How to Design a Print Ready Business Card Design in Photoshop

When you’re building your business, the ever overlooked business card is a piece of marketing material that I feel is very valuable. Today, people are focused on social media promotion and interacting with their clients over the internet, but what about when you come across a person in ‘real life’ who wants to know more about your business?

Do you stop, write your website, name and email address down or do you just whip out your business card? I hope that you’re wanting to utilize a business card for your business. Today’s photoshop tutorial will take you through the step by step process on how to design your very own business card (front and back). I’ve also included a couple of extra options in the downloadable photoshop file so you can play with them, edit them and make them your own.

Step 1: Setting up your document

Below you will see the spec’s were using for today’s tutorial. First, create a new document and plug these specs into your document and click ok.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Step 2: Creating your bleed guides

For your business card, the background design you use will touch the edge of the document, but for the text, you’re going to need to keep it within a ‘safe zone’ in case things get cut different during the printing process. You don’t want to order 1,000+ business cards, only to see that half of your email address or phone number is cut off.

You’re going to create a new layer and name it “bleed”. We’re going to make a selection that is 38 pixels away from the edge, all the way around and add a 1px stroke in red. We’re going to have to keep our text and/or logos within this space so it doesn’t get cut off during the print process.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Note: The official bleed space for different printers differs. Please ensure that the safe zone you’re setting up works with the printer that you’re going to use.

Step 3: Setting up the background of our business card

First, we’re going to fill the background layer with a dark brown color (#311504). After you do this, create a new layer and name it “texture”. We’re going to fill this layer with a default texture that’s in adobe photoshop cs4 (seen in the image below) and changing the layer blending mode to multiply.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Step 4: Adding in your company name

Now that we’ve got the background set up, we’re going to add the company name. In this tutorial, we’re just going to use, you guessed it, Company Name, so make sure you add your business name in. For the font, we’re going to use the free font, You Are Loved from DaFont. We’re going to type in 24pt size and use two colors, one for each word of our company name. The first color is #de4549 and the second color is #d8a728.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Step 5: Adding in your information

Now that we’ve got the company name added into the top left, we’re going to add some more text onto the document. Create a new layer and name it ‘info’. In this layer, use your type tool and type in the following information, using the character options seen below. The color we’re using is #de4549. Make sure your text is aligned to the right so the right side of the text gives a flush area for you to put your information against.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Next, we’re going to make a new layer and name it ‘my info’. In this layer, we’re going to be putting in your personal information. The color for this font is # and we’re going to use the same character information as above, aligning the font to the left.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Step 6: Setting up folders for “front” and “back” designs

Now that we’ve got the business card designed and set up, we’re going to create a new folder for our layers to sit within. We’ll be naming this folder “Back”. Start by clicking the new folder button in your layers palette.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Now you’re going to place all of your text layers into this folder. It will look similar to below.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Next, create another new folder and name it “Front”. In this folder, you’re going to create a new layer and name it “company name”. Grab your text tool and type “CompanyName” just like we did in step 4. This time, we’re going to make the font 36pt.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

For the front, we’re going to want to keep things clean and mostly logo centered, so we’ll have your company name in a large font like this and we’re also going to add in a quick line of text to explain what you do. For this, you’re going to want to create a new layer and name it “info”. We’ll be using the same font we’ve been using, but making it 14pt and #e14f09.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Now, you’re going to select the “Front” folder and then hit SELECT > ALL. Now, you’re going to head to LAYER > ALIGN LAYERS TO SELECTION > VERTICAL CENTER. This is going to ensure that your text is centered properly from top to bottom.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

At this point, you’re ready to save your work. Check with your printer to know what file type they’re after (TIFF, JPG, PSD, AI and so on). You’re also going to want to ensure that the bleed layer is invisible so you don’t have a bright red border around your business card.

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Some extras for you, all included in the downloadable psd file

Below are screenshots of a couple of other styles I created using this same basic set up. They’re all in their own folders in the psd file. Have fun with them 🙂

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

Business Card Photoshop Tutorial

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9 Responses »

  1. Great information! I�ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks! Roberto Justus

  2. You can not believe how long ive been looking for something like this. Through 10 pages of Yahoo results couldnt find diddly squat. One search on Bing. There you are!…. Gotta start using that more often

  3. A very professional looking business card is really very important in promoting your business. It makes good impression among customers.-;;

  4. Adobe Photosop is the number tool for digital photograpy,-;


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