What Is a Card?
Generally, a card is described as a sturdy piece of paper or plastic that contains information about its owner or something else. Some cards are made of polyvinyl chloride or PVC such as credit or debit cards and hotel keycards. There are also cards that are made using paper or card stock such as business cards and greeting cards. Due to the broad nature of cards, each type has a specific use including but not limited to identification purposes, making bank or credit transactions, and many more.
How to Make a Card in Adobe Photoshop
Whether you are making a card catalog, greeting card, or an identification card, having a plan can help you get through the process easily. Making the necessary decisions and preparing all the materials and resources needed should be the first few steps. Below is a guide to help you determine what needs to be done to be able to pull off an effective card in Photoshop.
1. Know the Purpose of the Card
Cards are very versatile materials, you could make anything from it ranging from business cards, credit cards, and invitation cards, just to name a few. Before proceeding to design your card, make sure that you already know what your card is supposed to do. If you're creating a business or identification card, then you should now that its purpose is to provide people with your personal and contact details. But if you're creating a greeting, holiday, or thank you card, then your purpose is to write a message to the recipient.
2. Gather Everything You Need
Once you know what your card is for, prepare a simple list consisting of the things that you will need to make the card. Start by gathering the tangible materials such as the card stock, coloring materials, and decorations such as ribbons or glitters. Afterward, prepare the rest of what you need such as the name of the recipient, stock images, or even a card template if you plan on using one.
3. Make an Outline of the Card
After gathering all the necessary information, proceed to outline the content. Doing so will help you visualize the card and determine how to arrange the text and images. Another benefit of making an outline is that it will enable you to organize the content logically, thus minimizing the chances of committing errors that you will need to fix during the proofreading stage.
4. Start Designing Your Card
By using Adobe Photoshop, you can start putting together all the information and elements that you've gathered in the previous steps to finally make your card. As mentioned in an earlier step, you can make use of editable card templates instead of having to start from scratch. If you are, then it will not only aid you in finishing your task on time but it will also help in producing an exceptional output.
5. Produce Copies of Your Card
After working on the design and content, save your work in a printable file format to easily produce copies of it. And to ensure that the output is indeed high-quality, invest in durable card stock and see to it that the printer is set to print at the highest possible setting.