Letterhead Examples

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A letterhead is a staple piece of stationary. Whether you're creating a personal letterhead for your own correspondence, or a business letterhead to communicate with clients, Adobe Spark is the perfect tool to help you create the perfect design. Get inspired with our professionally designed templates, free images, and creative design ideas. Adobe Spark puts the power of creation in your hands, so you can shape the look and feel of the letterhead any way you want.

1. Simple Letterhead Design

A clean, minimalist design can be just as impressive as any other. If you’re creating a letterhead for a brand or business, use company colors and your logo to make up the design. Or, for a personal letterhead, pair your favorite color with your monogram or initials. The bottom line is, you should choose 2-3 design elements that are reflective of you or your brand, and then leave plenty of white space to write! Make it an even more impressive presentation by printing your design with letterpress on cardstock.

2. Create a Decorative Header with Geometric Shapes

Be bold by starting off your letterhead with a strong header design! Use shapes, like rectangles or obtuse triangles or even circles, to create a header at the top of the page. Pick a contrasting color for any text or icons that sit in your header’s space so it’s easy to read. Spice things up even more by adding a pattern, transparent image, or texture to your shape for something truly one-of-a-kind.

3. Use Geometric Shapes to Make a Sidebar

A sidebar on a letterhead is an unexpected approach, so if that’s your style, then let’s get creative! Keep in mind that a wide sidebar will lessen the amount of writing space you have, so use this for letterheads that are more for short notes rather than long letters. Drop in a logo, your contact info at the bottom, and any imagery that fits your brand. Your sidebar can even serve as a purely decorative space, too, if you wish to place your contact info elsewhere on the page!

4. Create a Decorative Footer with Geometric Shapes

Having a bold header or footer helps a reader understand where the more important information on the page is located. If you use an enticing footer, make sure that’s where all your contact or call-to-action information sits. Keep it simple with a rectangle, take it to the next level with an asymmetrical shape, or make it extra fancy with a patterned or textured fill! Try to keep a balance on the page as you design – if you choose to have a bold footer, keep your header light and airy with lots of writing space in between.

5. Use a Background Color in Your Design

Adding a background to your letterhead is a wonderful custom choice if you’re looking to make something that stands out among the rest. Use a solid color fill that is preferably something lighter so any ink will still show up on the page. If you’re letterhead is digital, go for a dark color (or any color for that matter!) and choose a color for the font that contrasts the background. Make sure your printer is aware of your background design so your letterhead can be printed with the full bleed (meaning the color goes all the way to the edge of the page).

6. Add a Pattern in the Background

Background patterns add a dynamic look to your letterhead. Explore different background patterns such as abstract shapes, letters, monograms, or even your logo. Blow up the design to fill the page, and play with placement options that work best so that way the background doesn’t take away from what is written on the page. You can also adjust the transparency (recommended) to make it a subtle design choice. Make sure your printer is aware of your background design so your letterhead can be printed with the full bleed (meaning the color goes all the way to the edge of the page).

7. Use Photos to Represent Your Business

Upload your own photos to your letterhead, or find a stock photo that speaks to your brand or business. Use your photo as a full header or sidebar, or crop it in interesting ways that intertwine with the rest of your design. Cropping is a great tool when it comes to design, so don’t be afraid to zoom in on one part of your image rather showing the whole thing. Get creative and use photography to your advantage here!

8. Feature Black and White Photos

Black and white photos work great if you’re going for a greyscale letterhead that can be printed on any type of printer. Play with placement, and use different types of black and white filters for a variety of looks. One idea to try is cropping your image either in the header and footer, or as sidebars, as it invites the reader’s eye to travel across the page.

9. Play with Color Gradients

Ideally, you don’t want to use too many colors in your letterhead. Choosing 2-3 colors is a great place to start. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t explore all the different shades of those colors! Create a dynamic, colorful design by using gradients in your headers or footers.

10. Showcase Address & Contact Information

Not all letterheads need contact information, but if yours does, then be sure to make sure it’s legible and spelled correctly! Play around with the formatting of your contact details. You can arrange it all on one line, stack it, place some in the header and other details in the footer, among countless other options. Just make sure to only include the address and contact details that would benefit your reader the most in order to save space on your page.

11. Use Icons as Imagery on Your Letterhead

Icons are an excellent tool when it comes to branded collateral such as a letterhead. Use icons to draw attention to details such as a phone number, email, or social handle on your page. Or, play with icons in your header and footer, or even use icons to make the header or footer! If you’re using multiple icons across your page, try to select ones that all have a similar style to them for a cohesive presentation.

12. Play with Logo Placement

Logos don’t always need to go front and center. Based on the personality of your brand, explore other logo placement options. If your logo is left aligned, it might look nice in the left corner of the page. You can also turn logos sideways and use them on the sidebar, or drop it into the footer along with the rest of your contact details. Just make sure your logo is large enough on the page for all the details to be easily read.

13. Explore Colors Within Your Typography

As we’ve discussed, a good rule of thumb is to stick to 2-3 colors in your letterhead design. One of those colors can work as an accent color, meaning that it sticks out and highlights an important piece of information on the page. Use accent colors on important text such as your company name or main point of contact. Another option is if you’re sending your letterhead digitally, you can make the body text a different color than the standard black or blue to match your letterhead design.

14. Use Contrasting Colors

There are lots of ways you can go about picking your color palette with your letterhead design. You can use similar colors, such as pastels or earth tones, grayscale colors like black, white, and gray, or whatever your brand colors are, to name a few examples. If you get to choose a custom color palette, play with contrasting or “complementary” colors. Take a quick look at a color wheel to see how complementary colors make each other stand out. Use this to your advantage on your page by adjusting the color of your header, text, and contact details with these types of colors to make each item stand out next to the others.

How to make a custom letterhead

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  2. Remix it to make it your own

    There are lots of ways to personalize your letterhead templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your own photos. Or browse from thousands of free images right in Adobe Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want making the graphic your own. With a premium plan, you can even auto-apply your brand logo, colors, and fonts so you’re always #onbrand.

  3. Resize to make your content go further

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  4. Present Yourself

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  5. Save and share your custom letterhead design

    Once your letterhead design is complete, hit that publish button! Instantly download your design to print at home, at work, or with a professional printer. Upload your design file to your digital platforms to share with your whole team or audience. You can even share your project with others to be able to collaborate on bringing your design to life. And, Adobe Spark saves your designs, so you can always revisit it if you need to update it in the future.

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