Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Makeplayingcards aka mpc review!;)

My 1st mpc order arrived few days ago & i'm posting this mini review to share my experience!;)
1) I was surprised how fast my order arrived & how well it was packed to ensure safety!;) 
I uploaded front & back img for Big size 84card deck & ordered it shrinkwrapped & Tarot size tin & opted for regular shipping option with extra 2$ for tracking it take mpc 8 days to process/print & only 12 days to arrive so it take total of 20days from uploading to having my deck!;)
Must say I like this Big Card size as imo Tarot Art is a gallery of 78 mini paintings & people will get a chance to appreciate it even more if you remember to offer larger than Standard Tarot size edt!;)
especially if your art is full of tiny details so even my hands are tiny & my (close) vision is ok Bridge is my fav size I totally recommend this Big Card size!;)

Note; Printer CoLoRs Geek Talk Warning Read it if You Dare You May Learn Something New!;D
This is one of my *test decks i've printed just to check printer coloration (as you probably know by now screen colors are digital system aka RGB & work with screen light printer don't have! & therefore bit different than printer colors aka CMYK that usually end up much darker printed than on screen!;) & to see how printed colors compare to my screen colors & must say I was surprised by result as it looks almost like my screen BUT my experience with other printers was;"Printed Colors Are Always Darker Than Your Screen Colors" Not True with mpc 300gsm/Standard cardstock i used it was actually lighter!x.x or so it seems until i remembered to check it under different light angle & turns out Card Finish Also Determine Colors!  in short;
Standard Cardstock=too reflective=colors look light & lack contrast!x.x so another reason I definitely recommend linen cardstock!;D (Sorry no pic for copyright case!;)

I also ordered mpc generic Tarot size tin to check size quality & how many cards they fit!;)
& Happy to say it's good quality & perfect size imo can easily fit 80/90 310gsm linen card deck!:D
My Only remark is mpc logo (but i asked about it & got reply they can provide generic Tarot size tins without mpc logo for larger quantities orders!;)

also wish they offer similar *deep tin for 90 bridge/poker size deck!;) I've already submitted my request & will upload this review moment i got reply!;)

how mpc compare to other PoD services I've used?
*easy file upload (my were standard file format png & rgb colors)
*fast production &
*fast shipping time with tracking option
*good quality & plenty options to choose from!;)

Downside
#expensive fancy options & addons
#lack of good search tool for shop
#lack of good statistic page

& with this i conclude my review hope you like & find it useful! feel free to ask me anything! & be sure to check my other posts/reviews! 
All Best! 
reall/Irena

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR OWN TAROT OR ORACLE DECK Digital Course Pack by Benebell Wen reviewed by reall

I don't usually post my book reviews (outside goodreads!;)
& this exception is to share my enthusiasm & spread the word to Tarot/Oracle deck creators about this Awesome resource being available just in case you wish to learn from Success & raise your chances for same!;)

Needless to say i'm big fan of benebellwen blog & was watching progress of her Spirit Keeper'sTarot journey from start to finish & amazed by complexity & all tiny details she decided to incorporate in her illustrations as well as progress & working ethic it represent so it's not surprise how well it was received & sold out!:)

Even as experienced selfpublished Tarot & Oracle deck creator (full list of my selfpublished decks on my official web page; https://sites.google.com/view/myluckycard/home!^^)
I 'm well aware I need some boost especially in *How to Marketing & Costumer Support area & got myself this material 1st chance i got not only because Benebell Wen is my fav blogger & awesome rolemodel for every Selfpublisher but also as a way to say Thank You & Show my Support & Appreciation for All interesting posts tips & free downloads she's providing on her blog & youtube channel!^^ Thank You I enjoy All!^^

I Click that buy now button moment this course was out! (Thank You paypal!^^) & anxiously waited what will I got? Must say I Love Books!:D All Topics & reading on my tab is my favorite so I've purchased various digital books & resources before from different publishers & never regretted as I prefer reading my books digital it saves me *labor of flipping pages or lifting heavy books not to mention storage space & thinking;"hm, where did i l put that book?" or worst=dust sweeping!^^ lol (Angel Evoking Tarot pack by Awesome Travis McHenry my fav of recently & another example how to run successful ks be sure to check!;)

My indie-deck-creator-course zip file arrived next day by introductory email & here is what you get for 40$ it's priced; (I switch to large icons for better overview & click for larger img!;)

Unzip aka extract your files & you may be bedazzled by all icons you'll find in this folder!;D
Fear not! Even if it's plenty material as it's full INDIE DECK CREATOR COURSE after all!
It's all well written & covered topics are sorted in comprehensive chapters & lessons you'll be glossing up in no time!;)

1st thing i did; check image file folders for my journal covers & must say i like selection here!^^ Covers all tastes & my favorites are Guardian Angel 1900 German Postcard & Jonquil (1896) Eugène Grasset & Hearst Castle photo for my Oracle Lenormand & Tarot journals (Yes i have plenty ideas for all these +some playing cards my journals will fill up in no time!;)

also you need to check these journals to see how awesome they are Lenormand my favorite it's just calling you to paint your card (here is preview to give you idea what it include hopefully i'm not breaking any copyright!;)


& here is pic to give you idea what your journal will cover;
included Title Correspondence & Metaphysical References Chart are my favorites & best resource for artist so I recommend these if you are new to this!;)

Next I was drawn to check *Select Sections of Lessons Learned folder & Must say this is awesome idea to offer book chapters as separate pdfs as it let you quickly review relevant content without need to flip over full book & provide better feel of reading progress!:)
also must say I like formatting here as it reads perfectly on my small tab screen!;)

so here is list of lessons pdfs & short summary;


Full Book is single pdf titled YOUR TEXTBOOK Lessons Learned from Launching an Indie Deck & collects all these lessons with photos & extra snippets of wisdom starting with best advice you can get if you are creating your own deck so definitely worth revisiting!^^ I've read both in order to provide Best review & must say I like All author ideas & attention to details & honest insight you get in each topic + my favorites Extra Materials & plenty free legal advices & forms (including Terms & Conditions of Sales I've added to my officialweb page as recommended you should do!;) & pre formatted books templates you can use asap!^^ if I ever offer my books printed it will be thanks to these as figuring out book formatting rules simply not my thing!x,x lol
Note journals are are also given this way in sectional chapters as separate files & single book!;)
& you can also print All these materials for personal use or order *printed book & journals from lulu all details on author web page; https://benebellwen.com/2019/07/04/how-to-self-publish-your-tarot-or-oracle-deck/

there is also Free Course for Writing and Publishing Nonfiction (with Module IV and V educational content specific for deck creators. you can benefit if your deck need guidebook!:)
& paid course on legality contract imo definitely worth checking out before you sign it/better safe than sorry haha so true!;D


Benebell Wen openly speaks about All Costs & Everything You Need to Know & consider before jump to print & selfpublish your deck with mass printer (or sign up legally binding contract with publisher!;) & covers all relevant topics in sequential order from illustration & card design to book & box formatting & digital file preparation to Marketing & Tips on shipping distribution & Costumer Service providing plenty of tips & wise legal advices you will use from start "Pay yourself first" to end of your project; "Ignorance is not bliss when signing legal contract"!;) so true!
& Final Lessons is titled; Was it worth it? 
Must say i was lol reading as it's so honest & exact on spot so Yes, THIS is Exactly Why You Need to read This Book BEFORE turning your Dream into (Wonderful?) Reality!?^^ just so you are Clear what to expect in case your Muse is calling!:)
also book ends with plenty of interesting working notes & exercises I like!:)
+printer list & Much more you'll had to discover for yourself!:)

& there is also Q& A: PASSWORDPROTECTED DISCUSSION PAGE on author website just for enrollees where you can post author questions share whatever you wish about your project or just say Hi!;)

In My honest opinion by reading this book & implementing even single tip & advice mentioned you will benefit asap & in future (I know I did!;) as it'll boost your sales significantly + you'll earn & Save Much more than 40$ this course is priced by avoiding all pitfalls waiting along your Selfpublisher Way!^^ ;)

& if you wish to skip this mass printing (& shipping!) hassle & save yourself major risk investment of hard work time nerves & money it require l recommend you try my favorite print on demand; https://www.thegamecrafter.com/

(Note this is where this review ends & start my *Selfpublisher experience so you are free to skip or read further at your own risk!:)

As experienced selfpublished Tarot & Oracle Artist & Author I've used All popular print on demand services including printerstudio & Makeplayingcards as well as drivethrucards
& gamecrafter is still my favorite for best traffic & easy shop set up & img upload & big selection of game parts & accessories they offer as well as international shipping options!
& there is also laboratory option introduced if you game require specific extra customization
(I plan using it to ask for Tarot & Bridge size tins as well as printed cloth!;) will update with more info soon!;)

imo drivethrucards have best (Embossed) cardstock & clear snap on plastic box for poker & bridge size cards but annoying set up & file preparation!X//
& both printerstudio & makeplaying cards lack search tool & statistic & shipping quality!

also I printed number of my decks in advance with (sadly) Only good Pod I find in EU/Italy (full review here! 60 of each of my Tarot decks total=240 decks it was significant investment as *luxury EU 2 piece Sturdy box edt) thinking Sure, I can sell it within a year. Big Mistake, l forgot shipping cost I need to pay each time I have order as even if my printer was kind enough to provide drop shipping it's unable to receive order directly from my costumer so I'm also filling shipping form for each & every single order manually (& stress seeing shipping cost for 1 Deck to EU not to mention International aka US or Spain? X.x lucky only 1 my deck is *popular & *Sold Out* while others are barely struggling collecting dust!^^ lol) Whole reason I moved part of my *luxury EU decks to pro shipping provider in Germany l recommend https://www.mailboxde.com heartily as Life Saver & plan using it more in future!:D read my full review here!;)

& after All delays I had with my EU printer when my decks were finally *printed & ready to ship I've posted it for sale on my official web page & listed on easy & ebay & posted on fb ig & forum hoping to spread a word & way for people to know it exist all it help only little so imo some decks will sell on their own & other will just struggle it's that X popularity factor no one can predict. Benebell Wen course offer tips how to boost it & I noticed best boost in my traffic were thanks to my fav youtube video reviews!:D Thank You vlogers & reviewers!^ ^

Also agree selling from your official web page is best as it eliminates 3rd party fees!^^
& printing larger number of decks at once gives you better price per deck & reduce your printing cost but imo if you do that presales are best as it allows you to collect funds for printing in advance & give you idea how much you can expect to sell & need to print to cover your present & (hopefully) future demand?;)

also my main concern with mass print is shipping cost so check it in advance & get exact spec from your printer then check shipping options for domestic & international Before printing Big Number of Decks! (shipping+insurance+tracking+packaging material all costs etc full covered in Digital Course!:)

Pod may had bad reputation BUT that was before now they IMPROVED cardstock significantly & as long as it say 300gsm & linen/Embossed (aka linen textured card surface ) it's Ok!:)
also avoid gloss & sharp corners!(most pod don't have this anyway so you are safe!;)

& if there is anything else I could ask from this course that would be glossary of all decks mentioned as examples with direct links to author pages!^^ lol

& with this I conclude my review & extra tips I hope you find useful!:)

feel free to ask me anything I'm always happy to help with tips & all!;)

All Best!
MyLuckyCard
reall/Irena







Monday, 22 July 2019

Mailboxde.com Best Shipping provider Ever!:D


Read my full review of this Awesome Shipping provider & find out why!

As Selfpublished Tarot artist l was looking for best way to ship my Selfpublished Tarot decks printed in Italy by ludocards (full review here!) to my Wonderful costumes WorldWide fast & affordable with tracking number & insurance! So my parcel won't suffer delay or risk disappearing without trace & I won't suffer crazy shipping costs!;)

Happy to share perfect solution I find mailboxde.com & full review excellent services it provides with minimum cost with everyone interested to know more how it works here is
summary https://www.mailboxde.com/address-in-germany.html
 
why I find Mailboxde.com best for;

Simple web design easy to use & navigate & good working policy easy to understand & work!;)
(you'll find all info about how it works at 1st page; www.mailboxde.com
it's easy to create your acc & start using it asap without any delays or extra formalities!;)
& with only few clicks you can quickly ship your parcel worldwide!:)
& also see all details about your acc & parcels (box) you have in storage, ready to ship & shipped already! with all details just click away!;)


No monthly charges & low fee charge for awesome service!;D 
you pay only your shipping cost & service you request & only after recharging your mailboxde acc credit first with your paypal or bank acc & you are only charged from that credit when you actually use specific service & fill shipping form! so it provides best overview of shipping costs & it's easy to track how much you spend using this provider!
also all credit you don't spend you can easy refund/withdraw back to your paypal/bank acc anytime!;)
Note; you can buy *Consolidation service for only 12,5 Euro per year!:) & it let you give (free) special request to *open & combine/consolidate content of several box into 1 & save more!:)

Best shipping rates EU & Worldwide (calculate here;https://www.mailboxde.com/shipping-calculator.html )
& Plenty of shipping providers & options to pick (Deutsche Post &dhl my fav!^^ it ship my luxury EU edt Tarot size decks worldwide for less than 11euro (total ship cost with handling & other fees included!) per deck & firm box (parcel size i got for my Tarot deck is; 0.16x0.16x0.09m & weight around 0,34/0.4kg?;) all with tracking & insured up to 35e!:D
& my personal *record is sending 10 luxury EU edt Tarot decks for less than 20euros in total!:D
parcel size; 0.34 × 0.27 × 0.15 m & weight 3,1kg!;D imo this is awesome for worldwide kickstarter shipping plan!:D
Note; only difference is Australia where vat is added according to value so you need to be careful about it!:)
aside from that my decks arrive fast!:) my standard shipping time is within 3 days Germany & around 5/8 days EU & 7/10 US & even to Australia within 10 days & Siberia 12days!;) & trust me costumers are much happier with fast shipping & I'm happy not having to wait pod processing time!;) 
here is my short summary mailboxde EU ship charge calculator sample;
3 EUR (Individual request) Not charged if you buy annual*Consolidation service 12.5euro!;)
+ 0.28 EUR (bubble envelope)
+ 2 or 3EUR processing fee depend of weight
+ postage's calculated here; https://www.mailboxde.com/shipping-calculator.html
& service price list here; https://www.mailboxde.com/pricelist.html

mailboxde can be used for;
personal shopping in EU/& outside EU as it gives your own shipping address in Germany you can use to ship your orders to & from there to your home address in or outside EU I find this superuseful if you happen to live in one of those regions seller avoid to ship?:)

fulfillment center (aka shipping&storage provider) for your ks indie & presales etsy & other shops!:)
as Selfpublished Tarot artists I printed number of Tarot decks with printer in Italy EU
but my home country is not EU so to avoid extra shipping cost & import charges to my costumers I've opened EU acc (aka acc for shipping in EU) & sent my decks directly from my Italy printer to address mailboxde provided!:) then when that *big parcel arrived to my EU mailboxde acc I asked to open that big box & distribute to smaller parcels i need to ship to my costumers worldwide!:) I also have Not EU acc (aka acc for shipping outside EU) I used previously for my personal shopping & now it works perfect when I need to ship outside EU!:D
as mailboxde.com let you open 2type of acc for shipping in EU & for shipping outside EU & move parcels between according to where you need to ship I just give request to *move this box to my EU/or not EU acc when needed!;) but you are probably ok with just one of these & imo EU acc is best as if your printer is in EU & you are shipping with mailboxde.com EU acc there is no extra tax charges or form for shipping in EU for you or your EU(&uk) costumers!;) & when you need ship outside EU ie US like I do often all extra work is to insert item value & upload screenshot proof & you are all set!;) no extra charges for shipping cost & US don't need to pay import tax for small value orders!;D so it's a Win Win to Ship with mailboxde.com both EU & Worldwide!;D
here are some screenshots to give you idea what i'm charged when shipping 1deck & luxury sturdy 2 piece box (full parcel spec mentioned above!) within EU from my EU acc;
(Note; I've buy  Consolidation service for both acc so no extra charges for*Individual requests!;)
& shipping from my Not EU acc to US(note VAT return!;)

Genius people who invented & manage this Excellent Service & Best Costumer Support Ever!:)
Thank You!:) if you have any questions or doubt mailboxde.com best solution for your shipping demands email these wonderful genius working people costumer support or even boss Ondrej himself !;) & they will do EVERYTHING you need & more to help you accomplish your vision & ensure your parcel ship safe (with tracking & insurance!:) & fast worldwide all with reasonable cost & BEST COSTUMER SUPPORT EVER!;D
I know because I've already sent *plenty of requests & emailed my ideas how to even more improve this awesome service by adding *stock management option for etsy & other web stores!(; got reply from Ondrej; "we are working on this!;) & I will update this review moment it's up!^^;) 

i conclude with summary; Recommend to EVERYONE!:)
 Go Open Your mailboxde.com acc Now. & Thank me later!;) 

Thank you All for reading!^^feel free to comment & recommend siervice you find interesting
& ask me anything I'm happy to help anyway I can!^^ ;D


recommended links for more info;

Disclaimer; This review is my honest opinion & best short summary I provided according to my experience!
myus is what I used before but it simply can't compare to mailboxde.com my favorite Shipping provider Ever!;)
if you have any concerns & question check links above & contact costumer service for correct info!
i'm not held responsible for whatever possible damage resulting from your lack of communication skills or misunderstandings as my English is not perfect but hopefully convey the message & my satisfaction with mailboxde.com Awesome service!;) Thank You!^^ lol


Monday, 18 March 2019

Ludocards Best EU based POD review!:)

Warning; Selfpublishers Only! Following text may be to much to handle if you aren't one!:)
scroll down to see pictures of printed decks & boxes!:)
Keep reading if you are in to *print & selfpublish your own deck & wish to know more about BEST EU POD I've find so far!:))

As promised here is my full review of new EU (Italy) based Print on Demand company I discovered recently, official web page here; http://www.ludocards.com/
printing & shipping quotes here; http://www.ludocards.com/quote.php
& read all info at official faq page; http://www.ludocards.com/faq.php

Disclaimer; My English is Not Perfect & I will only review *services I used & all info presented here are just my opinion at this time according to experience I have feel free to agree or NOT & feel free to correct me if I'm wrong & if you have any doubt or questions about info presented here feel free to note me or best visit official web page & ask directly!:) with that said here is my review on ludocards POD !:)

if you have any experience with POD especially as publisher (my fav are US based; drivethrucards & thegamecrafter & China; makeplayingcards & printerstududio) you can tell this web don't look similar & there is BIG DIFFERENCE how it works so I'll try sum most of its *perks in hope you'll find it useful deciding is this POD for you as there is plenty of HOW TO differences here that may require some time to get used to starting with web interface that may seems overly simplistic & occasionally lacking (I'm told upgrade & ludocard store is expected soon so hopefully it'll enable direct sales like other POD mentioned here, will update this review moment that happen sooner the better as imo web page is Window to World Costumers & Basic aka Only way people worldwide will get to see you present yourself so Good POD web page must provide best interface functionality & statistic?! (; check gamecrafter & drivethrucards for reference how POD web store should look/work Thank You!^^:)

back on topic;
"ludocards print service review & how it differs from standard POD we know (tgc/dtc/mpc/ps) & what you'll need to know to make it work for you;

1. Printing; ludocards will print *ANY number of cards & any size!:) BUT minimum number of Tarot size decks you can print with ludocards is 6!:) imo it's ok as it's always good to have spare or you can gift/sell what you don't need?:) & there is discount for larger quantities so that's good news for selfpublishers!:) & whatever number of decks you decide to print you can ship it 2 ways;

2. Shipping, options;
A) default SHIP ALL your PRINTED DECKS AT ONCE TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS with FREE SHIPPING!:) or if you prefer;
B) DROP SHIPPING OPTION (expensive!:) but will let you ship any number of deck you have printed/left in store to different addresses worldwide with tracking number & best available shipping provider (DHL my fav!^^ more info here; http://www.ludocards.com/quote.php ) you will need to log in to your ludocards acc & click *Shipping button of your order & delete your default shipping address that is already there (Note; best contact costumer service in advance/before placing your order & ask to enable your drop shipping option!) also Shipping button let you see status of your orders & add different/new shipping addresses by filling Ship form that also let you review how many decks you are sending to which shipping addresses & how much you have left in store for each of decks you print with this company!:) then you Checkout to pay for that shipping & wait your mail to arrive!:) Note; if you are selling your deck on etsy or your web etc  you can ask for API that would help save you from filling shipping form for each order (but not paying shipping each time!:) so expect my update here once I figure how to add these!;) facepalm but if you are already in EU & don't have problem shipping it yourself A) Shipping option may be best!;) or 
C)  i'm testing at the moment!:) in short it's using A) to ship All your decks at once for free to pro shipping service mailboxde.com that'll do further drop shipping job for you!:) will post more details & my full review on this awesome service in next post!:) so stay tuned!:) back on topic ludocards ,,,

& good news combined shipping (sending several decks to same address) is simple when you have only 1 type of deck published!:) but if you have published several decks (like me!:) & have people ordering i.e 1 of each (wishful thinking!^^ lol ;) you'll need to click *Shipping button & fill shipping form for each of your decks orders & add note if you wish these decks with *same shipping address combined shipping in 1 parcel & same time then pay for that 1 shipping bill, this as well may require you contacting costumer service & asking to combined shipping for specific address & decks you entered or even ask for paypal shipping invoice as in my case *Checkout button in some cases lead to paypal error notification!;// meaning shipping function need some improvement!;// & if you think this is complicated/turn off check out point 3&4 of this review!:) lol Point is combined shipping is best as it don't make big cost difference to ship 1 or 10 decks!:) I find it awesome especially if you have more than 1 deck selfpublished (like me!:) & this bring us to
Most important & Main Reason i'm using this printer service because; ALL DECKS ARE PRINTED & SHIP FROM ITALY/EU SAVING YOUR EU COSTUMERS ANY EXTRA IMPORT CHARGES & POST COLLECTING FEES!:)


3. Creating your (publisher) account on ludocards (unlike normal pod!x,x) is Only possible AFTER YOU PLACED YOUR 1st ORDER?! (think it require your payment as well?x,x facepalm) after that you will be mailed acc details to same email you provided while placing your order & can log in to your ludocards acc where you can review & modify your acc info & order details including Shipping details as well as upload print files!;) interface here is ok but need some improvement as your order is only marked by number like; Order no. XXXX & in case you published several decks it would help if you could add some name to it for easy reference & better overview?;)


4. Print file preparation aka; "How to set up your card images properly" is probably trickiest part as you are expected to upload several separate pdf files (after you log in to your ludocards acc & click *Orders & *Open file list button) ;
1pdf with all images of your cards front saved as pages,
1pdf with all backs images saved as pages or just 1 pdf page if all cards in your deck share same back design!:)
& 1 (or 2 pdf depending on your option) for box design or you opt for no box or blank/white box or *special request sturdy 2 piece full print inside & out box option I used!:)

You start preparing your print files by inserting your deck specifications (mm or inch, card size & number of cards in deck & your box option!:) & downloading your auto generated templates here; http://www.ludocards.com/quote.php by

Note; even it say: "will print any size" best to pick 1 of offered preset or keep it within *normal EU sizes (aka your card size numbers should be whole cm & mm as it's easier to print precisely!:)

also even if it may sound complicated in my experience ludocards have good print control & you will be contacted by costumer service if they notice any possible printing mistake/disaster!:P ;)
but just in case be aware of mistake I noticed on their template generator page;
*Card design instruction button will tell you so called *bleed area (aka part of your card img that is cut out in printing process!) is 2mm on each card side but imo it's more likely standard 3mm as mentioned in their instruction pdf (I've asked costumer service to check with their printer service before uploading my cards pdfs for print & got confirmed it's 3mm but card generator template is still working with 2mm, will update this review moment it's fixed!x,x)

so here is how you determine your digital image card size in pixel & template you need to work; *your printed card size in mm (i.e standard Tarot is 70x120mm) +3mm of bleed area to each side adds total of 6mm to each of this numbers = 76x126mm converted to pixel = 898x1488px by 300dpi within this size you can see template red line mark 3mm from each edge representing line where your cards are expected to be cut in printing process (aka bleed) & another blue line 3mm from that one representing so called *safe area you should place all important card text & elements you wish to be visible after printing in case print end up off center (3mm drift is considered acceptable by most standard printers!:) you can download Tarot card 7x12cm & fitting 80 card special 2 piece sturdy box templates I've used here; http://fav.me/dd30ioa

Tip; be sure to remove that guideline template before saving/exporting your img or pdf!:)
you can also use Scribus to prepare your pdf for print!:)

also if you already printed your cards with gamecrafter /other standard printer that use 900x1500px Tarot size template you can drop these img over ludocards 898x1488px & 300dpi template (i.e in gimp:) & export as; png img or single pdf I find guidelines are compatible!:)
& if your pdf files are to large or you wish to fix cmyk specifications you can open your pdf in Scribus & export as pdf with these settings; (see attach img!)



& that's it for cards!:)

same goes for box design (download template, export your box design as pdf & upload to your acc!) unless you opt for *firm 2 piece box in that case you need contact costumer service & ask for appropriate box template as well as paypal invoice for price difference as this *luxury box option cost slightly more than your default 2piece box you'll most likely mistake for this *sturdy version!;)


5) Print quality;
default card specifications options all have rounded corners & print on *special 330 gr/sqm casino quality triplex paper (i'm told this is 330 gsm black core silk smooth paper) assuring zero transparency. Easy to shuffle and resistant to worn-out.

& All (default) boxes options are printed on 300gr/sqm cardboard & gloss or matt lamination.
Note; this may be too thin for 2pice box design so you'll need asking for *sturdy box I used!:)

ludocards offers plenty of card sizes & shape options including round cards as well as special materials including linen paper, PVC, & special effects gold/silver foil, as well as accompanying booklets or leaflets or other particular items, you will need to contact costumer service for any *special request quote  HERE.

You can also request print proofs & digital file check service as well as designer service or sample deck, all info here; http://www.ludocards.com/faq.php

best part; Ludocards.com is an eco-friendly company
Ludocards entire operations are powered by solar energy & printing procedure follows the strict standards of environmental friendly codes: the papers are not only premium quality but also CE certified and rigorously selected and supplied by European paper mills; the inks for printing are of food level; nearly half of our production is artisan process that is made with hands. We try our very best to look after our planet earth.


6) Production Time; How quickly will ludocards print your deck & when you'll receive your order?
depends on timing of your order (i.e it will take longer if you start this *printing adventure before Christmas like I DID!:) as well as how good your *print ready pdfs are!:)

Standard production time is 15 working days upon receiving the payment Only if all files of artwork provided are “ready to print”! Express services is provided at extra cost. Processing time don't include time required for delivery, which varies from 1 to 5 working days subject to destinations.
Ludocards is not responsible for any delays caused by the couriers.

Delivery date for your products will be delayed accordingly at your own responsibility for any delays in production caused by the errors in file formats, incomplete file submission and any other issues resulting in “not ready to print” files.

so if you are planing kickstarter or other project with fixed timeline best to confirm with costumer service all your files are *print ready BEFORE placing your Order?:) that may save you unexpected delays I got myself in placing my order in December 2018 then having to change my card size several times to get it fit standard 7x12cm Tarot template after noticing card template generator flaw (mentioned above!:) I still had it shipped in time of expected schedule by new year2019!:) & it arrived fast to France!:) but my reviewer say *default 2 piece box don't seem firm enough so I requested box upgrade to *rigid box ludocards was testing different designs at that time & then they were upgrading shipping providers as well so I end up ready to publish these before March 2019!:)

Now I'm Happy with my ludocards Tarot size cards & firm box print quality & fast Shipping service (DHL my fav!^^)

my only remark/wishlist is;
1. web upgrade please!
2. fix card size template generator! (bleed area is 3mm not 2mm!)
3. ludocardsStore if possible!(sooner the better!;) &
4. drop shipping provider & cost calculation need improvement!
imo DHL offer best shipping & 16Euro lc charge per deck to ship in EU is too much!;//
as mailboxde.com will do it for less than 11e per deck FLAT Shipping Worldwide!;)
so imo best check your local shipping rates(if you are in EU) or use mailboxde.com & save yourself extra cost & nerves it'll take you to dropship with ludocards?;)

& with this I conclude my review!:) Congrats for reading this long*cough*hopefully not too boring* text!;D  hope you find it useful!^^:) here is your eye candy pic gallery of my printed Tarot size decks & boxes!^^:) & if you need more than pretty pic check this Awesome youtube review!:)
& table review of Print on Demand Companies I've used with my opinion on quality of their service;
Tarot deck 80c
& firm box!:)
drivethrucards gamecrafter makeplayingcards printerstudio ludocards
print cost &
quality
& extra options

standard card quality linen stock option
& tuckbox


standard card quality linen & UV stock option +extra box & other option


standard + best selection of card stock options & effect including holo & gold edges etc+ box options including Tarot size tins!:) worth checking for printing 50+ decks 78Tarot card in generic tin for 14,5$!:)
too expensive otherwise!x,x


same as mpc
- effects & box options!x.x
best production price & quality for larger quantities!:)
+extra options!:)


best for printing 60 Tarot decks & up!;)
discount @ 5000 cards!:) 100 decks!

shipping cost & quality fast & ok for US & your home address, Not for International!x,x
check it here https://support.drivethrucards.com/hc/en-us/articles/207347643-Estimated-Shipping-Costs-For-Printed-Products
Ok for US & International
extra options
UPS not perfect!x,x
ok pricing & service, charge extra for *insurance BUT tracking is lacking & your only protection is paypal https://www.makeplayingcards.com/shipping.aspx ok












same as mpc
fastest shipping!:)
& FREE SHIPPING to your home address but only if you ship all your printed decks at once!:)
too expensive drop shipping!x.x
see here;
https://www.ludocards.com/quote.php
production time 5/7 days 3/15 days 5/12 days 3/5 days
shipping time ok ok ok ok Best!;)
traffic/exposure ok best not much no shop option yet!
costumer service Best & my fav!:)
Brian is King!:)
annoying & not always helpful?;) ok when you are asking about ordering info but in case yur parcel is lost or some issue better luck talking to wall?:) ok & helpful!:) ok & helpful!:)



Friday, 17 February 2017

DriveThruCards review part 2-Prints!



My 2nd DTC review is about their prints quality!:) and must say I like!^^ first and most important; 
          1) all colors are printed perfectly! just the way I see it on my PC!^^:)) 5+!:))
2)   paper quality and size I like!^^

here are some tech facts about what I ordered this time;
Small Poster: Glossy Deluxe 100# text paper, 12x18" folded once for shipment. 
(this looks beautiful!^^ and i like how they print control card for every size you order so if you order poster you get another printed on half of that size that can serve as a great portfolio cover!XD lolz ;))) here is pic
                                 (sorry for bad quality my phone have a bad cam and flash is on!x//:)
                            my only remark was; wish they offer larger size and roll shipping!^^ ;)))
      p.s as you'll probably notice I did same art in several different sizes for comparisons sake and to see what look best and when I placed this poster on my wall I was like; oh! it would look even better double the size!XD and guess what? I uploaded it on my society6 acc and it turns out they can make it up to 28x40 in YeY! and as they often have a free shipping don't be surprised if I review society6 next!^^ lolz and be sure to check it out here https://society6.com/reall


Next is Page size 8.5”x11 Single-sided print No UV Coating this are my fav as size is perfect for portfolio!^^ and there is no gloss coating so your print color will almost had that metallic 3Dish look when you move it!XD here are some pic 


note that yellow pattern in bg is bright yellow but look almost metallic gold on pic!XD I like!^^:))


And last is Tile 8”x10” size, same as previous it say Standard C2S Card Stock  but with print on both sides and Low-gloss UV Coating so it feel considerably thicker and glossy?x,x 
                                        (poster in the middle and smaller prints at sides!:))
                Note I didn't take pic of back here as it's just simple ornamental card frame design!^^
                             but you shouldn't worry, print/color quality is same on both sides!:))
 
must admit it look  most luxurious from all mentioned here like a nice postcard or photo?x,x
but Imo 1side and no gloss is what most artists go for including me,
 so Page size 8.5”x11” is our winner for today!^^ lolz:))

and for last is clear plastic box I included in my order this time; http://www.drivethrucards.com/product/114070/ and it's all what it say! firm, easy 1click open, fit for bridge and poker (and mini size!^^) larger version is supposed to hold up to 120cards! and it fit perfectly for my 120 card bridge deck!^^ lolz ;)) and there is smaller version for up to 70 card that  will fit most of your standard decks
I like this much more than PS boxes because this 1click opening is much smarter and less chance to open by accident!:)) and better then tuck box as it should last longer!^^ lolz
      
                                        (box unpacking!^^ lolz ;)))
another fact worth mentioning is that even my parcel was considerably large (in a big cardboard box as you can see on pic above!XD:)) processing time was same around 7 days but it arrived within 9 days from shipping!:)) and shipping cost was same  flat 2.99$ i like?XD ;)) but when I tried to send 1deck to Belgium I was unpleasantly surprised seeing 14$ shipping cost?X// so I guess that flat   2.99$ shipping is only when you order for your home address or just for my part of the world?x,x facepalm with that said my quest for perfect POD continue,,,  and I will post you with my new discovery!^^ and with that words I conclude this review!^^ THANK YOU ALL FOR VISITING MY BLOG! COME AGAIN AND FEEL FREE TO COMMENT IF YOU FIND SOMETHING INTERESTING & WORTH SHARING!:))) LOLZ

p.s and if you wish to check out for yourself feel free to visit my dtc page;
 http://www.drivethrucards.com/browse/pub/10824/LuckyCardStudio

Monday, 2 January 2017

DriveThruCards/OneBookShelf review!:)))



First I wish you all Happy New Year and Holidays!:)) And as my NY gift to you I present you my review for my new favorite POD DriveThruCards!:)) aka http://www.onebookshelf.com/

I know about this POD way back and it was always on my to *do list to test their work, but what threw me off every time was outdated user (not)friendly interface and idea I had to submit my deck in pdf format?x,x  (wth? most of POD accept standard img files) +long list of instructions how to do that in right way!x,x (Edit this baby http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/PDF/JPEG-to-PDF.shtml may help you skip few boring steps but you are using it on your own responsibility!XD :)))
Good News is; there is BETA option to upload your cards img designs for poker size cards so we can hope this will become standard soon! Until then we're stuck with pdf, actually it's simple once you stop freaking about it and do it!:)) and don't worry about that CMYK/RGB thing, now when I actually did some research and see it printed imo all that CMYK thing is practically what every printer do but don't bother telling you about?!:))) and your colors will look even better than on your screen and as with most printers look exactly as your screen as long as you stay away from light green n blue!^^ lolz 

all you need to do is follow instruction (as close as you can!) and ask for help if you stuck at any point and this is where I say;
DriveThruCards have a best customer support EVER!^^:))  Thank you for great job!^^ :))
you'll be surprised with quick reply n help through *print preparation process that may seems quite dreadful at moments tnx to outdated user interface,!^^:)

Now done with boring part it's time for good part of this review!:))
and there is more to that so let's start with the best;

1st prize for best shipping rates ever goes to DriveThruCards!
seriously I was SHOCKED(positively!^^:) when my shipping end up under 3$?x,x that seems IMPOSSIBLE for my part of the world (aka not US/notEU) especially as it say; Ships from US and I was prepared for worst knowing that and my order was not that light;3x36card decks +15 test cards! 
then another surprise!:))

2fast shipping!^^ my order arrived 18days after shipping which is miracle by itself especially considering it was holiday time!^^:)) as usually it take at least 20days from US to my part of the world even with better shipping options, and here i got it under 3$ and within 18days!:))) and best part NO TAX! even it say printed in US I wasn't even charged for regular post check out!x,x how cool is that?

good time to say;


3rd printing rates! all mentioned above (bridge size and Premium Card Stock with UV!) cost me around 10$!:)  (just look at that larger print n poster options!^^ these are tempting crowdfunding rewards!XD;))) 


4nd print quality!^^ Superhappy with Premium Card stock with UV finish!^^ Colors& text prints look better than on screen!^^ and range of card sizes they offer; Tarot, poker, bridge, mini! and prints and boxes (plan ordering all that next time!^^:)   and best part this is ONLY POD that you can go with any number of cards you wish! i.e 11, 23,38, 99 etc!^^:)

5  Publisher shop page option to sell your decks directly from DTC;
and you can set up your selling price, and even offer download and printed books!:)))
 (I plan adding my other selfpublished deck n books soon so be sure to check it out again!^^:)))

and with that I conclude my review!^^ HAPPY DISCOVERING NEW FAV POD! N LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT ORDER!^^ (that will include custom design boxes n Art Prints/Posters!^^ will be sure to post my review about that as well!^^ ;))

Here are some photo proofs to back up my review!^^ 
hope you like! I know I do!^^ and feel free to ask me anything!^^:))
(as you can see, all deck arrived in puffy yellow envelop &cell wrap as I forgot to order box! facepalm ;)) and with one test card that say Printed in US and info about stock etc I like!:) )
hm, my camera skill is not best but you got idea!^^:)) did I mention all cards are ordered from 1 to last as you can see on lenormand deck above!^^:)) and here are some photos of actual cards;
                       (Note;shiny bg is gift wrap i happen to have at table at the moment!XD :)))

                                                   Grand Tableu barely fit camera!x,x :))

and Restored Coffee Cards (waiting British Museum permission before publishing!:)))
here is 1snapshot to give you idea how good it looks!XD
(btw if you wonder Celestial;Sun,Moon Star card back design is same for my Ancient Lenormand!^^:)))

and Yeah! IT LOOK AWESOME AS YOU THINK!XD LOLZ
 

and some test cards from 2Tarot deck I'm working right now (one is Chakra Tarot all info here!)
other is experimental *Mystery deck with Ancient feel!XD that will be super limited edition with maybe 50 copies for sale only?x,x :)) 
few more close up to give you idea about colors; front;
                                flip back, btw if you're confused I used 15test card to mix different back n
                                     front designs!XD so my 2 of Water flips to 2 of Air!XD LOLZ :))


and few colored cards from supercute deck*(that may seems familiar but it's so infamous we don't dare speak it's name!XD LOLZ so let's just say I modified these few cards with author permission but just to test that style n my coloring skill and there will NEVER EVER BE FULL DECK LIKE THAT!^^( as far as I know:)) and must say i was shocked how good this super flashy colors turn out!XD especially considering how dull it look in my CMYK pdf?x,x 


(again, sorry for bad camera!x,x but let's say it benefit deck identity protection here!XD lolz :)))

and different card back designs I tested;
                                         (hm, again bad camera, RL colors much better!^^:))


 oh! and there is Happy Squirrel I get as gift same day this order arrived!XD so I treat her as part of the pack n be sure to upload good photo when I catch her!XD LOLZ ;))

 hope you find this review fun and useful!^^ if you have any question feel free to ask me n comment!^^
wish you all best in ny and every other year after!^^ and to find happiness in everything you do every day of your life!^^ :)))

 till next!
all best!^^
reall/Irena