Designing a Print Ready Business Card

In today’s Adobe Illustrator video tutorial I’m going to run through the process of designing a print ready business card file and talk about some of the important things to consider when designing for print. It’s super important that you get things like bleed, color mode and resolution right when you’re creating your artwork, otherwise you might end up having your files rejected by the printer, have to start again from scratch or even receive hundreds of prints back that look nothing like your design!

► Achille font used in this design –
► Space scene by Nienora from Shutterstock –

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    • I personally use Illustrator for small prints like business cards, leaflets, etc just because I’m more familiar with it and it’s easier to create artwork from scratch.
      I’ll use InDesign for multi-page documents to make use of its DTP strengths.

  1. I love the design and the copy, it gave me a smile! Great video, the info about selecting the right color black was especially enlightening.

  2. Nice tutorial.

    What’s gonna happen if I check the trim marks and bleed option? May I do that?


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