiled advice from experts and illustrated their points using examples from 40 companies such as Google, Squarespace, and others.
14. Houdini Foundations
Add that extra dimension to your designs with this free ebook on Houdini [Image: SideFX]
If you’re looking to add a touch of 3D art to your designs, Houdini Foundations will help get you started. With this free ebook you’ll learn all about the tools and techniques you will use as a Houdini artists, then run through three lessons that teach you how to build simple projects from scratch.
15. Design’s Iron Fist
This free ebook will help you get the best out of yourself [Image: Jarrod Drysdale]
Jarrod Drysdale is a designer writer who focuses his articles on getting the best out of your work. Design’s Iron Fist is a sort of continuation of his previous book Bootstrapping Design (now discontinued), in which he collects all of his previous essays into one, free ebook.
Topics such as ‘Think like a designer’ and ‘Get out of a creative rut’ are just some of the titles on offer in this selection.
16. Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook
The Pixel Perfect Precision ebook has had an important update [Image: ustwo]
The Pixel Perfect Precision (PPP) Handbook from leading digital design agency ustwo has come a long way since it was first released. What started as a 108-page simple guide to best practice with pixels and Photoshop has grown into handbook number 3 – a whopping 214-page designer bible.
17. The Creative Aid Handbook
The Creative Aid book aims to be a mini resource for your creative projects [Image: Kooroo Kooroo]
Created by Kooroo Kooroo, The Creative Aid is a free book jam packed full of inspiration and available to download today.
Co-founders Nicole Smith and Richard Tapp explain the concept: “It’s a mini resource for your creative projects and food for your creative thoughts. We’ve included our own valuable references and resources we know and trust as a means to help you get your projects done.
“We want to give you the creative push from a direction you may not have thought of, be it informative, inspirational, or simply entertaining.”
18. Type Classification eBook
Grasp the fundamentals of type selection [Image: Just Creative]
This excellent 27-page ebook details the 10 key classifications for typography, providing the basic understanding you’ll need to gain a grasp of the fundamentals of type selection. The Type Classification eBook covers a brief history for each of the classifications, as well as the core characteristics of the style.
19. Creative Suite Printing Guide
Wave goodbye to bad printing by following this guide [Image: Adobe]
The Creative Suite Printing Guide from Adobe provides all the information you’ll need to get the best-quality results possible when printing from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat.
Over the course of 149 pages the different tools and options within each package are broken down, illustrating how to produce files for print that will provide accurate colour reproduction, pixel-perfect transparency matting and sharp lines.
20. Graphic Design for Non-profit Organizations
Graphic Design for Non-profit Organisations [Image: AisleOne]
Graphic Design for Non-profit Organisations focuses mainly on design and best practices for non-profit organisations, but the content is a great resource in general and the teachings can be applied pretty much anywhere.
Stationery & Business Cards
Certain St. Albans faculty and staff members are able to order official STA business cards, letterhead, and envelopes through an online ordering system with HBP, Inc.
Letterhead, envelopes, and business cards can be personalized with specific department information, using this web-based system. Or you can choose to order generic letterhead and envelopes. After you enter your information, a proof is automatically generated. Once you approved your proof, you click on confirm and your order for this item has now been placed.
Business cards utilize a standard design, and must be used by all faculty and staff members who wish business cards. After you enter your specific information, a final .pdf proof can be is generated. Once you approve the proof, your order has been placed. The proof and approval process for business cards is the same as above.
Important: Please note that the department of the person placing the order will be charged for the stationery order.
Storefront System Requirements
Step 1. Logging On
Click on the order button, above and to the left
Enter username and password
Step 2. Ordering Process
Click on Web Store
Click on the first item you wish to order
Click the specific item you want to order from the drop-down menu, and follow the step-by-step directions
Orders can only be placed in multiples of 500 (the site will prompt you to do this)
If there is a problem, click the “Go back” button and correct the issue
You must approve the online proof before proceeding to the next step (check out)
Step 3. Checking Out
Select the quantity you want to order
Click to continue shopping or to check out
Place your name in the Shipping Address
View Order Summary
Click “Place Your Order” to submit the order, or “Go Back” to make changes
The invoice for your order will be processed through Anybill. Your order will be delivered to shipping and receiving within 3-4 business days.
If you have any questions, please contact Joan Roskosh.
Creating and Using PDF Templates
Stationery for Your PDFs
PDF templates are like stationery for your PDFs:
Create your own templates, and use them for any new PDF documents, as well as when adding new pages to PDFs.
In our example, we’re going to pull in our company stationery as a PDF template for re-use in PDF Annotator.
So, let’s see how this works.
Creating a template based on an existing PDF document
First, we’re going to open the PDF file we want to use as a template.
(Of course, if we don’t have our template ready as a PDF, we can create it from another source using the
Print to PDF Annotator printer, or from scratch using the File, New Document command. )
After opening the document in PDF Annotator, we choose File, Save as Template from the menu.
We can fill in a name for the template, or just leave the default.
If we want to override an existing template, we can also do so by clicking the dropdown button on the right, and
selecting the template from the list.
Now, PDF Annotator will automatically create the template for us.
Please note that a template can only consist of a single page. If you apply File, Save as Template on a
document containing multiple pages, the currently displayed page will be used for the template.
Using a PDF Template
Now, let’s go ahead and use that template we just created.
Select File, New Document to start a new document.
On the New dialog, the Page background section offers two tabs: Style and Template.
Select the Template tab to find a list of templates.
Typically, you will find the Note template that comes preinstalled with PDF Annotator, along with all
templates you created by yourself.
In this example, we find the Stationery template we just created.
Click the template to select it.
On a side note: On the right, you can also find some buttons to organize your templates:
The + (Plus) button lets you add another template by just selecting a PDF file from disk
(an alternative way to create a template based on a PDF, similar to the one we chose in the beginning).
The – (Minus) button lets you delete the currently selected template.
The Rename button lets you rename the currently selected template.
Since you just want to use the template in this example, just select it, and click OK.
PDF Annotator will immediately create a new document for you, based on the template you chose.
You can now start adding content to the new page, for example by using the pen and text tools.
Adding more pages to a template based PDF
When you need more space, you can add additional pages to the document.
To add an additional page, either click Edit, Page, Append Page from the main menu, or right click anywhere
in the document to pull up the context menu, or (as in the example below), open the Pages sidebar by
clicking onto the tab on the top left, then click the Page button and choose Append Page from the
This will once again bring up the New dialog with our template preset.
So, PDF Annotator remembered the template we started this document from, and automatically suggests to use the same
template for subsequent pages.
Please note that you can always add more than a single page by increasing the number in the Pages box.
Also, you don’t have to use the same template for additional pages.
You can also choose a different template, or even add a blank page by going back to the Style tab under
Page background, or choose another style, like some ruled paper.
After clicking OK, PDF Annotator will add another new page to your document, using the same template as
So, we created a template from a PDF with a single click.
We used that template for a new PDF document.
And we finally learned that PDF Annotator remembers the template originally chosen, when adding pages to the
Now, go ahead, and create your own templates!
Stationery Design Samples | The Logo Boutique
If you have a successful business or aspire to have one then you would know that a professional stationery design helps to increase the impression & image of a business and sometimes creating a good impression is the difference between success and failure of a business. Therefore it is imperative to acquire experienced and professional help in stationery design so that the desired image of the business can be created and sustained. The logo boutique has been in business for a very long time in creating stationery and other categories of design and helping clients in running a successful business.
Stationery design is perhaps the strongest force in creating a professional image of a business. Stationery designs can create a conscious and subconscious image in the minds of both employees and customers. Since stationary items are circulated to internal and external environment of a business therefore the communication sent by the design of all stationery items should stimulate a positive interest in that particular business. If you provide your employees and others with office stationary to make notes and to note down important discussions in seminars then an attractive stationary design will help them to remember about your company for long period of time. Stationery design samples is also a great marketing tool to promote a business and helps to publicize those business products or services.
The logo boutique has the reputation for having creative stationery designs which makes us one the best stationary designers in the world. Our designers are best in generating innovative ideas and they know how to make your stationery stand out in the masses. We remove the clutter in design and follow the ‘Simplicity’ style which is considered the ultimate form of sophistication. Our teams of stationary designers maintain constant communication with the clients in order to fulfill all requirements and achieve maximum level of customer satisfaction.
The price of stationery designs has been created into three distinct categories so that clients can choose a category according to his/her needs. Also the stationery design samples have been placed on the webpage so that customers can themselves assess our quality of work. We deliver the designs in all popular sizes and formats without compromising on the quality of design. There are only few steps to register your requirements with us so go ahead and get your first design concept for free and if you like our initial work then we can proceed in completing the project.
How to Use Vistaprint for Wedding Stationery
In this article I will discuss how to use Vistaprint for wedding stationery, including a site walk-through from start to finish. This beginner’s guide will show you how to create an account with Vistaprint, upload PDF images, and make sure your Love & Lavender wedding invitation, RSVP, or other printable look great.
Consider using an online printing company if you don’t have the time to print your wedding stationery at home. You gain more free time for planning your wedding and making other great DIY projects – yay!
Let’s get started.
Create an Account with Vistaprint
I have used Vistaprint for a few projects, and I know it can be overwhelming the first time you create an account and finally click the buy button on your stationery product.
To get started creating a new account click the button labelled “Sign In/My Account” at the top of Vistaprint’s website.
Fill in the standard form fields like email, first and last name, and choose a secure password.
You will notice the option ‘Yes, I want discounts and marketing tips by e-mail.’ I suggest leaving it checked, or if you uncheck the box a new option will appear that says ‘receive emails once a week‘. Some companies can overwhelm your email inbox with offers, so once a week may be more appropriate. Either way, it is a good way to receive the latest discounts directly in your inbox.
Click the Sign Up button and you are on your way. You will immediately be taken to your account page – the hub for navigating around Vistaprint.
Upload a PDF File to Vistaprint
You should have already created a printable using one of our online forms or downloadable PDF files. Perhaps you have a PDF file that bought somewhere else online or were able to find for free. In any case, remember where you stored this design file on your computer because you will need to access it for this step.
In this example, we are going to upload the Love & Lavender silhouette wedding invitation sized at 5 x 7 inches.
(click through the slideshow below)
Steps Corresponding to Slides Above:
- Navigate to the Invitations & Stationery tab and click on Wedding Invitations.
- Scroll Down to wedding invitations and click Get Started.
- Click Use your complete design and click the radio button 5×7 Flat.
- This will bring up a layout option. In most cases you will choose vertical layout and click continue.
- To upload your image click the Browse button
- Navigate to the folder where you saved your PDF file and select the file. Click Open.
That’s it! You should see the words Upload Complete – Your image resolution is excellent.
Click on the button labelled NEXT in order to proceed to the customization screen.
Customize Your Printable
I sometimes forget that not everyone is as familiar with online editing tools. That’s why I want to try and make it as simple as possible for you to follow along step-by-step as I go through the editing process. Let’s see how we can make sure you get the right quality from your Vistaprint product.
At this point you should see the customization screen below, with your printable design in the middle of the screen and common editing functions (basic, text, insert, advanced) above the design.
We will explore the additional ‘request a proof’ option in the next section.
First, let’s look at what we need to do to ensure our printable is correct.
Notice the dotted line on the inside of the example silhouette image above – that is called the safety line. When Vistaprint goes to print and cut your final invitations, they want to make sure that nothing important is OUTSIDE this line. In our case, the letters M and E from the groom’s name falls outside the dotted line.
What should we do? We need to slightly crop the image so that it falls with the margin of error for cutting. Hover your mouse over the image and a new tool box will appear. Click on Crop/Rotate to bring up the Crop/Rotate dialog box as pictured below.
In this case we need to select Scale to Fit so that the image is shrunk down to fit inside the cut marks. Click the OK button.
Now when you return to your printable invitation you will notice that the text falls inside the safety line. Problem solved!
There are other options you can play around with including adding an image, additional text, or adding a back side design to make your PDF printable double sided. I won’t get into these functions now and will save that for another article. Click NEXT and move on to the customize back side screen.
I simply select Blank Back side (above), as I don’t want to have anything on the back for this example wedding invitation. Again, feel free to add a back side if you prefer.
Request A PDF Proof
Before we click next and move on to the review function in Vistaprint I want to take a second to highlight the Request a PDF Proof option. You will notice just below the Blank Back side radio button is a link to Request a PDF proof. Click that link.
A dialog box pops up in the middle of your screen that reads, “You’ll receive a PDF proof of your design to review. We will alert you by email when your proof is ready. PDF proofs are available at no additional charge.” Simply click OK and wait for the PDF proof to be created.
Eventually you will get to the screen below where you can click to open a copy of your PDF document with the watermark ‘PROOF’.
We are finished with our online proof so let’s click OK and then NEXT to move on to the review function.
Review Your Design
The final step before payment is to review your design and make sure it looks the way you want. Vistaprint reminds you to check your design and make sure:
- Information is accurate and spelled correctly
- Text is legible and contrasts against background
- Images are clear and not blurry
- Nothing is too close to the margins
We have already done the online proof, so we can check the box that says, “Online Proof Approval I have checked for the above issues and approve my design.”
I complete my final review and everything looks good in my example silhouette invitation. Time for the checkout process.
Step One: Complete Your Order
Quantity – As you can see from the three slides below, I’m going with a quantity of 100 for my invitations and received a nice discount.
Paper Stock – I chose the included matte finish for this invitation. Upgrade prices are reasonable if you prefer a thicker and heavier weight paper or glossy paper type. Click the link Which stock is right for me? for a good comparison chart outlining each paper type.
Envelopes – Lastly, I picked the free white envelopes. They are a standard thin envelopes, not the best option if you envision an elegant stationery set mailed to your guests. For invitations in particular I would suggest ordering envelopes from somewhere else.
Step Two: Recommended For You
Some of the recommended products are actually a bit funny. I couldn’t imagine getting a large car door magnet and having my wedding invitation plastered on the side of my car for all to see! Nonetheless, you may want to browse and add a little something extra to your cart. I love my morning coffee, maybe a coffee mug might not be a bad idea after all.
Click NEXT and you are at the last screen. I promise!
Step Three: Checkout
The My Cart page provides a final overview of all the options and extras you selected in the guide above. In this case you can see I have my example 100 matte finish silhouette invitations with free white envelopes. Your final checkout overview page will likely look different than mine.
Don’t forget to add a promotional code if one is not already applied. There is always some sort of sale or deal from Vistaprint, like this one where you can get 40% off Invitations and Announcements. If you signed up for their newsletter in the inital account registration, then you likely have a promo code waiting in your email inbox.
Phew! We made it to checkout, good job! It seems like a lot of screens to get to the end, but some are not applicable and you can easily move forward to finish ordering your wedding stationery.
I think you can take it from here. Most people I know have experience completing an online transaction, and Vistaprint’s checkout process is no different: choose your shipping option, enter your contact details, payment details, and then finalize your order.
I hope this tutorial has shown you how to you can use Vistaprint to upload a printable file and create your wedding stationery.
Convert your original design into a Microsoft Word letterhead template
At the end of a letterhead design project, it’s pretty common to hear your client say: “I want this as an editable letterhead template in Microsoft Word.” They usually don’t own or know how to use advanced graphics-editing programs like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop, and it simply doesn’t make sense for them to purchase those expensive programs.
Microsoft Word is pretty low-tech compared to Illustrator or InDesign; however, that’s what your clients are using and your letterhead design is useless to them if they can’t edit and add content to it, so knowing how to create a Microsoft Word letterhead template is key. Let’s get started.
1. Create your letterhead design
We’ve created this example in Illustrator, but Photoshop and InDesign can be used to create letterhead designs too. We’re using a full bleed design in this example with a 1/8″ bleed, which will give s us a document that is about 8.63 x 11.13 inches.
Create your design in CMYK color mode, and if you’re using photos or complex graphics make sure that they 300ppi or higher, because Microsoft Word compresses all images that you place into it. There’s a great full-bleed letterhead template that you can download here.
2. Export your letterhead design as a high res PNG file
To do this, click File > Export > PNG. Make sure you select 300 ppi as the resolution. You can also save your design as a JPG and even as a TIFF; however TIFF files will dramatically increase files size and loading times in Microsoft Word for your client.
3. Set up your Microsoft Word document
Next, set up a Word document to insert your letterhead design into. Click File > New Blank Document. While the document opens, click File > Page Setup > Paper Size > Manage Custom Sizes. Set the paper size to 8.75 x 11.13 to accommodate your full bleed design, set all the margins to “0”, and set the Non-Printable Areas to “User Defined.” Doing this lets you set up your letterhead as a full bleed instead of conforming to Word’s default margins.
4. Place your letterhead design into your Microsoft Word document
Your letterhead design is going to be placed into the Header and Footer section of your Word document, which will automatically repeat on all additional pages. Go to View > Header and Footer. Now some guidelines for headers and footers will show up on the document. Click Insert > Photo > Picture from File. Select your PNG file. Now your .png file will appear centered in the middle of the page. Select the png image, click Format > Picture.
A “Format Picture” menu will pop up. First, go to Size.Word automatically scales down your artwork, but you can fix that by setting the height and width to 100%.
Next, click on the Layout tab, and select the “Behind the text” option. Click the “Advanced” button and make sure the Horizontal and Vertical Absolute positions are set to Page. Now hit ok to apply all these picture formatting adjustments. Your letterhead design should now appear at 100%. Adjust the positioning if needed.
Go to View, and uncheck Header and Footer so that you can leave the Header and Footer area and start editing your text area. Now that you’re not in header and footer editing mode the letterhead design will appear to be faded, but it won’t actually print that way so let your client know that. Adjust your margins and paragraph styles as desired. If you hit return until word creates a new page for you, you’ll notice that the same design has appeared on the next page. This is because you inserted your design into the header and footer section of the document, and the design will automatically repeat on every additional page.
5. Save it as a template
Go to File > Save As. Choose .dot as your format and Save. Now you can send your editable Microsoft Word letterhead template to your client!
6. Prepare the Microsoft Word letterhead template for printing
If your client is printing the Microsoft Word letterhead template at a printer who is able to print full-bleed pages, tell your client to save the finished file as a PDF file for better printing results. Printing directly from a Microsoft Word document can have mixed results. To save the template as a PDF, go to File > Print > Save to PDF. Now the file is ready to print 🙂
It’s important to let your client know the colors in your Microsoft Word letterhead template will display the colors slightly differently than the original design. In creating the template, the trick is to get its colors as close to the original design as possible – they simply won’t display the exact same way no matter what, and are bound to look different when printed. On the chance that your client has Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, you should recommend they edit their letterheads in those programs instead because the print quality will be higher than in Microsoft Word.
Additionally, if the design is full bleed and your client wants it as a Microsoft Word letterhead template, make sure to inform them that it cannot be printed properly on a typical home or office printer, as this will result in a white margin around the edges. They need to take the full-bleed design to a professional printer who can print full-bleed designs.
Microsoft Word has a lot of disadvantages and is simply not on par with other more advanced graphics-editing programs, but it’s likely what your clients know and you have to work with that.
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Get More From Your Letters With Custom Stationery for Print or Pixels
Sure, emails and texts are easy ways to send written messages. But there are many times when an old-fashioned letter works best — for legal matters, for instance, or for official notices or personal recommendations.
To get the most out of those letters, it’s handy to have your own personalized stationery. It can add an important touch of professionalism. And with free tools and templates available, you can whip up a custom letterhead design in just a few minutes. Here’s how to get started.
Step 1: Serve Up a Template
Most major word-processing programs include a set of predesigned templates for many types of documents, including a business letterhead. Look for the “template gallery” in Apple Pages, Google Docs, Microsoft Word or another word-processing app. Some programs may even offer additional templates online to download if you don’t like the default collection. Online service like Adobe Spark, Canva and PS Print are other venues for the template approach to letterhead design.
Google Docs, for Android and other platforms, offers a few basic letterhead templates to get you started.
With a template, you don’t need to get bogged down in layout details. The type styles and basic graphic design are already there, created with generic place-holder information. (You can usually tweak the fonts and colors, though.) So just replace the default text with your own name, address and other information and you have your letterhead.
Step 2: Cook Up Your Own Design
If you don’t care for the look of the templates — or have a specific design in mind for a small business or other venture — create your own unique letterhead. You can modify an existing template, or start from scratch on a new document and use your app’s layout tools for type style and size, color and alignment. Make sure you have any special fonts or graphical elements (like a logo file) you want to use on hand, and be sure to proofread your final version.
Tastes in graphic design vary, but keeping your chosen typefaces to a minimum (or within the same font family with bold and italic variations) makes for a more cohesive design. If you need ideas and inspiration, look for an online tutorial on designing a letterhead in Microsoft Word or whichever program you use.
Step 3: Save Your Custom Stationery
If you didn’t choose a “create new template” option before you started crafting your letterhead, you can save the current file as a template to use over and over for future correspondence. Check your program’s help guide for specific instructions, but Apple’s Pages (for macOS and iOS), Google Docs and Microsoft Word all have guides.
Step 4: Print Your Letter for Mailing
One you have created your letterhead, compose your letter. If you don’t want to use cheap white printer paper, look for thicker, nicer stock at your local stationer or office-supply store. Load your fancy paper in the printer, hit the Print button and scrawl your signature on the finished page. (Or, if you really want to go old school, print out your design and write your letter by hand.)
Need a printed envelope with the recipient’s and your return addresses? Check your app for specific instructions, but Apple Pages, for Mac and iOS, and Microsoft Word can all print envelopes, as can Google Docs with the Envelope add-on for the Chrome browser.
Step 5: Sign and Send Your Letter Electronically
Sure, you can just email your composed document, but it may not look as intended if your recipient doesn’t have the same fonts and graphics files. If you want the look of a printed letter — but also the flexibility of email delivery and easy archiving — save the file as a PDF document instead of printing it.
If you don’t already have a program or an app to make PDF files from documents, you may not need to get one. On the computer, look for a “Save as PDF” or “Print to PDF” option when you choose the Print command and are asked to select a printer. Recent versions of Android and iOS can also make PDF files from documents right on the mobile device in the Print options.
90,000 Modern stationery – Construction of country houses, landscaping, fences, gates
To ensure correct, stable and accurate work in the office, it is imperative to purchase stationery. The productivity and efficiency of office employees directly depends on the availability of all the necessary office supplies, as well as their constant updating. A fairly large number of inconveniences and misunderstandings cause such critical situations when, during the signing of an important contract, the paste in the pen or paper in the printer suddenly runs out.The time it takes to find or acquire them can cause many frustrations and unpleasant phenomena that can directly affect the introduction and development of your business.
Office supplies at Akvarel are in great demand today. It is there that you can find a fairly large assortment and only favorable terms of cooperation. Also, it is here that you can buy only the highest quality stationery.
It is worth noting that even during the dynamic development of the technological process, stationery will always be in demand and in rather high demand.It is also necessary to emphasize the fact that the assortment is always replenished, and new items in this area never leave anyone indifferent.
Today, many manufacturers of office supplies expand their capabilities and constantly create more and more new components that only ensure the correct, accurate and efficient work of people in the office.
All goods are made only of the highest quality and with a fairly high level of comfort and convenience.Today, even ordinary folders for office work are sold in a fairly large assortment. And office paper is divided into several basic types, which are represented by many modern manufacturers.
It should be noted that today stationery is considered to be a rather important part of the office process. And it should also be emphasized that they have a fairly large impact on the productivity of office workers.
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