How to Make Custom Business Card Mockups The EASY Way!
\Why do you need to useing mockups?
Using Mock-ups and client presentations are essential, it allows the client to visualise the design in a real world context, bringing your designs to life. There are thousands of resources online where you can download free premium mock-ups but sometimes they’re just not quite right.
So by following the steps below, I’m going to share a super easy way to create a business card mock-up that’s fully customisable to suit your needs.
Document Set Up
First of all…
To create our mockups we’ll be using Adobe Photoshop.
Im going to be working on a 1920 x 1920px canvas.
We’re going to put in two rectangles. The standard business card mock-up size is 85mm by 55mm which we are going to work with. This way it will work with artwork I have already created rather than having to realtor things, but you can use this technique without the artwork pre-existing.
The reason for the two rectangles is the business card is going to be two-sided.
Create the first rectangle (85mm x 5mm) then duplicate that by clicking cmd + J or ctrl + J depending on your software.
You can decide either to make it into smart objects so you can actually add artwork and then further utilise the design. Or you can design straight on to the rectangles and we then manipulate them into mock-ups from there.
Using them as smart objects which I prefer, we can use them going forward and actually reuse the document.
To do that:
- Right click on each rectangle
- Convert to Smart Object
- Rename each rectangle to your preference
Now we have them as Smart Objects, we can edit them and add what we want to them and this will also keep all the transformations that we will add to each of them.
Double click each rectangle and add in artwork. I already have some artwork that I have created.
Scale up the artwork to make sure they fit nicely. Click Save at this point as it applies the artwork to the Smart Object Layer.
Repeat the process on the second business card with the artwork you would like to insert to the second side. Click save again or cmd + S as a shortcut. You can close that page off and see that the original document has both artworks applied to each sides of the business card.
Adding depth and shadows to the rectangles to make them look more realistic.
To do this we need to right-click on each rectangle, go to Blending Options.
There’s two ways you can do this.
You can either use bevel and emboss; using a very slight bevel can add just a little bit of depth to the edge. This is to make it seem 3D rather than being 2D and quite flat.
Or the other way is using the Inner Glow, this gives a very similar effect.
I have used Bevel and Emboss as this is my preference, you can choose which ever works better for you and your design.
Repeat the process for the other side. You may need to tweak them slightly to add your texture in there. Another reason I like to use Bevel & Emboss is because of the angle you can use to shade your artwork where as the Inner Glow is more restrictive, in my opinion.
Using the angle option we can actually add the shading to different sides of the card depending on how you want to position them.
Once you’re happy with the shading we need to go to positioning the cards.
If you want to keep the cards quite flat on the surface without repositioning them, thats fine you can just add a drop shadow to each of the cards so they look like they’re sat on something.
To do that: Right Click the card layer, go to Blending Options and then add in a Drop Shadow. Then you can just tweak the drop shadow to suit how it would look on a surface.
To add more motion and show the cards with more movement, we need to rotate each of the cards slighting by selecting them and rotate. This can create a sort of tumbling effect instead of flat on the surface.
You can rotate them however you want have aligned mine so they are slighted in opposite directions.
Once you have got to a position you are happy with, it’s time to add some highlights and shadows to make the seem more realistic.
There’s a couple of ways to do this:
The first, I personally not a fan of but it’s an option that might suit you.
So go into Blending Options again, add Drop Shadow. The reason I am not keen on this way is because of all the artefacts it adds around the card which not appear natural.
So I would focus on creating the shadow that sits over the top of the bottom card.
You need to duplicate the card layer, once you have that we’re going to add a colour overlay of black. Then rasterize all of the layer styles, so that just means we have a black rectangle. I’m going to drop that below our artwork layer then position it to where you want the shadow to fall.
Once you are happy with the positioning, click to:
Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Then play around to a place you are happy with to how the shadow will fall. Then hit OK.
There will be a part of the shadow that we don’t want so to get rid of this we need to cmd + click the bottom layer as that is where we want to mask it off to.
Once you have done that you should see it lines up quite nicely with the edge of the card but it may still be quite harsh. In which case you just need to lower the opacity of it to somewhere thats more believable just to add a bit of distance between the two.
For the second one, I want to make the card seem like the they’re tumbling towards the surface. To do this use an Ellipse to create a shadow thats a little bit away from the surface, make sure its filled with black and then once you’ve got that I’m going to do the same thing I have just done with the previous shadow.
Go to Filter, apply the same effect again. It again can look at little too harsh, so maybe dial it down a little bit.
Go to Blur, Gaussian blur, and then soften off, if again it’s still a little harsh as before just drop the opacity a little.
Once we have all of our shadows added, you can transform these using cmd + T an error message may pop up due to the Smart Filters we have on there, but once we resize the filters will be re added when you confirm the transformation.
Resize the cards as one so that it’s a little smaller inside the art board and we have two business cards tumbling towards the surface.
At this point you can add background layers, add extra textures to the background, you can add sand paper textures, anything you want because there’s no backgrounds to the cards.
Once you have got to a point you are satisfied, you can add some lowlights and highlights using a gradient overlay. To that, right click – Blending Options and then Gradient Overlay. This allows a gradient on top. You may want to dim the gradient right down just for a little more depth but not so its too much. Repeat the process on the other card.
We have kept the first design quite simple and two-dimensional. But you can take this a step further by adding a little more three-dimension to the artwork by having the cards tumbling in different ways and position them Units Tables, whatever you prefer.
There is a Skew Feature under transformations you can use, to achieve more of a dimensional effect and as though the cards a falling from above. To do this you need to click:
Edit > Transform > Skew
Just manipulate each of the angles to give more of a falling and tilting back effect.
Final Thoughts and Uses
So there we have a super easy way to a create business card mock up for your logo design presentations.
FREE mockups sometimes don’t offer the flexibility you need so why waste time looking for something when it might be easier to make it yourself? Try it out on your next project and see what you can create. Tag @digifrogdesigns in your project on instagram, we’d love to see what you create using this technique.
And why stop at business cards, this technique will also work for letterheads and envelopes.
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