Using Canva to design your business cards

business cards

It can often be difficult to design your own business cards. You have an idea in your head about the kind of business card that you would like, but putting this into practice is easier said than done. Not everyone is a master designer and splashing out on the Adobe suite may not be a realistic expense to pay out. Luckily there are many platforms and programs there to help amateur designers. Canva for example is one of these great programs that provides design solutions for businesses with exactly the issues mentioned. Canva is a useful tool for a number of reasons, as it is;

Easy to use

For the uninitiated, Photoshop and Indesign can be a daunting place to be. It’s army of design tabs and options make it ideal for professional designers, but it can get a little getting used to for design amateurs. If you want to design something that looks good with a little less fuss or learning required, then Canva is a good choice. 

Relatively inexpensive

As with many online platforms in today’s world, a lot can now be achieved without needing to spend huge amounts of cash. This is especially useful for those who require a design platform, but do not need that extra level of sophistication. It is also ideal for anyone who may not design regularly, but needs a tool for occasional use.

Offers in-built templates

When producing marketing collateral we generally have a pretty strong idea of what we want the final design to look like. Within the options available in Canva there are a number of shortcuts to achieving this. Some of these options include;

  • A library of high quality images (many of which are free)
  • A selection of in-built fonts and styles for text
  • Photo-editing tools such as transparency
  • Grids and shapes, to help give a framework to your design
  • A host of graphics and icons

By combining one or more of these elements it is possible to come up with some professional looking designs. 

Business card templates

As well as numerous options to design your own business cards from scratch, Canva also offers hundreds of already designed options. So if you don’t mind opting for a template option, you can choose from a large number of attractive pre-designed business cards. And once you have completed your design you can simply export it as a PDF and send it to us to be printed.

No matter what theme, style or idea you have in mind for your business cards you are likely to find the right fit within Canva’s library of templates. Some of the options available include business card designs that would be suitable for all manner of businesses, including;

  • Corporate businesses or law firms
  • Fashion or retail
  • Creative industries i.e. photography
  • Estate agents
  • Hospitality and travel brands
  • And many more!

Format for print

Canva’s templates are a good option to choose as they can be formatted to print requirements. This means that there won’t be any issue once they go to print. Once your business cards have gone to print you can rest assured that you have completed everything you need from your side. At Kaizen Print we are happy to work with designs made on Canva. In fact, we have worked with many clients to achieve fantastic results from doing just this!

Kaizen Print Tips

If you decide to design your own business card from scratch using Canva, you’ll just want to ensure that you format your business cards correctly; 

  • Ensure you have left space for crops and bleed 
  • 300dpi is your best option for high resolution imagery
  • Design in CMYK
  • Make sure your text is legible

What you see on your screen is not always what you will see in your final print. By following the above rules you can ensure that you are implementing best practice when it comes to your business card design.

To find out more about how we can help you with your business card requirements, visit our business cards page or get in touch via our contact form or by calling 028 9002 2474.