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Apr 24, 2011 2:44 PM

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This is a thread for card making pros who want to share their tipps and tricks with rookies to help them improve!

well i'm not a pro but i have a few tipps as well (if you think they're crap pls tell me^^):

- if you don't know which color you should use for the text chose a color from the picture, the color will match to 99%
- don't use too many different fonts, since it looks messy ( i use at maximum 2 fonts on one card)
- don't try to make the card too overloaded, a plain card looks normally better
- use a program which can create layers and then make everything in a new layer (for example the background image in a different layer than the text) it's easier to correct mistakes or to try different things out like this
- save your cards as png since it has a better quality than jpg and it is able to handle transparency

i use paint.NET to create my cards, it's available for free and easy to use, even a beginner will be able to work with it^^

Modified by xRay-chanx, Apr 24, 2011 3:23 PM
Apr 25, 2011 1:05 PM

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Posts: 239
I'm no pro either but I've been there as well.. most of you probably know these already but sometimes we still forget
the simplest and most basics of I hope they'll be useful :D

■ be sure to familiarize yourself with the software/program you're using (knowing some of the keyboard shortcuts won't hurt right? coz
it's really gonna be useful when editing your cards...I know it's bothersome but when you get there, you'll know what I mean :P). For
photoshop users, you can open your keyboard shortcuts and menus by clicking Edit>Keyboard Shortcut/Menus or just simply press
Alt+Shift+Ctrl+K or replace K with can also refer to this
■ for a perfect circle/square border/shape, just press shift while dragging the cursor
■ to choose a color from the picture, just click the eyedropper tool on the tools menu, also as addition to what xRay-chanx said above,
white always looks good for the text as long as you can read it, best on slightly or dark images..I think :P
■ try using and experimenting on different layer styles such as drop shadow, outer glow and pattern overlay..
■ always try to find big high/good quality images because you'll have more options on editing it (you can resize it the way you want to) unlike
low quality ones which have blurry, grainy and unclear lines.
■ and to save time and effort, look for images that you think are appropriate for the event, gather images as many as you can, well only
the good ones then save them to a folder, after that,..sort it all out.. choose or set aside the images you chose to use for the cards
and voilà!!! your ready to make might sound complicated but it is easy and more organize :3
Modified by incarnate, Apr 26, 2011 5:44 AM
Apr 26, 2011 4:16 AM
Joined: Nov 2010
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I'm also not a pro,but few tipy tips and tricky tricks for me you will recive also.(okay I'm not gonna tell you all my secrets but still :)

  • As xyBer said,familiarize whit your editing program.Personally I use FotoFlexer because is online,is free,it got enough effects and few good options including add image and that's good. :)

  • The add image option is very good because you can add clip arts from safe sites like and give them a photoshoped look-a-like :)

  • Try to find good quality pics by using a big gallery site like or because a good quality improves your look a like of the cards.

  • Adding borders ; a border adding is not always necessary unless you want to put a frame,a shadow,or just make the pic look like an horizontal O. :)

  • Copy region tool;is very nice because you can copy an area of the original pic,apply an efect to it,and chain it to teh picture whit a chin icon,to again make it look photoshoped. :)

Okay than,you stoled enough secrets from me ^^"
Modified by Musician_Soul98, Apr 26, 2011 4:55 AM
Apr 26, 2011 10:28 AM

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I'm not a pro at all. I use GIMP. Tutorial (with videos):

> Paint.Net, Photoshop and Gimp are good. You can use any of them. Peint.Net and Gimp can use Photoshop brushes. They are all free. You can download the trial version of Photoshop. Paint.Net and Gimp are really good enough to make cards.

> You can use more than 3 different fonts on your card. It's depened how it looks. 3 fonts are really enough for the start.

> Most cards have club name, member name and theme on the card.

> You find good fonts at

> The picture is the most important part of your card. Take your time to find good pictures. is good enough ^^

> look for horincontal pictures, because it's easier to put text on them.

> Be sure 20 chars of letters fit on your card. Some requester have a long name.

> If you want to make many cards and deliver them, you should register by PhotoBucket. Albums are very good to organize the cards. You can name the title for the cards (It's easier to find the cards).

> If you make your first card: Take your time ;)
Apr 28, 2011 8:25 AM

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Okay, here it goes. I'm not a pro at all, but I want to share you my knowledge about editing graphics. I hope it's understandable.. >.<

The title explains everything, right?

Apr 28, 2011 7:13 PM

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I was inspired by black-ALICE's tutorial so I made this. There are a lot of ways of doing this and this tut shows how I do mine :3

Rounded/Semi-Rounded Edges Tutorial

Modified by incarnate, Apr 28, 2011 7:22 PM
Apr 29, 2011 12:02 PM

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Yeah, it's clear enough. Thanks ^^
You use Photoshop for sure.
The best way to teach are videos:
May 20, 2011 10:08 AM

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can i ask for tutorial? :D
Jul 7, 2011 11:53 PM

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I find it easier when you make your cards Make Two Templates for one card.
One Being a preview and one being a blank card. It makes
it a lot easier for those who don't have photoshop.


Blank (Has Added Red Marking)

And It Also Help If You Organize You folders some what like this.
Modified by otaku_Life, Jul 8, 2011 12:01 AM