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Joined: 11/13/2012

when making cards, how do you make sure the back and the front line up when they are being printed? Anyone know?

Joined: 10/13/2011

When I produce them myself, I print the fronts and backs separately, cut them, and then slide them into card protectors with cardboard or spare playing cards between them.

Otherwise, I would probably try to use a program like Publisher to create a card that can be folded in the middle to align the front/back.

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Joined: 07/26/2008
abdantas wrote:when making

abdantas wrote:
when making cards, how do you make sure the back and the front line up when they are being printed? Anyone know?

Are you talking about a prototype or production for sale?

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Joined: 09/23/2009
lining up backs

Because household printers are bound to be off some you can't expect the card backs to line up perfectly when printed double sided. I still still prefer to not have to do as much cutting and folding. My solution has been to not have a full graphic on the back of the card, I will only print on the center of my card backs. This way I if it is off a little bit it is at least still on the back of the card. Having a plain black or white background around a center graphic works great for this method.

Joined: 11/13/2012
I was talking about just

I was talking about just regular printing cards. I tend to print them separately as well, but i'm wondering fi theres a way i can save paper/

Joined: 04/08/2012
Printing cards or double backs

After the first sheet has been printed, keep the printed sheet face up and have the top of the cards or sheet face inward. Now print tbe back side of the graph. When the print comes out, you will have a double sided print for all ofyour cards. This saves paper.

Joined: 04/13/2010
I use card sleeves. This

I use card sleeves. This allows you to print on regular office paper and still get cards that can be shuffled and handled easily. I print the back and front of the card separately. However, during playtesting you will most likely realize that cards need to be modified several times. By having the backs printed separately, you just have to print the new front when updating the cards.

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Joined: 08/11/2008
+1 for sleeves, with opaque

+1 for sleeves, with opaque backs.

Joined: 02/01/2013
Is the back important

Is the back of the card just as important to the game play as the front of the card? Or is it purely aesthetics you want to achieve?

If the first, you may have to expend extra paper for the back and sleeve them. If the latter you may be able to over bleed the back print and align (as close as possible) to what would appear on the front.

Good Luck!

Joined: 07/26/2008
I print front and back on the

I print front and back on the same side of the adhesive sheet, usually 4 cards in an A4 sheet.
Then follow the procedure described here:


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