How To Design A Business Card In Photoshop

Do you want to design a business card in Photoshop? Business cards provide a first and certainly lasting impression for colleagues or customers.  There are lots of websites that offer templates that are pre-made where you just have to enter information and hit print, but what if you want something more than that?  Photoshop is one of the best tools that excel with making similar to that; custom business cards.  In this guide, we’ll take a look at designing a Business card using Adobe’s Photoshop software.

Design A Business Card Using Adobe’s Photoshop Software:

Step 1:

Head over to Photoshop and make a new file.  What we add into this window is necessary as it sets you up for printing HD cards and ones of the accurate size.

The size of a standard business card is 3.5 in (w) x 2 in (h).  But we should leave room for print bleed, so we are trying to add 0.3 in a white border around the corners.  Also, we try to use a CMYK color set at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch so that our prints are of the best quality.

In short, if you like a standard size business card:

  • Width = 3.8 inches
  • Height = 2.3 inches
  • Resolution = 300
  • Color Mode = CMYK Color, 16 bits.
Step 2:

Now we want to use or set up some instructions so that our business card ends up with accurate measurements.  As the card itself is 3.5 in x 2 in, and our canvas is 3.8 in x 2.3 in, we want to add a .15 in a border on all edges.  If you want to do this we’ll use 4 visual guides.

To do this tap the View menu and choose New Guide… and then adjust the position as 0.15 in for the first guide.  Now repeat this process so you have one set for both Vertical or Horizontal.

Then, after successfully done the first two you’ll want to use some math skills. For the other vertical guide put 3.65 in, and for the other horizontal guide put 2.15 in. This should provide you 4 blue guides in equal proportions around your canvas.

In short:

  • Head over to View > New Guide
  • 1st guide = Horizontal 0.15 in
  • 2nd guide = Vertical 0.15 in
  • 3rd guide = Horizontal 3.65 in
  • 4th Guide = Vertical 2.15 in
Step 3:

At this point, it is completely mandatory, but I want to add a rounded rectangle to the guidelines so I have a visual outline of my card.

Then, we’ll add some more guidelines to help us to keep the design of the card centered or clean.

Same as earlier, we’re going to add some more guidelines in it that are exactly 0.15 in closer to the middle of the canvas like the earlier ones.  I do this as you’ll want to keep all of the graphics or text of the card within this area.  Why?  Due to some reasons:  The first reason is that if the corner of the card becomes damaged you don’t like your potential client to lose vital information.  Also, if you later want to get rid of the outside corners you can then use these inner guides to secure bleed issues. At last, it makes your card more professional.

These guides measurements will be:

  • 1st guide = Horizontal 0.3 in
  • 2nd guide = Vertical 0.3 in
  • 3rd guide = Horizontal 3.5 in
  • 4th Guide = Vertical 2 in
Step 4:

Now after we have our guides successfully set up, we can initiate designing!  This is the amazing part, but whatever slogans, graphics, phone numbers, titles, names, addresses – just throw everything you know you like to use anywhere on the card’s canvas.

After adding things in, specify their Layers on the required name.  As it’ll keep your Photoshop file managed and enables you to easily make modifications.

At this point we’ll also move ahead and make two-layer groups (folders), this will allow us to design both the back or front of the card in one Photoshop file.  And then we have groups to use or set up, if you have something you know to add on the front, or on the back –then throw it into one of those folders!  Other elements can stay out of the folders completely.

Step 5:

Now the remaining is all part of the creative process.  You can also keep your business card a simple white using your contact information or logo, or you can just try to make something unique.

Then I spent a small amount of time messing around with sizing, custom fonts, positioning, shapes, and gradients.

Because previous we separated the back or front layers, now I just view both sides to hide either folder and make the other prominent.

All done!


Your business card is now ready for printing.  You can now just get ahold of a high-quality printer, or contact your company and ask them about format!

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