December 2nd, 2005
This week we take a look at making a custom picture package layout for printing business cards. This trick will also work for creating custom sheets of labels.
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Step 1: First off you need to design a business card. Standard business cards are 3.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. So create a new Photoshop document with those dimensions. Add your text and graphics to the document till you have a design you like.
Step 2: When you have a design you like, save you file then go to the file menu and select the automate option then the picture package option. This feature is a fairly recent edition to Photoshop so if you have Photoshop 7 or older this may not work, or may work differently than in the tutorial.
Step 3: A new dialog box will pop open. First we need set an image to use in the picture package, and since we still have our business card design open in Photoshop select front most image option from the drop down menu in the source image section at the top of the dialog.
Step 4: Now we need to create a new layout for picture package designed for business cards. So click the edit layout button near the bottom right of the dialog box.
Step 5: This will pop open another slightly smaller dialog box. First we need to clear all the image zones that are already on this layout so click the delete all button under the image zones portion of the dialog. It should be near the middle. Now look for the grid section of the dialog box. It should be near the bottom. Click on the Snap To check box and change the size of the grid from the default to .25 in.
Step 6: Now name your new layout by typing in a name in the name field at the top of the dialog box. I used the fairly generic name â€œBusiness Cardsâ€ so I could remember what this layout is for next time I look for it. Then below the name, change the page size to 8.5 x 11 inches (or whatever your standard paper size is).
Step 7: Now we are ready to start adding copies of our card to the layout. Click the Add zone button. A little black box will appear on the right hand side of the dialog box possibly with a picture of your business card in it. Click on this box then go to the size fields in the left hand side of the dialog box and enter 3.5 for the width and 2 for the height. In the position boxes enter .5 inches for x and .75 inches for y and hit the tab key for your settings to update in the preview on the right.
Step 8: Now to add another copy of your business card simply hold down the option key on a Mac or the alt key on a PC and click on the preview of your card in right hand side of the dialog box. This will open up a pop up menu, select the duplicate option.
Step 9: A duplicate zone will appear at the top of your preview. Drag the zone down and to the right so the top of the zone aligns with the top of the original zone and the left edge of the new zone is 2 grid squares to the left of the edge of the original zone. Repeat this duplication process leaving two grid squares between each copy of the image. You should be able to fit 2 cards across and 4 cards down in the page and have a border of three grid squares on the top and bottom of the page and 2 grid squares on each side. Now click the save button.
Step 10: You should now be back at the original picture package dialog box. Double check to make sure you page size is 8.5 x 11 and the layout select is business cards or whatever you named your new layout. The resolution field should be set at its default of 300 pixels per inch, but if not go ahead and change it back to that. Also make sure the label content setting is set to none.
Step 11: Now click ok. Photoshop will now take your original business card and layout multiple copies of it on an easy to print page. If you happy with your page of business cards just print them out on some heavyweight paper and cut them with a paper trimmer.