June 22, 2021 at 4:34 pm #63282June 22, 2021 at 5:54 pm #63285
Unless you’ve actually done the calculations and found it to be cheaper at home, I suspect that it will be more worthwhile to get a professional to print these for you. You’ll gain three things:
#1, time. Printing and cutting out a hundred business cards (or more as need requires!), with a professional-looking result, doesn’t sound like much, until you try it.
#2, experience printing things commercially. You’ll need to learn about bleeds, etc.
#3. Knowledge on what printers in your area are good and which ones aren’t. You don’t want to wait til you have a client waiting for a printed product before find that out! Many printers will give out free sample packages.
Unless you’re planning on giving this exclusively to people who know you personally, (and I assume that’s not the case), you’ll want your name on there somewhere, especially since you’re putting your phone number on there.
Hope this helps,
WilliamJune 22, 2021 at 6:27 pm #63290
Since the camera is going off the edges, I would recommend not using a border. “Family. Wedding. Commercial” doesn’t feel like it’s in the right place. I would either put it right above the contact info, or move the contact info up to be put underneath it. Far too many fonts used in my opinion. Use the font for “PHOTOGRAPHY” for everything below it perhaps. I do like how the camera is gray and going off the edges like it is!June 22, 2021 at 8:03 pm #63294
How could I improve the graphic design?
Find a businessman, or several, that you know well, and ask them to lend you all the business cards in their wallet. Typically, you’ll get a VERY wide selection, and a lot of ideas!
Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.
WilliamJune 22, 2021 at 9:06 pm #63295
Thank you for all the helpful tips!
How does this look?
ask them to lend you all the business cards in their wallet.
@frazer-family Good idea, I looked through my dad’s big stack. It was especially helpful to see the sizes of fonts.June 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm #63298Ezra MorleyModerator
I am normally a fan of drop shadows, but in this case since the rest of the card is “flat” I think the shadow is too much different to be helpful. I’d recommend making it consistent.
I think overall the idea is a good one! Just a little more tweaking to make it perfect. :). I endlessly tweak my designs, and even then am hardly ever completely satisfied with them.June 22, 2021 at 9:39 pm #63299
I endlessly tweak my designs, and even then am hardly ever completely satisfied with them.
I agree entirely!
Something I learned from @dfrazer is to save copies progressively, so that you can go back to a previous version that you worked on (say the day before yesterday) and glean ideas from the progress you’ve made. It can be encouraging. WARNING: This can be annoying if you’re a real ‘neat bug,’ because you’ll end up having like 20 versions of your file:
You get the point 😉
Another thing that might be helpful is to completely restart the project from scratch (again, keep the design you’ve worked on, it’s very good).
What that does is to help you to think COMPLETELY outside any mental box that the current project might have gotten you into. Do this two or three times, to stretch your creativity.
WilliamJune 23, 2021 at 5:37 pm #63331
It is encouraging to look back at your progress. And it defiantly would stretch your creativity to start from scratch again. I might try that.July 8, 2021 at 4:02 pm #63605
I like the different camera. Looks less like a “toy camera”.
* Drop the drop shadow (drop shadows are to set text off the background, so like if light text on light background….you already have plenty of separation here with the font “colors”)
* Is b&w and gray for colors intentional?
* Maybe stack, left alighted, Family, Wedding, and Commercial, nd make a little bit bigger?
* Embolden “Hannah Jones”
* Drop the words Email, Website, Cell
* Still not digging the fonts….can all the text below be the same as “PHOTOGRAPHY”?July 9, 2021 at 7:02 pm #63652
Thank you @jamesStaddon. Those are some helpful ideas. How does this look?
*What is the smallest font size that you’ll use on a business card?
*I have all the lower text the same font as “PHOTOGRAPHY” it’s just not all caps.
*Yes, the b&w and gray colors are intentional.July 17, 2021 at 2:41 pm #63709
Sounds good, @blessingscaptured. It’s fun to see it’s transformation over time.
Usually, I try not to go any smaller than 8pt.
It’s interesting that it’s the same font since it’s not flat-looking like “Photography”! It’s very creative to have the three “bullet points” as periods before the three types of services. At first I thought it was an alignment mistake since bullet points are usually center- instead of bottom-aligned. I might remove them altogether, but, your call.
Good work Hannah!July 17, 2021 at 7:18 pm #63715
Thanks for the tips!
I did get part of the design idea off of a template on Canva.
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