1. How to Install or Load Photoshop Custom Shapes
Go to Edit > Presets and select Preset Manager. In the Preset Type drop-down menu, select Custom Shapes and press Load. Now browse to the location where you’ve unzipped the file and select Tutorial-Shapes.csh. Press Load and you’re done.
2. How to Set Up a New Document for a Business Card
Go to File > New and enter the following:
- Name: Business-Card-Front
- Width: 3.25 Inches
- Height: 1.75 Inches
- Resolution 300 Pixels/Inch
- Color Mode: CMYK Color 8bit
- Background Contents: White
Now press OK to create the document.
3. How to Create Safe, Trim and Boundary Guidelines for a Business Card
Before we start, make sure the following options are enabled. If there is a check next to the option, it’s already enabled, and you may skip to the next step.
Press Control-R or go to View > Rulers to show Rulers. Next, go to View and check Snap. Finally, go to View > Snap To and check Guides, Layers and Document Bounds.
Let’s begin with the Safe Area guidelines, within which all important images and text should be kept. Simply click on the Ruler and Drag a guideline to all four sides of the document. It should snap into position easily.
Now let’s increase the canvas size to 3.5 x 2 inches. Go to Image > Canvas Size and set the Width: 3.5 inches followed by Height: 2 inches. Press OK.
Next, we will create the Trim guidelines. Anything beyond this guideline will be trimmed away after printing. Now click on the Ruler and Drag a guideline to all four sides of the document.
Increase the canvas size one last time. Go to Image > Canvas Size and set Width: 3.75 inches followed by Height: 2.25 inches. Press OK to apply the changes.
Create the Boundary guidelines. Although not necessary, having this guideline will definitely help when aligning objects to the edge. Simply click on the Ruler and Drag a guideline to all four sides of the document.
Now that it’s done, let’s go ahead and lock the guidelines in their current position. Go to View and check Lock Guides.