Business card designed with gimp

Design Print Ready Business Cards with GIMP

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In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use GIMP to design a print-ready US standard size 3.5″x2″ business card with a 0.25″ bleed and safe area, set at 350 DPI. These are the typical settings used by your average print shop, including online print services like VistaPrint and GotPrint. However, if you’re working with a print shop that uses different settings, just swap out my numbers with theirs as you’re following the tutorial.

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The first thing you’ll want to do, before launching GIMP, is download and install the font files I used in this tutorial.

The main font used for the name is Montserrat Heavy and the rest of the text used Tex Gyre Adventor Bold.

Business Card Template

Next we’re going to do is set up our document so that it’s 3.5″x2″, but with the bleed added it’ll be 3.75″x2.25″. We will then add guides to the document to account for these spaces.

GIMP setup bleed lines

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At this point I would recommend saving the document as a XCF file so you’ll have a template ready to use whenever you’re designing business cards in GIMP. In fact, you can simply download a copy of this template here:

Head Shot

Now that we have everything arranged, it’s time to start the actual design work. The first thing I did was add the head shot to the design. You can use your own image, your clients image, or you can use the example I used in the tutorial. Download the example image here…

Headshot exmaple

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Contact Icons

In the final design you will see that I used contact icons for each piece of contact info. Those icons can be downloaded here: Free Contact Icons For Business Cards

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The social media icons that I used can be downloaded here: Social Media Icons SVG

Social media icons


Video Tutorial

Watch the following video for the complete step-by-step tutorial with voice narration. If you have any questions let me know, and as always, thanks for watching!

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at

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