If you’re looking to design your own business card in a program like Adobe Photoshop, you may be wondering what the standard size of a business card is in pixels. In this article, we’ll discuss the standard sizing of a few common types of business cards, and also go over a few other design considerations that you should keep in mind when designing your business cards. Let’s get started.
How Big Are Business Cards? Standard Business Card Sizing In Pixels
Business card sizes are mostly standardized, particularly for traditional rectangular business cards. However, it’s important to note that the size of a business card in pixels depends primarily on pixels per inch (PPI) of your design.
PPI is exactly what it sounds like – the number of pixels per inch that make up an image. A PPI of 300 is recommended when designing a business card. A PPI that’s any lower than this will result in a blurry image, and can also result in digital artifacts and other issues. So, if you use a PPI of 300, most business cards will have the following measurements:
- Standard business cards – 1050×600 pixels (3.5×2 inches)
- Square business cards – 750×750 pixels (2.5×2.5 inches)
- Circle business cards – 600×600 pixels (2” diameter)
Depending on the printing company you’re using, these dimensions may vary, and there may be additional options that have different sizes. Just remember that a 300 PPI, one inch is equal to 300 pixels.
Do I Need To Convert Inches To Pixels When Designing My Business Cards?
In most cases, you don’t have to do this when using a graphics program like Adobe Photoshop, or even free alternatives like GIMP or Paint.net. These programs like you specify the actual dimensions of a design file – such as 3.5×2 inches – then set your own pixel density. This gives you more flexibility when creating your business card design.
Design Considerations – Add A “Bleed” Border To Avoid Losing Parts of Your Design
So, you should just create a design that’s 1050×600 pixels or 3.5×2 inches for a standard business card, right? Well, not quite. You need to add a “bleed” to your design, too.
Bleed is a printing term, which refers to an extra border that’s usually about 1/8 to 1/4 inches in size. A bleed is added to the outside border of your design to ensure that no part of your design is cut off when the card is cut after printing.
If you create a design without a bleed, and you have multiple design elements that reach the very edge of the card, there is a possibility that they may be cut off when the card is cut or printed. Adding a bleed to your design ensures that every element of your design remains intact when your cards are printed and cut by a printing service like Print Peppermint.
Know The Dimensions Of A Business Card In Pixels, And Design Your Cards Now!
Now that you know the basics about business card dimensions, proper pixel density and bleed, you’re ready to get started – and design your own business cards. There are plenty of free graphics software programs you can download and use online to design your cards, so get started right away.