Using CorelDRAW for Business Card Design

Posted by: Matthew Geer on Jun. 26th, 2011
CorelDRAW Logo

CorelDRAW (www.CorelDraw.com) is an all around graphics editor. It’s primarily known for designing vector graphics similar to Adobe Illustrator. So it can create logos, mascots and perform outline (stroke) work for illustrations before they’re colored in.

CorelDRAW can also do bitmap/raster editing (like Photoshop), as well as content management and layout. This program can do it all, giving you the ability to do web design, animation, illustration, layout, and of course, business cards.

Using Corel Draw to Create Business Cards

Unlike other programs out there for creating business cards, CorelDRAW seems to be as close to an all in one solution as you’ll get. I say “seems to be” because I haven’t used it – I’m an Adobe guy myself. But from my research, you should be able to design your business card from start to finish if you familiarize yourself with the software.

Something I want to mention real quick is that I would recommend trying out the program first before buying it. Then compare CorelDRAW to Photoshop and Illustrator. CorelDRAW is much cheaper at $450 to $650, but the fact that it handles all these tasks within one program makes me wonder how well it performs each individual task. So be sure to try and compare each program.

Since CorelDRAW is capable of handling each stage of creating a business card, I thought it might be useful to provide you with some links to tutorials and resources that would help you with each stage of the process. I’ve done this for you below.

Using CorelDRAW to Create Your Business Card Background

You have a couple different options when creating the background of your business card.

One way to create your business card design is by scratch, either from experience or by following a tutorial. I’m going to assume that you’re not an experienced CorelDRAW user and point you in the direction of a couple tutorials to help you create a background for your card.

  • Cipher Design: This is a tutorial showing you how to create a business card from start to finish. But I’m adding it because I like how the images were done on the right side.
  • Anastasiia-ku.com: I thought this was a neat background. You can change the colors, position of the rectangles, number of rectangles, etc. There are many ways to edit this to better reflect your or your company’s style.
  • BusinessCards.org: We have a complete CorelDRAW business card design tutorial here on our site. The tutorial utilizes the proper online print settings so you can upload and order your custom card immediately upon completion.

These are only a few links. With a little bit of research you can find plenty more.

Another option is to use templates. You can either find blank templates so that you don’t have to bother setting up a new document every time you want to create a business card, or you can find one that is already designed. You’ll then just need to add your information (name, email, phone, etc). A site to checkout for templates would be Stock Layouts.

CorelDRAW also has stock photos and clipart built in to the program. So if the suggestions above won’t work for you, you do have resources at your fingertips to use.

Create Your Business Card Logo in CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW can also create logos. You can be creative too; the only thing holding you back is your skill set or willingness to learn.

I found a couple tutorials that you might find useful. You might not want to use these for your logo, but at the very least I think they’ll give you inspiration.

  • Vector TutsPlus: This is a neat 3D sphere that can be modified. You might even leave out the inner circle/dimple and just use the sphere. You can then put in a company image or name in the middle. Our logo here at BusinessCards.org is a good example of what I’m trying to explain.
  • Kim-Bis: I like this because you can do it with any letter, shape and you could even try it with an image. It’s very simple and clean, which would give your business card a minimalistic look.

Create Custom Text for Your Business Card Using CorelDRAW

Instead of, or in addition to a company logo, you can use custom text. This wouldn’t be the same text that you’d use for your contact information. It would only be for your name, or maybe the company you work for. Here are a couple text effect tutorials for you to check out:

If you don’t like the way these look, keep in mind that you don’t have to follow the tutorials step by step. Feel free to change colors, angles, font types and sizes in order to get the look you want. Just use these as a way to get started.

Benefits to Using CorelDRAW to Create Business Cards

There are a couple benefits to using CorelDRAW for creating your business cards. The following is what stands out the most to me.

  • All in one resource. CorelDRAW can handle the whole process of creating your business cards from start to finish, and for a reasonable cost when compared to other graphics editing software.
  • Printing settings. I noticed that CorelDRAW has setting when creating your new document for things such as bleed and gutter. When you’re ready to print, there are options for creating full sheets of 8, 9 and 10 cards. These options will save you some time.
  • Can accept other file formats, including those from Adobe. CorelDRAW supports other files including PSD, EPS and AI. This gives you a lot of options, such as using other templates. I don’t have experience with this myself though, so I don’t know how much editing you can actually do to these files.

It can probably go without saying, but CorelDRAW is a solid option for creating business cards. It’s a little expensive if you’re only going to use it once, but aside from that, I think it’s worth looking into if you’re wanting to keep as much of the design and layout process in-house as possible.