How to Create Virtual Playing Cards

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How to Create Virtual Playing Cards
Play poker online with virtual playing cards. (playing cards image by Mijakowska from

Playing poker or solitaire with a standard deck of cards is fun, but the cards can get damaged and if you leave the pack at home, you're out of luck. Creating your own virtual playing cards is a fun way to get creative and to have your own personal deck of cards right on your computer at all times.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Image manipulation software
  • C++ (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw ideas of how the cards in each suit should look. Develop a design for the card faces and card backs.

  2. 2

    Scan your drawings into your computer. You can also scan in your favourite playing card designs if you wish to take a shortcut. If you are familiar with digital illustration, you can also draw the images directly into your preferred image manipulation software like Photoshop or GIMP

  3. 3

    Create new files for each of the 52 cards plus one extra for the design that will go on the back of the cards. Use your preferred image manipulation software such as Adobe Illustrator, GIMP or Adobe Photoshop. The standard size of playing cards is about 2.5 --- 3.5 in.

  4. 4

    Place the scanned images into each of the 53 files. Export each card to a standard file type. The typical file standards for images are either .JPEG or .TIFF. The file extension .JPEG makes for lower the image quality but a smaller file size. This is normally used in web applications. For .TIFF files, the image quality it much higher but the end file size is larger. This is mostly used in print and high detail gaming.

  5. 5

    Check for importing or customising setting in a card game software like HOYLE Card Games. Once you find the appropriate options for your software, import the new images to replace all suit and face cards. Also replace the image of the back of the cards. Restart your card game software and start a new game.

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