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How To Make Your Own Business Cards Using Photoshop

Super Easy Photoshop Tutorial for Beginner How To Make Business Cards

What’s up all the beginner? Basically it is a warm up tutorial for all you dudes who are just learning Photoshop. You know it is super boring if you just start to learn the uses of each tool one by one. It will much easier for you if you start to practice small projects like creating a business card with your own creativity, then you will learn better. Thinking about you, today I come with a very simply project named how to make your own business cards using Photoshop ! A super easy business card with Photoshop. You can use Illustrator for your design, but as it is a Photoshop tutorial and our plan to make you a Photoshop expert, so this tutorial is based on Photoshop.
You need not to know every details of Photoshop tool for this super easy tutorial. Every step is given here without escaping a single step. So let’s work together to create your first business card. One more think, feel free t o use your own favorite color, fonts and anything according to your choice.

Tutorial Details

Program: Adobe Photoshop
Require: Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC
Difficulty: Super Easy
Approximate Completion Time: 15 Minutes

Aim of This Tutorial

Learning the Tools of Photoshop
• Being Familiar with Photoshop Platform
• Knowing the Basics of Business Card

Final Result

Above mentioned points are the aim of this tutorial. Now let’s see our final result that we are going to create.

How To Make Your Own Business Cards Using Photoshop

How To Make Your Own Business Cards Using Photoshop

How To Make Your Own Business Cards Step by Step Using Photoshop

For any business card, the standard size is 3.5 inches width and 2.0 inches height. You can add 5 cm extra margin to all over your document to make it print friendly. Now let’s start with an awesome business card that is super easy but very attractive.
How to make Business cards Step 1:
Go to File>New. Open a new document.Standard dimensions for a business card are 3.75 inch by 2.25 inch. Set your Resolution to 300, make sure the Color Mode is CMYK, 8 bit. If you want to come with a border for pint safety issues, then you can use a white border and for that you have to add “bleed”. For this business card, bleed is 0.25 inch extra space around the main document. When you will print this business card, you will get enough space to cut it in shape and finally you will get finished size of 3.5 inch by 2 inch that is the standard size. Click OK, you will get a white document that is the canvas of your design!To ease your task, press Ctrl++ to ZOOM in. Now you can start working on your document. Ctrl– to ZOOM out, if needed.

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Document Setup

How to make Business cards Step 2:
Now you have got a white document. If you want, you can make it transparent. For that, you just have to go to Layers section and click on the eye of your background! You will get a transparent document.
After that you can set the margins. It is always a good practice to set up your margins, if you do not have bleeds. Standard margin is about 0.125 inch.You have to be careful about that you cannot put any contents outside of this margins. If you do that, it may destroy your design. So be careful.
If you are using bleed, then you will get bleed margins. It will comes with a 0.125 inch buffer. Do not put any content there.Because this margin is outside of your print area. If you put any content in the margin area, then you may lost it after printing and cutting the final design.
For using margins, you have to go to the View. Select Rulers. You will see margin or some blue lines on your documents. These are nothing but some grid lines. You can easily move them according to your need. You have to click on your ruler that on each edge and simply drag the lines to the measurements that you want.

How To Make Your Own Business Cards

Bleed Setup

How to make Business cards Step 3:
Now it’s time to start designing. What color will you prefer as the base color of your business card? Select a color that you want as a base color for your business card design. Here I used#000000, as a base color. It is basically BLACK. To make your whole document black you have to select Paint Bucket Tool (Shotkey is G). Create a new layer and fill your document.

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Background Setup


How to make Business cards Step 4:

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Rectangular Marquee Tool

Select Rectangular Marquee Tool.
Now create a rectangular on the document. You can choose your favorite color from color picker to fill your rectangular. For this design, we use # 00a8ec. To fill the rectangle, you have to select Paint Bucket Tool again. Fill the rectangular. You can use this rectangular to add office address, phone number or email address.

design your own business cards

design your own business cards

How to make Business cards Step 5:
Creating rectangle is very easy! Isn’t it? Now you have to create 2 or 3 more rectangles similar to this one. You can easily copy this rectangle to get 3 or more rectangles or even you can follow the step 4 to practice how to create rectangles! If you want to copy, then you have to copy this layer and paste it. You will new layers of rectangles.After creating your rectangles you can use move tool to move these rectangles. You can place these to any favorite position. If you want, you can apply different colors for each of your rectangles. We did not change colors. But the choice is up to you.We place these rectangles one after another.

design your own business cards

design your own business cards

How to make Business cards Step 6:
It’s time to type something to make your design look more professional. Select Horizontal type Tool and type your name. Here I typed a sample name called “Jhon Doe“. Here you can place your name or even the name of your client for whom you are planning to design this business card.
What should be the font size? Well, for the Business cards standard text size is 10px. Font size is very important for business card design. Font size can vary according to your font style. Here I used 24px as it looks good. Name is always a focus point. So font size of the Name should be higher than other text. You can choose a font style. Here I used Nyala and I made it BOLD to focus on the name and give the name a professional look.
After your name, you will have to put the name of your company if you are working for any company. In that case, you have to focus on your company and Company name size will be bigger than your name. The standard size of the company name is about 18xp to 22px. In this design I did not use any Company name. Company name will be below your name with a bigger font, you just have to keep in mind. As I am designing a personal business card, so I do not need to place a company name here.
You can add any style to the text. I place the name on the top right corner of my document. For styling your text, you will get option in the top left corner or even in the lower right. You can also add layer style. Here I did not use any style for text as I wanted to make it simpler.

design your own business cards

design your own business cards

How to make Business cards Step 7:
Now you can start to add next text. As it is a personal business card, so after the name of yours, you can place your profession. Here, I add profession just after the name. And you remember the rectangles? Here we will place the email address, phone number, office address, and others if you want.For these I used the text size 9px. It is a regular font size for the rest of the texts.

design your own business cards

design your own business cards

How to make Business cards Step 8
In the wake of finishing all your content, it is the time to add symbol to your business card. In the event that you have your own business symbol, then you can likewise include those or on the off chance that you don’t have any then you can basically download the free symbol from web. Remember to pursuit .png records as though you download .png documents then you will get straightforward foundation that will make your business card look more wonderful.
Here I have utilized Custom Shape tool to use different kinds of symbols for location, email and for telephone. In the wake of opening the custom shape device and select custom shape symbol as indicated by your need. At that point drag the custom shape symbol to your business card and spot it where you need to place it. It is super easy to use.

design your own business cards

design your own business cards

This is the look after placing the symbols for address, email and phone number. How does it look like? It will obviously give you a professional look.

design your own business cards

Text setup

How to make Business cards Step 9:
Now to make our business card design more professional, we can add some extra styling just like drop shadow effect. It will give your business card a cool look. I used drop shadow for the rectangles. We created 3 rectangles. Right? First of all. You have to select the layer of rectangles.
You have to select one by one to apply the drop shadow. Select one layer and go to the settings of drop shadow.

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Drop Shadow

Click on Drop Shadow, you will see the settings of drop shadow. Make the blend mode “Multiply”. You can use a shadow color of your choice. Distance will indict how far you shadow will be from your layer.
Here I selected the distance 2px. Spread is 0px and size of the shadow is 2px. Angle of the shadow is very important. I used 90 degree angle. Click on OK.

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drop Shadow setting

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Front Design

Here is the effect after applying the drop shadow. It will give you very light effect, but this light effect will add extra value to your design.
Final Step for Front Part:

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Final Step for Front Design

You have to save your file from File > Save as option. This the final look of the front end design of your business card. Enjoy designing, let us know how your design in the comment box.

Back Part of Business Card
Now is the right time to proceed onward to the posterior of the business card. We will design the back side. Previously back side business card design was not that much popular among the people. They used to keep it empty. But back side design is also getting popularity. So let’s spend some time to learn this latest trend.
How to make Business cards Step 1
You have to follow the same procedures of creating a document like the front part design. Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 to create a new document. This time we will use white color as a base color.

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1st Step For Back Side Design

How to make Business cards Step 2
Again, it’s time to repeat the previous steps. You know how to create rectangle. You have to create a rectangle just like before. You can also add layer styling for drop shadow. Setting is just like before, follow step 9. On the rectangular, you can place a text like the URL of your website. The font size you can choose according to your choice.

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Back Side Design Step 2

How to make Business cards Step 3:

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Logo Place On design

You can insert the logo or even your image on the back side. For that go to File>place. It will come with a browsing window. Here, you can locate any image file that you like to place. Simply select the file. Click Place
How to make Business cards Step 4:

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Back side Design

You can resize the image according to your choice. Select the size that fits exactly with your card. To re-size proportionally, your can hold the SHIFT key. Click the double arrow. Drag to desire size. Click and drag the image. It is very simple!
Final Output of Back Part

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Final Out put Backside Design


This is what it will look like!
Great! Your simple business card template is ready to use. Feel free to use your own tricks, colors or even fonts when you start designing your own business card. Do it yourself to make you familiar with Photoshop. As soon as possible we will post more photoshop tutorial on topic how to make your own business card using photoshop. Let us know how do you feel and what is your opinion about this Photoshop tutorial in the comment box. If you face any problem to do this, then let us know. We will try our best to help you and make you comfortable with this platform.
We will come with more Photoshop tricks to make your business card more professional. Stay with us…

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