Designing a Classy Retro Business Card

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Retro is my latest craze. I present retro designing related posts quite often these days, and today I’ve made this tutorial for designing a retro style business card.

Such a business card should be suitable for anything related to film/record store, photographer and such businesses which are related to media.

You can learn to create this card through this tutorial or you can wait until next week when we’ll publish this card another one in free PSD giveaway. But this will be a different kind of giveaway. In our giveaways, you are destined to win! If you comment, you will win, it doesn’t matter how many comments we receive, everybody will win. So don’t forget to participate in the giveaway.

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Note: This is a double sided business card, so before sending the order for these printing cards (although this is just a tutorial for designing, it is my job to tell you about the printing press as well) make sure that you tell the printer that this is a double sided card, and it needs 2 color printing on both sides.

 Final Result

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Ground Work

We have to make the pattern that will serve as the background in our business card, but first open the new file.

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Don’t let the lined background of the screenshots distract you, focus only on the center part. I have a new file opened and it is fully zoomed in.

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Creating the Pattern

Time now to get on with the pattern. We’ll start by drawing a few rectangles. Draw these larger than the canvas size. We have to do this because we’re gonna rotate them in the next step, if they are the same height as the canvas, once rotated they will not cover all the area. Now check the screenshot below the see what I mean. I created a 2 rectangles, 5 pixels each, one is gray and the other is black. Then I rotated them. Hit CTRL+T and rotate it.

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Then go to Edit>Define Pattern then add the name of the pattern.

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Pattern Number 2

Now repeating the steps I defined above, create another patter. I didn’t wanna lengthen this tutorial anymore so you are just seeing the final result of pattern number 2.

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Business Card Document

Create a new file, this is for our business card. Size it according to your needs.

Tip: for all print media graphics, don’t forget to keep the resolution and 300 DPI/PPI. For more info on these things, please check: Graphic Designing Theorems and Terminology

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First thing we gotta do is create a new layer, and add the background on it. For that, we’ll use a gradient.

Right Click on the layer in the layer’s panel and click Layer Styles, and in here, go to Gradient Overlay. 

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And Pattern Overlay. We’ll use the pattern we created first.

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Result!

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Banner Ribbon

Time now to make a path. This will be a design element. Pen tool is coming into play now. Create the shape in the screenshot below. Reach to Paths Panel, right click on the path and click Make Selection. Once you get a marquee selection, create a new blank layer, hit CTRL+Enter fill this layer with foreground color. I used simple orange color and it now looks like a ribbon type shape.

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Fill the 2nd pattern we created in this new ribbon layer.

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On the edges of the ribbon shape, I’m adding a white colored line. I used the weight of 3px, placed both these lines on the edges and created a clipping mask of them. Just right click the layer containing the line and click Create Clipping Mask.

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Duplicate the layer.

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Now I created another rectangle. Just a simple one. Then I copied the layer styles from the ribbons and paste the styles into this new rectangle.

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Now you should have some basic shape of the banner, but it needs a bit of a finishing touch. Let’s create some shadows. Use the pen tool to draw the following shape.

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Fill the shape with a slightly darker shade of orange color, and then place it to the location I’ve pointed out in the screenshot below. Then duplicate the shape on the other side of the banner.

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Adding Company Name

Now it is time to add your company name. It was pretty obvious what I’d write.

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Now create another text layer, type the same thing and place it at about 2-3 pixels higher then the previous text layer. This new text layer will hold the text in solid white color.

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Time for applying Layer Styles. Right now, I’m applying stroke.

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Here i’m applying the Drop Shadow.

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Almost Done!

This is the front side of our business card, complete. Now let’s turn to the other side.

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The other side will use a solid background color.

Tip: Create a new file for the other side of the card. Separate files open quickly, and (God forbid) if one file gets corrupt, the other stays safe. 

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Now in a new layer, I typed “You’re” in Aidu font. This “You’re” will obviously be replaced by your name. Once you have written your name, add a little drop shadow.

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Now duplicate the text layer, in front of the previous layer. You should get this result, shown in the picture below.

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Here are a few layer styles I’m applying on this new layer.

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In the end you should get this. I added two solid red color lines in front of “you’re” which is placeholder for your name.

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Now I used a few custom shapes for adding contact info, such as telephone number, address etc. I used Bebas Neue font for writing contact details.

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Here are the layer styles I’m applying on this additional info. Basically these are the same values which we used for “You’re” styles.

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and we got this.

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 Finally, its done!

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Click for Large Size Screenshots: Front Side – Back Side

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Comments
  1. vexeldesain January 2, 2013 at 12:18 am

    nice pattern thanks 🙂

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