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DarkstarDesigns says

Hey

I have been asked by a friend to make some business cards and my problem is i have, always work for things online not for print.

I just not sure what size it needs to be or dpi, i think i did something like below, i looked the size up i just cant remember the exact values

3.25 inch by 2.25 inch at 300 DPi

But it seems too big i just am not sure, sorry if i am asking a noobish question!

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fmdesignlab says

if you use Adobe Photoshop at 300 DPI the canvas size image appears really big, but don’t worry it’s correct. Try to use Illustrator or Indesgin, works good for a business card template.

but if you want a business card not for print you have to use a 72 DPI resolution.

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matu says

make sure you have it set to CMYK colour format as well

it will look big on the screen this is the way it should be as long as you have the dimensions above and dpi

you can get some templates to look at here http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?search_rating=&search_license=&submit=Search&search_category=225&search_pubdate=&search_exchange=19&num=25&sort=1&startnum=1&searchfield=business%20card%20template&event=search&search_platform=0

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ArikB says

http://www.greatfxbusinesscards.com/photoshop.htm

Download a template from there.

Here’s how DPI works:

DPI stands for Dots Per Inch, on your screen you have PPI which is Pixels Per Inch. Your screen displays stuff at around 72PPI or DPI . It literally shows 72 pixels for every inch of space. Now a printer is set to 300DPI, it prints 300 dots per inch.

Your screen needs to place those 300 dots in a 72 dot space. Now that’s a problem, so it shows the card at 300/72=4.1667 times larger than it really is.

the card will print 4.1667 times smaller than it’s shown on your screen.

If you really want to figure out what resolution your screen is running then you can use the following formula

sqrt((width of screen in pixels)^2+(height of screen in pixels)^2)/(screen size in inches)=dpi

A default US size card is 3×2.5 inches. Now you need a margin on each side for the cutter. Usually this is .125 (1/8) of an inch, you can go bigger though. Since those margins exist on each side, you get .25 (1/4) of an inch space added in width and height.

In total this means that 3.5×2 becomes 3.75×2.25.

Remember that printers print items in CMYK and make sure that you use rich black (so black shouldn’t be K=100 but a mixture of the 4 colors). You can google rich black and you will get results.

I have started a website intended for questions such as this, it’s called http://www.wehelpdesign.com . I’ll be making a press release soon, but you can start asking questions there.

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DarkstarDesigns says

Thanks alot everybody it is all good i did it right and got the right dimessions also the right DPI .

Cheers for the link to business card template veryuse ful starting point and it even has guides!

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cdutson says

Don’t forget about bleeding any of your images over edge of your cards. You want your text to be at least 1/8 (0.125) inches away from the cutting edges of the card, and you want any colours/images that go right to the edge to actually bleed over it by at least 1/8 (0.125) of an inch as well.

The reason for this is that a cutting blade isn’t perfect, and sometimes may drift up to 1/8th of an inch either way. By making sure your text is far enough in, and your colours/images far enough out, even if the cut isn’t perfect you don’t lose text or end up with a sudden white edge.

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DarkstarDesigns says
Don’t forget about bleeding any of your images over edge of your cards. You want your text to be at least 1/8 (0.125) inches away from the cutting edges of the card, and you want any colours/images that go right to the edge to actually bleed over it by at least 1/8 (0.125) of an inch as well. The reason for this is that a cutting blade isn’t perfect, and sometimes may drift up to 1/8th of an inch either way. By making sure your text is far enough in, and your colours/images far enough out, even if the cut isn’t perfect you don’t lose text or end up with a sudden white edge.

cheers dude i the file i did ended up being right i had been told about the size it was the dpi that confused me as it made me think my card too big,

but thanks to ArikB’s awesome explination which was very detail i got why i thought it was to big but it down to screen vs print.

Thanks everybody for all your help, after this little project i will try my hand at doing some business card for this site!

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Firsh says

Thank you for the heads up on rich black ArikB, never heard of it.

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