When creating your own business cards, using the correct pixel size and resolution setting is the important first step to ensuring a high-quality end result. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do just that.
Set Your Business Card Size to 1050 x 600 in Pixels
Standard business cards are set to 3.5” x 2”, which translates to 1050 x 600 in pixels. As for the resolution, 300 PPI (pixels per inch) is the standard setting. When starting your project, open your preferred editor (Publisher, Microsoft Word, etc.) and set your document to these dimensions.
Note: Although a resolution setting of 96 PPI is considered the minimum for high-quality printing, 300 PPI is used by most online printing services and particularly recommended for business cards (especially when featuring images).
Standard Dimensions For Online Printers
Here is a quick summary of which pixel size and resolution specs a handful of popular online printing services use. If you’re interested in using one of these sites, check out the online printer’s pixel size and DPIs beforehand so you can create your document with the correct dimensions.
Note: DPI stands for “dots per inch.” In the designing stage, you only need to use PPI. DPI is simply used in the printing process, so you, as the designer, don’t need to be concerned about this dimension.
- Moo: 1102 x 642 pixels (300 DPI)
- Vistaprint: 1062 x 615 pixels (300 DPI)
- 48Hour Print: 1050 x 600 pixels (300 DPI)
Our Recommendation: Use an Online Printer!
Because you can’t print full-bleed business cards from home, we suggest using an online printer for this particular project.
Note: Full-bleed printing means your background color or image (and any other graphics) will extend beyond the edge of the card. If you don’t use a full-bleed layout, then there will be a white line between the graphics and edge of the card, which will make your cards look unprofessional.