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Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 9:50 am
by AdamWright
Do any of you have personalized business cards for your picture-taking efforts? If so, do you design them yourselves and where are they printed?

-Adam

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:07 am
by tpk
Thanks to a recommendation from Glenn Stewart, I got mine done here:

http://www.clickbusinesscards.com.au

and they did an excellent, very professional job.

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:21 am
by ua777222
http://www.vistaprints.com/

Not as nice but they do offer free cards with your information attached for your busincess needs. Though the one's that do cost $$ aren't as expensive and they have one cool card layout for photography;

http://www.vistaprint.com/vp/ns/stud...%7c0&category_id=3958&gallery_id=9


Thanks again,

Matt

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:31 am
by wietse
We all have AirTeamImages bussinesscards. I don't know where they were printed, but the look really nice.

Wietse

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 1:19 pm
by N317AS
I went with Vista Print also. I designed my own card and itcame out real nice. With the exception of photo prints, I let Vista do all my printing. As UAL777222 pointed out, here is their web site.

http://www.vistaprints.com

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:40 pm
by AdamWright
For Vistaprints, can you design your card on photoshop and just send them the file?

(I'd love to use one of my photos as the background of the card)

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:46 pm
by N317AS
That's exactly what I did. You design it with the pic, the text the way you want it and upload it to their site. You need to use their scale to make sure you don't cut off the edges, but it is fairly easy. At the top of the screen click on BUSINESS CARDS, a menu will drop down and click on UPLOAD YOUR OWN BUSINESS CARD. Then read a little if you want to and click on Get Started. Go from there.

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:00 pm
by cancidas
i ordered a box of 50 from a local printing house. not the best quality but it serves it's purpose. i had wanted to do it all on my own, but it was too much work and i handn't the time. time to get serious with this though, i'll be using the vistaprints website to order my new cards...

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:07 pm
by N317AS
It's fairly easy Cancidas and the quality was excellent.

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 4:32 pm
by cv63
Hey Adam,

Quoting N317AS (reply 4):
I went with Vista Print also. I designed my own card and itcame out real nice. With the exception of photo prints, I let Vista do all my printing. As UAL777222 pointed out, here is their web site.
http://www.vistaprints.com


I went with Vista Prints as well. It turned out pretty good. I paid $20 for 250 cards.



Ken

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:49 pm
by bigphilnyc
Having somethign to show police officers if you get stopped is always a plus. business crds aren't the best, but if you know have no published works to be able to carry around, this is your best bet.

I had it designed using my site's logo, with my web designer setting it up as an EPS file. I then brought it to a friend who runs a printing place and got 1,000 done.

http://nycaviation.com/pichost/Card2.jpg

Was only like $35 on a pretty nice stock.

-Phil

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:51 pm
by N317AS
Those thick black lines your printer added really detract from the rest of the card Phil.  Big grin

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:12 pm
by aagold
I design and print my own and customer photo business cards. Doing so gives me more lattitude in creating cards for the right ocassion and the cost is minimal. Some examples:





Cards without contact data on the face are printed on the reverse with that information.

Art

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:58 am
by jakbar
Art -

I'd love to hear how you do this yourself, as I've always wanted to design my own business card. It's probably easier than I think it is...but it sure would be nice to get some tips. I've seen your cards before (obviously), and I like the way they come out.

Josh

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:59 pm
by aagold
Josh

All it is really is Photoshop skills. Not much more to it than that.

Select the image and make a high res file the size of the business card. Add text at the locations you want. Print a sample on a 4 x 6 piece of photo quality paper, and adjust the image if necessary. When satisfied with how the image prints save a copy as a high quality .jpg image. Use the select all then copy the .jpg image.

Open a new image in PS 8.5 x 11 inches, transparent background and 300 dpi. Paste ten copies of the copied image onto the page in two vertical columns making sure there is room for the borders. Print the final image and then cut. If you want the cards to look good then you'll need a good straight edge cutter, scissors won't do.

Art

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:31 pm
by Bruce
How effective is printing the contact stuff on the rear? I have not seen many business cardss like that.

bruce

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:18 pm
by aagold
Bruce,

If they want to contact you, they'll take the time to turn the card over. The front of the card does have the most important info, the name, and the rear is just supplemental data. One advantage to using the backside is that it allows you to say more and not detract from the impact of the image on the face of the card.

Art

RE: Business Cards Anyone?

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:07 am
by NumberTwelve
Quoting Bruce (reply 15):
How effective is printing the contact stuff on the rear?


I don't like them, because we use a Businesscard scanner and it only scans one site. If there are infos at the back site you have to add these infos manually in the software.