A comp card, also known as a composite card, is usually a two-sided card used by models and actors. You can use GIMP, a free graphics software, to create your own comp card. The front of the card is usually a head shot, with your name. The back of the card usually includes three or four additional photos with more information about the person, such as height and measurements. Rather than filling the front of the card with just a photograph, you can add some colour to make the card more striking to the eye.
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Examine the photographs you want to include on the front of the card, and select one to use as a head shot. Use a clear, memorable head shot for the front of a comp card.
Open GIMP, then click the "Foreground Color" icon in the Toolbox and select a colour that will be suitable for the background for this photograph.
Create a new document from the File menu, and make it 8 in. high by 5.5 in. wide. Click "Advanced Options," and select "Foreground Color" in the Fill With menu, then click "OK."
Click "File," then "Open With Layers." Select your headshot from the navigation window, and click "OK."
Click the "Scale Tool" in the Toolbox, and the Scale window opens. Click the "Lock" icon to keep the size proportionate, then drag your cursor from the corner of so the image fills the entire page except the right side and bottom, where a stripe of colour from the background layer will be visible. Click "Scale" in the Scale window.
Click the "Text Tool," and click the image near the bottom where the background colour is visible. Select a font and font colour in the Text section of the Toolbox. Choose a light colour for a dark background, or a dark colour for a light background.
Type your name and website address in the GIMP Text Editor window, then click the "Close" button in the Text Editor window. Drag the corner of the text box on the image to adjust its size and position as required. Double-click the font and adjust the font size as needed.
The Front of the Card
Use steps one through seven above to create a new page for the back for the comp card, using a plain white background.
Place three or four images on the back of the card, leaving space on the bottom quarter of the page to include more details about yourself.
Create a text box on the bottom quarter of the page. Here you can include more information about yourself including your contact information. Actors may want to include additional information about their experience. Models may want to include measurements or clothes sizes.
The Back of the Card
Tips and warnings
- Take your comp card files to a professional printer to have them printed on a photo-quality card stock. You can also use GIMP to make .jpg files of your comp card to e-mail to potential contacts.
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