Thank you Nicole Sinsgon!
You are probably wondering... why are we thanking this random person? BECAUSE! She is helping us to get our decks of cards professionally printed by the Bicycle Playing Card company. Here are some of the things that we had to do, according to Nicole:
1-INSTALL Adobe Illustrator! I had not yet installed this program because it is stupid. OK, fine, it's not stupid, but it is tedious. The upside is that Illustrator is allowing us to make the cards uniform in the template that Nicole Singson wants.
2-EMBED all images in the templates! This is so when they cut the cards, our drawing does not get cut off. It is pretty easy to embed something in Adobe Illustrator- you just hit the "embed" button. Then, it snaps to the template!
3-CROP art to the bleed lines! For the back of the card, the pattern needed to run off the edge, because Nicole let us know that it doesn't always print perfectly. By printing the pattern to the edge, all the backs of the cards will look the same.
The majority of our work today centered on CENTERING the custom faces of the cards... ALL 52 of them! While doing this, we noticed a couple of issues. Some cards have different sized suit symbols, and other cards had an "artifact" (a small blemish caused during the design process).
One last thing that we had to do was fill out the order form. We had to come up with an "in-hands" date even though we don't have a specific time that we need these cards. If we don't give them a date, it will take forever because it will not get in the production schedule.
So next time you see this blog, dear readers, the order will have been placed (hopefully) and producticized. Thanks! -AJ Ink