|There are many types of templates and just as many uses for them. A large part of my design business is designing business cards for small businesses and I do most of my designing in PhotoshopR. When I found myself repeating several steps each time I started a new project, I decided to create a template that I could use as a starting point for each new business card design. By starting with this template, I know my document window is the correct size and the guides are already in place. |
Most of my customers prefer horizontal business card designs and the standard size for a business card is 2 x 3.5 inches at 300 dpi. I also wanted the option of full bleed printing which means that the design goes all the way to the edge of the business card. In order to prevent an unsightly white border around the edge of the full bleed designs, I would need to extend the design beyond the trim line for the business card. This extension will be trimmed away leaving a clean edge with no unsightly border. Unfortunately, there is no standard for this trim-away area and each printer has a different specification. When I checked with several online and offline printing services I got specs between 1/16 to 1/4 inches for this safety cushion. So I decided to error on the side of caution and use 1/4 inch. During my research, I also found that inkjet print-to-the-edge business cardstock, such as Avery item number 8373, has 8 cards per sheet.
OK, now we are ready to build the business card template.