How to design professional letterhead template/design in Adobe illustrator

A letterhead is a printed design or heading at the top of letter size paper. The heading or design generally consists of a name and an address, and a logo of a company. The term “letterhead" is usually used to refer to the whole sheet/paper imprinted with such a heading.

How to set up letterhead template in Adobe Illustrator?

You can set up the letterhead template in just 6 simple and easy steps:

Step 1: Create a new file 



Step 2: Go to print tab or menu and then select the A4 paper size.



Step 3: set the bleed (Top, Bottom, Left and Right) to 3 mm.



Step 4: Select the color mode to CMYK.



Step 5: Select the Raster Effect to 300 PPI.


Step 6: create the file.

What is bleed in letterhead design?

Bleed is the part on the side of a letterhead document which gives the printer a slight amount of space to account for the movement of the paper and design inconsistencies.

Bleed is cut off when the letterhead is trimmed to final size. Its purpose to make your letterhead design or image reaches the very edge without leaving any unsightly white edges.


If you cannot understand the above definition then you can understand this concept practically.

If you want to get more information then follow the followings steps:

Step 1: open your Adobe Illustrator

Step 2: create a new file

Step 3: make a simple design for the understanding of Bleed concept.

Step 4: After making the design à Save As your design as .pdf format, at the time of saving the pdf when you see the Save As pdf window the on the left sidebar à click the Marks and Bleed menu àCheck the Trim & marks à save your pdf file.


Step 5: After saving the pdf file then open the pdf file the see the bleed lines you can understand the bleed concept practically by using these steps.  

Exporting the letterhead design for saving print

You can save your letterhead design in .Ai, .Pdf, and .Jpeg or .png formats.
Steps to export the design

Step 1: Go to File Menu à Click save as à browse the location where you want to save the design à rename the file à press save

You can save .AI and .PDF file by using this method.

If you want to save .jpeg or .png file format then use the following steps:

Step 1: Go to File Menu à Click the Export à click the Export As à Select the File format (.jpg or .png) from the drop-down
Step 2: Browse the location where you want to save your (.jpg or .png) file.
Step 3: Rename your file as you want
Step 4: Save your file

Your Design is ready for printing. Send your design to print company for taking the printouts.

Where you get inspiration for letterhead designing?
For the inspiration, we highly recommend the https://pinterest.com and the http://behance.net.
Here you can get more letterhead designs inspiration. You can make more creative by using these two websites. 

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