33 Tutorials to Design Your Own Business Cards

Business cards are an important marketing tool for many designers, and a lot of web designers also design business cards for their clients. If you’re interested in learning more about business card design take a look at the tutorials presented here. Some of the tutorials cover the process of designing the card in Photoshop and others use Illustrator.

For some examples of excellent business card designs please see:

Creating a Colorful Vibrant Business Card

Creating a Colorful Vibrant Business Card

Create a Fun Print-Ready Doodled Business Card Design

Create a Fun Print-Ready Doodled Business Card Design

How to Make a Great Print-Ready Business Card in Photoshop

How to Make a Great Print-Ready Business Card in Photoshop

Creating a Cartoony Print-Ready Business Card in Photoshop

Creating a Cartoony Print-Ready Business Card in Photoshop

How to Create a Sophisticated Business Card Design

How to Create a Sophisticated Business Card Design

 

Create a Print-Ready Business Card Design in Illustrator

Create a Print-Ready Business Card Design in Illustrator

How to Create a Colorful Business Card Template in Illustrator CS4

How to Create a Colorful Business Card Template in Illustrator CS4

Create a Business Card in Illustrator and Print it with UPrinting

Create a Business Card in Illustrator and Print it with UPrinting

How to Design an Abstract Business Card in Photoshop

How to Design an Abstract Business Card in Photoshop

Design a Slick Print Ready Business Card Design Using Photoshop

Design a Slick Print Ready Business Card Design Using Photoshop

Create a Grunge Print-Ready Business Card

Create a Grunge Print-Ready Business Card

Design a Cool and Original Jeans Style Business Card in Photoshop

Design a Cool and Original Jeans Style Business Card in Photoshop

Design a Print-Ready Business Card for Designers

Design a Print-Ready Business Card for Designers

Business Card Design Project Walkthrough

Business Card Design Project Walkthrough

Making a Grungy Business Card

Making a Grungy Business Card

Cardboard and Torn Paper Business Card

Cardboard and Torn Paper Business Card

Design a Dirty Business Card

Design a Dirty Business Card

How to Create a Nebula Background Business Card

How to Create a Nebula Background Business Card

How to Create a Sweet Bokeh Business Card in Photoshop

How to Create a Sweet Bokeh Business Card in Photoshop

Design a Clean Striped Business Card in Illustrator

Design a Clean Striped Business Card in Illustrator

Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop

Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop

Design a Print Ready Business Card

Design a Print Ready Business Card

How to Create Print Ready Standard Size Business Cards

How to Create Print Ready Standard Size Business Cards

How to Create Old Grunge Style Print Ready Business Card

How to Create Old Grunge Style Print Ready Business Card

Stylish Print-Ready Business Card Design

Stylish Print-Ready Business Card Design

Designing a Professional Business Card in Photoshop

Designing a Professional Business Card in Photoshop

Create a Molten Chocolate Business Card in Photoshop

Create a Molten Chocolate Business Card in Photoshop

Make a Swiss Design Inspired Business Card in 30 Minutes

Make a Swiss Design Inspired Business Card in 30 Minutes

How to Design a Business Card

How to Design a Business Card

How to Create a Stylish Business Card Template in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Stylish Business Card Template in Adobe Photoshop

How to Make a Space-Themed Business Card in Photoshop

How to Make a Space-Themed Business Card in Photoshop

Business Card Design Walkthrough

Business Card Design Walkthrough

Create a Slick Business Card with Stunning Typography

Create a Slick Business Card with Stunning Typography

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  • Joe, May 10, 2011

    Hey thanks, for this, My plan for today was to get business cards and thanks to you accomplished in no time :) used this tut “Create a Business Card in Illustrator and Print it with UPrinting” never used UPrinting as im in UK, but got my cards ordered, Thanks :)

  • Some real nice tutorials in there, thanks for compiling and sharing the list!

    Jamie

  • Vandelay Website Design, May 10, 2011

    Joe,
    Glad to hear that it helped!

  • Gonzo the Great, May 10, 2011

    “Some of the tutorials cover the process of designing the card in Photoshop”… eeeehhr? The biggest deadly sin ever ..!

    If you wanna learn how to make buzzcards, please skip the Photoshop-tuts in this Article. Cheers & Ciao ..

    • Vandelay Website Design, May 11, 2011

      Gonzo,
      I agree that Illustrator is ideal, but if you don’t have it Photoshop can get the job done too if it’s set up properly.

  • Mould Tooling, May 11, 2011

    WO! pretty good collection. Thank you for your sharing.

  • Litmusbranding, May 11, 2011

    Great article with well explained tutorials. Thank you very much for all tips. It’s not easy at all to find high quality information to design own business cards like yours.

  • enursa, May 11, 2011

    Wow. Amazing. I need it. I want to create one for my new business.

    Thanks.

  • A business card is the most important tool any designer (or businessman) should have. It delivers the brand of your company and, most importantly, it represents YOU as a creative professional. It gives your potential client a glimpse into who you are, what you can do and your level of professionalism. Lets be honest, high quality work and reasonable pricing do not always speak for its self, but professionalism always does. That is what a client is looking for, someone they can rely on, trust and ultimately deliver the project they require. That is what your business card must reflect.

  • Gonzo the Great, May 12, 2011

    Hi Vandelay Website Design,

    .. if you don’t have Illustrator then buy it, cause you really need vector-based software when designing logo’s, buzzcards, brochures, etc. This way you know you can set the right spot colors, bleeds, transparency, fill, etc., etc. Especially when you’re using 2 to 4 color offset printing, you NEED Illustrator.

    Photoshop is made for pixelated-stuff and especially for photo’s, editing or manipulating pictures and images, according to the name of this software. Photoshop is fine to use when making graphics for the web, because screen resolution is just 72 dpi instead of 300+ dpi needed for (offset) printing.

    But okay, I agree with you that it’s possible to use photoshop for a digital printjob, but the result will never be that crisp and it’s a big suprise every time to see if your colors are mixed well or that the colors are totally off? (I’ve seen ColdGray11 turn green, blue and even red – what should be impossible, because there is NO red in CG11!)

    Nevertheless, I enjoyed the Illustrator tuts you shared ;-P Thanks for that,
    Cheers & Ciao ..

    • Vandelay Website Design, May 12, 2011

      Gonzo,
      I agree with you and I prefer Illustrator, but the fact is a lot of people out there are not going to be able to afford Illustrator and are going to use Photoshop. Especially for those who are just getting started in their career, Illustrator can be pretty expensive. If some people aren’t going to have Illustrator we might as well list some of the best tutorials for using Photoshop.

  • blumenconcepts, May 12, 2011

    Great ideas. BTW, You can use photoshop for design just as well, you just need to understand resolution, colorspace, and typography well and the rules of RGB and CMYK within photoshop. Your largest possible end result should drive how you create your design.

  • SP4 Web Design, May 12, 2011

    Illustrator is my preference when it comes to laying out business cards. Much easier to wok with vs. Photoshop.

  • Virtual Agents, May 13, 2011

    Thanks for compiling and sharing the list! Every design is very interesting. Going to make a cardboard and torn paper business card now!

  • web design hull, May 14, 2011

    Some great tutorials, thanks for sharing. I might be being a bit old fashioned but for all that Illustrator is mentioned in the comments above, when I’m creating artwork for business cards or general stationery I’d usually use InDesign or Quark with the graphics created in Illustrator.

  • Jay, May 16, 2011

    Great collection of tutorials. Photoshop is really a great software. Though now I use Illustrator as well. The business cards look lovely, the colors, the layout. Helpful tutorials.

  • Katie, May 16, 2011

    The third Chris Spooner card reminds me of this design: http://www.cat5iveprint.com/store/business-cards/linen

    A lot of these cards seem like the text on them would be too small at printed size.

  • McMinn, May 16, 2011

    Awesome post! I started designing business cards for personal use the other day, I’ll probably take a few steps back now. Its really interesting to see how people are using the second side of the business card these days. So many options….

  • kijiji barrie, September 29, 2012

    Designing your own business card is very beneficial economically. I will try to do it myself