How to Make 3D Cards

Updated April 17, 2017

3D models and the graphics made with them are used in many different media, from television and movies to printed advertisements. They also are used to create cards of various types, such as greeting cards, postcards and playing cards. When used on playing cards, they can be applied to a normal 52-card deck or on a deck of cards used in a board game. If you would like to create 3D cards, the process is not as difficult as you might have thought.

Determine the number of cards you will need and the type of images you would like printed on them. If you are creating a standard deck of cards, you will obviously want to use only one image on the back of all the cards. But if you are creating images for cards on a children's board game, you might want each to be unique.

Go to Daz3D and download the freeware version of Daz Studio. Then search through the free areas for 3D models available at Daz3D and Renderosity to see whether there is something you want to use. If not, you can go to their marketplaces and buy the items you need. Keep in mind that if you buy clothing for a character, it has to have been designed for that character or it will not work. Download any items you obtain to your computer hard drive, then use their installers to put the items in Daz Studio.

Open Daz Studio. If a default scene loads, click on "File" and select "New." Go to the library folders on the left and browse through them for the figure you want to use for your first card. Drag it into the scene. Then find any clothing or other items you selected for that figure and drag them into the scene as well.

Click on the "Pose" tab at the top. Go to the "Power Pose" panel on the right and (with the figure in the scene selected) adjust the body parts in the "Power Pose" panel to pose the figure in the scene as you want it.

Click on the "Render" tab at the top. In the "Render Settings" panel on the right, select the size and quality settings for your cards. If you want quality printing, you need to make the resolution at least 200 pixels per inch. Then click "Render to File" and select the name, file type and location you want to save to. If you want to print the image against another background on the card, it is best to choose PNG. Then click "Render" and your card image will be saved. Create all your card images in the same way.

Print your image yourself on stiff card stock, or burn them to CD and take them to a store like Staples or Kinkos to have them printed and cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Daz 3D freeware
  • Card stock, if desired
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About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.