By Grace Fussell

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What You’ll Be Creating

Professor X doesn’t write his letters on just any old stationery. This tutorial will show you how to create a stationery set fit for the X-Men leader, and will teach you how to bring a modern flat design look to a letterhead and business card for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

For this tutorial, which is suitable for beginners, you’ll need access to Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.

Looking for an easy-to-edit , Bold, Size 11.5 pt.

Highlight all the text and set the Color to Red and the text to Align Center.

bank gothic

Step 7

Move back over to the page, and to the red logo at the top.

Take the Ellipse Tool (L) and, holding Shift, drag to create a circle 35.4 mm in diameter. Position centrally over the top of the red logo.


Then remove any Stroke or Fill Color from the circle by choosing

[None] from the Swatches panel.

Head back to your text frame (created in Step 6, above), and highlight and Edit > Copy the text.

Select the Type on a Path Tool (Shift-T) and click onto the circle around the logo to transform it into a type path. Edit > Paste the text onto the path. Rotate the frame until the bullet point is at the bottom center of the circle.

type on a path

Step 8

Move down to the bottom of the page, and use the Type Tool (T) to create a few text frames over the top of the red rectangle.

Here you can type in the address for Xavier’s School—1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York—placing each line of the address in a new text frame.

Set the text in Bank Gothic Bold, 8 pt, and add bullets set in Futura Std between each section of text.


Create a new CMYK swatch, C=16 M=11 Y=14 K=20, and name it Grey. Set the text and bullets in Grey.

grey swatch

Your letterhead is complete—fantastic work!

finished letterhead

Why not use Page 2 of your InDesign document to create a duplicate of the letterhead artwork (unlock all layers before copying and Edit > Paste in Place). Invert the colors, using Red for the Paper Background color, and changing the top logo to the black version.

reversed color

Awesome work. Now you can read on to find out how to create a matching business card…

4. Create a Matching Business Card

Step 1

Remaining in your InDesign document, move down to Page 3.

Take the Page Tool (Shift-P) and click onto Page 3 to select it. From the top Controls panel, adjust the Page Size to US Business Card (88.9 mm Width, 50.8 mm Height).

us business card size

Hop back up to Page 1 of your document, lock all layers except the Paper Texture and Paper Background layers, and then Edit > Copy all content sitting on these layers.

Move back down to Page 3 and Edit > Paste. Resize the rectangles to fit the business card dimensions.

pasted texture

Adjust the Fill Color of the Paper Background rectangle to Red, and make sure the transparency settings are set to Multiply, 95%.


Step 2

File > Place the ‘Final Logo_Texture.eps’ file in a frame made by the Rectangle Frame Tool (F) on the center of the page.


Step 3

Move down to Page 4 of your InDesign document and use the Page Tool (Shift-P) to again resize the page to US Business Card size.

page tool

Copy the Paper Texture and Paper Background content from Page 3 and Edit > Paste in Place onto Page 4.

Adjust the Fill Color of the top rectangle to Cream.

cream swatch

Step 4

Add text to the business card using the Type Tool (T) to create a series of text frames down the left side of the card.

Put the name (‘Prof. Charles Xavier’) at the top, in [Black], occupation and school name (‘Principal’; ‘Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters’) next, in Red, and finally place the address (‘1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York’) at the bottom, in Grey.

Set all text in Bank Gothic Bold.

bank gothic bold

Step 5

Save your InDesign document, minimise it, and return to Adobe Illustrator. Create a new document.

Use the Arc Tool to create a gently curved diagonal line going from top-left to bottom-right.

arc tool

Copy and Paste the line twice to create three Wolverine-style ‘claws’.

pasted lines

From the Brush Definition menu on the top Controls panel, open the Brush Libraries menu and choose Artistic > Artistic_ChalkCharcoalPencil.

With the lines selected adjust the Brush Definition to Charcoal Smooth, and set the Stroke Weight to 4 pt.

Select all three lines and Edit > Copy.

brush definition

Step 6

Return to your InDesign document, and to Page 4 and Edit > Paste.

Resize the claws graphic, position on the right side of the page, and set the color to Red.

pasted graphicfinished reverse

Step 7

Great work—your X-Men business card is finished, and it’s looking fabulous!

You can use Page 5 and 6 of your document to create an inverted version of the card, duplicating the artwork from Pages 3 and 4, and then reversing the colors.

red card frontred card reverse

5. Export Your Stationery for Printing

Your stationery artwork is finished. You’re now ready to export it, ready for professional printing.

Step 1

Go to File > Export and choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format drop-down menu. Name the PDF ‘Letterhead Artwork’ and click Save.

In the window that opens, choose Press Quality from the Adobe PDF Preset menu. Set the Page Range to 1-2, just so the letterhead artwork is exported this time.

press quality

From the Marks and Bleeds options, check All Printer’s Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings.

marks and bleeds

Click Export.

Step 2

To export the business card artwork, repeat the process above, but this time adjust file name to ‘Business Card Artwork’ and change the Page Range to 3-6.

pdf finished


We know that Professor X is going to love using his brand new stationery set—great work!

In this tutorial we’ve covered a broad range of techniques and skills that you can apply to other print design projects. You now know how to:

  • Create vectorised logos in Illustrator and add modern texture to them in Photoshop
  • Prepare an InDesign template for a letterhead
  • Create a watermarked letterhead design complete with papery textures, colors, logo and typography
  • Resize an InDesign document ready for a business card design
  • Design a modern, simple business card complete with stylish typography and cool vector graphics

Want to discover even more cool stationery sets? Browse the huge selection of stylish print design templates over on Envato Market.

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Read more here:: How to Create a Stationery Set for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters