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Easily Create Your Own Business Card

Category: Business, Photoshop, Video
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Aug 20

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Today’s episode will cover all the techniques you need to make a great business card for your photography! To get started make sure you select an image that best represents your work. A business card is often someone’s first impression of you and your portfolio, so make sure its a great one!

Techniques Covered

  • How to use the type tool
  • Appropriate fonts
  • Great tips for composition and placement
  • Using long or short names
  • Working with images
  • Background colors

Congratulations!

to Christopher Smith for winning our business card contest! To win your Phlearn PRO e-mail us at info@phlearn.com
Thanks so much everyone for your entries!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.shapter Christina Fernandez Shapter

    Thanks for this video : )  BTW:  Did you ever think of the link to graphic designers?….

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.shapter Christina Fernandez Shapter

    Thanks for the great video…Did you ever think of the link to graphic designers?

  • http://twitter.com/DaleTog Dale Richards

    I have been told NEVER to put an image on a business card as it timestamps your work, what are your views?

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Great point Christina, would you recommend a site like dribbble?

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    I think as long as your printer is good, go for it! Moo.com is great

  • http://twitter.com/DaleTog Dale Richards

     I was also told to keep all information on one side so people can stick it on their notice boards and know how to contact you. Also not to use dark colours so people can write on them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502511454 Rachael Marquez

    Nice. I’ve seen so many card templates that try to get you to put a LOT of info and other stuff on the cards. I like the clean simple look. 
    I’ll be posting mine later.

  • Harold

    Thanks again for the great tutorial Aaron.  The possibilities are endless so here is one of many I could have made.

  • Harold

     Doh! Delete that one.

  • Harold

    Thanks again for the great tutorial Aaron.  The possibilities are endless so here is one of many I could have made. 

  • Jack

    Poor Mr Linclon ;)

    Love the simple, clean design. No script font, no oversharing home/work/cell/pager/fax numbers, no cheesy motto :)

  • Paulsongyphoto

    Video does not work…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502511454 Rachael Marquez

    Here is my attempt. I made 3 others but I liked this one the best.

  • Harold

     I agree about Moo.  And if you really look around on their site, you can get 10 custom cards for FREE.  :)

  • laurilaukkanen

    Thank you for the great tips, I have a slightly longer name, so had to play around for a while before getting it to look nice, but I’m quite pleased with the end result… :) Hope you like it too! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502511454 Rachael Marquez

    Posted this earlier but not sure what happened to it. It was one of 4 I made but I liked it the best.

  • TINABROWNPHOTO

    great episode, Thanks!

  • ShadeK

    Say hello to my little friend…

    I was playing around an came up with this, it could be better, but i like it! ^^

    Love the episode (well, i love all the episodes so no surprise there! :P )

  • Paulsongyphoto

    Video finally worked today… great episode Aaron!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  • Harold

     I had the same issue.  Change the mode to from CMYK to RGB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Strickland/100003528426654 Dylan Strickland

    Can’t tell you how much I’ve loved this site… Great work, guys!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502511454 Rachael Marquez

     Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502511454 Rachael Marquez

     Here it is. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Strickland/100003528426654 Dylan Strickland

    If you’re a visual artist, I think it’s incredibly important to use your work to represent you. If I’m expecting someone to use me as a photographer, I can’t assume they’re going to look at my card, walk to the computer and pull up my website on pure faith (ie without any idea what my photos look like). If they like the image on the card, they’re WAY more likely to hold onto it, and actually followup later. I also can’t expect them to remember my name specifically… but they will remember my photos. It’s all about generating traffic.

    As for the card becoming dated (I’m guessing that’s what you mean by timestamp, if not, feel free to ignore the rest)… I can’t speak for anyone else, but my opinion has been that you should
    be regularly updating any media that represents your work (portfolio,
    website, and especially business cards). Cards are cheap, so there’s no
    real reason not to.

    Like I said, though, these are just my thoughts, take them with a HUGE grain of salt.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeflyer09/ Rubén Chase

    This one is my try!
     

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeflyer09/ Rubén Chase

     woah! I don’t know what happened to the colours!

    Maybe other try…

  • Mark Colangelo

    Hi Aaron, can I suggest to include in your screencast also the top menus/tools?
    Thanks
    m.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Strickland/100003528426654 Dylan Strickland

    The reverse side (which I forgot to include) has the contact info, but it’s just a black field with text, so you’re not missing much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Barnhill/100000442368389 Jeremy Barnhill
  • Sebastian Ortiz

    Keep it simple. 

  • http://www.christophersmith.nl/ Christopher

    I don’t know where to upload this for the contest, but I thought i’m just gonna post it here as well! Thank you Aaron for all your fun during your amazing tutorials! It would be cool to take a workshop from you in person and cry of laughter! Ciao Christopher

  • http://www.christophersmith.nl/ Christopher

    Noo wrong color profile! Yikes here it is again, hopefully in a good way! 

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Sure Mark, thanks!

  • Robert France

    Late as always but here’s mine. Thanks for the great tutorials.

  • Raymond Digital

    nice one

  • http://www.facebook.com/nico.belazaras Nicolás Belazaras

    Would it be okay to do like different versions e.g. one for wedding, one for fashion, etc? And give them properly to the different clients… :D

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