How to Create a Cardboard Textured Business Card in Adobe Photoshop

Business cards are valuable tools in today’s society. But how can you make business cards stand out from the rest of the crowd? An easy idea is to print your business card on different materials, such as cardboard, leather, or even metal.

Although this is a simple idea, some people may not have the money to be able to print their cards on expensive materials. In this case, using a mock-textured stationery can be a low-cost solution to expensive, heavy-textured cardstock.

To save even more money, all business owners can make their own business cards with this tutorial. This tutorial demonstrates how to create a business card in Photoshop that looks like an expensive, textured paper business card. This way, all that is needed is plain white card stock.

This tutorial will also show you how to produce a business card that appears pressed onto textured cardboard.

Step 1

Launch Adobe Photoshop on your computer and start a new document with the settings set to a width of 14 inches, a height of 8 inches, and the resolution to 72. It is better to design at a larger scale so that it is clearer when finished and ready to be printed.

Step 2

Select all and fill the entire area with the color # AAA494 or a shade of gray close to that color. After doing so, keep everything selected and apply a cloud filter to the area. You can do this by going to the drop-down menu, Filter> Render> Clouds. Make sure there is enough contrast or adjust the brightness / contrast until it looks natural enough.

Step 3

Apply some texture by choosing Filter> Noise> Add Noise with the 4 / Gaussian / Monochrome setting.

Step 4

Go to Filter> Blur> Motion Blur, with the Angle set to 90 degrees and the Distance to 8. Applying this texture will give your business card a recycled cardboard look that appears to have paper fibers. The paper fibers are typically aligned horizontally or vertically.

Step 5

Add a color overlay layer style to your contact card template. Go to Layer> Layer Style> Color Overlay to do this. Once the settings box appears, set Color to # 7b6d52, which is a brown paper color. Change the blending mode to Color and the Opacity to 100%.

Step 6

Next, apply a pattern overlay layer style to the business card template. To do this, go to Layer> Layer Style> Pattern Overlay. Once the settings box opens, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and make the Opacity 75 percent.

Choose from fibers 1 and 2 of the grayscale paper patterns that will add to the textured look of the business card. Set the scale to 100 and check the ‘Link to layer’ box. Adjust the opacity to make it as natural as possible; about 85 percent opacity is good.

Step 7

To make the card look more three-dimensional, you will apply a layer of Bevel and Emboss. Go to Layer> Layer Style> Bevel and Emboss. Once the settings box opens, set Bevel to Inner Bevel; set the technique to Soft; set the depth to 100%; set Direction to Up; set Size to 1; and set Smooth to 0%. For Shading options, set Angle to 120 degrees and check Use global light; set the Altitude to 30 degrees and use Gloss Contour; set the Highlight Mode to Screen and set the Opacity to 75% with the Shadow set to Multiply mode. The opacity should be set to 30%.

Step 8

The next thing is to create a new layer and add speckles to your business card. Stains will make the design look more natural. To do this, click Layer> Layer Style> Overlay Pattern. When the settings box opens, set the Style to a Blending Mode of Normal and set its Opacity to 100. Choose the Charcoal Stains pattern from the Grayscale Paper patterns.

Step 9

This next step will help show the effects of charcoal. To do this, create another layer and fill it with black. Separate the layer style from the layer by right-clicking the layer style icon and selecting Create Layers. Once the layer’s layer style has been adapted to a separate layer, you can now remove the black filled layer, leaving the newly created layer to work. This will fill the layer with the Charcoal Flecks pattern.

Step 10

Now we want to expand that layer so that the specks look bigger. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + T and dragging / expanding the layer until you achieve more visible spots. Adjust layer levels to increase contrast. To do this, drag the center slider to the right and the right slider to the left until the background is completely white and the dots really stand out. Next, change the layer’s Fill Opacity to around 60% and change the layer’s Blending Mode to Multiply.

Step 11

This is basically a repeat of steps 9 and 10, but this time we are making white spots to add more contrast to the design. The quick and easy way to do this is to duplicate the Charcoal Flecks layer, invert the colors, and then set the mode to Overlay. So instead of dark spots, you have white spots. Then you should flip the layer horizontally and vertically so that the direction and distribution of the white spots are not the same as those of the dark spots.

Step 12

To simulate a font with an emboss effect, write the words you need to add to the business card and then apply a bevel and emboss layer style on it. Set the Embossed Style and the Soft Chisel Technique.

Change the depth to 100%. The direction should be set to Down and the angle should be 120 degrees. Check mark Use global light and altitude must be 30 degrees. Use Linear Glow Outline. The highlight mode must be set to Screen. The shadow mode should be set to Multiply and the opacity for both should be 75%.

To make shapes on the business card that appear pressed with letters, just make the shapes you want and then convert them to paths and then apply ‘stroke stroke’ with the color you want. Rasterize the layer afterward and then do the same emboss and bevel layer style procedure that we did with the typeface earlier.

Step 13

For additional designs, add a red border to the bottom half of the contact card. To make the border, just make a new layer, select about an inch, and then fill it with color. You can use the paint bucket to color the selected area and then set the Layer Mode to Multiply and the Opacity to around 75%.

Step 14

Lastly, you can put additional text on the red border to make things more balanced.

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