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Creating a business card
First of all, what you should know is that the standard measures for a business card are these: Width: 3.75 inches and 2.25 inches Height. Be careful not to forget to put a 300DPI resolution, the minimum DPI for printing purpose. So let’s create a document with these specifications.
Now go to Image > Mode > CMYK Color (this is the color mode that is used for printing.
Now let’s create guidelines: make the first guidelines to 0.125 inches from the margins. The outermost lines are called cut/trim lines. The cut lines show where your design will be cut away from the much larger sheet of paper it was printed on. This ensures color all the way to the very edge of your cards. This method is called full bleed. The innermost lines are called the safety lines. Anything outside these lines run the risk of being cut off. Although the cutting machines are very accurate, staying inside of this area ensures that important text/graphics won’t
be chopped off. It also helps make your card more readable. Keep all your non-background text, logos, pictures, etc. inside of these lines. These lines should be 0.250 inches from the margins.
Now you are ready to begin designing your business card. It’s up to you to decide what you want the card to look like. Start experimenting and using the different tools to get the look you want. With unlimited amounts of colors and tools to choose from, anything is possible.
Now letís add an element to give the business card a little contrasting colors. With the selection tool, I made a selection on a new layer and filled it with a blue color.
I added a line with the same selection tool, the same color with the bottom element. On this line we will add your name and below your title.
Now we will place our elements on the business card. Remember to put them inside the safety line we discussed earlier.
Here is something I made based on this template you see:

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