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Picnik: Create Business Cards

written by: Laura Jean Karr•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 3/26/2010

Picnik can be a great free resource for designing your own business cards online without having to deal with a multitude of ads, as some online graphic resources do. Learn how to use this innovative graphics tool and make your own cards here.

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    Picnik: Create Business Cards

    Picnik is a Seattle, WA based software company that specializes in image editing. They have created an online image editor that offers free services as well as upgraded paid services. Here we are going to go over how to create a Business Card using the free services online that this software has to offer.

    The first step is to go to www.picnik.com and click on the Get Started Now button that appears in the middle of the screen. Picnik will then load and you will be prompted to upload your image on the left hand side of the screen. I have a blank business card template that you can use here. Just click on the image to get a larger view, right click and select view image. When the image shows on its own in your window browser, right click again and save it to your computer. It’s a plain white business card template.

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    Once you have your template image uploaded to picnic, you will be taken to the editing section of the website. Here you will see various editing options in the menu bar such as Edit and Create. Because I am using the plain white template shown above, I’m going to go ahead and click on the Create option in the menu bar.

    Once you are taken to the Create section of the site. You will see various image effects options in scroll down menu on the left hand side of the screen. Some of these options are only for paid members but there are still a lot of options available for free. Instead of scrolling down, I am going to choose the Frames option from the top menu bar to give an outline to the business card. Under Frames, I am going to scroll through on the left hand side and choose Border and set it for 1px in black.

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    Now, I am going to go back up to the top menu bar and click on Stickers. The stickers section is really just a variation of graphic images that you can choose from. Again, some images that are offered on the left hand side of the screen are for paid members so just scroll through them and choose an image for your card that is not tagged as premium. The image that I will go with for the business card is the Phoenix silhouette under the Imaginary Forces in the Iconian Images section.

    The next step in creating my business card through Picnik is to add my text. Click on the Text link in the top menu bar. On the left hand side of the screen type in your text and scroll through the font options available. You will want to create separate text for each line of text that you want on your card. By creating separate lines, you will be able to control the look of the in formation more on the final card.

    Once you have you lines of text added to your card, click on the Save & Share link in the top menu bar to your right. Create your file name, click on save and Picnik will save the image to your computer. You can then open your card image in a program like MS Word and use Avery card stock to print out as many copies of your professional looking card as you need.

    Note: Click on any image here to get a better view and feel free to use them, with the exception of the completed card below.

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