I'm new to TGC and haven't ordered anything yet, so please forgive what may be a stupid question.
Assuming a face-down deck of cards that has a variety of different colors in the background of the face side, if that color runs all the way to the edge, will it be visible on the edge, and be a giveaway as to what class of card is coming up next in the stack?
Phrased a different way, do I need a consistent (black) border on the face of all of the cards to make sure the different background colors don't show from the side?
TGC card stock is fair thick, so bleeding through from printing ink should not show through. Color of borders will not show thru to the other side. As ubiquitous a white borders are, I always recommend a colored border will look better. A black border will not show through. Other's thoughts?
The more I read your answer, the less I think it really addresses what I'm asking, but I suspect it's because I still haven't stated it clearly.
The color of the back of the card is irrelevant, and it's not about the ink bleeding through from front to back. The question is the color of the face of the card being visible from the SIDE.
If the faces of the cards of a single deck have backgrounds that are either red, green or blue, and that background color runs all the way to the edge, will you be able to tell from the side of the deck what color is coming up next? Or that there's a high concentration of red cards at the top, but a big clump of blues farther down? Or do I need to homogenize them (with a black border on all cards) to prevent that kind of information leak?
What you are asking if if the cut edges of the card will reveal the color of the border, which might alert the player to where some specific cards might have ended up during shuffling?
Right, that's it.
If the fact that the color might be a 'give away' (the red borders are death cards; the blue borders are free turns, etc), then my recommendation would be a create a universal border for the cards in your game, since the chance of some color showing on the cut edges is inevitable, considering that you feel that the color showing would give unfair advantage.
I recommend any color for the border except white - which is boring as hell ! No one wants boring! Choose a color that coordinates with the rest of your design.
I am a bit late to this, but it is never a good idea to use borders when printing at TGC. You can read up on why here.
Yes, you need borders, otherwise, as I replied some days ago to another user asking the same, the colors will be visible in the edges.
So much so that having a deck with cards of 6 different background colors and 1 card that had a striped background, not only did all the colors could be easily differentiated in a draw pile but I could locate that different card by just looking at the deck sides.
So I had to go from this design:
To this other to avoid it:
Good thing I like the second version more! :)
I hope that helps.