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personal name cardsBeing a person who spends most of the day around computers, the internet and electronic gadgets, I have always thought that I won’t need a physical personal name cards (or business card) anymore to trade personal data. The most usual routines are, “Here’s my number, call me so I can save yours” or “What’s your YM/GTalk/(other chat service) ID?” And if I decide to go a little bit more personal, I’ll say, “Add me to your Facebook.”

But apparently I was wrong. I stumbled across my friend from high school a few days ago. He runs his own printing company and I guess he’s the old school type, because after the usual, “Hi! How are you doing?” He gave me his card and waited. It took me a while – quite a long while – before I realized that he expected me to give him mine in return.


A little awkwardly I explained that I don’t have a business/name card. He replied with a long explanation of the importance of having a personal name card and tried to convince me to use his company service to print a few sets.

Starting A Quick Design

I finally managed to lose him with a promise to send a card design as soon as possible. Even though I still don’t know whether or not I will send the design to my friend, I decided to go through the design process anyway while trying Drawberry – a free image editor for Mac that has been collecting dust inside my hard drive for a long time.

But let’s set something straight before we begin: Drawberry is no Illustrator or Photoshop. But it can be a decent alternative for those who need a simple but powerful enough drawing application.

Let’s start by defining the drawing area. Click “Create” to start drawing.

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Don’t be too afraid in determining the drawing area because you can easily change it in the “Page Setting” floating bar. Look for the “Canvas” option.

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To add an image as the basis of your card, go to the “File – Import” menu.

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And browse to the location of your photo.

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If you need to change the settings of the image, go to the “Forme” floating toolbar on the right.

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Resize the image and drag it to the correct position on the canvas.

06 Drag n Resize Image.jpg

If your image is not fully covering the background, you could insert a rectangle to fill in the blank spot.

Now let’s go to the next step.

Adding Some Text

Go to the “Layers” floating toolbar and create a new layer by clicking on the little “Plus” button below. Then you can rename the layer by double clicking it on the main pane of the toolbar and retyping the name.

07a Layers - Add New.jpg

There are two small icons next to the name. If you want one (or more) of your layer(s) to be non-editable, use the “Lock” icon. Click the icon one more time to unlock those layers. The “Eye” icon is to make the layer(s) visible/invisible.

After creating a layer, go to the tiny “Tool” floating toolbar and click Rectangle.

07b Tools - Draw.jpg

Draw the rectangle in your canvas.

08 Draw Rectangle.jpg

And edit the color fill using the “Fill” tab in the “Forme” floating toolbar. You can use Gradient or Solid Color as the filling.

08b Forme - Filling Gradient.jpg

Whichever option you choose, click on the color box to choose the color(s) for the filling.

08c Choose Gradient Color.jpg

If you don’t want an outline at the edge of your rectangle, go to the “Stroke” tab on the “Forme” floating toolbar, and choose “None“.

09 Forme - Stroke None.jpg

Then create a new layer for the text, choose “Text” from the tiny “Tool” floating toolbar, and draw the writing area on the canvas.

10a Add Text.jpg

You can write your name or any other text that you like, select the text, click on the “Text Format” icon at the toolbar, and edit the Font Type and Size and other Font attributes.

10b Fonts - Edit.jpg

Drag the text to the position that you want and you have your final product. A quick and simple personal name card.

11 Final Result.jpg

Of course you can create a business card instead of a personal name card. You can also add more personal information such as an address and phone number. Just be sure to choose an appropriate image to go along with the type of card.

The last step is exporting the card to the format that you need. To do that, go to the “File – Export” menu.

11b File - Export.jpg

As a footnote, I noticed several misspellings in the app interface and a few glitches in the workflow. It’s to be expected from an app below version 1 (I was using the latest version 0.81 at the time of writing). Hopefully the developer will address these issues in future releases.

And if you’d like to have more references on creating a name/business card, you can read our other related articles: Design Your Cool Web 2.0-ish Namecard using DrawIt Lite [Mac] Design Your Cool Web 2.0-ish Namecard using DrawIt Lite [Mac] Design Your Cool Web 2.0-ish Namecard using DrawIt Lite [Mac] Read More and 5 Ways To Create Your Business Card 2.0 5 Ways To Create Your Business Card 2.0 5 Ways To Create Your Business Card 2.0 Read More .

Image credit: Lucid-Dreams

  1. Techperk
    August 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Hey, Great Share :) I can design my own cards instead of paying $50 to a designer

    nice and crisp. I like the way this has been crafted. Keep up the great work.

  2. Techperk
    August 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hey, Great Share :) I can design my own cards instead of paying $50 to a designer

    nice and crisp. I like the way this has been crafted. Keep up the great work.

  3. Chelsea
    June 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    These graphic design templates for a brochure, CD, and business card at Sessions College are pretty good:
    http://www.sessions.edu/Design...

  4. Chelsea
    June 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    These graphic design templates for a brochure, CD, and business card at Sessions College are pretty good:
    http://www.sessions.edu/Design-Career-Center/Design-Tools/Graphic-Design-Templates.asp?fmid=0

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