You can download our pre-formatted start file
Or create your own file from scratch
For business cards, create a new file 91 mm x 61 mm. For postcards create a new file 151.5 x 108 mm.
Page sizes for other products can be found here.
Select File > New > Project (Ctrl+N). Enter the size of your card and set all margins to 0 mm.
Enter the size of your card, 91 mm x 61 mm for business cards or 151.5 mm x 108 mm for postcards. Set margins to 3mm for business cards and 1.5mm for postcards, this shows the bleed area of the card.
For business cards create guides 3mm and 6mm from each edge, and for postcards create guides 1.5mm and 4.5mm from each edge.
If you view rulers, which can be switched on by selecting View > Show Rulers (Ctrl+R), you can just drag the guidelines out of the rulers to the required position. You can remove them in the same way by just dragging them back into the ruler.
You are now ready to create your design within this template.
Please note, nothing should extend to the outer edge of the document other than items that extend right to the edge of your cards, like a background colour or all-over image for example. For more information on "bleed", please refer to our file preparation tutorial
The first guide lines (3mm for business cards or 1.5mm for postcards) show where the cards will be cut. The inner guides (6mm for business cards and 4.5mm for postcards) show the 'safe' area for your design. You should try to keep your all your text and images within the inner guides to avoid the possibility of anything on your cards being 'clipped' when we cut them.
Very fine text, rules and keylines should be avoided.
Saving your artwork
To save your artwork select File > Save Page as EPS (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S).
Select Format - Colour, Space - CMYK and Preview - TIFF.
You will now need to open the EPS file in a vector based software such as Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand, where you can convert all the text to outlines before resaving and uploading. Please see the separate instructions for these softwares for details on how to do this. EPS files cannot be uploaded directly from Quark as they contain font information which may not reproduce correctly.