Saturday, 21 March 2020

Card Printer list

Good printers confirmed/review list;)
POD(Print on Demand) List;
US based; (aka TGC) best price for best cardstock quality linen 12pt 320gsm black core with UV finish custom made box and option for shop page & & best shipping rates worldwide!;D +big selection of game parts including all sorts of box, bags & blank cards & sleeves, these are great for DIY projects!:) + short production time so expect your order to ship within 2days!:) note; their drift can be a bit much, so make sure that your important parts are inside the safe zone but othervise replace defective decks at no cost to the artist . (aka DTC aka OneBookShelf) - recommend their Embossed (aka linen) card stock 320gsm 11pt with beautiful colors and silk UV finish! it say Printed in US and still have best shipping rates and costumer support ever! +best stock & box price!:) + discount price for orders over 5000 cards(63deckx80cards!:) + best shipping for US(5$ with tracking!:) worth considering especially for test printing as they ship worldwide by USPS Priority mail, fixed shipping rates for your home address (my is not US/EU) it's flat 5$ shipping cost regardless of the size of order!XD  + option for larger prints and poster+ books! and shop page!:)) + best statistic sale/earnings overview & payment options for seller!:) definitely my fav! full review here;
downside; complicated print file preparation! & shipping for (not publisher!) address outside US is still expensive (15$!x,x) seems to offer best deal for 100decks(not sure about price but they let you sell on amazon & other big bookstore?:)
"offer cards printed on demand, printing in short runs and offset printed on 12 pt C2S stock equivalent to 260 gsm.  Any size with square corners or round.
Short run cards, 100+ decks, are printed on 350 gsm stock and can also be printed any size with square corners or round, with matte or gloss UV.
Can add foil stamp, spot UV, and a variety of other specialty touches for cards that are offset printed  These are usually for 500+ decks.
Offer custom printed tuck boxes for most of decks.  You are also welcome to send us packaging for decks such as tin boxes, drawstring bags, etc.  We can add printed booklets or instruction cards that can be accordion folded depending on the number of panels.  For decks that are packaged in a drawstring bag, we can add printed bag tags or tie charms to the ribbons, etc. "
China based; aka MPC This company is getting great reviews. Everyone who has dealt with them is very pleased at the quality and service & easy upload interface.  Also MPC is only POD offering gilded edge or holo foil card print option as well as different box options including Tarot size tins!:) so if you plan printing 50+ decks it's worth checking as they also offer affordable fulfillment service if you need to ship your decks worldwide to your costumers/backers for around 10-12$ per deck!:) Shipping may be an issue as it's not always traceable but as long as you are paying with paypal you are ok!:)
ETA; my 1st printed deck & mpc tin arrived & I like Big card size & good quality & shipping my only remarks is colors on 300gsm card stock are bit light so better use linen/other option?;) you can read my full review here!:) similar design & price as mpc only difference they offer more *game piece options!;) - aka PS affordable, easy upload and fast. Similar to MPC above but less stock & box options & more other items options. Card Colors may be less bright than original digital files. UPDATE by Lucky Card; just to add link for my review for their linen and plastic stock!:)) Note this was before their stock price rise significantly 2016 same as MPC that may be sister company?:) compared to US PODs so you may wish to consider TGC and DTC to be better option for US and worldwide?:)
Europe; Note imo EU printers are great way to offer better price & faster shipping for EU orders!:)+save your costumers of extra import charges/VAT tax or whatever post is charging for international orders & everyone complains about!:D 
Italy; this EU based company (Italy) offer great quality POD drop ship service & ship worldwide!:)
+ free shipping if you ship All your decks at once to your home address!;)
it's my exclusive EU printer!:) but I'm moving my shipping to read my full review here!^^;D
check out pic of Tarot decks lc printed for me here;
check their faq here;
same page can also generate your required standard or customized card size & box preset/pdf template but Be Warned; I noticed these pdf generated card sizes templates may not be accurate as *instruction pdf say their bleed is 3mm but *instruction button & illustration say it's 2mm, while most printers use 3mm & after asking print service to confirm their standard Tarot size card preset in pixel I'm told it's 898x1488 that fits 76x126mm( 7x12cm printed card +3mm bleed on each side!:) so simple way of calculating your card img file size in mm or pixel for this printer is your printed card size(i.e their standard Tarot preset 70x120mm +6mm on each number=76x126mm or 898x1488px!:) I've asked them to fix this moment I noticed but it seem they don't plan doing it anytime soon(25dec2018?x,x will update this post moment it's fixed!X,x until then you can download templates I've used here; but print drift is still possible(like with all printers here!) so avoid borders etc & I'll be not held responsible for any possible misprint resulting from these issues!;) Considering this template issue & complicated file preparation requirement & outdated interface & expensive drop shipping service, MPC & US printers may be better idea if you wish to keep it simple & easy!;) on the bright side I noticed my standard gamecrafter tarot template guidelines are fit & easy to convert to this ludocard Tarot size!:) so it doesn't require much to fit your img for these!:)

UK: PoD based in UK & offer printing deck & free shipping for UK!:) worth checking out for UK orders

& if you plan printing larger quantities here are some recommendations; 
Europe (the prices mentioned are rough guidelines and where received on inquiry)
  • / Good quality, so far the best price I could get. But only so cheap if you let only cards printed there, and let the box and/or booklet print elsewhere. 1000 decks around 3,70 Euro per deck
  • Perfect austrian quality, but also the most expensive one. 1000 decks plus box 6,13 Euro (additional costs not included), only decks without box 5,57 Euro.

  World Playing Card Company, New York City, New York 10001 professional playing cards with foil & Embossing option “GPCC printing company in partnership with one of the top most leading printer. Based out of Australia. The printing and shipping happens from China while the 100% handcrafted and lacquered decks are done in India. Produced 2 (poker) decks till now, both of which received rave reviews. Bharata Major Arcana tarot will be first tarot deck by this company. Given current customers are playing card collectors, quality of printing, card stock etc. is paramount, and rest assured, I take care of each production print personally. Don't offer print on demand and minimum print run is 600 decks. Offer any type of card size as well. Any other question, please feel free to ask. Regards, Sunish” Recommended by Jay DeForest: Image Printing & Packaging is a company where you will deal directly with an English speaking print manager in China. print card decks, books, boxes and other items. minimum printing quote of 500, but the pricing is much better at 1000 units or more. this dynamic duo is based in Korea & offering playing cards with holo effect!:)minimal order per 1design is 200 cards, they also offer bookmarks, postcards & much more so be sure to check out their web page!:) Personable and professional. 100% of all our electricity purchases are derived from wind power. waiting for review! based in US & print in China, printing options include metallic n foil print!;) Formerly known as Quality Playing Cards, this company is a professional card printer. They do any size and number of cards, have a top notch art department, and the quality is exceptional. They do work internationally. this company accepts paypal & got great recommendations by Joan Marie creator of Friar's Delight Lenormand & collective Button Soup Tarot their portfolio looks awesome full of well known quality decks!:) & plenty of printing options (UV, Holo, Gold & Silver & any metal color print & gilded edges!:D Also lot's of box options great prices & fulfillment service!:D their minimum quote seems to be 500 decks so definitely worth checking out for larger quantities!;D Contact info: Printing: Ivy FengShenzhen XM Playing Cards Co., Limited, Ivy is also on FB

Shipping and fulfilment: Lily Zeng atChina Division,

also be sure to post us here what worked best for you?:)
all best!

Resources free programs links & Best Tarot books & decks to Learn Tarot

Free programs; paint programs; my fav Gimp & Medibang paint pro for lineart!:) & scribus for cmyk & pdf conversion

you can make free web page with google & levelenterprise offer best solution for pro web page you need to present your deck!;)

Tutorials & public domain libraries;

Apollo magazine Open access image libraries – a handy list; Apollo supports open access to images of artworks that are out of copyright with a list of museums and other archives that provide unrestricted downloads of high-resolution images.

You can also find plenty of Awesome free & public domain material by google!^^ & youtube have plenty of How to videos here are some;
How To Create Your Tarot Deck Tutorial!! by Luna Solare ;

How to Make Cards (3 Ways) by James Ernest ;

also Tarot blog posts by other deck creators are Awesome resource for All Tarot Tips you'll ever need start here;
this is pro selfpublished author of Spirit's Keeper Tarot so Be sure to check her Awesome Blog for All info about Costs of Selfpublishing with big printer;

& Arnell Ando provide More priceless resource for independent card creators:

also wikipedia have resource on each tarot card;

& this web provide description & side by side card img from different decks;
& this have even more decks!;

& if you wish to Learn more about Tarot;
Brilliant free Simple & Short Lessons to Learn & Understand Tarot;

& my fav forums with growing libraries of selfpublisher decks & creator sections; & 

Best Tarot book & deck to learn Tarot is; any you can find in your local bookstore as long as you read it & practice with your Tarot deck!;) & you can also check my fav bookdepository (free shipping worldwide!;) for Books & decks!;) it will depend on your personal preferences about author & topics you like to read starting with Basic Beginners to Deep in Tarot topics as well as your understanding of it's primary use; fortunetelling (traditional) or *self development tool (modern new age approach;)

some of my fav & recommended for start are; Rider Waite Smith (including my Pam's Original & Vintage!;), Golden Universal Tarot,
Mucha Tarot, Shadowscapes Tarot (note this one is available as android app on google store great way to get deck & guidebook for only few$!:)

Anthony Louis; Tarot Beyond the Basics Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Meanings Behind the Cards (luv astro & other references here!)
& Tarot Plain & Simple by same author if you prefer it that way!;)

Brigit Esselmont; The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings (luv quotes provided for each card!;)

Barbara Moore; Tarot Made Easy, Llewellyn's Little Book of Tarot & Tarot for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Reading the Card
(also Steampunk Tarot & book set!:)

Kim Huggins Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards (also Tarot Illuminati deck & book set!:)

Mary K. Greer; Understanding the Tarot Court (with Tom Little) &  
The Complete Book of Tarot reversals (luv explanatory titles!;)
& 21 Ways to read a Tarot Card (luv all activity here!;)

Rachel Pollack (also Shining Tribe Tarot & the Haindl Tarot!:)
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot (title say it all!:)
Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness
The New Tarot Handbook: Master the Meanings of the Cards
The Big Little Book of Tarot: The Only Book You'll Ever Need

Sarah Bartlet the Tarot Bible gift from my friend & my fav book design & colorful illustrations & examples also it's modern self development approach great if you prefer it!


About me; reall/Irena Pro Selfpublisher Artist, illustrator, designer & author with experience in Tarot, astrology & alternative!^^:D
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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!;)

#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! 

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;!^^)
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;

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;

(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 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!

Monday, 22 July 2019 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 & full review excellent services it provides with minimum cost with everyone interested to know more how it works here is
why I find 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;
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; )
& 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;
& service price list here;

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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;
printing & shipping quotes here;
& read all info at official faq page;

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;
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; ) 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 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

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; 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;

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;

best part; 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 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 & 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 &
& 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
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 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;
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!:)