There are many simple ways you can turn a normal business card into something more attractive and impacting.
For instance, you can add 3D effects to it! In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a business card that uses 3D elements from your original 2D graphics.
1. Creating a new document
Create a new document with a size of 3.5 inches by 2 inches. Choose a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Make the card vertical, but the same rules also apply for a horizontal card if you make one in the future.
2. Making a background
With the rectangular tool, draw a shape that will occupy the whole space of your document. You can either do this by dragging the tool over your working area, or you can simply click on your document .
When the pop-up window appears and asks for your desired measurements, put the same amount you used for the document itself.
Change the color to something that will match your professional identity. If you want a minimalist design, black and white will work well. If you want to add more depth to the card, you can use gradients. I used a radial gradient with the colors #D94F47 to #A73D37.
3. Turning 2D graphics to 3D
Open your 2D graphics and select them all. Then choose the Extrude & Bevel effect from the 3D menu (Effects>3D>Extrude & Bevel).
Keep an eye on the preview to set angle and depth of extrusion. You can also change the surface style and add texture for different looks.
Any kind of graphics with a simple outline can be used for this purpose. For example, you may want to use your logo and give it extra dimension.
4. Integrating the graphics into the card
Copy and paste your 3D graphics into your card’s document, and then choose a good placement. Resize and move the graphics around with the help of the selection tool.
5. Adding information
Now you can add your contact information. Include your email and website, details about which type of business you run and, if applicable, your phone number and address.
If you want to make a double-sided card, you can create another document with the same specs as before and use the back for contact details while leaving the front strictly for your main graphics.
Stand out from the crowd!
Tri-dimensional graphics can enhance the appearance of your card when used in combination with the right colors and content. You don’t have to be too strict with 3D either. You can also use it with 2D elements to create a better look and achieve many original effects.
Edited in Illustrator CC.