Stylish business card in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a stylish business card in Photoshop. It will be simple, but at the same time interesting.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1: Create a new document
Open Photoshop and create a new document sized 3.75 x 2.25 inches. The resolution is set to 300 pixels / inch, color mode to 8-bit CMYK. Standard business card should be 3.5 x2 inches, but in order to optimize it for printing, you must leave a quarter inch of free space on each side.

Step 2: Add auxiliary lines
We will use auxiliary lines to correctly position all the elements of the business card. To do this, go View – New Guide … (View – New guide) and add the following lines: vertical 0.125 (left) and 3.625 (right), horizontal 0.125 (top) and 2.125 (bottom).
Remember to change the unit from pixels to inches.

Step 3: Background
Now we will deal with the background. First, create a new group. Layer – New – Group (Layer – New – Group), which we call the “Background”. Then double click on the background layer to unlock it. After that, select the dark purple color # 18142B and tool Paint bucket tool (Fill) (G) fill the document.

Now go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) and set the following parameters: Amount (Quantity) 0.8%, select Uniform (Evenly) and activate Monochromatic (Monochrome).

Next, right-click on the background layer and select Blending options (Overlay options).

Create a new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N) and call it “Strip”. Then choose white color and activate the tool. Brush tool(Brush) (B). Then we select the basic set of Photoshop brushes and select the Soft Mechanical 500 brush. Once we click it in the center of the canvas.

Activate Rectangular marquee tool(Rectangular selection) (M), select half of the document and press DELETE.

We press CTRL + T and rotate the white spot as shown below.

Set the layer blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 15%.

Press CTRL + J to duplicate the “Strip” layer and move the copy to the right. After this, make another copy.

Create a new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N) and call it “Light”. Take the brush again (B) Soft Mechanical 500 and draw a spot in the center. Change layer blend mode to Overlay (Overlap).

Step 4: Frontal Side
Fold the group “Background” by clicking on the small gray arrow next to the name. Then create a new one. Layer – New – Group (Layer – New – Group) and call the “front side”. Make sure it is located above the “Background” group. After that create a new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N), call it “Button” and activate Rounded rectangle tool(Rounded rectangle) (U), set the radius to 1 mm and draw the button as shown below.

Now right-click on the “Button” layer and select Blending options (Overlay options).

Activate Horizontal type tool (Horizontal text) (T), select the size of 100 px and the font Bebas Neue, write the name of the website.

Then we right-click on the text layer and select Blending options (Overlay options).

Create a new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N) and call it the “Go Button”. After that, hold down the CTRL key and click on the layer thumbnail with the button to load its selection. After that, activate the layer “Button Go” and select the tool Rectangular marqueeTool (Rectangular selection) (M). Holding ALT, cut off more than half of the selection.

Fill the selection with any color using Paint bucket tool (Fill) (G). Next, select Custom shape tool(Arbitrary shape) (U) and load the Arrows shape set (Arrows). Then choose the arrow at number 12 and draw as shown in the screenshot below.

We press CTRL + T and rotate the arrow 180 degrees.

Hold CTRL to select two layers “Go button” and a layer with an arrow at the same time. Press CTRL + E to merge them together. Then click on the layer with the right mouse button and select Blending options (Overlay options).

Activate the tool Horizontal type tool(Horizontal text) (T), select the Bebas Neue font size 100 px and write the word “GO”. Then right click on the text layer and select Blending options (Overlay options).

Create a new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N) and call it “Noise”. After that, hold down the CTRL key and click on the layer thumbnail with the button to load its selection. Fill the selection with black and turn Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) with the following parameters: Amount (Quantity) 1.5%, choose Uniform (Evenly) and activate Monochromatic (Monochrome).

Set the layer blend mode with noise on Soft light (Soft light).

Create a new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N) and call it “Shadow”. Select the black color and activate the tool. Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U). Draw a narrow ellipse as shown below.

Move on Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) (Photoshop prompts you to rasterize the object, click OK). Set the Radius to 4 pixels and decrease Opacity (Opacity) shadows up to 40%.

Step 5: Back
We fold the group “Front side” and hide it by clicking on the small eye near the group name. Then create a new group. Layer – New – Group (Layer – New – Group) and call it “Back side”. Activate Horizontal type tool(Horizontal text) (T), select the Bebas Neue font with a size of 140 px and write the website address.

Right click on the created text layer and select Blending options (Blending options).

Add more text to the business card and apply the same blending options as for the previous text.

And finally, create the last new layer (SHIFT + CTRL + N) and call it “Shadow”, place it under the layers with your name and profession. Then choose black and activate Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U). Draw a narrow ellipse as shown below.

Move on Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) (click OK on the rasterization question) and set Radius (Radius) 4 pixels. Then decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 40%.

Congratulations! We have finished creating a business card. In this lesson, you learned about some popular techniques and effects, such as filter noise (Noise), light strips and blending modes. I hope this lesson was useful to you.

Author: Tomas Laurinavicius
Translator: Max Enin
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