Designing your business card with royalty free
artwork, cool graphics and downloadable clip art
Online templates and printers have made it easy to
create a business card fast. Most templates already have the
artwork in place and all you have to do is add your contact
information. Of course it's also possible to add you own
artwork or graphics. You can create cool artwork yourself with
graphic design software or download free graphics and clip art
illustrations online. Always check if the graphics are
completely royalty free and can be used for commercial
purposes though. You can also find cool backgrounds and logos
for free on this website. Another thing to keep in mind is the
quality of the artwork. Professional designers usually work
with the vector format because it can be scaled without loss
of quality and Pantone color codes can be incorporated.
Typically vector files end with .eps .ai .svg or .eps. An .eps
file can also be a picture pixel file which is not the same
then. Printing services can print pixel graphics too of course
but for the best printing result the resolution must be high.
The best would be 300 pixels per inch or higher. For printing
your own cards at home 150 pixels per inch should be ok. Note
that the artwork images have to be created in a high
resolution in the first place. Making the resolution higher on
a low res image doesn't really work. Most websites have low
res images of 72 ppi for example (the term dpi is used too).
Unless the illustrations are big enough it's not a good idea
to use them as pictures. To check and edit graphic images you
will need a photo software program like Photoshop or Gimp.
Instructions on how to use these programs can be found online.
Common file types are jpeg tiff psd and eps. A higher
resolution does inflate the file size considerably but luckily
business cards are relatively small so big dimensions are not
Example of business card artwork graphics
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