Business Card Star - Printing at Home FAQ
Printing at Home FAQ
Can I use Avery business card paper with the cards I create on the business card maker ?
Yes you can. For the 8 cards per page layout which creates borderless cards, choose Avery papers 8869, 8373, and 5881.

For the 10 cards per page layout (which creates a white border around the cards to insure proper printing) choose Avery papers 8872, 8873, 8874, 8876, 8877, 8878, 8879, 28873, 28877, 5871, 5876, 5877, 5878, 5882, 8374, 8371, 8376, 8377, 8471, 8476, 27871, 5371, 5376, 5377, and 5911.

Our cards use standard US letter paper (8.5" x 11"). They do not work with A4 sized Avery templates.

Why do the colors look darker or muted on the PDF version of my cards?

The PDFs created by the Business Card Maker use CMYK colors, which are best for printing and required by most commercial printers for printing jobs.  They may display darker on your screen depending on what application you are using to view the PDF.  This is particularly noticeable when using the built in "Preview" application on a Mac as opposed to Acrobat Reader.  The best way to see the colors of your card is to print a test sheet to make sure you are happy with your card's colors.

How do I cut business cards out myself?

Well, we recommend an Exacto knife and a metal ruler, or a good clean straight edge of some sort.  The idea is to line up your ruler along one set of guides and start your cut inside the edge of the paper, so you don't cut the entire edge off. If you leave some of the paper attached on each edge, you will have all of the marks left as you cut each card.  If you cut through the entire page, you won't have some of the marks you will need to cut each card out.  Use a sharp blade and cut slowly for a clean edge with no slipping. You can also use a small paper cutter that has a ruler on it. Keep in mind the cards 3.5" wide by 2" high.

My cards are printing out too small (so don't line up on my Avery paper, or aren't measuring the standard size).
On Windows systems, often the default setting to print PDFs in the "Page Scaling" area of the Windows print dialog box is not set to print at actual size.  "Page Scaling" should be set to "None".

My cards are printing out at the correct size,  but they are not centered.

Make sure you have selected "Print Maximum Area" from the print dialog box that pops up when you have hit "print".  This is usually found in the "Preferences" area of the print dialog box, under the "Paper" tab. 

My cutting guides are missing on one side.
For PC Users: Make sure you have selected "Print Maximum Area" from the print dialog box that pops up when you have hit "print".  This is usually found in the "Preferences" area of the print dialog box, under the "Paper" tab.

For Mac Users:
If you have the option to "Print Maximum Area" in the print dialog box that appears after you have designed your card and have hit "Print", you should choose it.   However, not all printer drivers for Mac OS X have this option (OS 9 drivers do).  So, if you are finding you are not seeing all of the page or are missing some of the cut guides, a possible work-around is to create a custom Paper Size from the Page Setup box which first appears after you hit print. Steps to creating a custom Paper Size in OS X are as follows:
1. After you hit the "Print" button, the first dialog box's first line will be called "Settings".  Choose "Custom Paper Size" from the pull-down menu.
2. In the "Custom Paper Size" window, click "New".  Name your new size, and set the page margins to .25" (or 6mm) on all sides.  Leave the page size as 8.5" x 11 (or A4).  Save the setting when prompted.  Make sure this paper size is selected from the initial page setup when you print using businesscardstar templates.

Do you keep any of my personal information?

We store the personal information you enter so that you do not have to enter it every time you design a card.  We do not distribute this information in anyway, nor do we contact you via email unless you have requested to be on our newsletter or have communicated a support issue to us requiring a response.

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