Make your own business cards for free and printable. 4 easy steps.

Design business cards is usually something we need to contract someone to do for us. But makes your business cards for free and printable is now possible with our Online Designer tool. You can take advantage of this feature, but there are a few key elements we shall take into consideration. What is the purpose of business cards? It is the smallest marketing area for the essential information our customer needs to contact us. Thus, there is no need to use it for anything else. Sometimes we are tempted to fill in every space all our capabilities. That is a mistake. Business cards are supposed to carry only the essential, not a full list or our company services, or all the products we sell on our website for the “just in case” Try not to overcrowd the small little piece. What are the real elements every business card needs? Logo or visual identity elements. Slogan or anchor text of the business. Name of the person. Position on that company Basic contact (phone, email, website) There are also other elements that surround that info and support the mental image we need to make our company looks solid to our clients, such as color, fonts, images associate, but those are not the focus. And there are content we absolutely don’t need (a full service page, or our best partner phone number to make them two for the price of one) Business cards are one of the most printed pieces we handle today. It's so much part of our conversations that a great marketer once advised to carry them always on the left pocket of the suit, so we can grab them at the same time we shake hands. Even they are the smallest piece of paper we can carry; they are our great supporters once we leave. Thanks to that we can dip in the advantages. Make your business cards design for free. Yes, its free. You can create your own by yourself. You don’t have to drive, no appointments, no COVIDs, nothing, just you. Select Personalize. Our Designer tool is very intuitive and easy to use. You don't have to be a designer to look professional. Start from a blank piece of paper, or browse from our professionally designed templates, perfectly sized for the standard business card size. Select the Text. Add text as you need. Select the font, the size, and the style (Normal, bold, italic..) Choose font colors, text effects (curved, opacity, radius…) Choose an image or photo, logo, background etc, associated with your company Upload your image, or product image, your logo; a special background or a drawing. Add special effects like mask, filters and angles. These are one of the most common shapes specially designed for advertising. Change fill colors, ad outline effects if you need them. Give your professionally designed business card the trendy look with address icons, change their color to your brand colors, add logo elements for create your brand and change fill and outline colors. QR Code. Quick Response codes are symbols your clients enjoy to had access to your contact info, or your website, or a video you posted. It’s a very efficient way they don’t have to type your contact or website and have a quick access to what you need. Creating maps are very handy when you need to show your location, It is something to look if your business is usually hard to find. Zoom in r out to show more details if you need it. Have full control of the order you want your elements to play in your design. Move them to front or back. Lock their position so you can move other elements without changing the locked one. My designs. Save your design so you can continue later or if you need to reprint, or modify something in the future, no need to create it again. These are all the features you need to make business cards for free and printable. No need to use them all, use only what you need. The Online Designer is created to make the business card printable. No more defect on the size, or bleed, or too small characters. You will have full control of what you are doing like any designer bt this time you can do it for free! Once you have you make your business cards for free, then add the design to the cart and choose the quantity you need and just pay for the print only. You will rest assure your cards are printable, no surprises and created as you wished to be. FAQs Can the online designer create 2-sided business cards? Yes. Once you open the designer, there is a front and back pages at the bottom, once you have done with one side you can just click on the back icon and add anything you need to the back or just distribute your information in two sides. Usually it is recommended to keep the back for the logo only, or the website only, with a flat color on the back. That will create sequence and emphasis. Shine or matte? Business cards are good to make annotations. If you choose shiny it will be difficult to do so. It is considered more educated to choose matte on stationary. What is the image quality I should use? In order to be printable correctly the higher the quality, the better. For modern presses the standard is 300 DPI at the final size. Why does my texts look so close to the border? Every time we are designing a business card, the texts should be at a quarter of an inch from the cut line. We create the dashed line on the online designer to give you the cut line border. All texts should be at a safe distance from that dashed line. Usually ¼ of an inch inside should be good for your info. Templates: In this tab you will see the multiple designs that you have selected in the product. See more information in the Custom Product section. Text: Change font, size, outline, color, opacity, alignment, bold format, italic style, and underline, line through, overline, decoration. You can also put effects curved, reverse, arc, small to large, large to small, bulge texts. Images, Cliparts, Calendars: The images JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF: You can add a mask layer, with texts, cliparts or shapes. They can be set as background or logo. Change the angle of the background image. The logo images can be cropped, add opacity and filters like grayscale, sepia, warm, cold, yellow, kodachrome, vintage, brownie, polaroid, technicolor, acid, sea, fantasy, purple, ghost, predator, night, invert, noise, pixelate, sharpen, blur, emboss, brightness, saturation and contrast. The images SVG: They can be grouped and ungrouped from the toolbar. They can be set as background or logo. Change the angle of the background image. You can add opacity and edit the outline and colors from the section: Fill color SVG, Outline SVG and Outline color SVG. The administrator: You can set images or svg as overlay. This option can be very useful if you want to add a watermark on the canvas. Shapes: Change the color, the outline and opacity. The shapes can be managed from the Shapes section. QR Code: Enter link to your url, change the background and foreground color, the size of the border. Add correction level and version range. Map: Select type of map, road, satellite, terrain or hybrid. Add zoom to the map, change the label, size and color to the icon. Background colors: Change the colors of the canvas background. You can modify the colors of the palette from the Style section. Manage layers: In this tab you can manage the layers in a simpler way: You can identify the layer quickly by the image or icon. Set the name of the layer if you need it. Sort the layer, bring to the front or send to back. Lock, unlock or delete layer. The administrator: You can lock / unlock layers the user. You can hide layers in the output files. Product options: Users can see the product options and prices and select the quantities before adding the product to the cart. My Designs: Allows all users to download the designs if the option: "Download design from the editor" is enabled in the General settings section. Allows registered users to save their designs and manage them from the editor. You can also manage them from the default page for my designs, created from the General settings section. Toolbar features Keyboard shortcuts: Displays a list of all keyboard shortcuts and their functions. You can define the keys in the Shortcut keys section. Select all: Select all canvas objects. Erase all: Erase all objects from the canvas. Grid: Show or hide the grid, very useful to align the layers by adjusting them in the guides. Center horizontally: Center objects horizontally. Center vertically: Center objects vertically. Flip horizontally: Flip objects horizontally. Flip vertically: Flip objects vertically. Rotate: Rotate objects. Bring to front: Bring object to front. Send to back: Bring object to back. Lock: Lock and unlock object. Group: Group and ungroup objects. Duplicate: Duplicate objects. Delete: Delete objects. Undo: Undo changes. Redo: Redo changes. Preview: See design preview.

Personalized Photo Coffee Mugs: 5 Tips for a better design.

Coffee mugs are one of those cozy objects that make everything more enjoyable. At home, at the office, at grandma’s: It’s like  life slows down once you take a sip, which is refreshing because life doesn't usually come with settings. These personalized coffee mugs not only give you an overwhelming sense of peace but are incredibly ideal for promoting your business or event, like a family get together. However, these mugs can be hard to find or produce. Or are they? Luckily for you, I have put together everything one may need to personalize a coffee mug with photos or slogans! Try finding that in someone else's resume.

Personalized Photo Coffee mugs, but which photo is right for me?

Putting a message in your customer’s hands is a fun gift, something you provide without selling anything, so it must be functional and distressed. It's a message that gets to the mind on a smooth road, the easiest way to your client's hearts. Rest assured they will receive the message loud and clear. Simplicity. Less is more. Try to catch their attention with a nice idea, do not think on an image like a sunset just because it is pretty, that doesn’t work, think on an idea and then find an image for it. Have fun and use inner jokes if you have to. If it’s a logo, and your intention is just brand recognition, do not waste the opportunity to use the background to add a complementary idea. It may be a color or a fade image you want to associate with your brand; Don’t use just a logo, don't be that obvious. It's photo coffee mugs: you can use photos, remember? Use an image that surround or support the idea of the logo. Let's say you have a Barber shop logo, then the image in the background could be a salon in a monotone of the logo color. Use a background that adds more impact, like the sample here: If it’s an event, try to think on a connection or a result of that event, think always with a simile or a metaphor: think always like you are among friends. Be creative: Surprising messages makes people smile.

What about the message? I mean: it’s a coffee mug, not a flyer!

The lesser the better. Be concise, clear and simple. Do not describe your products or capabilities. It's not an inventory.  Choose a phrase over a sentence, a sentence over a list. And, Oh God, do not use bullet points on a coffee mug! It must be readable from far away, catchy and it should complement the image, do not describe what the image is already describing. That is the secret to be remembered: The image and text should complement themselves. After all it's a personalized coffee mug, so do it with your own image and likeness.

What to include?

The Logo!

When you are creating a personalized photo coffee mug for your business, you must include the business face: the logo. If you are using the logo over a photo, you must be careful which version of the logo you are using. For example, it must be the negative version in white if the picture is dark. Forget about your corporate colors when they are not working over a background: legibility is the name of the game, try to use the white version and gain in clarity instead of grabbing to a useless color gamut for that specific situation. And this is mandatory, if you have to use something: use the logo; if you run out of phrases, use the logo; if you have no muse because it on a  vacation to the Bahamas, guess what? Use the logo my friends!

The message.

Besides that, you will need a phrase with a clear text. Be the concise guy in the classroom. Again, be fun and creative. Be short, try not to use more than 7 words as a reference. 7 words is the largest you can go to stay focused.  It must be readable and remembered.


If, and only if it’s extremely necessary: Use the phone number, or the email, or if you have a website with all the contact information please use it (read here: as a last resort). The shortest version of the website should be present, without that "www." nonsense. But try not to overwhelm the fun part, it's not a newspaper.

How to design it?

The photo coffee mugs are cylindrical, not flat. Even if we design on a flat surface, we need to have that shape in mind when we design. For example, if we are using a logo, we need to choose from only one side or two sides like front and back of the coffee mug. Another important aspect is the size which is basically a rectangular shape. If we are using a collage, we need to know that we have enough space for about 3 pictures on a mug. Coffee Mugs have two main sizes, the more standard: 8.5x3" and 9x4" Here is a diagram of the area you will have in order to design them successfully:
11 OZ Coffee Mug
15 OZ Coffee Mug
When we are designing any piece, we need to take care of a few things:
  1. The print area: There are two main sizes, 8.5x3 and 9x4 inches. There is no point in designing something for a letter size when we are actually using a third of that surface. So, it would be very useful to use one of our templates to design based on the final area.
  2. The safe area: This is the space we keep from the border of our design area. For example, if we are using a phrase or text, try not to get too close so it will look cut, uncomfortable or incomplete. Or if we are using a picture, try not to leave the important elements in the picture too close to the borders.
  3. The image resolution: It's important when you design elements to print, you keep the image resolution at 300 DPI at final size, otherwise your image may look blurry or in low quality. This is true especially if you are including text because it will become not legible.
  4. Color mode: Do not use RGB color space, we have to make sure that the file we provide to print is in CMYK, which is the color mode used for the modern presses.
  5. File type: When you are using files to print, the best option is PDF. This is a format file that can carry images and vectors together. Other popular files like JPG are not as good because it is simply a picture of our design, even if it's smaller in size, it’s not magic: They are smaller because it reduces the color deep dramatically.

Why choose coffee mugs?

Because of its advantages:

  • Coffee mugs are useful: It's not like a photo, or a postcard where their only function is to be read. Photo coffee mugs are meant for something utilitarian and be more than useful but reusable.
  • Can be microwaveable, and "dishwasher-aveable".
  • Portable. It helps you stay hydrated anywhere you go.
  • Personalized, thus truly unique.
  • It can be very expressive since it is printed in full color and personalizable.
  • It’s a gift from the heart, the extra touch.
  • The most modern form of advertising media.


Personalized photo coffee mugs are truly a unique advertising piece for the modern day entrepreneur. Always use the logo with an image, or a color associated in the background. If you have to use text: use a short phrase (no more than 7 words if possible) and be fun and creative. We like to associate good feelings to things that surprises us. Stay away from the borders. If you have to organize a closet, you don’t put things one on top of the other until you have to put pressure to close it (nobody does that except my brother). Try to use the less contact info you can, usually the website will be enough, if you have one, of course. Think on a surface that will be cylindrical and design accordingly. The coffee mugs will have 3 sides that can be facing the user. You can use all the space available, or repeat or complement your images on the mug. Use only high-quality images and your gift will be kept for life. If you  still have any doubt, this link will give you another example of this modern advertising media.
Personalized Photo Coffee Mug
Here is where you can print your personalized photo coffee mugs on our website Download free any of these templates. You will find EPS and JPG files. Template files may open in 72dpi. Please check the resolution/DPI before placing your artwork over the top. Download template for 11 OZ Coffee Mug here Download template for 15 OZ Coffee Mug here
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