No graphic design experience? No problem.
Intuitive tools and helpful tutorials in Adobe Creative Cloud make it easy to design letterheads, even if that’s a new task for you. Try making a sample letterhead in Adobe InDesign with these practice files. Or dive right into the instructions below to make your own.
Create a custom letterhead design from scratch.
If you want to craft a high-quality letterhead with complete creative control, InDesign is the app for that. Follow along on video to complete your own letterhead with these steps:
1. Create a new file:
Open InDesign and click File › New Document. Then set your margins. You’ll likely want to have a larger margin on top to leave room for your logo.
2. Add guidelines:
Click and drag from the rulers on the edges of the workspace to add lines to help guide where to place your logo and other elements.
3. Place your logo:
To import your school’s logo or insignia, Click File › Place, and select your file. Drag the logo to the corner of margin guides, column guides, or custom guidelines, and let go when the arrow is white to line it up perfectly.
4. Add accents:
Use the Line tool and Rectangle tool to add colored lines and shapes as decoration for your letterhead. Again, your cursor will turn white to let you know when the edges of your shapes are lining up with your guidelines, margins, or column lines.
5. Add details:
Use the Text tool to add blocks of text with your school’s details and contact information in your school’s official fonts. Try changing your Kerning to Optical for more even spacing.
6. Add a text area:
Use the Text tool again to add a large text box where the body of your letters will live. You may want to add placeholder text to edit later, such as “DATE” or “Dear Name.”
7. Preview your design:
Under View Options, toggle on and off various guidelines, so you can preview your design.
8. Save it:
Click File › Export to save your letterhead as a PDF for print or the web. Or click File › Save As and choose InDesign Template under Format to save your letterhead as a template. This way, your letterhead will always open as a copy of your template in InDesign, so you will never lose the original when you create new letters.
Make a letterhead fast with an Adobe Spark template.
For a quicker option, select one of these letterhead templates and edit it for free in Adobe Spark. See how simple it can be to make a letterhead that’s ready to use in minutes.