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A topic by pjh898 created Nov 09, 2019 Views: 156 Replies: 4
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Hi everyone.  I'm super excited to put my ideas down on digital paper.  I don't have Illustrator/Indesign...  What is the most common digital format for business cards to both print at home and upload for professional printing?
Looking around it seems most everything is supported through online printing sites.  Is everyone using their most familiar tool and printing to pdf or screen capturing?   What font size is the smallest and still legible, 8?
Mostly I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something super obvious.


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Re: Font-size, I would recommend keeping important text close in size to 10-12 pt Arial (since some fonts vary dramatically in size, I would do a side-by-side comparison with 10 or 12pt Arial.) I would only use 8pt for specific details. 

I think most online upload sites like Vistaprint just take image uploads (.png or .jpg) but they might also be able to take .pdf; it's been a while since I've used one of them.

As far as software is concerned, I think Lucidpress and Canva both have free versions that allow you to upload up to 3 pages or something like that, which should hopefully be more than enough for the jam. They also probably have some dimensions you can snag. I believe Naomi ( used Canva to create their cards.


I also used Canva to create mine, so I can recommend it. Never used it at all before this jam, so it is pretty easy to get into.


Thanks all!


Hi, thanks Star West for your template. I used it for my submission, so my cards are american-sized :)