Learn how to create a business card using Adobe Photoshop with our expert, easy-to-follow video tutorial.
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How To Design A Business Card
Download the FREE Solopress Business Card Template
Go to the Solopress website (http://www.solopress.com), and in the Free Artwork ‘Templates’ section under Business Cards, click and download the (PS) Photoshop Template 55mm by 85mm.
Bleed, Trim, Safe Area:
Open up the Photoshop file. We have created a guide layer that will help you to design your business card. This includes the Bleed Area, Trim and Safe Area.
Bleed Area – Anything here will be trimmed off, but remember to extend any colouring or images into this 3mm bleed area to avoid white lines appearing during the print finishing stages.
Trim – Your job will be cut on the solid black line, any images or text placed in this 3mm area may be trimmed off incorrectly.
Safe Area – Keep all your information inside the white area. Remember to use high-resolution images (300dpi) for the best results.
Create your own guides lines that will help you ensure your artwork is maintained in the Safe Area. In the top menu heading go to View, New Guide, make sure Horizontal is selected type in 30.5mm. A horizontal guide will be placed directly in the middle. Create another new guide and select the Vertical option and type 45.5mm in the box. You will have two guides that are directly in the centre of the image this will help you align your text and images. Alternatively you can create a new guide by clicking and dragging on the vertical and horizontal Ruler (if you ruler does not appear in Photoshop press Command + R). Create 4 new guides on the Safe Area line.
Creating The Logo Side
Set the background:
In the Layers window hide the Guide Layer Only refer to this layer to check your design fits within the Safe Area and make sure any colouring or images extends beyond the Bleed Area. Set your background colour by going to the top menu heading go to Layer, New then select Layer. Select the Paint Bucket Tool and using the Colour Picker select your themed colour.
Import your logo:
To import your logo, in the top menu heading go to File, Place Embedded, locate your file(s) and select Place. Adjust the size and position your logo. Select the Tick to confirm the action.
Keep it simple:
With all the latest design trends, having a simple design with set themed colours will have your business card looking smart and professional. Now save your design and begin on the next design, designing the contact information.
Creating The Contact Information Side
Open up a new Business Card Template and set up your guides. Add a new layer and with Paint Bucket tool make a White background. Place and Embed your logo. Change the size and positioning towards the top half of the business card and confirm the action.
Select the Text Tool and write your name and job title. To edit the text see the Character window. You can adjust the thickness of the font, colour, character separation, full caps, etc.
Create a new text box and type in your contact information.
What is the best contact information for you? You can choose from the list below. Try not to use all details, only the most important for your business or organisation, we do not want to overload the design.
Home Phone Number
Social Media Websites Address (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+)
For this design we are having all the information aligned in the centre. You can align and adjust the text to left or right side of the screen by using the Paragraph window.
Make your text stand out:
We have chosen the main colour theme to highlight the text. We didn’t want to make the entire text all one colour. You will select certain areas that will make the design stand out.
Finishing and ready to print:
We have now completed the business card. To export the design on the top menu heading select File, Save As. Name your design and change the format to Photoshop PDF, select Save. A new box will appear and in the side menu, select Compression Change and in the options Bicubic Downsampling To, change to Do Not Downsample; ensure that the Compressions setting is set to Jpeg and the image quality is set to Maximum then select Save PDF. Do this process with both designs; you will then have your designs ready for printing.
And that’s how you design a business card in Adobe Photoshop!
If you have any comments or questions regarding designing a business card, please use the comments section below and we’ll do our very best to answer your queries.
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