How to make a letterhead in illustrator

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How to make a letterhead in illustrator
A company letterhead makes corporate letters look more professional. (Blue office accessories. image by Andrey Khritin from

Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics editing program, allows you to create templates for corporate correspondence materials. A program that professional graphic designers use, Adobe Illustrator has many features to create a professional letterhead. For consistency, you can save the letterhead design and later use the same design elements for other printed corporate materials such as envelopes and business cards.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Adobe Illustrator software

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  1. 1

    Launch Adobe Illustrator.

  2. 2

    Click "File" and choose "New" to create a new document. Choose to open a 8 1/2 by 11 document.

  3. 3

    Select the Rectangle tool or the Rounded Rectangle tool.

  4. 4

    Click a point a little outside one of the two top corners and drag the cursor until you get the size and shape you want. The top and sides of the rectangle should be outside the document so the colour fills the edges when printed.

  5. 5

    Use the Knife tool to cut the rectangle and create designs. Fill the cut area with another colour.

  6. 6

    Click "File," click "Place" and choose the company logo image or any other image you want to use in the letterhead design. Click "Link" and click "Place." If your company logo is an Adobe Illustrator file, instead click "File," click "Open" and choose the file. To move the image, select and drag it while holding the "Alt" button in Windows or the "Option" button in Mac. To change the size, select the "Scale" tool from the Toolbox, click the image while holding "Alt" or "Option" and type the percentage of the new size compared with the old one. For example, to make it three times larger, type "300%" in the Scale text box.

  7. 7

    Click the "Type" tool icon, then click and drag the cursor to create a text box. Click the text area and type to enter the business name, contact details and any other information you want. Highlight the text and adjust the font and size until you get the effect you want.

  8. 8

    Click "File," click "Save A Copy" and enter a file name for the file.

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