Sunday, June 12, 2011

Creating a Tarot Deck

So since I am trying to motivate myself to finish my Tarot deck, I thought I would post on exactly what steps I took to create mine to give anyone else an idea of where to start if they are interested.
Obviously, the first thing is to deciede what the theme will be of the deck. For mine, it kind of started out as a joke on a forum that I belong to. I thought it would be funny to take the standard Archtypes of the traditional tarot, and put a military spin. And from there, it kind of took on a life of its own.
From there, I began to get ideas for what all of the cards would be. What would fit in enough to the original meaning that it could still be understood for anyone. I then went to finding pictures and determining what I wanted them to look like. I deceided that the Military ACU would be the perfect background, and then put the pictures and text on top of that. Since Im not really a whiz with Photoshop, as well as being too cheap to buy it, I actually used a Power Point type program to lay out the format for all the cards. I then used Paint as well as another editing software, to get the correct format and size to be able to print them out.
I used "Post card" paper to print them on, and them laminated.
There was alot of trial and error involved with getting the correct size to fit. The only problem what remained was rounding the corners and trimming off the excess corners. This was done by hand with a paper cutter and scissors. While they may not be all exactly the same, I feel that is what makes them great and gives them a unique home made feel.
One day, I would like to see about potentially getting them published professionally. To do this I know that I would have to change my pictures, (taken from the internet) as well as have consent. Until then, I am considering possibly selling them privately. I have calculated what it would cost me to print them, and since it is not too expensive, it would be doable, but time consuming.
Hopefully this will help anyone who is thinking about creating their own deck. If there are any questions, please leave them in the comments, and I will answer them
Blessed Be!

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