Design Slick Print Ready Business Card Using Photoshop

    written by Nikola Lazarevic

    Today I’m going to show you how to design your own double sided business card in Photoshop and get it ready for print. Recently there was a business cards giveaway here on webexpedition18.com, and that inspired me to write this tutorial.
    If you go through this tutorial you will have print ready files you can use for a company offering Business Card Printing Services.

    Here is the outcome.

    business_card

    STEP 1

    Depending on where you are planning on getting your cards printed, you may need different dimensions. The print firm I use produces business cards at 90×50mm, with 3mm bleed. So when creating the image, instead of making it 90mm high we are making it 90mm + 3mm bleed on the left + 3mm bleed on the right = 96mm. Similarly with the width, we’re making it 50+3+3 = 56mm. Resolution should be set 300dpi and Color Mode should be set to CMYK.

    business_card

    Add guides to show us where the edges of the business card are and where the bleed starts. Go to View -> New Guide and then give it a Horizontal position of 3mm. Repeat again with a Vertical position of 3mm. Then repeat twice more with Vertical at 53mm and Horizontal at 93mm.

    business_card

    You should now have a blank canvas similar to the one below with four guides, each 3mm away from the edge.

    business_card

    STEP 2

    Set foreground color to #ff5500, choose Rectangle Marquee Tool (M) and create rectangle like shown on the picture. Create new layer and fill with foreground color (Alt + Backspace). Clear the selection by pressind Command + D on keyboard. Name this layer “card background”.

    business_card

    business_card

    Create new layer above “card background”. Pick up Elliptical Marquee Tool, click and hold on the Rectanglar Marquee tool to activate the flyout menu and select the Elliptical Marquee tool from the list. The keyboard shortcut for toggeling between the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tool is holding the shift key and pressing the letter M.
    From the menu at the top of the page select Fixed Size from the style dropdown and then type 40px in the Wide field and 40px in the Height field. This will make our selection exactly 40×40 pixels. Make sure that Intersect with selection is selected form menu at the top. Click close to the top left corner but just a few pixels away like below. Tip: with your arrow keys you can move the selection around until you get it right where you want it.

    business_card

    Fill the selection with #f6c464.

    business_card

    By holding down the Shift key while we hit the arrow keys we can move our selection 10 pixels at a time. So hold down the Shift key and hit the Right Arrow key seven times, and this will create nice distance from the first circle. Fill this selection again with #f6c464. Repeat this until you fill whole card area. Name this layer “circles”.

    business_card

    Change Blend Mode to Overlay.

    business_card

    STEP 3

    Duplicate “card background” and “circles” layers and merged them into one layer. Choose Rectangle Marquee Tool (M), set Feather to 10px and make selection like on the picture below.

    business_card

    Inverse selection (Command + Shift + I) and hit Backspace key on keyboard. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur, set radius to 5px and click ok. Next, add Stroke from Layer Style:

    business_card

    We should have something like this:

    business_card

    Name this layer “name background”.

    STEP 4

    Set foreground color to #ffffff, pick up Horizontal Type Tool (T), for font choose Graublau Sans Web (if you don’t have it, you can download from here), set the font size to 14pt and type your name. Add Inner Shadow from Layer Styles.

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    business_card

    Front is finished. Save this file as business_card-front.

    STEP 5

    Let’s continue with creating a back. I want it to create back simple and minimal as possible. We’ll be using the same page setup, so fill the back of a business card with #ff5500.

    business_card

    Make sure that foreground color is #ffffff, pick up Horizontal Type Tool (T), for font choose Graublau Sans Web, size set at 12pt, type webdesinger and place it in the middle. Then set the font size to 8pt and type your phone, email and website address. Add 5mm or so margin to keep any design elements away from the edges.

    business_card

    Apply Inner Shadow from Layer Styles to all the text layers.

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    business_card

    And there we have it! All done…

    business_card

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    Web Designer, Blogger, M.Sc in Electronic Engineering from Nis, Serbia. Founder of webexpedition18.com. You can find me on Twitter.

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  • NIkola says:

    November 9, 2009

    Pozdrav, jedno pitanje u vezi posta – zashto si ostavio prepust od 3mm sa svih strana za obrez a da nisi upustio pozadinsku boju u isti?

  • colaja says:

    November 9, 2009

    Uh, zato sto sam napravio previd. Hvala!

  • NIkola says:

    November 9, 2009

    Nema na chemu:-)

  • Maikel says:

    November 10, 2009

    When you provide bleed you are supossed to fill it, no?

  • colaja says:

    November 10, 2009

    Yes, I made a mistake 0-)

  • juday says:

    November 18, 2009

    WOW!THIS IS VERY INFORMATIVE.SIMPLE YET VERY ATTRACTIVE…THANKS FOR THE TIPS

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  • Business Cards Custom says:

    January 7, 2010

    This is a really great tutorial! I’m going to bookmark it. thanks for sharing the knowledge. I like the overall design and the color. Great business card :)

  • Cardview says:

    April 16, 2010

    Simple but straightforward tutorial!

  • Chicago Web Design says:

    April 19, 2010

    Very nice =) Helped a lot!

  • Eoin says:

    April 27, 2010

    Hey, this is an excellent tutorial.

    I tried it out to see just how easy it was, and well, you made it easy as pie! so thumbs up from me.

    I hope you don’t mind me posting a link to it from my blog for so others can view it and learn from it.

  • Imroz says:

    September 6, 2010

    This is an excellent tutorial to follow and create a nice business card.


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  • Ava Green says:

    September 30, 2010

    i love to make business cards at home, you can make a nice one by just using an inkjet printer*,-

  • cheapwebdesign says:

    October 6, 2010

    Great tutorial, really easy to understand, thank you for sharing.

  • Essex Website Designers says:

    October 12, 2010

    Oh a very good tutorial! It really shows how much you can do ourself, without having to hire someone to do it for you for example.

  • Web Design says:

    January 9, 2011

    Great instruction – Thanks!

  • web design manchester says:

    February 1, 2011

    I keep checking the website for new tuts but this one has been very interesting and knowledge full . GREAT guys keep it up