Sunday, 5 April 2020

Card Printer list


Good printers confirmed/review list;)

POD(Print on Demand) List;

US based;
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/ (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 otherwise replace defective decks at no cost to the artist . 
 
http://www.drivethrucards.com/ (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;http://creativenlight.blogspot.ba/2017/01/drivethrucardsonebookshelf-review
downside; complicated print file preparation! & shipping for (not publisher!) address outside US is still expensive (15$!x,x) 
 
 
 
http://store.vervante.com/c/affil/index.html 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;
http://www.makeplayingcards.com/promotional/personalized-tarot-cards.html 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!:) 
 
https://www.boardgamesmaker.com/ similar design & price as mpc only difference they offer more *game piece options!;)

http://www.printerstudio.com/ - 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!:)) http://creativenlight.blogspot.ba/search?updated-min=2015-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2016-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=6 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; http://www.ludocards.com/ 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 mailboxde.com read my full review here!^^;D
check out pic of Tarot decks lc printed for me here; https://photos.app.goo.gl/qZ6dZc6J49nUdTVf6
check their faq here; http://www.ludocards.com/faq.php
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; http://fav.me/dd30ioa 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: https://cardcreator.personalisedplayingcards.com/prices 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)
  • http://www.cartamundi.com/de / 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
  • http://www.piatnik.com/ 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
http://expertplayingcard.com/#custom Playing Card Company, New York City, New York 10001 professional playing cards with foil & Embossing option   
www.guruplayingcards.com “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”
 
www.imageppm.com/ 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.  
 
https://www.jimiagency.net/ 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!:)
 
http://jsmccarthy.com/ Personable and professional. 100% of all our electricity purchases are derived from wind power. 

  
https://plaincards.com/ waiting for review! 


http://www.printninja.com/printing-products/card-game-printing based in US & print in China, printing options include metallic n foil print!;)
 
https://shuffledink.com/ 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.
 
 
https://wheeloffortunetarot.en.alibaba.com/?spm=a2700.details.cordpanyb.4.7ec2a84dAQqag8 this company got mixed reviews as they accept 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!:) But there are some who were not happy with their work, imo this is why it's important you do your homework first & check all details before you decide to print big in China/or anywhere else!^^) also they offer 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
E-mail:sales1ivy@gmail.com, Ivy is also on FB https://www.facebook.com/ivy.feng.tarot.printing/about?lst=100008353365042%3A100009510457866%3A1573858490

Shipping and fulfilment: Lily Zeng atChina Division, lily02@chinadivision.com

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

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 & levelupenterprises 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 ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdGnq_MFov8

How to Make Cards (3 Ways) by James Ernest ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0t6PBypahI

also Tarot blog posts by other deck creators are Awesome resource for All Tarot Tips you'll ever need start here; https://benebellwen.com/
this is pro selfpublished author of Spirit Keeper's 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: http://www.arnellart.com/makenpub.html

also wikipedia have resource on each tarot card; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magician_(Tarot_card)

& this web provide description & side by side card img from different decks; https://www.tarot.com/tarot/cards/the-fool/universal-waite
& this have even more decks!; http://www.albideuter.de/html/narr.html

& if you wish to Learn more about Tarot;
Brilliant free Simple & Short Lessons to Learn & Understand Tarot; http://learntarotinaday.com/

& my fav forums with growing libraries of selfpublisher decks & creator sections; https://www.thetarotforum.com/ & 
Note: forums are also best place to sign up for Collective Tarot decks as Best Way to Learn by 1st hand experience!:) providing you a chance to participate in Tarot deck creation with just 1 card (or more if you like!:) + purchasing one give you Best idea how different art styles looks printed as Tarot card & it works perfect as sample deck you can check print quality card stock specifications, box & booklet options & design etc to ask same printer for same specification for your deck if you like!:)

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!


feel free to add your fav in comments!;)

All Best!
MyLuckyCard
reall/Irena

Complete Guide for Artist How to Create Print & Publish Your own Tarot or Oracle Deck

Wonder How to Start Creating your own Tarot or Oracle Deck?

All you need is to download your preferred Tarot card size template from thegamecrafter; https://help.thegamecrafter.com/article/39-templates

& My Art guide Tarot cards cheat sheet info for;
& Start Now!;D
tip; Start with easiest/ most simple looking cads first and more complicated later for better flow & progress!;D
Start with Major Arcana or Court cards or whatever you feel like easier to work with?;)

Continue reading this blog for more info & tips about Creation Print & Publishing what I learned in process starting from idea to realization of Deck Creation & 
Card Printer list 

Order this guide in printed form & my selfpublished decks here;
Copyright;
Complete Guide for Artist How to Create Print & Publish Your own Tarot or Oracle Deck is ©2020 MyLuckyCard.
All rights reserved.
Available via my blog & web page as free download & in printed format.
You can download share & print it for personal use as long as you don't charge for it!;)
Only thing I ask is credit & link me so I can see what you do?^^
Please note me first if you would like any other use or commission!^^
((;^^THANK YOU!^^ ))
&
GOOD LUCK!;D
***

About me; reall/Irena Pro Selfpublisher Artist, illustrator, designer & author with experience in Tarot, astrology & alternative!^^:D
Happy to help your deck creation & Selpublishing by answering any questions, consulting advice, tips & critic, & open for commissions & collaboration, if you need hand with design layout, coloring, size & files conversion etc anything in field of any topic mentioned!;)
portfolio & all info official web page; https://sites.google.com/view/myluckycard/home
Order my Selfpublished Tarot
& Oracle decks & books here;
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/designers/reall-s-games 
& watch my ig for news;  @myluckycards 
& if you like my art consider visiting links above and help me promote! share and fav appreciated!^^

  ((;^^THANK YOU!^^ ))




How to publish your deck & Why Selfpublishing with US based Pod is Best!^u^:D

Your publishing options as Deck Creator are; petitioning popular card publishers to publish your deck & do all work (printing, promotion, distribution & selling) for you! (in which case you are advised to check their respective web pages for submitting guides & required files format!:)

tip; be sure to consult legal adviser before signing up any legally binding contract & make sure you understand copyright status of your art & expected profit from each deck sale as well as other obligations you may have?;) as far as i know your royalties are paid every few months or 2x a year & it may seem big check but ask yourself does it pay rent & for how long you can live with that money & consider does it cover All work & time you invested in creation?;) or

You can Selfpublish by investing your time & $$$ into finding good pro printer that will print your deck (usually minimum quotes are over 200 & around 500 decks!) then figure how to sell promote & ship to your costumers worldwide?

tip; be sure to ask for fulfillment service that will provide direct shipping from your printer to your costumers worldwide & save you extra import shipping costs & time!;)
This option also require significant investment risk & work & nerves so be sure you & your household members are all ok with it & don't invest more than you can spare to lose as there is no guarantees you'll sell ALL your decks within a year or in few years unless you run successful crowdfunding or preorders i recommend!;)


Note; kickstarter & indiegogo are good way to test your demand & collect needed $$$ in advance but imo it also includes extra risk fees nerves & reputation as anything can go wrong so i advise against it & recommend preorders instead & even then same issues remain

& if you prefer less risk & work here is; 

Why Selfpubishing with US & EU based Pod is best!^^if you plan printing just 1 deck for personal use or Selfpublish for everyone to order!

Because With PoD (Print on Demand) You Can Selfpublish your Tarot/whatever with as little as 0$ investment required &

keep full control over your deck art copyright, design, print quality, number of deck you plan to offer, production & shipping costs & you determine your own sale price per deck & potential profit as you wish!:D

& Selfpublishing your deck directly from US based Print on demand companies is best because with option to make your shop page you can sell your decks/books directly to your costumers worldwide!^^ All you need to do is sign up to set up your acc shop page & upload your artwork, pick options to order test print & approve it then set up your item price & enable sales for your title (aka publish!;) & wait for your royalties payday!:D & people worldwide can browse search & order your published title directly from PoD who do all job; taking & charging orders, processing printing & shipping & send you sale notification every time someone order your title & provide great statistic page!^^

My favorite Recommended & most popular PoD are US based; thegamecrafter & drivethrucards (Full review here!) 

Here is why I luv US Pod;

1.you can order minimum of 10 cards with your own unique front & back design making awesome bookmarks or mini portfolio cards!;) imo this is fantastic because it’s best way to see how different options colors and design styles look in RL & to check card stock and print quality & if you like it you can order more if not you can correct it quick and easy anytime even after publishing & you can decide to unpublish your deck anytime with few clicks!^^ 

2. Pod ship worldwide & thegamecrafter offer best shipping rates & options & drivethrucards have best shipping for US & your home address!;) 

3. Simple and clear user interface easy to understand & use & good statistic page as well as search tool & traffic provide good visibility on net! 

4. Awesome costumer service is big help when you need it & Brian from drivethrucards is my fav tech help Ever!:) Thank You Brian!^^ lol 

5. Options!:) minimal investment mean it's easy to print different card sizes & offer your deck as Standard Tarot size & smaller Poker & Bridge as well as Larger cards & enable further personalization with different cardstock, booklet & box options (my fav is 1$ transparent plastic box that fit 90 card poker & bridge size deck from drivethrucards & mpc Tarot size tin!^^;) + extra options such as different back or border & borderless design!;) 

6. Publisher discount & fulfillment for larger orders!:) 

7. Improvements!:) both drivethrucards & theGamecrafter are constantly improving their services by upgrading their cardstock & tgc have best worldvide shipping rates & game price calculator & selection of all possible game pieces for game creators so go test it asap & be sure to share what worked best for you?!;)

Note; printing in China may seem like a good idea for all fancy options & extras it offers but it's not & here is why;
1) Shipping cost & time!(most of your orders will be in US so it's faster & more affordable to ship from US printers like dtc with tracking that actually works!:)
2) Tax! (if you *import something from outside your country tax is possible!:)
3) Better card stock quality & price (mpc & ps now charge double for same embossed/linen card stock you have on dtc & tgc!x,x facepalm)
4) Search engine (mpc & ps are missing these! so only way for people to find your game is by direct link you post somewhere or random luck!)
5) Exposure & sale statistic (not only your deck won't sell that well on mpc & pc but can you trust their statistic if they have any is correct?)
6) Copyright! (fact is China have different regulation for this than US & EU & if you send your img to their printer it may end up pirated!)
7) Buyer protection & Costumer service (my 1st order from mpc was lost & never found even I pay *extra for *tracking number & insurance & contacted costumer service more than once never got any reply & had to ask paypal intervention lucky they decided in my refund! point is;
8 ) paypal is your best insurance! if your printing company don't have paypal better look for one who does!:D

& when it come to promotion & sale I still need to figure it out! however net is infinite market! And you only need to figure how to use it!

tip; pick a good name for your deck that will make it stand out on net and in google search in case you decide to make a free web page with google! Add that name/link on every promo preview image you post on line for people to know if they see it somewhere and wish to buy it? app is also good idea! Note all text should be available in English; cards, book, app, web etc as most people know it!

Nothing more to add but KEEP UP with your creation process Remember key to crating your Tarot deck (or accomplishing anything!;) is to not give up before last of 78 cards is completed it's totally worth it!;D

I conclude this tutorial with Resources & Card Printer List with Hope you find it useful & learn something interesting & if it help you decide to create & publish your deck please be sure to credit; reall/Irena & link to source; http://creativenlight.blogspot.com/2020/03/complete-guide-for-artist-how-to-create.html

GOOD LUCK!;D

MyLuckyCard

reall/Irena

How Card Printer Works, Correct Paper size to paint Tarot card & other tech questions

Cards images are printed onto larger cardstock then cut to preferred card size with round corners, this process is not perfect & drift is possible in any direction so most Print On Demand have 3mm (0.125in) accepted off center drift/shift.

Meaning img you need to submit is usually around 6mm (0.25in) larger dimension than your expected printed card size. 

That's why card printers use Card Templates with marked Printing guidelines for creating your tarot card art & design layout, with marked image size, cut line & so called safe area (usually within around 3mm on each side of expected cut line) to ensure you place all important img part inside this inner doted line space & extra space around edges (usually around 3mm on each side of expected cut line) is so called bleed area expected to be cut in printing process & not present on printed cards unless there is drift in which case it serves to make drift less noticeable & prevent white lines showing around card edge. (here are some pictures to give you idea!;) download full size on pic here!;)

1st pic is card size you need to upload, 2 is printed card size & 3rd is drift sample!;)

also top picture line is borderless & modern gold borders & text design & 
bottom pic classic white border & text box design

last pic is modern style borderless card img & white bottom text line:
                   Note: card img is from my Elemental Tarot 
 

Correct Paper size for painting Tarot card depend on your card size preferences & printer card Template you'll use. 

Start by downloading correct card size Template from thegamecrafter that you can print and use for reference; https://www.thegamecrafter.com/help/templates as imo most cards sizes are standardized & I recommend these but if you intend to print with specific printer ask for their card templates & print requirements (including preferred image quality standard for print is 300dpi & usually png or other format!!;) & be sure to check that card template size in pixel for proportions if you are working larger format or traditional media!;)

Here are some standard card sizes info in inches cm & pixel size with 300dpi resolution with img proportions you need to upload for better understanding how printing cards works; 

Standard Printed Tarot card size (after print & cut) is 2.75x4.75in or 7x12cm

But image you need to upload to printer is bit larger (usually adding 6mm or 0.25in to card img dimensions )

=3x5in (or 76x126mm) & given in pixels; 900x1500 & printed with 300dpi (note meaning 1inch covers 300pixels!;)

so here for Standard Tarot size your img/paper size proportion should be 3:5 

Bridge card size after cut; 2.25x3.5in (57 x 89mm), img size you need to upload 2.5x3.75in or 750x1125pixels, proportion 2:3 

Poker card size after cut; 2.5x3.5in (64x89mm), img size you need to upload; 2.75x3.75in or 825x1125 pixels, proportion 11:15 

mini card size 1.75 x 2.5in/4,44x 6,35cm, img size you need to upload 2x2.75in or 600x825pixels, proportion 8:11

tip; I don’t recommend painting in mini size & it’s good to know Tarot size can be easy resized to poker and mini! And poker/bridge size cards have best printing price + people luv smaller size so be sure to consider this eventually!;) 

Note these numbers are minimum requirements if you make your art digitally! You can make it larger or non digital/ traditional way but keep the aspect ratio! & even if you don’t stick to this as there is always resize or other option to fill free space!;) will share my *method in some of my next post!; ) 

Printer tips;

*playing cards stock including Tarot are actually made from 2 layers of cardboard glued in the middle with carbon based glue aka black core to give it snap & durability & enable long use!:)

* Printed colors are called cmyk & usually much darker and less vivid than you PC screen rgb colors that use screen light!;) so best to keep your colors bit lighter also printer may blend similar color shades/gradients and flatten you color!? & type of cardstock & lamination also affect printed color so test print is must & will give you best idea about how your printed cards will look I recommend http://www.drivethrucards.com/ (my fav! as they print any number of cards & have best shipping for publisher home address!;) btw be sure to pick Embossed Card stock as those are best!;) you can also order your test print from thegamecrafter, printerstudio or makeplayingcards (best selection of cardstock & extra options!;) just be sure you are using *linen cardstock or specification you intend to publish for best idea how your finished art will look like!;)

* CARD STOCK Quality is determined by card core & finish! SIZE SHAPE & PROPORTIONS are also important & determine your print cost as well!

So do your homework first and check POD templates & printed card specifications!

Ask for; black/carbon core as best & linen (Embossed canvas like!;) texture card surface is my fav & recommended!

Avoid; anything less than 300gsm, art paper, gloss finish & square corners!

also be sure to check box options quality & booklets & any other extras options & price as well as shipping/fulfillment option!;)

Read my next post for info about:




Tips about Coloring & Tarot Art in general

1) finish all lineart first & color later, it’ll save you time & recoloring troubles & give your deck more uniformed look using same I advise strongly limited color pallet for each suit? maybe something like Dragon age Tarot? or just combine your lineart with old map texture to give it that medieval look? maybe something like I did here will work best https://sites.google.com/view/myluckycard/ancient-lenormand or Take a look at these wonderful Spirit Keeper Tarot by Benebell Wen color samples for idea what coloring style would suit your deck best?;)

 
2) Card design & colors determine card meaning & light Clear and Simple is seen more positive/optimistic and darker more negative!;)

3) avoid main basic colors/hue Red, especially light Blue & Green as printed colors will look much darker/aka flat dark green!x,x unless you are born awesome talent to fill wonderful coloring book pages!:) lolz srsly, I’m thinking creating my next tarot as lineart & publish it as *limited mono edition & bnw coloring book & ask people (who know how to do it!!:) to color it so I can pick best & publish colored edition!XD lolz imo some coloring book pages are best color style EVER!XD

4) Older decks usually (successfully!) ignore some basic art rules like; 3x3 grid/aka do not center your art! & thou shalt not mix more than 1primary color in your art!:) as traditional (Marseilles) Tarot color palette is RedGreenBlueYellow+ black lineart!:) but if you look popular modern decks like; RWS (&Thoth) it’s usually 1 dominant color & few accompanying I.e HP, Emperor, Tower etc all showing how PCS & lady FH were great artists of their time with good theory basis!^^ lol so moral of the story When creating your Tarot art; check how it’s done traditionally, check card meaning & how other great artist did it before you & try not to be much worse?!:) lolz

5) don't be afraid to be you be fresh and bold don’t be afraid to break some rules!;D

There are many *rules & guidelines how to/ or not make your Lenormand or any other deck and fad art trends, but all that don’t guarantee you popularity! And there are many who successfully broken those rules and get favored by public opinion! So be bold and ready to make something you’ll like! And who knows? You may end up creating something new and fresh everyone will talk about!

6) Experiment with different layer modes & effects (imo gradient works best!^^) but Whatever you do remember to 

7) Have Lots of fun! You Are Creating Something You Like & Learning Lot in process!^^ if more people recognize it's just extra kick either way you get exp & Art of a lifetime to enjoy!;D

Note; regardless of media you are working eventually you’ll need to provide digital files for print by taking hi resolution scan or photos so here are some
Digital files tips;

+ Back up of your work on extra usb or cloud & take pic of your lineart before coloring!:) 

+Keep your digital art in progress in your original working format with separate layers (In gimp that is xcf & psd in photoshop or some high res like bmg or tiff and save/export as what you plan to print in png etc (make sure layers are flattened/merged! and there is no transparent areas!) Only when you consider it completed & ready to print! As any changes you do to jpeg and save it again will result in quality loss!

+Text and borders should always be in separate layers! that leaves more options for later! as modern trend is borderless that makes art look bigger & better & saves you of uneven border issue in case of printer drift!;) 

+Remember to remove top/guideline template layer before saving & uploading your img for print & check for errors including text, card size and alignment of layers!:)


All best! 
MyLuckyCard
Reall/Irena

Deck Creation and What you need to know if you plan creating your own deck

Every Cartomancer or Artist at one point will get idea to create its own Tarot or other deck by whim or inspiration according to your unique idea how *perfect deck should look like & even you may have plenty ideas how that *perfect deck should look turning it into reality as accomplishing anything else you set your mind!;) require time & effort so start with good plan!;)

Creating your deck require;
1) Theory where you plan & prepare for task at hand by addressing all decisions including but not limited to;

Concept idea for Tarot or Oracle deck you have in mind;

What type of deck you are creating? Tarot or Oracle or Playing Cards or Other;

Number of Cards you need to paint;78 Tarot or 36 Lenormand Oracle+any extra card title card etc

Card Size; Standard Tarot, or smaller; Poker/ Bridge or Larger?;D
Note; tech side of this *Correct size & cardstock topic will be covered in my next post!;)

Guidebook?;)
tip; you'll save yourself if you start taking notes & writing your ideas & sketches asap!;D
It will help you track your progress and ideas development & it's easy to turn that working notebook into proper guidebook once you have completed your deck as people like to have basic info on deck they plan to use & read accompanying document for artist insight & process behind each card art & deck creation!;D

Card Layout Design;

Deck Theme Topic & symbols you wish to include in each card & design layout;

Color or Black & White or Other

Border; Yes or No

Text; Yes or No (if yes font type & size & will you include it in your artwork or add later digitally =recommended!:)

Numbers; same as above

Card back design; Reversible or Not, Any pattern and colors you wish to include?

Art medium you will be working;
Digital (Tablet & paint program my fav free Gimp & Medibang paint pro for lineart & Scribus for converting png rgb to cmyk pdf!:) there is also free version of photoshop called White Rabbit!;D
or Traditional; aka Pen & paper etc

Your Art Style; tip; Work with style/media you’re good with!;)
tip; *Unique Style & layout help create original style & uniformed look as common thread that will glue your deck!;)

Resources Your Own Art or Public Domain/ Other
tip; never forget to credit original artist and keep link of your source images!;)

Role models & references (if you have any list it with note what you like about each particular deck or card you are addressing & specific elements you would like to include in your card design?!;)
tip; Rider Waite Tarot deck illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith is most popular & what most people recognize as Tarot but if you are into specific topic i.e animals cats flowers etc I recommend checking google for references & ideas how different people approach to specific card theme design colors & inspiration etc?;)
bookmark webs that shows specific card from different decks side by side, for general idea how specific card concept is represented traditionally vs modern art decks? btw same link should have basic meaning as well so it’s good to read it or download free pdf book Pictorial key to tarot, just to give you quick reference about what meaning your art should represent?  

2) Time it'll take you to create full deck & time you need to spend on each card?;)
imo it may seem overwhelming task at first contributing to procrastination but that's why it's important to keep your goal in mind; Completing Your Full Deck!;) & therefore plan to work on each card at least few minutes/hours/days every week?;) of course even better if your muse is calling & inspiring you to create even faster but imo as long you have at least 1 card to show after week (or two!;) your deck is on good track to be completed & ready to print soon!:)

3) Space for work/free of environment noise and disturbance; this depend on your preferences and art media; so I’ll let you think that for yourself!

4) Actual work!;D After you have it all planed Start Creating Your 1st Card asap!:)
Grab that pen & paper/digital/whatever your choice is here & Start sketching!:D
or even better if you have it all noted like i told you open that notebook & look what you have in mind for 1st card?!;) then just Do it!;D
tip; or commission someone to do *art part for you? imo comic artist are best! Good art Fast and affordable!;D

p.s Another interesting note; while working on this project I often dream of different cards and designs! So don’t be surprised if that happen to you! It just shows how your brain work on it even while you’re sleep!;D

5) Costs; sadly you need money to do anything! (or that’s how it usually goes!) And depending on your media this can go both ways when creating your deck as well as publishing, 
for my 1st deck I had my old lap top and mouse and free paint program Gimp & did all painting myself! however professional programs and tablets are expensive same as good material for traditional painting! for next project I plan *modernization! that’s why if you like this guide consider purchasing its printed form as well as myselfpublished decks here!;) 
tip; work with what you have and what you are most comfortable with regardless of costs! 
it will pay of eventually along with time you invested here as you'll obtain valuable experience & learn a lot about printing & yourself as there is certain ancient magic alchemy involved in process as well as satisfaction you'll receive when your printed deck finally arrive AND MY FAV PART; BE READY YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET TON OF MAIL FROM HAPPY PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD PRAISING YOUR ART & SAYING HOW MUCH THEY LOVE & ENJOY YOUR DECK!;D How Cool is THAT for Legacy?;D lol

tip; you can always consider patreon or fund raising platforms like kickstarter and indiegogo but those are of more use when you have your art ready to print! And will require promotion
and social network & web page (you can create free web page on google like I did here; https://sites.google.com/view/myluckycard/home & levelupenterprises offer best solution for pro web page you need to present your deck!;)
& newsletter you'll need to figure yourself!(I've started it by google recently Bcc should work!;)
As 1st requirement for people to buy your deck is to know it exist & how to order?;D
so checking youtube for reviews is also good idea!;D

tip; Learn from from success! Have a deck you like? Check publisher and artist! And how it get published!
tip; Learn from failure! so you’ll avoid repeating same mistakes!:)