Every company needs a good set of business stationery. It is often the first thing new businesses get printed after their logo is created. A good start for business stationery are business cards, compliment slips and letterheads. Today, many logos include a spot colour to make sure that the colour is accurate across the entire brand. You also have a wider variety of colours to choose from when you use the Pantone colours as you are not limited to mixing cyan, magenta, yellow and black. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a set of business stationery with a Pantone colour in InDesign.
Step 1: Download
Start with downloading the print templates for Business Cards, Letterheads and Compliment Slips for InDesign from our website. Open them in InDesign. You can hide the marks and numbers by opening the layers tab and clicking the eye next to the ‘Template’ layer.
Step 2: Business Cards
Set the margins to 6mm by clicking ‘Layout>Margins and Columns’ and choosing 6mm for all sides. Starting with page 2 on the business cards, import your logo by clicking ‘File>Place’ and choose your logo. To use the Pantone Colour of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid (PANTONE 2352 C), download it here. Open the ‘Swatches’ panel and choose ‘Other library’ under ‘Colour mode’. Find and import the downloaded file. You can now give your logo this colour.
Step 3: Business Cards
On these cards I have used the symbol in the logo blown up in a tinted shade of the same Pantone colour. Place the symbol and set the tint to 30% in the ‘Swatches’ panel.
Step 4: Business Cards
Add your contact details and make the name the same colour. The rest of the text is set to a 90% tint of black to make it slightly softer than full black. The font used here is ‘Avenir Next Condensed’.
Step 5: Business Cards
On the front, page 1, start by making a rectangle with the ‘Rectangle Tool’ and set the colour to a 70% tint of the same Pantone colour.
Step 6: Business Cards
Add the symbol in the logo and make it big enough to cover the full page. Finally add the logo in white.
Step 7: Business Cards
Highly recommended when printing business cards is to laminate them. This makes them feel higher quality, they last longer and really just looks that much better. To get lamination on your cards, you just need to choose it when you do your business cards order.
Step 8: Compliment Slips
Open the compliment slips document. Set the margins to 10mm by clicking ‘Layout>Margins and Columns’ and choosing 10mm for all sides. Place your logo by clicking ‘File>Place’ and choose your logo. Use the tinted symbol here as well. Place it and set the tint to 30% in the ‘Swatches’ panel.
Step 9: Compliment Slips
Add the business details in a text box under the logo, using the ‘Type Tool’.
Step 10: Compliment Slips
In a second text box, write ‘With Compliments’ in ‘Edwardian Script ICT’.
Step 11: Letterhead
Open the Letterhead document. Set the margins to 15mm by clicking ‘Layout>Margins and Columns’ and choosing 15mm for all sides. Place your logo by clicking ‘File>Place’ and choose your logo.
Step 12: Letterhead
Make a textbox with the ‘Text Tool’ and add the business information here. Make a guide right under the logo to make sure the text and the logo aligns. You do this by dragging down from the top ruler onto the art board.
Step 13: Letterhead
For the footer I have here used part of the business card front. I have copied it from the business cards file and cropped it to desired area.
Step 14: Letterhead
Finally add the website address in the footer in a white colour.