Next to establishing your corporate identity with a logo for your business cards and website, the creation of stellar letterhead can go a long ways to establishing you as a legitimate business. It can, as is stereotypically said, make or break you. So here are a few steps to help you create that letter head and begin establishing relationships of trust.
Making You Letterhead
Access Vistaprint.com, if you do not have the know-how to make your own letterhead. Here, you can find templates and tools to build your own letterhead. You can then have them print it for you, as well.
Use Adobe Creative Suite's (CS3) Adobe Illustrator. From the file menu you can bring down the templates section and access the templates.
Pick a pre-made letterhead template, a blank template, or build your own, making sure to make it the correct size.
Decide what information you want on your letterhead. Do you want it simple and generic, with just your logo and an address, or do you want to personalize it.
Practice on paper making a few design ideas, or rough drafts. This will save you a lot of time so you do not spend it building something that does not work.
Start building your final version with Adove Illustrator. You can import images and logos and use any of the following ideas:
Add an enlarged version of your logo in the center of the paper and wash it out, so it is more like a water mark.
Type your enlarged name in the top right corner with your contact information in the opposite corner at a smaller font size. Draw a line under them or add a corner brace border.
At the very bottom, type your company's slogan or catch phrase.
Try putting your original logo (small size) in any of the corners (top to bottom).
The key to success here is trial and error. Try something different, other than the norm. As you practice placing your logo and information in various spots you will begin to see what you like and develop a very personal and unique letterhead.
If you do not have Adobe Illustrator, MS Word does have letterhead templates, but be careful they do not look cheap.
Make sure if you print your own letterhead that you have a good printer. It is a shame to ruin a good design with bad printing. If needed, go to a local print shop to have them print it from a file.