Many people still have a fondness for antique items despite the trend of sleek and modern business card designs. Antiques have an elegance that lasts from generation to generation even if trends change.
If you are a fan of antique pieces or if you are an antique collector, then you will love a vintage designed business card. Creating a faux antique business card design to be printed on the paper is sure to attract the attention of other antique aficionados.
Creating such an antique designed business card does not always have to be left to the professionals. With this tutorial, you can save some money by designing your own business card. Follow these instructions to make an antique business card using Photoshop.
With Photoshop open, let’s start!
Create a new file by clicking on ‘File’ and then choosing ‘New.’ Make the document size 14 inches in width and 8 inches in height with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. Click ‘OK’ or press enter after.
Search for old paper textures online by typing “old paper textures free” or “free old paper textures” on your favorite search engine. Choose old paper texture no smaller than 500 x 500 pixels that you prefer most and save to your computer. Try to find and save a paper texture file that looks old and worn and the second texture with torn edges.
With your chosen texture, open them in Photoshop, Select All (CTRL+A on PC, command+A on mac) and copy and paste it on to the 14 x 8-inch document created earlier. Re-size the image (CTRL+T or Command+T) until it fits the whole document if needed. If the paper texture you chose has light edges, darken it by using the ‘Burn Tool’ to make it look older.
Add the torn paper texture next by copying, pasting, and resizing it onto the 14 x 8-inch document as you did in step 3. Make the layer ‘Hard Light’ by choosing ‘Hard light’ on the drop down menu in the layers panel. The layers panel can usually be found on the bottom, right part of the screen. If the hue of the business card looks too bright, you may adjust it to your desired brightness on the ‘Fill’ amount option on the layers panel.
Once the paper looks “distressed” or “Weathered” enough, ‘Flatten’ the layers and continue to the next step. ‘Flatten can be found on the drop down menu of the ‘Layers’ tab.
At this point you can now put your contact information in the layout. When choosing the font for your contact details, pick “antique” styled fonts like ‘Old English’ or ‘Palace Script MT.’ Choosing these fonts can help in adding the look of age to the business card. A suggestion is to choose a faded black-brown color for the font color. Antique papers usually have a faded brown type on them that makes them look old rather than a freshly-typed looking solid black color.
Small design elements on the card can bring uniqueness and the careful detailing you often see on antiques to your business card. Be sure that these elements also compliment the overall antique look and feel of the card. Victorian or old European styled designs work best.
Some Design Pointers
Be sure to save your work if you’re pausing or continuing the project later on! Once you have achieved the look you want, print a sample and check it before printing the rest. For people who find it easier to follow video tutorials, watch the video version of this tutorial here. If you’re an antique collector or trader, this is a great do-it-yourself project that can be fulfilling for any business owner.