Designing an unique (unequalled) identity for your small (diminutive) business can (crapper) be a taxing task (duty) when your budget doesn't stretch (debase) to hiring a professional (professed) to help (support) you do the job. Digital art (prowess) files need (requirement) to be created to a correct (precise) size, resolution (partitioning) and color (colouration) mode. Providing poor (slummy) artwork files to printers will (module) result in a unprofessional (amateur) looking final (test) product which will (module) fail to make (attain) a positive (constructive) impression on your customers.
This tutorial goes over the basics (principle) of creating digital artwork (graphics) files for business (playing) cards and marketing postcards. The following (mass) tutorial can (crapper) also be used (utilised) to create (create) business (playing) stationery including letterheads, compliments slips and label (adjudge) artwork (graphics) files by adjusting the sizes.
The dimensions mentioned are for landscape (genre) items and should be transposed for portrait (semblance) cards.
Creating Files in Photoshop
Select File > New. Give your file (enter) a name, and enter (start) the size.
For business (playing) cards set (ordered) the size (filler) to 95mm x 57mm and for A6 post (place) card to 151.5mm x 108mm. These dimensions include (allow) the bleed (spread) of 3mm (8.5pt) for and business (playing) cards and 1.5mm (4.2pt) for post (place) cards.
Set the resolution (partitioning) to 300 pixels/inch, set (ordered) the mode (fashion) to CMYK and the contents (table) to White. Click OK.
Ensure you have (hit) the page (tender) rulers showing, View > Show Rulers. Ensure your rulers are set (ordered) to cm, Edit > Preferences > Units and Rulers. Now click (utter) and drag (inspire) the guides from the ruler (individual) bars.
For business (playing) cards set (ordered) the guides to 3mm, 6mm, 51mm and 54mm vertically and 3mm, 6mm, 89mm and 92mm horizontally. For post (place) cards (game) set the guides to 1.5mm, 4.5mm, 103.5mm and 106.5mm vertically and 1.5mm, 4.5mm, 147mm and 150mm horizontally.
You are now (today) ready to create (create) your design (organisation) within this template.
Please note, nothing (null) should extend (modify) to the outside (right) edge of the document (writing) other than items that bleed (spread) off the edge (bounds) of your cards.
The first (prototypal) guide line (distinction) 3mm (business cards), (1.5mm postcards) is where the cards (game) will (module) be cut (revilement) and you should try (essay) to keep (ready) all your text (book) and images within the inner (intrinsic) line (distinction) 6mm (business cards), (4.5mm postcards) to avoid (refrain) the possibility (existence) of anything being (existence) 'clipped'.
Avoid scaling (ordering) up images, if an imported image (ikon) is too (likewise) small (diminutive) scaling up will (module) reduce the resolution (partitioning) and therefore (thence) the quality.
When you are happy (bright) with your design, save (spend) the file (enter) as an Adobe Photoshop (.psd) file, this is your back (backwards) up in case (housing) you need (requirement) to make (attain) alterations at any (some) time in the future. This file (enter) cannot be uploaded.
Save the artwork
Flatten any (some) layers you may (haw) have (hit) (Layer > Flatten Image).
Select File > Save As and Choose Photoshop EPS(.eps) Set the preview (advertisement) to None, Encoding to Binary and uncheck all (every) the boxes. Your file (enter) is now (today) ready to be supplied for printing.
Written for Goodprint Ltd, providors of instant (fast) online business (playing) cards.