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Business card (Photoshop)

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  1. healzer

    healzer Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I have a school task of creating Business Card.

    But Am having some trouble with my CS5 Photoshop (x32 & x64)...

    A standard business card size is: 3.5" x 2" (262 x 150 pixels)
    When I use inches in Photoshop, I get like a 1050x600 pixels size image... that isn't correct.....

    can't find the answer :eek:
     
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    Use Pixels then instead of Inches :)
     
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  3. healzer

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    yea... but the problem is:

    262x150 pixels seems, like, very small, too small for a business card... don't u think??
     
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    Real resolution would be: 252x144 pixels if i'm not horribly wrong.

    And yeah, it is small, but thats why i suggest that you do this with illustrator. Best for doing business cards cause vectors wont loose quality when resizing.
     
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    for printing you want 300 dpi (dots per inch/pixels per inch basically)
    set that then set your size you want the image in inches
    it should work out
    don't set it in pixels or else you'd have to calculate that
     
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    Conversion from pixels to inches is determined by the dpi resolution. for 262 x 150 pixels to equal 3.5" x 2" the resolution needs to be set at 75dpi.

    m0nster is right though 75dpi is pretty low for printing, setting the resolution at 300dpi and then selecting size at 3.5" x 2" will be a much larger file but give you much nicer results when you go to print.

    If the assignment called for 262 x 150 pixels though, just set your resolution at 75dpi and you'll be good to go. :yumyum:
     
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  7. tony-raymondo

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    use these settings

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    I am :)
    but I still get a VERY large output result (1050x600 pixels....)

    anyways

    what do you guys think of my current result?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    looks good so far. to add some more pizazz (bling bling, sparkle, fancyness) you could make a small icon to put in place of those bullet points inbetween finance/support/accounting

    like your currencies symbol inside a blue circle with the currency symbol gray or white

    the lines on the front are nice, you could keep them, but what my teacher taught and i try and live by for graphics, is always have a reason behind every element, effect, color, font etc on whatever your doing to a extent. I'm not saying you have to use green instead of blue because green means money, but its just something to always keep in mind and helps. goodluck!
     
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    accountancy???????????
     
  11. GreyWolf

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    Don't worry about how big the image is on your monitor. At 100% your monitor will display the image at its actual pixel count. So no matter what the dpi setting of your image file a 1050 pixel wide image will use 1050 pixels on your screen.

    When printing your dealing with something completely different. When printing at 300 dpi the printer will print 300 dots (pixels) per inch, so a 1050 pixel wide image will print at 3.5 inches, but it will be very crisp and clean. Basically photo quality although the paper and ink itself may not be. If you were to take that same 1050 pixel wide image and print it at 75 dpi the print would be 14 inches wide, but the print would look very grainy and nowhere near photo quality.

    At 75 dpi the printer will print 75 dots per inch, so a 262 pixel wide image will also be 3.5 inches wide, but as mentioned above the print will be very grainy.

    If you're assignment is to actually print the cards and turn them in, then you should do as tony-raymondo suggests and use the 300dpi setting. You'll get a much better result if you do.

    If you're assignment is to just design the card and turn in the file to your instructor and they requested the file size to be 262x150 then you should use the 75dpi setting to get the same 3.5" x 1.5" size.


    And as far as the design, yeah it looks nice. I guess it will really depend on what instructions were given for the assignment. I like it though.
     
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  12. ilovemedia

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    Just as everyone said, converting between pixels and inches is not quite so simple. You have to take into consideration the resolution that you want to work with and the general quality of the prints you are expecting. If you still don't find any revelations within the comments here you can try searching for tutorials on business card design and printing.