How to Print Letterheads

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Most businesses prefer to use a letterhead on their correspondence. Whether it is an inter-office memo or a letter to a client or customer, using a letterhead displays the business's commitment to professionalism. In some instances, the letterhead can be an image or design, and in others a special font and text layout are used. Regardless of the style you choose, if you run a business and you need a letterhead but don't have the resources to pay for it to be printed, you can print your own.

  • Design your letterhead. Depending on the type of business you have and your personal preferences, the design can vary. Some companies prefer to have a logo, while others prefer a distinctive font. If you plan on using a design, you can create it in a program such as Photoshop or Pixelmator and save it on your computer as an image file, such as a .jpg. If you are using a special font, you can choose it in your word-processing software. Include the business name, address, phone number, fax number, website address and email address.

  • Insert your letterhead in your document file. If you have designed a letterhead in image software and saved it as an image file, you can insert the image directly into your document file. Place the image at the top of your page and adjust it to fit the page. Some prefer to have the letterhead take up the entire top of a page, while others center the letterhead. If you have typed it using a particular font, make sure it is located where you want it.

  • Preview your letterhead. Using your word-processing software's "print preview" function, examine how the letterhead will look once printed. To avoid wasting paper and ink on test prints, be sure all of the letterhead is located in the printable portion of the page. If your letterhead is not correctly displayed on the page, adjust the size and format and repeat this step until it is right. Save your file when you are satisfied.

  • Print the letterhead. Make sure your printer options are set to a high-quality printing setting so your letterhead looks professional. This is particularly important if you have a logo in your letterhead. You also may consider printing the letterhead page on a higher-quality paper.

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