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Is there a good document template for making business cards?

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The labels package is excellent for this, if you want to hand-craft the layout within the card.


Thanks, @MartinScharrer, for your excellent suggestion. Here's a small(?), imperfect example for people to play with:

% !TEX TS-program = xelatex
\documentclass[a4paper,9pt,oneside,landscape]{memoir}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage[newdimens]{labels}
\setmainfont[Numbers={OldStyle,Monospaced}]{Brill}
\setsansfont{Source Sans Pro Light}
\LabelCols=5%
\LabelRows=2%
\LeftPageMargin=13.0mm%
\RightPageMargin=8.0mm%
\TopPageMargin=16.5mm%
\BottomPageMargin=16.5mm%
\InterLabelColumn=1.5mm%
\InterLabelRow=5.0mm%
\LeftLabelBorder=6mm%
\RightLabelBorder=6mm%
\TopLabelBorder=7mm%
\BottomLabelBorder=6mm%
\numberoflabels=10%
\LabelGridtrue%  <-- or \LabelGridfalse
\newcommand{\phonei}{+44\textendash2323\textendash323232}
\newcommand{\phoneii}{+44\textendash7999\textendash797979}
\newcommand{\emaili}{carlos@dickens.org}
%
\begin{document}
\addresslabel[\fboxsep=5mm]{%
    {%
    \raggedright%
    {\Large\scshape Charles Dickens}\\[1ex]
    \textit{Narrative Typography}\      \vspace{4ex}
    48 Doughty Street\      Holborn\        London\     {\textsc{uk: wc1n 2lx}}\\   
    \vspace{4ex}%
    \hrule%
    \vspace{4ex}%
    \hfill{\small\textit{\phonei}}\\%
    \hfill{\small\textit{\phoneii}}\\[2ex]%
    \hfill{\small\sffamily\textbf{\emaili}}%
    }%
}
\end{document}

And here's a bit of the output. Note that I've included the label borders, which I wouldn't do for 'production':

enter image description here


A rather late, and probably obvious, afterthought: although PC printers for "amateurs" generally produce consistent positioning on the page, the absolute position of the PDF sheet when printed may not match the exact boundaries of the paper. So if you're using expensive precut visiting card sheets, print a proof first, to check alignment with the actual cards.

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It would be great if you could add a simple code example with a result image to your answer. Other people could use it as a starting point. –  Martin Scharrer May 22 '13 at 11:49
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Packages like »bizcard« and »ticket« come to my mind. For some inspiration you can take a look at the code of the file "ex_vcard.tex" that is shipped with the latter one.

%%%%
%
% ticket.sty example file for visiting cards
%
%%%%
% use the corresponding paper size for your ticket definition
\documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{letter}

% load ticket.sty with the appropriate ticket definition
\usepackage[zw32010,crossmark]{ticket}

% load misc stuff
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{color}

% define something
\definecolor{uni}{rgb}{.3019,.7216,.7019}

% make your default ticket. \ticketdefault is somewhat like a background
% here it is empty, because we use different tickets for the front an
% the back of our card
\renewcommand{\ticketdefault}{%
}

% now what do you like to put in your ticket
\newcommand{\vcardfront}[5]{\ticket{%
    \put( 63, 5){\includegraphics[width=40mm,angle=90,origin=bl]{ifmlogoc}}
    \put( 63.2, 2){\color{uni}your logo}
    \put( 5, 13){\color{uni}\line(1,0){56}}
    \put( 7, 10){\small your company}
    \put( 7,6.5){\small street 1}
    \put( 7,  3){\small xxxxx city and state}
    \put( 7, 24){\small phone:}
    \put( 7, 20){\small fax:}
    \put(6,40){\bfseries\LARGE #1}
    \put(7,36){#2}
    \put(15,24){\small #3}
    \put(15,20){\small #4}
    \put( 7,16){\small #5}
 }}

\newcommand{\vcardback}[1]{\ticket{%
    \put( 7, 26){\small private:}
    \put( 5, 23){\color{uni}\line(1,0){56}}
    \put( 7,19){\small%
        \begin{minipage}[t]{50mm}%
          {#1}\hss%
        \end{minipage}}%
}}

% a counter, which makes life easier...
\newcounter{numcards}

\begin{document}
\sffamily

% ten cards for the front
\whiledo{\thenumcards<10}{%
  \stepcounter{numcards}%
  \vcardfront{Mr. X}{Degree/Profession}{+YY/XXXX/ZZZ ZZ ZZ}{+YY/XXXX/ZZZ ZZ ZZ}{yourmail@your-provider.xxx}}

\setcounter{numcards}{0}

% and ten for the backside
\whiledo{\thenumcards<10}{%
  \stepcounter{numcards}%
  \vcardback{phone: ---/HH HH HHH\\fax: ---/HH HH HHH\\homestreet 7\\everywhere}}
\end{document}

The pictures show the front (left) and the back (right) of the cards.


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It would be great if you could add a simple code example with a result image to your answer. Other people could use it as a starting point. –  Martin Scharrer May 22 '13 at 11:50
    
Why is it that if I change ifmlogoc it complains file not found? –  puk Jan 16 at 0:10
    
@puk: It goes without saying the the chosen image file has to be either in the TeX installation tree or in the current working directory together with the concerned source file. Or it requires the correct path to the file. Otherwise it will not be found. –  Thorsten Donig Jan 16 at 9:09
    
@ThorstenDonig I guess what I should have really asked is Where is ifmlogoc located –  puk Jan 16 at 17:30
    
@puk: Open a command line, type kpsewhich ifmlogoc.pdf and confirm with enter. You will get the complete path. If there's no output, you need to install the »ifmslide« package. –  Thorsten Donig Jan 17 at 19:28
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You could also just roll your own by making the whole document a tikzpicture and placing the text with \node commands.

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You could also just roll your own by making the whole document a pspicture and placing the text with \rput commands.

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