Business cards are staples in the professional world. They’re also a few square inches of your personality, and can say a lot about you and your business (beyond your name and contact information). Let’s take a look at how to make a memorable, unique business card with PicMonkey.
Pick a printer to get high-quality business cards
The first thing you need to figure out is how you’re going to print your business cards. There are essentially two options: print them yourself, or send them to a company. Each option has its own benefits.
1. DIY. By printing your own business cards, you can make as many as you need and get them right away—no need to pay for a package of 500 or express shipping. You can also quickly alter your design and make updated cards if your contact information changes. However, business cards printed at home may not look as professional as cards printed by the pros. It’s also important to run the numbers—DIY printing can often cost more than you’d expect (in terms of effort and supplies) if you need more than a few cards. Check out Avery’s YouPrint option if you’re printing your cards at home.
2. Go with a pro. A ton of companies offer business card printing, from office supply stores to specialty companies like Moo and Overnight Prints. You’ll find a wide range of options to fit your budget.
Determining your business card size
It’s important to decide how you’re going to print your business cards first because that can determine your size options—different companies offer different business card sizes. Additionally, standard business card sizes vary by country. In the United States and Canada, the standard size is 3.5 x 2 inches. Head over to the United Kingdom and it’s 3.346 × 2.165 inches (or 85 × 55 mm). Local printing companies can often help you learn which size is standard for your area, and you can also consult online lists of common sizes.
Setting up your business card design
It’s easy to make business cards with PicMonkey’s tools. Let’s assume you want to create a standard business card of 3.5 x 2 inches. Here’s how to set your project up.
1. Hover over Design in the top menu on the PicMonkey homepage until you see the canvas size options, then click Custom.
2. Here’s where a little bit of math comes in. Most professional printers want 300 pixels per inch of resolution (the quantity of pixels in an inch of printed paper). Additionally, we need to add some padding to the design to accommodate printing. Printers call this extra space “bleed” and it means that the background color or photo at the very edge of the design spills over a bit. Add .25 inches to your dimensions, so in this case 3.5 inches becomes 3.75 and 2 inches becomes 2.25 inches.
Now multiply the dimensions by the resolution.
The width is 3.75 inches X 300 pixels per inch = 1125 pixels
The height is 2.25 inches X 300 pixels per inch = 675 pixels
3. Type 1125 into the first box under “Enter a custom size,” and 675 into the second box. Then click Make it!
Now it’s time to design! Find your perfect typeface in the Fonts tab, peruse the selection of graphics in the Overlays tab, and put the color picker to work. You can also easily bring in your own fonts and graphics and use them with PicMonkey’s tools. Just Remember to keep important text and images a little bit away from the edges to allow for the bleed when printing. You can also find some customizable, ready-made designs in PicMonkey’s templates.
What information to share
When designing your business card, it’s essential to put the important information first. What you end up putting on your card depends on your business and needs, but these items are commonly included:
- Your name. List your name in the way you want people to identify you. More informal, shortened versions of names or nicknames are usually okay if your profession doesn’t involve a courtroom or hospital.
- Your job title. This lets people know what you do at the company.
- The company name. Be sure to include the name and, usually, logo of the company you work for.
- A phone number. Many industries are seeing a shift away from phone calls, but including a phone number on your business cards is still considered a fairly standard practice. Also, consider whether or not you want your personal line or cellphone number included on your business card.
- An email address. Include a professional email address that you check frequently.
- A website. Business leads may want to research your company. Help them out by including your website on your business cards.
- Physical address. If you work outside of your home, consider listing your business address on your cards. That way, the people you meet will know where to go if they want to meet with you or send something over.
Save and print
Once your cards are complete, it’s time to save. High-quality JPEGs should do the trick, regardless of how you’re printing your cards. PicMonkey will display your file size and dimensions on the Save screen, next to three quality options. If you’re ordering cards from a printing company, they’ll take it from there. If you’re printing at home, free software and templates that you drop your new design into can be helpful.
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