A business card, as I am sure you all know already, will show a person's name, his affiliation (the company he is working for, or the name of his own business), his current position and his contact details. Business cards are very handy, especially if you are out and about, like at a seminar, where you have the opportunity to network. Read on to learn how to make your own business cards with Photoshop CS3.
- Conceptualize how you want your business card to look like. It won't hurt to get a pen and paper so you can pencil in your ideas for your business card. Create a draft of what details will be included in your business card.
- Gather the necessary graphics for your business card. You can go with a simple business card which is purely text only, or you can add a logo of your business to it. Whatever graphics you will use, make sure you have it saved in your computer before you start making your business card.
- Open up Photoshop CS3 to begin designing your business card. Open a new document in Photoshop and make sure that you indicate the width at 3.5 inches, the height at 2 inches and the resolution at 300 pixels so it will come out nicely once it is printed. Import the graphic you will use on the card on to the canvas. You can hit Ctrl+T on your keyboard for the Free Transform command so you can resize the image to just about the right size. You can still make further adjustments to the image, like changing its texture, depends on how you want it to look like.
- Add your company information and your contact details. Use the Text Tool so you can type in your company name and your contact details. For the company or business name, use at least 36pt for the font size and then for your name and contact details, size should be within the range from 8 pt to 12 pt. Also, try to limit your use of font styles to at least three so that your business card will look professional, not an eye sore.
- Create a border to serve as a guide for cutting. To make it easier to cut your business card, add a border. Hit Ctrl+A on your keyboard to select the entire page and then go to ‘Select’, choose ‘Modify’ and then select ‘Border’. Indicate the size of the border, say 3 pixels, choose the color and then hit ‘OK’. Deselect the page by pressing Ctrl+D on your keyboard.
- Arrange your final design for printing. You have to copy your final design and paste it on a new CS3 page so that it can be ready for printing. Hit Ctrl+Shift+C on your keyboard for the ‘Copy Merged’ function and then paste it several times on an entire page of your new CS3 document. Arrange all of the copies properly and then save the file.
When you are done aligning all the copies of your design in a single new CS3 page, then you’re all set for printing.