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    I have these available as oversize bitmaps that you can draw on and then resize times 0.67 along one edge with the aspect ratio constrained and everything should come out right. The field doesn't have to be white, necessarily, thanks to the magic of "bucket fill."
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    Here's a sample card back. As you might imagine there are a lot of doodads and filigrees that can be used to fill the remaining empty spaces. It's all a matter of how over the top you want to be about it.
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    Im digging those card back a lot.. Lets try to incorporate them

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    Do you think you would be able to copy/paste your drawings inside of a rectangle with margins like that top one for example? I can come up with marginal junk that is wider than this (probably not preferred as it takes away valuable space for art), or narrower. I just want to leave some room around the outside for possible inefficient automated card chopping.

    In the Leighton book there are a number of monograms and this evening I am going to put up some sample suit names using ornate initial letters plus calligraphy font. (e.g. "swords" starts with a drawn "S" that even incorporates a sword as part of the drawing, "Cups" starts with a drawn "c" that has a monk sitting in the crook of the "c" drinking out of a cup.)

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    I couldnt stretch it enough because its distorting.. but like this?

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    That's exactly the kind of thing I was visualizing. If I email you the big 300 dpi file of that sucker you can probably just draw right into it. It is good that there is room at the top and bottom in the one you made because the word "Magician" and a number likely have to go in there somewhere.

    Here's an example of the suit names I said I would make tonight. This is a 300 dpi .png file so perhaps emailing is not necessary on this one since it's right here.
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    As you can see it could still use a little bit of cleaning. I think "bucket fill like color" might be able to turn everything but the black into the swords theme color (or whatever the dominant background color you will use is). You would probably size this smaller before you paste it into a card somewhere. I will put a "4" in this font in this post later so you will be able to use this word and the "4" to label the four of swords.

    (Other fonts are available, by the way, but I am using something out of the Roman/Italic school because the tarot has so much background in that region).

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    I like it.. I think drawing inside of the card is a great idea. Itll give us a good idea of setting up the composition. If we draw and then try to put it into the frame later.. were bound to hit compositional issues.

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    Cool. I'll keep my eyes peeled for an email so I will know where to send the big file.

    "P" and "w" are not in the Leighton monograms so I have to cobble ideas together using other things. Here is a rudimentary P, for pentacle. Knowing Ilaekae as I do, he can probably make a lot better one than this and we have a lot of time still. I think this thing was supposed to be a "B" before I did some paintover and paintunder work on it.
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    Leighton did provide a lot of blazonry and other stuff that can easily pass for pentacles. I can post some of that if we want to talk about what we would like to drop a P on top of. There is also a pretty cool line drawing after something he saw from Japan that has two lobsters and a crab on it (there is a crawfish on the moon card).

    all right. supper time. until tomorrow.

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    Oo yea haha... umm send it to I think google gives enough space.. I hope so.

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    just experimenting with placing font

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    Cool. That's what I tried this morning too. Red is the color for Cups. (Jason Rainville posted a pretty cool chart of attributes in 42 Night Rangers if you haven't seen that)
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    OK. I wrote the address down and sent a file through. Actual size was already 7.4 MB so that is the file I have sent rather than the one that is 1 1/2 size. If you want to work up in size you can make a separate file for your drawing and then reduce it to paste into the file I sent.

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    Ooo ok I wasnt aware of color attributes. My goal for this week is to attempt a complete magician. Im gonna paint onto the card templates that you give me to work out compositions. Ill post my WIPs as I work. Im thinking I can do Magician this week, 4 of swords next week.. and then spend the rest of the time refining and changing stuff

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    Found something from Byzantium I could flip and it became a P with a pentacle in there.
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    you guys need a cool name

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