A CosCard To Call Your Own

4 Jun , 2011,
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Crimson's CosCard. XD

As any veteran con-goer would attest, CosCards are invaluable for trading social media details and Cure IDs amongst new cosplay friends and fans alike. What’s more, nothing beats having a calling card that not only showcases your favorite costume in all its splendor, but also evinces a personal touch.

I promised to write a CosCard tutorial in my previous entry, so here it is!

Overall, this tutorial will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

First off, you will need the following:

1. Adobe Photoshop or similar graphics software.

2. A digital photo of yourself in one of your cosplay costumes.

3. Your social media details (duh!).

You’ll also need a printer, and card stock paper, if you’re printing your CosCards at home.

Step 1:

In Adobe Photoshop, open a new project. Set the canvas size to 5.5 cm x 9 cm, and the print resolution to 300 dpi. These measurements are the default for most name cards, and the high resolution ensures that your artwork remains crisp and clear during printing.

Step 1: Open that Canvas!

Step 2:

Select one of your cosplay pictures, preferably one with a relatively clean and uncluttered background. Insert it into your canvas, then resize and reposition it to fit.

Step 2: Insert a graphic. Just plonk it onto a new layer in your project.

Step 3:

Type in your cosplay nickname, your Cure ID, and other Social Media details. Tweak the design and layout of your CosCard to your liking.

Save your file. Technically, you’re done after this step. You can bring the soft copy of your file to any printing shop, and they’ll be able to take it from there. If you’re printing your CosCards at home though, don’t miss out the next step.

Step 3: Key in your particulars with the Text tool. Tweak the layout, and voila! You're technically done!

Step 4:

Layout your CosCard on a standard A4 sized canvas. Typically, you’ll be able to fit 10 CosCards to a single A4 sheet.

Don’t forget to centralize your graphic before printing. You’ll need to leave a bit of allowance from the edges (typically 0.5 cm) as home laser printers don’t usually print at the edges of the paper.

Step 4: Place them 10 to a sheet. XD

Step 5:

Use a ruler and razor to cut your CosCards to size.

And there you have it. A simple, single sided CosCard!

Choosing Paper Types & Special Printing Treatments:

It’s important to choose the right kind of paper for your CosCard. Typically, you’ll want something that’s lightweight, yet durable, but fancy papers can lend a touch of style and distinction to your CosCard too.

Bring out the colors with gloss card stock (typically 230 gsm), or select ivory paper for a luminescent, pearl coated finish. Linen paper can give your card a rougher finish (but it’s tough to get the ink to stay where you want it).

If you’re getting your cards done at a printing shop, you could even be radical and ask for die cutting (creating unique shapes, curved edges, or letter cut outs), or spot UV (plastic coating over certain parts of the CosCard). Your imagination (and the size of your purse) is the only limit. XD


You can use the following templates to create your CosCards.

1. CosCard – Single

2. CosCard – 10s on an A4 sheet