Game Design

Question about card borders
User: wooodsman
Date: 5/10/2017 3:08 pm
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Hello, I'm working on the design for a card game. We're trying to decide on border style.

• We want to know if different color borders will show on the card edges when the cards are face down in a draw deck.

• We also want to know what experience people have had with the thickness of borders on their cards, and if they have to be as (ridiculously) thick as what the templates suggest.

Any help is much appreciated!


Re: Question about card borders
User: arojilla
Date: 5/18/2017 7:19 pm
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Yes, the different colors are visible and can even be diferentiated. In my first prototype, with cards of 6 different colors and 1 with a different design, I could locate this card by just looking at the draw deck. Oh well, that's what prototyping is for. I changed the design to avoid this.

About the borders, I can't tell because the cards I ordered didn't have thin borders. I'll be able to see them with my next deck. Anyway, I think the key is prototyping.

Re: Question about card borders
User: Antonio Rojilla
Date: 5/30/2017 10:19 am
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Now that I received my second prototype with borders added (to avoid the different colors showing in the edges) I could say that they don't need to be too thick, there's is a slight drift (I don't know if that's the word) in my case to the right, but I will wait for my third order to see if if the drift could be worse in other cases, and more importantly, to see if the drift is more or less consistent (that could be a way to get rid of it by adjusting the card design to the drift).

Still learning, but I hope that could be of help.

Re: Question about card borders
Heather (Customer Support)
User: Heather (Customer Support)
Date: 5/30/2017 11:36 am
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There can be up to 1/8" of variance on any printed product, so if your borders don't extend into the blue dotted "Safe Zone" area, they could potentially be completely cut off on one edge in print.  Just something to be aware of when you're creating your design.  (Note that we specifically recommend against the use of borders, as they will draw attention to any small variance.  I would recommend reviewing the information and tutorial videos at for more information.)