Simple steps to take before designing a business card (with free template included)

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Need a
creative and cost-effective yet subtle way to advertise your business or spread
the word about your personal brand? If yes, explore the use of business cards
and how designing one to fit your specific needs can help boost your brand’s
recognizability and increase customer leads.

To make the
entire business card-making process easier, we have listed down the most
important elements that should be considered prior to using them to your
advantage. By considering each factor carefully, you are taking a small step
that will allow you to craft a business card that truly complements your brand.

Design Theme

Deciding on a
design theme for your business card is the first step in the card-making
process. This step should not be neglected because a business card theme will
act as the unifying element of the entire calling card.

To
illustrate, if you are a florist and you want to have a business card that will
match your business and occupation, it is best to choose a card design theme
that suits your flower shop business. In this case, following a flat minimalist
card design may work as your business card theme. On the other hand, having a
grunge neon color scheme and design theme may work against your personal brand
identity.

Your business
card theme or motif does not have to be fully formed from the get-go. Simply
deciding on a color palette or on one design element (like the use of a
specific font style) is enough. Give yourself (or your graphic artist) room to
further improve on your base theme choices as the card-making process goes on.
In fact, you may take design inspiration from various free graphic design and
editing sites like Canva.com and Template.net
all before you actually sit down and create an actual business card.

Paper Size and Type

The next step
to take before designing a business card is to find out your preferred paper
size and type. This is an important element that anyone looking for a business
card design should factor in order to create a more unified and impactful look
for their business cards.

Traditionally,
a business card measures 3.5 inches by 2 inches. But nowadays, more and more
people are considering other paper size options. For example, there are now square,
round, and even hexagonal business cards.

In relation
to the paper size, the type of paper to be used should also be considered. You
may choose from regular cardstock, glossy, matte, linen, kraft, and other
premium paper options.

Choose a
paper size and type that will best allow you to showcase your brand’s identity
without compromising your marketing budget.

Bleed

When printing
out any kind of graphic design project, designers need to designate a printing
bleed area on the document. The printing bleed refers to the printed area that
is intended to be cut off. This is the part of the printed business card is the
edge or corner of the card that may contain some design elements but will need
to be removed in order to make sure that all the cards will look exactly alike.

For those who
want to design their own business card, you should make sure that you have
created a bleed area on the card design template. Once the bleed area is placed
on your business card template, you are then free to add your other design
elements and print out the business card without having any issues with the
final business card design.

If you want
to make sure that the business card you are creating already contains a
built-in bleed area, you may use any free or premium business card templates
found at Template.net. This site is rich with printable graphic design project
templates that you can use.

Budget

Another step
that anyone looking to design their own business card should do and factor into
their pre-card-making process is to decide on and find out their marketing
budget. Remember that making business cards is often considered as an
advertising strategy. You will need money to fund the creation and printing of
these business cards.

For most
businesses, creating business cards can be a cost-effective alternative to
making other kinds of print advertising materials. However, freelancers and
individuals may find creating and printing business cards still a costly
endeavor.

Therefore, prior
to sitting down and designing what kind of business card you want, you still
need to create a budget plan that will match your funds and what you want your
completed business card to look like.

Printing Method and Techniques

Earlier, we
have discussed the importance of choosing the paper size and type for your
business card beforehand. This next step in the business card-making process is
related to that. Another crucial step that should be considered prior to
designing a business card is your preferred printing method.

The easiest
and perhaps most convenient method for printing business cards is by doing it
yourself and using your own home or office printer. However, the quality of the
business card printed this way will greatly vary due to the difference in the
printer, ink, and paper being used.

This is the
reason why a lot of people will prefer to use the services of a professional
printing shop. In these shops, people can choose from letterpress printing,
flexography, lithography, gravure printing, and a lot more. Choosing a printing
method also means that you get to decide if you want to have embossed,
debossed, varnished, foiled, laminated, die-cut, or lasered print finishes and
techniques.

Therefore,
prior to designing a business card, you need to know all these printing
techniques and methods and choose the one method that you like best. By doing
this, the rest of the entire card designing process will be easier and more
smooth-sailing.

Color Modes

The last step
to take before designing a business card is to know the difference between
different color modes. When creating any kind of printed media, the two main
color modes used are RGB and CMYK. RGB stands for Red, Green, Blue and it is
used in desktops, TVs, and cameras among others. CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta,
Yellow, Key (black) and it is used by professional printers.

By knowing
what these two color modes are and how you can optimize your graphic design
project to match the CMYK color mode used in printing, you will have an easier
and quicker time in printing your business cards. Knowing how to convert RGB
into CMYK will also allow you to design your business cards that will translate
well from RGB to CMYK color schemes.

Get Ready to Design Your Business Cards!

You have now
reached the end of this short guide on the top steps to take before designing a
business card. Refer back to the guide as much as you need. And, hopefully, you
will master the art of business card design soon. For now, enjoy the
card-making process and have fun soaking your brain with all the design
lessons.

Download our business card template

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