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[GRAPHIC DESIGN] Make a member card with premade PSD kits - free and easy!

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Dec 5, 2015 11:29 PM

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This is part of our Graphic Design section and my Learn Photoshop Free and Easy video series:

Photoshop Tutorials
About Me Graphic * Wallpaper * Banner * Signature * Avatar/profile pic * Member Card

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About Me Graphic * Wallpaper * Banner * Signature * Avatar/profile pic

This topic teaches you how to make a member card using premade card kits (PSDs) with Photoshop. Download links for the program are found in this post. See the second post for card download links and the third post for instructions how to customize them. The fourth post contains FAQs and tips.

Alternatively, if you want to make a card from the beginning without a premade card, try this topic instead.

Even beginners can my follow simple steps to remake premade cards (#1) into personalized member cards (#4) for any club!

You'll need:
You will need any version of Photoshop installed, plus some images you want to use for your cards.

Photoshop downloads (including cost-free)

Image sources
Modified by Shishio-kun, Jul 10, 3:45 PM
Dec 5, 2015 11:30 PM

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Premade cards (PSD) downloads
Download the PSDs with the links in the spoilers, customize them with instructions in the next post!

You have permission to use these PSDs for a contest or any club- just change the images!

Tokyo Ghoul "Black"
A simple card, good for beginners.

Download links
PSD source:
Fonts used: Trajan Pro, Freestyle

Mio Akiyama "Lovely"
Combines character renders and scenic backgrounds.

Download links
PSD source:
Fonts used: Lucida Handwriting

Akiha Toono "Fire"
Uses a variety of overlay effects for a fiery look.

Download links
PSD source:
Fonts used: French Script, Bell MT

Modified by Shishio-kun, Mar 16, 2017 1:55 AM
Dec 5, 2015 11:35 PM

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How to customize premade cards into your own
1. Set up Photoshop. Open the program and go to Window at the top of Photoshop and look for a check next to Layer, Options, and Tools. If you don't see a check next to one of them, click it to add one. Example of proper settings here. You should notice the Toolbox and the Layer Window. These are very important to making your card.

2. Drag in your premade card of choice. Drag the premade card PSD file itself into Photoshop. Links for free or cheap versions of Photoshop are in the first post, and download links for PSDs are in the second.

3. Customize your card! Now, you can start customizing the card your way! I've offered many tips below you can try out.

Even though I use Photoshop CS2 in visual examples, you can also use any edition above that for these steps. Click the pics to see full previews.

How to change images in the card

How to resize images

How to re-position images

How to re-align images (move in front of each other)

How to add special effects (lens flares, sparkles, fire, etc)

How to do color overlays on images (including black and white)

How to add/change glows and shadows

How to change the lighting

How to merge two images

How to re-position text

To edit text content, resize text, or change font types:

Add a new text layer:

To change the text's color, shadowing, glows, etc:

How to remove an image, text, special effect, or Blending Option from view

Add or customize a border

How to change the size/shape of your card:

How to increase the size of your canvas (area around the card):

4. Save and export your card. When you're done customizing, save and export your work as a PNG. You should also save your work as a PSD, so you can go back to it at any time!

How to save all your work:

How to save your card and produce it as a PNG image:
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Dec 8, 2015 5:46 PM

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FAQs and tips on card making
If you don't find the answer to your question here, you can ask in this topic. It would help to see the card of have a link to the PSD that has a problem.

IMPORTANT TIP: Save often and save multiple copies of your PSDs.

How to undo a change I made in Photoshop?

I can't see an image or effect I added to my card at all.

I can't move an effect or image outside of my card.

What are PSDs????

How do I produce cards for my club members?

How do I get more member card requests?
Modified by nymphiae, Dec 17, 2015 6:57 PM