Step 3 Adding a Background
The image that will serve as the background of the business card will probably need to be resized to be a bit larger than the card and resampled to 300 dpi.
I found a nice image of a brown window envelope that was about 3600 x 1800 pixels, 72 dpi and resized (Image – Image Size…) it to 1600 x 766 pixels, 300 dpi. The business card is 1125 x 675 pixels.)
I select the entire envelope image, Edit – Select All (⌘A), copy it, Edit – Copy (⌘C), then switch to my card project and paste it, Edit – Paste (⌘V), as a new layer on top.
Then with the Move Tool, I adjust the final size and placement of the envelope layer.
As mentioned earlier everything outside those guide lines, in the “bleed” area, is just extra material that the printer will cut away. So it’s important to not put anything important near the edges where it will potentially be cut away.
Step 4 Adding a Logo
In keeping with the envelope theme, I used a postage stamp graphic as the logo. The logo should be placed on the card before adding any text. Having any graphic elements already in place will make placing and sizing text easier. I dragged the stamp image file into the project on top of the other layers.
After selecting the Move Tool (V), I scale the logo to an appropriate size and position it where a postage stamp should appear on an envelope. Again, keep the “bleed” area in mind when positioning your content.
I add a bit of shadow to the logo with the Styles pallet, View – Show Styles (⌘7), click Shadow, and using the default settings worked pretty well.
Step 5 Add Some Company Text
I select the Text Tool (T) and place some text on the card with the company name, motto, email address, etc, that would appear to be on the “outside” of the envelope. I set this text layer to a blending mode of Linear Light and reduce the opacity to about 90% so that it interacts a little with the background.
Step 6 Add “First Class” Stamp
Again using the Text Tool, I add “First Class” in a bold, red font and position it toward the lower right corner.
I want to manipulate the appearance of this text layer a bit, so I need to convert it to a pixel layer, Layer – Convert into Pixels. First, I want to rotate it slightly, Edit – Transform…, and grab a corner with a rotation handle.
I also want to make it look a little smudgy as a rubber stamp would. I choose the Eraser Tool (E) and select a grunge brush. A few clicks on the text and I have the effect I want.
I then place the text with just a bit of it extending into the “bleed” area to make it appear the stamp missed the envelope slightly.
Step 7 Add Specific Information
Finally, I add a layer of text for the specific user of the card: name, title, contact info: and place it in the “window” of the envelope. To give the appearance of looking through the window at the text, I blur it just a tiny bit, Effects Browser – Blur – Motion, Radius, 2 pixels.
Finally, I export the whole project as a tiff format file, Share – Export… .
By following the procedure I have demonstrated here and modifying the details to suit your own needs, you should be able to produce a nice, printable business card.