What Should Be My Business Card Size?

You may be a business owner or graphic designer thinking to create attractive business card, it helps to know where to start.

It’s simple to design a professional-looking business card using specific software tools you have on your computer. You can start from scratch in any text editor program, like Microsoft Word, Publisher or PowerPoint. But traditional graphics programs such as Adobe Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator are always preffered.

Business Card Size and Setup

The standard size of a printed business card are 90 millimeters x 55 millimeters . That’s the final card size after printing and finishing.

Bleed is the most important

Almost every printing design need bleed area. There is an extra 3 mm of space around the design where backgrounds extend beyond the edges of your card. A business card design with bleed is printed slightly over-sized and then cut down to size. Which gives the appearance that the printing “bleeds” off the edge of the card, rather than having white borders.

business cards size

When creating your business card design file, use these tips:

  • Make the document page size equal to the card size plus the bleed area. 96 millimeters wide x 61 millimeters high, to be extract down to the finished size after printing.
  • If you’re designing a vertical card with the long size up, simply switch the page width and height so you won’t have to rotate the card to see the design the way you intend it.
  • In the metric system, the standard business card size is 9 cm x 5.5 cm  or 90 mm x 55 mm.

Play it Safe Near the Borders

Because cutting may vary ever so slightly, it’s a good idea to keep all of your valuable text and logo information within the design safe zone. This zone is the 3 mm around the margin of your card. Make sure your text is within the 87 mm x 52 mm area of your card. You wouldn’t want to have the last digit of your phone number or any part of address trimmed off!

Designing with borders can be tricky. Thin borders outside the safe zone that are less than 3 mm thick may not trim evenly. To avoid an “off-center” look, keep border lines or other thin lines away from the edge of your business card, within the safe zone.

Two-Sided Business Cards and Custom Business Cards

Using double-sided business cards is a good idea when you need more space to work with or want to provide a special offer or extra info about your company or product. Create a separate page in your file for the back side, keeping each page with the size specifications above. There are many options available for commercial printing of custom business cards including round corners and custom printing effects. Our team of print experts can help you with some of the technical aspects of using these effects. Send us your file and we can give you advice on how you can enhance and improve the design to stand out from the crowd.

March 18, 2019 Alert Printing