Choosing the Right Tool for Your Business Card Design

Posted by: Matthew Geer on Jun. 20th, 2011
Choosing a Tool

The first step in creating your business card is deciding who will design it. You can do it, or you can hire someone to design it for you. Both routes will have more than one method that can get the job done. Each method will have its pros and cons, which will primarily affect the time frame the cards are done in, convenience, price and quality.

What we have done below is list the different methods that you have when it comes to designing your business card, along with a short summary and link to a dedicated page explaining the method in more detail.

Online Design Tools

There are several online resources where you can design your own business card, amongst other things like brochures, banners and shirts. A few of the more well-known companies include Vistaprint, Belltech Systems and Business Card Factory.

These design tools are essentially design “what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG)” editors. They are cost effective, especially when compared to hiring a designer or having to buy a more expensive program.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing program. But it can be used for so much more than touching up pictures you've taken. You can add, remove and customize images, text and other designs. And you can create anything you can possibly need for your business, including business cards.

Adobe InDesign

InDesign is another Adobe program. This program gives you the ability to layout text and images created in other programs, and then prepare these layouts for print. InDesign is a program that's better used to compliment another program such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Corel Draw.

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is an Adobe product too, and is similar to Photoshop in many ways. The key difference between the two programs is that Adobe Illustrator is used for making vector images. Vector images can be scaled larger or smaller without distortion. This is important when making a logo for your business card and then having to scale it down to fit within a small space.

Corel Draw

Corel Draw is another graphics design program. It's a good alternative to Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, especially if the costs of Adobe's products are outside your budget. With Corel Draw you'll be able to create business card templates, designs and vector logos from scratch. Or you can use one of 100 templates that come with the software.

Microsoft Word

Most everyone is familiar with Microsoft Word. It's known as a document and word processing program. But did you know that it can also be used to create business cards? Creating a plain business card in Microsoft Word isn't difficult to do at all. There are plenty of tutorials online. There are templates that can be downloaded too, for a more unique or custom look.

Corel Photo-Paint

Corel's PaintShop Photo software is a lighter version of Corel Draw. You'll still be able to create business cards, with layouts, nice text and images. And you can do so for a fraction of the cost of the entire Suite. The tradeoff is that you get fewer features -- features you may want or need, especially if you want to create your own vector logo(s).

Microsoft Publisher

Publisher is another program from Microsoft that can be used to make business cards. However, unlike Word, Publisher's main focal point is to create things such as business cards. So you'll find plenty of templates installed and available for download. You will also have the ability to insert custom images and logos and edit everything using tools such as crop, pan and zoom.

Hire a Designer

Hiring a designer to design your business cards will be the easiest option overall. You won't have to worry about having the right program(s) for the job, much less having the talent to product the outcome you want. There is also no shortage of designers out there willing and capable of doing the job.

On the other hand, finding a designer can be a time consuming process between finding the designer, communicating what you want and then the process of reviewing drafts. The cost is also higher when you have a designer create the business cards for you, instead of designing them yourself.