What Are Business Card Templates?

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A business card template is a ready-made design document in the shape and size of the card you want to print. The template will include design elements that can be swapped out for a quick and easy card design.

A design template will include a simple theme with colors, fonts and maybe even a place for a logo or photo and allow for customization. (Many business templates are downloadable Adobe InDesign or Photoshop files.)

One of the key benefits of starting with a business card template is that create an affordable design quickly. Insert copy and images into the template, substitute the color palette you’re ready for the printer in one sitting.

The other thing to look for in a business card template is spacing guidelines, including a possible bleed area and safe zone so that card content does not go to close to the edge of the card design.

What Size Is A Business Card?

While not everyone prints business cards in a standard shape and size, a strong majority use common specifications. Standard sized business cards are easy to manage and fit easily in a pocket, portfolio or business card wallet.

In the United States and Canada, the standard size for a business card is 3.5 inches by 2 inches (89 millimeters by 51 millimeters).

In many European countries, including the UK, France, Germany, and Spain, the standard size for a business card is 85 millimeters by 55 millimeters (3.346 inches by 2.165 inches).

While the sizes are similar, you can see that the units used in that part of the world dictate the exact size. When preparing your business card file for print, make sure to add an appropriate bleed if the image area will extend to the edge of the card.

What Should You Put on A Business Card?

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Even though a business card is a small piece, it can contain a lot of information. A good business card helps provide legitimacy for your business venture and can serve as a reminder to others to follow-up or contact you again later.

Every business card should contain the following information:

  • Logo or brand mark (if you have one)
  • Your name and business name
  • Basic contact information, such as an email address and phone number
  • Identifying information so that people remember what you do (designer, photographer etc.)
  • Link to your portfolio or website