Headed paper can give your letters a professional touch and a degree of consistency. Furthermore, using headed paper means you do not have to type your address details each time you want to send a letter. If you run a business, headed paper will allow you to use your company logo and help establish your brand.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Desktop publishing application
Load your desktop publishing application, which might be Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress or another application. Note that Microsoft Publisher uses OpenType typography which will give your headed paper the appearance of professional typesetting. Further note that Adobe InDesign promises “pixel-perfect control” so if you want to reproduce a very complex logo on your headed paper, this might be a good choice. Note also that QuarkXPress offers ShapeMaker which allows you to create unique shapes from polygons, spirals and other shapes, so is a good choice for designing a logo.
Open a new A4 document. Click “View” then “Header and Footer” or equivalent. Enter your name, address, telephone details, email address and web site address, if applicable, in the header, which is at the top of the page. Select this text and click the font list to try different font styles. Use the font size tool and font colour tool to try different text designs.
Position your contact details at either top centre of the header or top left, according to a practicing graphic designer. Insert your logo, if required, and place this alongside your contact details.
Click the print button when you are happy with your design. Select the “Text” or “Text & Image” options depending on your design. Do a test print in draft to check you are happy with your headed paper. Make changes to your design as required then print again in full resolution.
Tips and warnings
- For the easiest way to print headed paper, start with a template.
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