How to Make Business Cards With Apple Pages '09

by Alexia Petrakos

With inexpensive high-quality printers on the market these days and equally high quality papers, there's no excuse for not having your own business cards. iWork '09, Apple's suite of office productivity software, has a program called Pages, which is a word processing and document creation program. There are many different templates available with vibrant graphics and modern designs to choose from when you first open up Pages '09-from "thank you" cards to fliers to business cards. In this article we will focus on business cards.

Launch Apple's Pages '09 by clicking its icon in the dock or launching it from the Applications folder.

Select "Business Cards" from the Template Chooser window.

Find a business card that suits you and click on it. This article uses the "Personal Photo Business Cards" template.

Hit the "Choose" button on the bottom right of the Template Chooser screen.

Double-click in the text area to edit your contact information, as there may be some missing pieces. Pages '09 automatically pulls in your information from your Address Book.

If you don't want to retype your information for each card, copy the box of text (not just the text) by clicking inside it and hit Ctrl-C. Delete the rest of the text boxes in each card, then paste your corrected text and place it in the right spot for each one.

Open the Media Browser. Click on the "Media" icon on the top menu. Since this article selected the "Personal Photo Business Cards" template, you may want to replace the default photograph.

Select "Photos" from the Pages Media Browser and find the photograph you want to use.

Drag the photo into the document. Pages will format the photograph with the same style as the default photo.

Resize your photograph to fit in the business card, delete the default photo and replace it with yours.

Copy your resized photo (Ctrl-C).

Click on each instance of the default photograph and paste (Ctrl-V) your photo on top.

Save your business cards.

Load your printer with the business card paper and print out your cards.

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About the Author

Alexia Petrakos has been working in the web industry for 10 years, helping clients such as Cartoon Network, CNN, Nascar, CARE USA. Mainly focusing on front-end web coding, she's also done technical writing and QA. Alexia's taught several classes on HTML & Web Development at workplaces and local libraries. Her love for computers was nurtured by her father who always brought home the latest technologies. When she's not geeking out Alexia is often found playing with paint, paper & fabric.