Introduction: Printed Custom Deck of Cards (Berry Edition)
Intro: This prototype is a homemade customized deck of cards based on the faces and characteristics of my friends, classmates, or teachers. I wanted to make card games a little more entertaining for my family during this pandemic.
1. Deck of Cards 2. Computer with Photoshop CC 3. Printer 4. Avery Full Sheet Labels 5. Scissors 6. Paper Corner Rounder
Step 1: Supplies Needed:
1. Deck of Cards
2. Computer with Photoshop CC
4. Avery Full Sheet Labels
6. Paper Corner Rounder
Step 2: Designing the Cards
It is important you understand the basics of photoshop at least.
Link to youtube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9P1Ec5LSyA
1. Card templates can be found online. Download the .PSD file from the youtube link as that can be used as your foundation.
2. Once that is accomplished, it is basically up to your own creative freedom and skills to design the card with whatever color, symbol, or picture that you want to be added.
3. Once the design is complete, save the card as a PNG or JPEG to a folder. Then move on to the next card.
- I decided to mask out faces from my friend's photos to use as the symbols instead of a diamond or spade. I also like watercolor, so I created a custom watercolor brush to paint the background in an abstract style.
Step 3: Printing
1. Using photoshop or word, simply customize the page size to the full sheet labels which I believe are 8.5 x 11 inches.
2. Drag and position your card PNGs/JPEGs. I could fit about 8 cards on each printing page, but I'm sure you can manage the position better and figure out a way to fit more or less, whatever you desire. It doesn't have to be too precise.
Step 4: Cutting, Rounding, Pasting
This will be the longest and most tedious part (or at least it was for me)
1. Once the pages are printed out, you have to cut each card out using scissors (or if you have one of those big accurate paper slicers use that).
2. Grab a real deck of cards.
3. After the card is cut out, use the paper corner rounder to get those smooth round edges. I suggest using the R4 mm setting if possible.
4. Peel back the wax film and place the correct card with the printed cutout on top of each other as accurately as possible. The less accurate the 'stickers' are on the actual card will affect the ability to shuffle.