Hello friends. I am very new to Adobe products (sorry for that). I just purchsed the Adobe Design Suite 5.5 Creative Premium. I was hoping for some help:
Hello. It is more or lessa trial and error process.
I guess that you do not intend to print one card per sheet.
I would set up a document in the max size of your printer, and bring (drag and drop) the recto jpg.
Use guides if necessary : Ctrl(pc)/CMD(Mac)+G to show rulers, and click and drag from them to set them up (Right-click in them to change the unit to percentage to make one at 50%).
Hit V for the Move tool.
Place the file on the top of the page, or next to the central guide. Holding ALT/Option, you click and drag to make duplicate copies of the jpeg.
I'd do a row, then select them all in the layers panel, and ALT+drag them below to fill the page.
We don't know if your printer is capable to print on both sides, so I would print them, (do a mark on the bottom left corner of a page before printing it)
Then bring the verso on your file, and perform the same steps (you can select the "recto" layers and put them in a group, that you can hide in one click.
Put the papers upside down on the printer (the mark you made before will help you.) and print one page of the verso, nudge everything if necessary.
If the printer is able to print dual sides, I'd duplicate the document, and use file>automate>PDF presentation to make a multi-page document that you can print automatically.
What do you expect Photoshop or Illustrator to do if the card is already created and saved as a JPEG file?
I would simply impose this in your copy of InDesign. That is what InDesign is intended to do. The InDesign forum or manual can assist with placing graphics on a page.
I agree with Marian,
I do business cards, laid out in InDesign, and printed to an Avery Business Card stock.
However, the Avery product that I use, which has no perferations, is for One-Sided printing only, as the stock is held into place by a tiny amount of adhesive.
The trick will be to find a stock, that has a high-quality printable surface on both sides. You might not be able to locate a "Business Card" stock, with bot good surfaces, but if you do locate such a stock, that is not set up for Business Cards, just go with a two-sided stock, print both sides, and then take the 8.5 x 11 stock to a shop like Kinkos/Fed-Express, and have them cut the cards. If you do go that route, you might want to add Crop Marks, and give a bit of clear space between the cards, so that they can be trimmed.
The exact layout will depend on your graphics, which have already been created.
In my case, I have a full-page background graphic (a texture), and then each "card" fits my Avery stock.