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Designing a Professional Business Card in Photoshop | Tutorial

13 July 2008 164,891 views 39 Comments

A professional business card is vital to successfully representing your business. PSD Nation has created an easy-to-follow tutorial showing the steps to create a fantastic business card.

Step 1 – Creating the Document

Create a new document in photoshop with the dimensions, 3.5 in x 2 in and set the DPI to 200.

Step 2 – Finding Some Stock Photos and Brushes to Add Texture

For this tutorial I’ve used this stock concrete texture, and a nicely weathered concrete texture. Feel free to experiment and use the texture of your choice. As for the brushes, I’ve used a free pack from Digital Revolutions. Once you have download the files, import the weathered concrete texture into your photoshop document and set the layer’s blend mode to “Luminosity”, you should have something like this -

Next, place the other texture on a layer above this one, setting the layer’s blend mode to “Exclusion.” The result will resemble something like this -

Step 3 – Adding Stripes

Using photoshop’s default custom shapes, select the striped cube shape and drag the stripes across the business card. Rotate the layer slightly and set the blend mode to exclusion with an opacity of 13%. Make sure to add the following layer style changes, the gradient colors are (#000000) and (#45494d).

The result will look something like this -

Step 4 – Creating the Main Body

This part of the accentuates the text, taking the business card to the next level. With the Rounded Rectangle Tool and a radius set a 5 px, create a rectangle that fills most of the card. Set the layer’s opacity to 35% and make the following layer style changes -

Next, using the rastercize the layer and select the top-left part of the card and delete it, use the picture below for reference -

Now, create another, smaller rectangle and place it in the cut out area, keep a slight gab between it and the larger rectangle. Copy the layer style of the larger rectangle and apply it to the smaller one.

Step 5 – Adding the Grunge Higlights

Using the brushes downloaded earlier, create a layer or two and apply a few quick strokes to each, playing with the blend mode of the layers to achieve the result you desire. Don’t overdo it, it is meant to be a subtle effect.

Step 6 – Adding Some Color

Time to spice up the card, we will us a gradiented layer, with a blend mode of overlay and an opacity of 29%. Experiment with different colors to suit your preference, I used a gradient with the colors (#ed9017), (#f8d04a), and (#f6e6b5); which created a nice effect on the card.

Step 7 – Adding the Text

Select any font you wish, and fill in the details on your card. I placed the company name in the small box and the name, email, and telephone below; experiment to find a text layout that you really like. Next select the text layer(s) and make the following style changes :

The result will look something like this -

Step 8 – Adding the Final Touches

While the card looks spiffy “as-is”, there is one last effect that really says, “professional.” Create a new text layer, set the opacity to 40% and the color to black. Type the first name of the person on the card in big, lowercase letters and position it in the bottom right corner of the card to achieve this effect -

Congrats! You are done, and now have a spiffy-looking new business card. To view the card in higher resolution, click here. We have also made layered .psd for this tutorial available for download.

Download the .psd

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