How can I print a deck of playing cards?

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How can I print a deck of playing cards?
Deck of standard playing cards. (playing cards image by Warren Millar from

The standard, classic design of typical playing cards is well known. These images can be found online or can be scanned into your computer using a deck of cards you already own or have purchased for the purpose. Once you have the images, printing a deck of cards is a simple matter of printing them on sturdy card stock and cutting them out with a straight edge paper cutter. To make your deck look more like an actual deck, you'll want to print a design on the back before cutting. Another option is to purchase card stock that is perforated, making the task of separating your deck of cards easier.

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Things you need

  • Printer
  • Card stock
  • Card images
  • Paper cutter

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  1. 1

    Load card-stock paper into your printer.

  2. 2

    In an image-editing software package, such as Photoshop, open a file (8 1/2 by 11 inches) for printing.

  3. 3

    Copy and paste images of classic card faces onto the open file. Get the images from the Internet or scan them in using a deck of cards. If using standard card sizes, you can get three rows of three cards (nine cards total) to print on a single page of card stock. Leave a little space between the cards.

  4. 4

    Print the page. Then reload the paper to print on the other side.

  5. 5

    Select a simple pattern or even a solid colour to print for the backs of the cards. Use a pattern that is small, like stripes, a plaid, or dots, to make sure the backs of the cards all appear identical. In a separate 8 1/2-by-11-inch file, copy and paste the pattern so it fills the page. Print this on the back of your page that has the nine card faces on the front.

  6. 6

    Repeat the steps to print the next nine cards. Continue until you have printed the full deck.

  7. 7

    Cut the cards from the card stock using a paper cutter, or simply separate the cards if you have used perforated card stock.

Tips and warnings

  • To make your cards more sturdy, have them laminated. Or simply cover both sides with clear (sticky) contact paper.

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