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How to Create a Modern Business Card Using Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

A business card is arguably the most powerful networking tool you can have in your pocket. It's the very first impression of you and the business you're representing. Although we're in this digital age where social media dominates, a physical business card is still highly relevant as it forms a real human connection between you and your peers, where social media is unfortunately lacking.

In this tutorial, I will be using Adobe Photoshop CS6 to guide you on a step-by-step basis on how to create a professional business card using basic shapes, custom shapes, simple text formatting, and neat positioning.

This business card we are about to create is part of the 4-in-1 Business Card Bundle from my portfolio on GraphicRiver. Feel free to check out my extensive business cards collection for ideas and inspirations as well.

4 in 1 Modern Business Card Bundle

Tutorial Assets

Before we begin, download and install the following assets:

1. How to Install or Load Photoshop Custom Shapes

Go to Edit > Presets and select Preset Manager. In the Preset Type drop-down menu, select Custom Shapes and press Load. Now browse to the location where you've unzipped the file and select Tutorial-Shapes.csh. Press Load and you're done.

Install photoshop custom shapes

2. How to Set Up a New Document for a Business Card

Go to File > New and enter the following:

  • Name: Business-Card-Front
  • Width: 3.25 Inches
  • Height: 1.75 Inches
  • Resolution 300 Pixels/Inch
  • Color Mode: CMYK Color 8bit
  • Background Contents: White

Now press OK to create the document.

Setup and create new document

3. How to Create Safe, Trim and Boundary Guidelines for a Business Card

Step 1

Before we start, make sure the following options are enabled. If there is a check next to the option, it's already enabled, and you may skip to the next step.

Press Control-R or go to View > Rulers to show Rulers. Next, go to View and check Snap. Finally, go to View > Snap To and check Guides, Layers and Document Bounds.

Set guideline options

Step 2

Let's begin with the Safe Area guidelines, within which all important images and text should be kept. Simply click on the Ruler and Drag a guideline to all four sides of the document. It should snap into position easily.

Create safe area guidelines

Step 3

Now let's increase the canvas size to 3.5 x 2 inches. Go to Image > Canvas Size and set the Width: 3.5 inches followed by Height: 2 inches. Press OK.

Increase canvas size to 35x2 inches

Step 4

Next, we will create the Trim guidelines. Anything beyond this guideline will be trimmed away after printing. Now click on the Ruler and Drag a guideline to all four sides of the document.

Create trim guidelines

Step 5

Increase the canvas size one last time. Go to Image > Canvas Size and set Width: 3.75 inches followed by Height: 2.25 inches. Press OK to apply the changes.

Increase canvas size to 375 x 225 inches

Step 6

Create the Boundary guidelines. Although not necessary, having this guideline will definitely help when aligning objects to the edge. Simply click on the Ruler and Drag a guideline to all four sides of the document.

Create boundary guidelines

Step 7

Now that it's done, let's go ahead and lock the guidelines in their current position. Go to View and check Lock Guides.

Lock guides

4. How to Create a Background for the Address

Step 1

Select Rounded Rectangle Tool from the Toolbar and click anywhere on the canvas. Set Width: 820 px, Height: 80 px, Radius: 15 px and press OK.

Create rounded rectangle shape

Step 2

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Address Bg and press Enter.

Rename layer to Address Bg

Step 3

Double-click on the Layer Thumbnail. Enter C:0 M:20 Y:80 K:0 and press OK.

Set Address Bg color

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path and set the Horizontal Skew to H: -20. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set horizontal skew

Step 5

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 337 px and Vertical Position to Y: 540 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set shape position

Step 6

Select the Rectangle Tool (U). Press Path Operations and select Subtract Front Shape. Now draw a rectangle overlapping the excess shape as shown in the image below.

Trim shape

Step 7

To complete the trim, press Path Operations and select Merge Shape Components.

Merge shape components

5. How to Create a Background for the Tagline

Step 1

Select Address Bg from the Layers panel. Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer and name this layer Tagline Bg. Press OK.

Duplicate layer to create Tagline Bg

Step 2

Double-click on the Layer Thumbnail. Enter C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:95 and press OK.

Set Tagline Bg color

Step 3

Now let's Rotate this layer. Go to Edit > Transform Path > Rotate 180 Degrees.

Rotate layer 180 degrees

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 1126.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 540 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set tagline bg position

Step 5

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and then press Path Operations and select Subtract Front Shape. Draw a rectangle overlapping the excess shape.

Trim tagline bg shape

Step 6

Press Path Operations and select Merge Shape Components.

Merge shape components

6. How to Create a Rectangle Separator

Step 1

Go to Layer > New > Group and name this group Separator.

Create new separator group

Step 2

Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and click anywhere on the canvas. Set the Width to 530 px and Height to 8 px, and then press OK.

Draw rectangle shape

Step 3

Double-click on the Layer Thumbnail and enter C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:18. Press OK.

Set shape color

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 370 px and Vertical Position to Y: 286 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set shape position

Step 5

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Left and press Enter.

Rename layer to left

Step 6

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name this layer Right and press OK.

Duplicate layer to right

Step 7

Select the Rectangle Tool (U). Set the Width to W: 80 px and press Enter.

Resize rectangle shape

Step 8

Double-click on Layer Thumbnail. Enter C:0 M:20 Y:80 K:0 and press OK.

Set shape color

Step 9

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 675 px and Vertical Position to Y: 286 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set shape position

7. How to Create a Background for the Contact Icon

Step 1

Go to Layer > New > Group. Name this group Icons Bg and press OK.

Create new icons bg group

Step 2

Select Ellipse Tool from the Toolbar and click anywhere in the canvas. Enter Width: 35 px, Height: 35 px and press OK.

Draw round shape

Step 3

Double-click on Layer Thumbnail. Enter C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:95 and press OK.

Set shape color

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 122.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 541 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set shape position

Step 5

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Address and press Enter.

Rename layer to address

Step 6

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name this layer Website and press OK.

Duplicate layer to website

Step 7

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 122.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 453 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set website position

Step 8

Double-click on Layer Thumbnail. Enter C:0 M:20 Y:80 K:0 and press OK.

Set website color

Step 9

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name this layer Email and press OK.

Duplicate layer to email

Step 10

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 122.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 408.5 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set email position

Step 11

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name this layer Phone and press OK.

Duplicate layer to phone

Step 12

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 122.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 364.5 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set phone position

8. How to Create Contact Icons Using Custom Shapes

Step 1

Now that we've completed the icon's background, let's move on to create the icons. Go to Layer > New > Group. Name this group Contact Icons and press OK.

Create contact icons group

Step 2

Let's start by creating the address icon. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Toolbar. Press Custom Shape Picker and select the Address Icon.

Select address custom shape

Step 3

Click anywhere on the canvas. Check Preserve Proportions, enter Width: 16 px and press OK.

Create address icon

Step 4

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Address and press Enter.

Rename layer to Address

Step 5

Double-click on the Layer Thumbnail. Enter C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:0 and press OK.

Set address icon color

Step 6

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 123 px and Vertical Position to Y: 540.5 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set address icon position

Step 7

Now we move on to create the website icon. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Toolbar. Press Custom Shape Picker and select Website Icon.

Select website custom shape

Step 8

Click anywhere on the canvas. Check Preserve Proportions, enter Width: 20 px and press OK.

Create website icon

Step 9

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Website and press Enter

Rename layer to website

Step 10

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 123 px and Vertical Position to Y: 453 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set website icon position

Step 11

Create the email icon. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Toolbar. Press Custom Shape Picker and select Email Icon.

Select email custom shape

Step 12

Click anywhere on the canvas. Check Preserve Proportions, enter Width: 20 px, and press OK.

Create email icon

Step 13

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Email and press OK.

Rename layer to email

Step 14

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 123 px and Vertical Position to Y: 409 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set email icon position

Step 15

Now let's create the phone icon. Select Custom Shape Tool from the Toolbar. Press Custom Shape Picker and select Phone Icon.

Select phone custom shape

Step 16

Click anywhere on the canvas. Check Preserve Proportions, enter Width: 20 px, and press OK.

Create phone icon

Step 17

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Phone and press OK.

Rename layer to phone

Step 18

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 123 px and Vertical Position to Y: 365 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set phone icon position

9.  How to Create the Background Group

Step 1

First we need to unlock the Background layer, indicated with a lock icon. Double-click on Background Layer and name the layer Background. Press OK.

Unlock background layer

Step 2

Make sure Background Layer which you just unlocked is still selected. Hold Shift and click on the Contact Icons group.

Select groups and layers

Step 3

Now that all layers and groups are selected, go to Layer > New and select Group from Layers. Name this group Background and press OK.

Create background group

The background of the front of the card is now complete.

Before we move on to insert the text and logo, here's how it should look at this point.

Front background complete

10. How to Create a Tagline Text Layer

Step 1

Make sure the Character and Paragraph panels are enabled before we continue. Skip this step and proceed to Step 2 if they're already enabled by default.

Select Horizontal Type Tool (T) from the Toolbar and press the Character and Paragraph panels button.

Enable character and paragraph panel

Step 2

Select Right Align Layer in the Paragraph panel. In the Character panel, set the Font to Lato, Font Style to Black, Font Size to 6 pt and Color to C: 0 M:0 Y:0 K:0

Set character and paragraph styles

Step 3

Now click on the Tagline Background shape and type VISUAL EYE CANDY into the text box. Press Control-Enter.

Create tagline text layer

Step 4

We will need to change the color and styling for the word VISUAL only. Let's start by selecting that particular word. Make sure the Horizontal Type Tool (T) is still selected, position your cursor right on top of the word VISUAL, and then double-click to select.

Select text

Step 5

In the Character panel, set Font Style to Regular and Color to C:0 M:20 Y:80 K:0. Press Control-Enter to apply changes.

Change text color and style

Step 6

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 934 px and Vertical Position to Y: 541 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set tagline position

11. How to Create the Address Text Layer

Step 1

Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer Address and press OK.

Create address layer

Step 2

In the Paragraph panel, select Left align text. While in the Character panel, change the Font Style to Bold Italic and set the Color to C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:95.

Set character and paragraph styles

Step 3

Select the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and click on the Address Background shape. Type 777 Seventh Avenue New York NY 54321 into the text box and press Control-Enter when you're done.

Create address text layer

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 373 px and Vertical Position to Y: 542 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set address position

12. How to Create the Phone, Email and Website Text Layer

Step 1

Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer Phone/Email/Website and press OK.

Create phone email and website layer

Step 2

In the Character panel, change the Font Style to Regular and set the Leading to 10.5 pt.

Set character styles

Step 3

Select Horizontal Type Tool (T) and click on an empty area next to the Contact Icons. Now type "000 1234 5678, madison@email.com" and "www.website.com", each on a separate line. To do so, press Enter after each entry to create a new line. Press Control-Enter when you're done.

Create phone email and website text layer

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 269 px and Vertical Position to Y: 409 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set phone email and website position

Step 5

Hold Control and select both the Address and Phone/Email/Website layers. Go to Layer > New > Group from Layers and name this group Contact. Press OK.

Create contact group

13. How to Create the Name and Job Title Text Layer

Step 1

Let's begin with the job title. Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name the layer Job Title and press OK.

Create job title layer

Step 2

In the Character panel, set the Font Style to Bold Italic, set the Leading to Auto and the Color to C:0 M:20 Y:80 K:0, and press OK.

Set character styles

Step 3

Select the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and click on an empty space above the separator. Now type Graphic Designer into the text box and press Control-Enter to confirm.

Create job title text layer

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 194 px and Vertical Position to Y: 224 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set job title position

Step 5

Let's create the name layer. Go to Layer > New > Layer. Name this layer Name and press OK.

Create name layer

Step 6

In the Character panel, set Font Style to Light, Font Size to 10 pt, and Color to C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:95, and then press OK.

Set character styles

Step 7

Select Horizontal Type Tool (T) and click slightly above the Job Title. Now type STEVE MADISON into the text box and press Control-Enter.

Create name text layer

Step 8

Let's assign a heavier font style for STEVE only. Position your cursor on top of STEVE and double-click to select. In the Character panel, set Font Style to Black and press Control-Enter to confirm the changes.

Select text and change character styles

Step 9

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 268 px and Vertical Position to Y: 188px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set name position

Step 10

Let's keep the layers organized by grouping Name and Job Title layer together. Hold Control and select both the Name and Job Title layers. Go to Layer > New and select Group from Layers. Name this group Name & Job Title and press OK.

Create name and job title group

14. How to Create the Logo

Step 1

Go to Layer > New > Group. Name this group Logo and press OK.

Create logo group

Step 2

In the Paragraph panel, select Center Text. While in the Character panel, set Font style to Light, Font size to 6 pt, Leading to 6.5 pt, and Color to C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:95, and press OK.

Set character and paragraph styles

Step 3

Select Horizontal Type Tool (T) and click anywhere on the canvas. Type CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS into the text box and press Control-Enter to confirm.

Create company name text layer

Step 4

Let's set a different style for the word CREATIVE only. Position your cursor on top of CREATIVE and double-click to select. In the Character panel, set Font Style to Black followed by Font Size to 12 pt and press Control-Enter to apply changes.

Select text and change character styles

Step 5

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 902 px and Vertical Position to Y: 306 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set company name position

Step 6

Select Custom Shape Tool from the Toolbar. Press Custom Shape Picker and select Logo Shape.

Select logo custom shape

Step 7

Click right above Company Name. Now check Preserve Proportions and set Width: 110 px. Press OK.

Create logo shape

Step 8

Go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Logo and press ENTER.

Rename layer to logo

Step 9

Double-click on the Layer Thumbnail. Set the color to C:0 M:20 Y:80 K:0 and press OK.

Set logo color

Step 10

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 902 px and Vertical Position to Y: 210 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set logo position

15. How to Create the Details Group

Step 1

Let's select the layers needed to form this group. First, select the VISUAL EYE CANDY text layer. Now hold Shift and select the Logo group.

Select layers and groups

Step 2

Now that you've selected the necessary layers and groups, go to Layer > New > Group from Layers. Name this group Details and press OK.

Create details group

Great! The front part of the business card is now complete.

It's important to save your progress before moving on to create the back portion. Go to File > Save or press Control-S on your keyboard.

Front part of business card completed
The front part of the business card is now complete

16. How to Set Up the Document for the Back Part of the Business Card

Step 1

We won't be creating a new document this time. Instead, we will be duplicating the front part to save the hassle of setting up the document again. Go to Image > Duplicate. Name this new document Business-Card-Back and press OK.

Duplicate front psd

Step 2

In the Layers panel, click the Triangle icon beside Details and Background to reveal grouped content. Now hold Control and select the following Groups and Layers:

  • Name & Job Title
  • Contact
  • Visual Eye Candy
  • Contact Icons
  • Icons Bg
  • Separator
Select layers and groups

Step 3

Now remove the selected groups and layers we no longer need. Go to Layer > Delete > Layer and press Yes to confirm.

Delete selected layers and groups

17. How to Set the Logo Position

Select the Logo group in the Layers panel. Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 562.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 338 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set logo position

18. How to Create the Website Background

Step 1

First, select the Tagline Bg layer in the Layers panel. Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 464.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 540 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set shape position

Step 2

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name this layer Website Bg and press OK.

Duplicate layer to website bg

Step 3

Go to Edit > Transform Path and select Flip Horizontal.

Flip horizontal

Step 4

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 660.5 px and Vertical Position to Y: 540 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set website bg position

Step 5

Select both Website Bg and Address Bg in the Layers panel. Press Control-E or go to Layer and select Merge Shapes.

Merge selected shapes

Step 6

Now select Rectangle Tool (U). Press Path Operations and select Merge Shape Components.

Merge shape components

19. How to Create Decorative Backgrounds

Step 1

Select Address Bg layer in the Layers panel and go to Layer > Rename Layer. Name this layer Left and press Enter.

Rename address bg to left

Step 2

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: -94 px and Vertical Position to Y: 540 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set left layer position

Step 3

Select the Rectangle Tool (U). Press Path Operations and select Subtract Front Shape. Now draw a rectangle overlapping the excess shape.

Trim excess shape

Step 4

With the Rectangle Tool (U) still selected, press Path Operations and select Merge Shape Components to complete the trim.

Merge shape components

Step 5

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name this layer Right and press OK.

Duplicate layer to right

Step 6

Go to Edit > Transform Path and select Flip Horizontal.

Flip horizontal

Step 7

Select the Move Tool (V) from the Toolbar. Hold Control and select both Right and Background layer in the Layers panel. Now press Align right edges on the Options Toolbar.

Select layers and align right edges

20. How to Create the Website Text Layer

Step 1

We will be creating a new text layer within the Details group. First let's select Details Group in the Layers panel.

Select details group

Step 2

Next, select Center Text in the Paragraph panel. In the Character panel, set Font to Lato, Font Style to Regular, Font Size to 6 pt, Leading to Auto, Color to C:0 M:0 Y:0 K:0 and press OK.

Set website character and paragraph styles

Step 3

Select the Horizontal Type Tool (T). Click on the Website Background shape and type www.website.com into the text box. Press Control-Enter to confirm.

Create website text layer

Step 4

Let's set a different styling for the word website only. Select the Horizontal Type Tool (T)Position your cursor right on top of website and double-click to select. In the Character panel, set Font Style to Black, Color to C:0 M:20 Y:80 K:0 and press OK. Press Control-Enter to apply the changes.

Select text and change character styles

Step 5

Press Control-T or go to Edit > Free Transform Path. Set the Horizontal Position to X: 563 px and Vertical Position to Y: 540 px. Press Enter twice to confirm.

Set website position

Awesome! Your Business Card Is Now Complete

Good job! You've reached the end of the tutorial. By now, you should have learned how to create and transform shapes, create simple text formatting, and use custom shapes to speed up the process of creating a business card.

Modern business card completed

But don't just stop here.

Go beyond it and use the skills you've just learned to further enhance the overall design. If you need ideas or inspirations, head on over to my business cards collection.

Need this business card in a hurry? Simply download this and three other business cards from my 4 in 1 Business Card Bundle on GraphicRiver.

Modern business card bundle
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