Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding the background texture, part of Designing a Business Card.
- In this movie, I'll be creating a background for the business card. I'll start out by coming to the Layers panel and rename Layer 1 artwork. I'll then hold down command or control and option or alt, and click on Create New Layer. I'll call this background. That layer is gonna go beneath the artwork layer. I'll turn off the artwork layer so we can concentrate on the background. Turn back on my guides, command or control semi-colon, so we can see the bleed guide.
Then I'll come to the Rectangle. Draw myself a rectangle from bleed guide to bleed guide. I'll make sure it has a stroke of none, and I'm gonna fill it with the very light brown color. I'm also, while I have it selected, going to apply some Film Grain to it, just to give it some texture. A very small amount of film grain. On top of this, I'm gonna add my coffee swirl created with a spiral.
I'll choose the Spiral tool, draw myself a spiral about that size. I'm gonna come and change the Stroke weight to 20 points, and the Stroke type to a variable width profile. I now want to apply a gradient to this stroke. I'll come and get my Gradient panel, which seems to be missing in action. I'll start off by just a standard black/white gradient. Then if I open up my Swatches panel as well, I can see the colors that are part of my color group.
I'm gonna go from the light brown, so I'm holding down the option or alt key as I click on the color, to the dark brown. Then I'm gonna change the way the gradient behaves along the Stroke, choosing this third option, Apply Gradient Across Stroke. Let's now blur this. I'll come to the Effect menu, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and I'm gonna use a blur of eight pixels. I'll now copy that and paste it in front, command f.
I'll spin the copy through 180 degrees, and then rearrange that on top of the original. Come back to my Layers panel. I'll select both of these two spirals that make up my swirl, group them together, and now I'm gonna change the opacity of the group. Let's go down to about 50%.
Perhaps I just wanna go a little big bigger with that, so I'll select the group and then scale up, pulling from one of the corners, and I'm also holding down the option key or alt key to keep it centered, and the shift key to keep it proportional. Finally, I'd like to add some texture. This is the texture that I'm gonna add. It's just a stock photo of coffee foam. I'm gonna add this as an opacity mask to my background layer. On my background layer, I'll click on its bulls-eye.
I'm going to tear off my Transparency panel cause I need to see that at the same time. I'll click Make Mask. Mask is gonna start out completely black, so it's obscuring everything, so I will uncheck Clip and click back onto the mask thumbnail so that we see the orange outline and we know that we're actually gonna be putting content on the opacity mask. I'll come to File and Place. I'll use that texture file.
I've sized it in Photoshop so that it will fit. I might just wanna nudge it up or down a fraction. I'm also going to reduce its Opacity, I think, to about 50%. Now I will return to the layer itself, rather than the opacity mask, turn back on my artwork layer. Let's hide the guides, command or control semi-colon. That's what we have. I actually want to move the spiral so that the spiral is a background to the logo itself.
So I'll select the spiral and we can move that over to the left.
- Examining how layout, typography, and other elements add to a design
- Incorporating imagery
- Choosing paper stock
- Using common business card sizes and formats
- Printing options
- Positioning logos and text
- Preparing a business card for print