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Baseball Card Templates

After a recent Saturday afternoon baseball game with friends, I took a bit of time to create baseball cards for everyone using an Illustrator template I built and some photos from the game. They turned out really well and people got a kick out of them, so I thought I would share the templates here for anyone to use.

John Smith: The Homeless Wonder

Steps

  1. Download the template you would like in your preferred format:
    Adobe Illustrator CS (baseball_card_template.ai) [494kb]
    Adobe Photoshop CS (baseball_card_template.psd) [454kb]
  2. Select a photo you would like to turn into a baseball card using your favourite photo management software.
  3. Crop that image to a 2.5:3.5 aspect ratio and save it. This fits the 2.5″ x 3.5″ format of the baseball card.
  4. If using Illustrator, Place the photo in the template by selecting File > Place… and selecting the photo.
    If using Photoshop, select the Paste Photo Here layer and paste your photo.
  5. Resize your photo as necessary, making sure to maintain the aspect ratio.
  6. Clean up extraneous elements in your file (extra starbursts and text, credits, etc.).
  7. If using Illustrator, Export your card by selecting File > Export…. Select your desired file format (.jpg, .png) and file location and press Export.
    If using Photoshop, save your card by selecting File > Save As…. Select your desired file format (.jpg, .png) and file location and press Save.
  8. Email your cards around to your friends/teammates, or take them to the print shop!

If you end up using the template, let me know! I’d love to see what people do with it. You can see lots of examples of the template in action at my Baseball Flickr Set.

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6 Comments

  1. Jmcdoog
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the help! My son was upset that the league did not offer baseball cards this year, so I used your template for several kids on the team….they were a HUGE hit! Thanks again

  2. Bezdomny
    Posted February 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    These are great for my next project. Thanks a lot, if you make any more let me know:
    http://www.shootthepresident.com

  3. Bezdomny
    Posted February 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Do you have the backs too? with the stats?

  4. Posted February 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Hey Bezdomny – glad you like them! I didn’t do up the backs, though I can picture them. Let me know if you end up mocking them up.

  5. cstiebel
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    did you ever create a back? i started one but its not very great…
    thanks in advance

  6. Posted December 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    No, I never did create backs…but it would be awesome to have them. If you do make them let me know. And if I ever get around to it I’ll post a link here.

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