For an efficient business!
In this tutorial we will show you how to make your own business cards.
You will need to use a few Adobe Illustrator tools and a little bit of imagination. Choose a style and the elements that represent you. For those business cards, we chose a vintage ticket look.
Let’s get started!
Create a new document in Illustrator. Sizes can vary across different print firms. Enter the dimensions according to our print24 guidelines in the width and height options, and the bleed amount below. With our cards being double sided, change the Number of Artboards option to 2. Finally, check that your Color Mode is set to CMYK.
Drag out guides and align them with the black outline of the cards (Press Ctrl+R to toggle rulers on). Select the two top horizontal guides and the left vertical guide then hit Enter to open the Move window.
Enter 5mm in the Horizontal and Vertical fields, then click OK.
Select the remaining guides and open up the Move window once again, this time enter -5mm in the fields.
Make a background (color #FFB000) and a rectangle with a 1.5 pt stroke (color #0A0A0A) between the guides. After that create a square where you want to place your logo, with the same settings as the rectangle.
Make a straight line with the pen tool (hold Shift to make it straight).
Then make a rectangle, but this time with a fill. Add an anchor point on it and drag it to the left.
Let’s make a dashed line! Select the Pen tool and make a 1pt line.
Duplicate it and then drag it down (hold Shift to be sure that it will be aligned with the first line). Select the paths, go to Window>Stroke and check the Dashed Line button. Make the dash 2pt and the gap 1pt.
Then select them again and go to Window>Align>Horizontal Align Center, to align the lines to the artboard.
Put your text there, then play with stars, shapes, lines, just like you want.
Make sure that everything is aligned to the artboard.
Now use your Pen tool to make the line, but use the guides to be sure that everything is perfect.
We want to show that we’re available everyday. Make a rectangle and then duplicate it, drag it to the right and don’t deselect it. Press Ctrl+D and this will help you to duplicate it and keep the settings for every rectangle that you duplicate. Make a rectangle for each day.
Now add the text and make everything look good.
Write your contact details.
For the back of the business cards add the text and make sure that everything is aligned.
We’re almost done! All you need to do is to add a texture. Open a texture, select it and cut it (Ctrl+X) and then go to Window> Transparency and click on the small arrow on the right of the box and go for Opacity Mask. Then paste the texture in the black square that just appeared. Adjust everything to fit perfectly and do the same with the back of the card.
Now save the project as a .pdf and when the saving options appear select the High Quality Print option. Then go to Marks and Bleeds and check the Trim Marks.
That’s it!!! Now you have a cool business card design.