Really? You Can Use PowerPoint to Make Business Cards?
written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 2/24/2009
Microsoft PowerPoint has the capability to produce high-quality business cards. To accomplish this, all you will need is PowerPoint, internet access, a printer, and Avery or some such paper. Personally, I found PowerPoint better suited for creating presentations.
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Microsoft PowerPoint is a tool you can use to create business cards which are essential to promoting yourself and your business. This is a another article on the Brighthub Desktop Publishing Channel covering one of the many options the small business owner has available when it comes to the important task of creating business cards. The amount of time, effort, and money you want to put into creating the card that is right for you is completely up to you. Peruse any of the articles I wrote on this subject to gauge the level of commitment and sophistication you want to invest into this desktop publishing project.
Personally, I found PowerPoint more involved and time consuming than using Word (refer to my article at http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/publishing/articles/1595.aspx) or simply downloading free templates (refer to http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/publishing/articles/1055.aspx.) to accomplish this job. It didn’t ever even occur to me that one would use PowerPoint for a task like this and unless you’re really familiar and fond of PowerPoint, I wouldn’t recommend it for creating business cards. I had to take a little time to become familiar with the tabs and functions myself. Incidentally, I sometimes find that when I ask the Microsoft Help function for a glass of water it gives me an ocean.
However, there is a certain amount of creativity that PowerPoint uniquely affords that you might find appealing. Here are the basic steps which anyone accustomed to PowerPoint will probably find a breeze.
o On the View tab, in the Show/Hide group, select the Ruler check box.
o Click the Rectangle in Drawing toolbar.
o Draw a standard 2" x 3.5" box.
o Then use Format tab to set Fill to none and Line to black.
o Insert Text and Images.
o Zoom in on the page and edit.
You can also download business card templates to work with in PowerPoint. I found the easiest place to do this is to actually go to the same source for all Microsoft Office products at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/default.aspx. Once I downloaded a template I liked, it wasn’t exactly a seamless process to get that template into PowerPoint but then gain I have not worked with PowerPoint all that much in the past. Once I was able to get the downloaded templates into PowerPoint the process of manufacturing cards wasn’t difficult.
This series divulges several different methods on how to create free business cards using your computer, the internet, and either your own printer or a commercial printing service. I pin point the best available resources for you to make great calling cards swiftly using templates.