Making a business card in Photoshop

If you want to make a themed business card, stylized business cards for vintage style will be a good choice. In this lesson, I will show you tricks that will help you achieve an interesting effect.

Let’s start.


Step 1

We will begin work on the business card by defining the parameters with regard to the requirements for printing. Create a new document by pressing CTRL + N. In the settings menu for image characteristics, enter the following values:

  • 3.5 inches wide
  • Height – 2 inches.
  • Resolution 300 ppi
  • Color Mode: CMYK

Step 2

We received a blank for a standard business card. Create a copy of the background layer (CTRL + J).

The next step is to define the work area. This will help us ruler. To call the ruler, press the key combination CTRL + R.

Then click the mouse at the base of the upper scale of the ruler and drag the auxiliary line to the upper base of the card. After, drag the auxiliary line from the left scale of the ruler to the left edge of the business card. Repeat this step twice more and set auxiliary lines on the right and bottom border of the business card.

Step 3

When working with business cards do not forget about the zone “under trimming.”
Switch to Image> Canvas size (Image> Canvass). Set new values ​​for height and width: width (width) – 3.75 inches; height (height) – 2, 25 inches

Thus, we added 0.125 inches on each side, so that when cutting business cards the text and design do not suffer.

Step 4

If the text (and sometimes the image) comes close to the border of the business card – it does not look beautiful. Now we will set the boundaries of the working field in which the basic information will be placed.

The working field can be limited in several ways. For example:

  1. “Approximately”. To do this, use the ruler (method from step number 2). Dimensions at the edges reduced by 0.125 inches.
  2. Or you can enter clear parameters for auxiliary lines. This will allow to achieve a more accurate result. To enter new values, go to Browse> New Auxiliary Line (View> New Guide).

Then set the following values:

  • Top Margin: Horizontal (Top Margin: Horizontal) – 0.25 inch
  • Bottom margin: horizontal (Bottom Margin: Horizontal) – 2 inches
  • Left margin: vertical (Left Margin: Vertical) – 0.25 inch
  • Right margin: vertical (Right Margin: Vertical) – 3.5 inches

Step 5

We have prepared a template for business cards! Now let’s develop the layout.
Switch to a copy of the background layer. Activate the tool Gradient (Gradient tool) and set with it a common color.

Notice that you can always change the color scheme on the Gradient tool options panel by clicking on the gradient window. You can also view all gradient styles, experiment with their settings (icons next to the gradient color window).

Step 6

It’s time to add texture. I will use the texture of old paper in this paper. You can use your own resources, or find suitable material in photobanks. When the texture is selected, transfer it to your document, place it over all previous layers.

Step 7

Standing on a paper-textured layer, go to overlay mode layer (blend mode) and set it to Overlap (Overlay). This simple technique allows you to combine texture with a common color.

Step 8

Fine! Now we have prepared a business card for the next stage – filling in the contents. Our first element will be the logo.
A well-designed logo will add charm and a more professional look to any business card.

In this example, we will create a round logo with the figure of the sun.
Activate the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool). Create a new layer on top of the rest. Holding the key Shift draw a circle. Color choose at own will.

Step 9

For further work, we need to rasterize the shape of the circle we have just drawn. To do this, right-click on the circle layer and select in the submenu “Rasterize layer“(rasterize).

Step 10

Any symbol should be added to the circular base for the logo. You will of course have your own brand name, and for example I use the sun figure from the standard set.

Activate the tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool). From the gallery of options for forms (which is located above), select the appropriate sample. Add a new layer above the circle layer and draw the selected shape on it.

Step 11

Hold key CTRL and click on the logo shape icon in the layer. This will create a selection.

Step 12

Go to the rasterized layer with a circle. Without removing the selection, press the key DELETE. Deselect. Turn off the visibility of the layer with the logo shape.

Step 13

In my work, instead of the standard lines, I will use a dotted line, which will give a bit of retro style. Now I will show you how to do this.

Activate the tool Brush (Brush tool). From the brush set, choose a standard round hard 5px brush.

Step 14

Now, click on the brush panel icon. Switch to “Intervals“(shape subsection) Change the distance to 200%. This will turn the round brush into a series of points.

Step 15

Create a new layer by clicking CTRL + SHIFT + N. Then, using the brush we just set up, draw a straight dashed line (hold down shift in order to get the line straight).

Step 16

Duplicate the resulting line several times. Place the lines as you like.

Step 17

Add a few extra lines for the design. Reduce the size of the brush to 3 pixels and draw the lines at the top and bottom of the business card.

Step 18

Let’s create an emphasis in the lower informative part of the business card.
To do this, activate the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool) and draw a rectangle shape in the bottom small lines.

Step 19

Fine! Now just add our text. We use several different retro fonts that can be downloaded from

Step 20

Go to the final details! Select all layers. Right-click on the layers panel and in the submenu select “Merge layers“(Merge layers).

Step 21

Download any vintage or grunge brushes you like and decorate your business card. You can use this site to download the desired brushes.

Step 22

Change the layer blending mode with vintage patterns and info layer to Darkening basics (Color burn).

Step 23

Finishing touch. Duplicate the information layer, this will give the main part an expression.

We finished the lesson. The effects that you have learned to do, you can safely apply to the design of posters, flyers or cards.

Author: Irene thompson

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