How to Design a Two-Sided Business Card in Adobe Illustrator

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How to Design a Two-Sided Business Card in Adobe Illustrator
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A business card is an excellent way to create connections in the business world, and you can make them uniquely yours by designing them yourself. Creating a double-sided business card design in Adobe Illustrator CS5 is easy when you create one file for each side. After adding in the graphics and text that you want on your card, you just need to let the printer know that you're using one file for the front and one for the back.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Adobe Illustrator and change the document to the desired business card size. Standard business cards measure 2 inches by 3.5 inches. You can change the card size by going to File, then clicking on "New." The Document box will pop up, and you will insert the dimensions into the Width and Height boxes. Click OK

  2. 2

    Add in your logo and text. To add images, you'll click on "File," then "Place." You will be prompted to select a file, which will appear on the screen. You may resize the image by clicking on the black arrow button in the toolbar to the left and then dragging on the corners of the image. You may add text by choosing the "T" button on the toolbar and using the cursor to draw a text box, which you may then type in. Change the font by going to Type, then Font, which will give you a list of font types to select from.

  3. 3

    Create a second document with the same dimensions as the first, and follow the steps to add the information you would like on the back of the business card. When you send these cards to the printer, let them know that you would like a double-sided business card using both files.

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