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StephenP
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Has anybody here ever tried making their own cartoon or "card toon" deck? I used to make flip books as a kid and am thinking about trying to work one up, not because I'm cheap but because I think it might be fun to make my own sequence/drawings for it.
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I never tried it, but it could be interesting with the right graphic.
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It is a HUGE investment in time. If you are doing it for the fun of it I say go for it, but I takes a lot longer than I originally imagined.
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If you know anybody able to create a Flash animation things will be a lot easier.
The program makes the movements fluid and smooth. And you can check the flow of the animation at the screen before you draw the first line on the cards. Or you might prefer to print the frames directly on the cards, if your printer can handle the heavy paper. More advise on printing at card stock at http://www.lybrary.com

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I am partially doing it for fun, but thanks for the reality check, Alex. And Troels, I hadn't even thought about working it up in a program first. I just figured I'd draw them like a flip book, but that would certainly be more efficient. And I have been eyeing those nine-card sheets at Lybrary...
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I did one years ago... took about an hour. But was worth it. My only problem is I used a shuffled deck... so getting it back in order is tricky. So, might be worth your effort to make one custom.
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I would have thought it would take longer than that. Unless you're just talking about drawing the images on the cards.
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Sounds like a lot of work!
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Do you mean Card-toon? Unless you were copying a marketed deck (which is not very ethical) I can't imagine making a very good deck in only an hour.
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I'd think it could take anywhere from an hour to all day depending on how good you'd want to do it. I'm going to try it with some original art for my little girl. Maybe a rabbit spreading its ears and then the card popping up. Just for fun. But I think I'm going to get the Cardtoon deck at some point anyway, just because I like the "pro" version.
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StephenP--
I've made my own... but you probably already knew that!
Although it may be possible to make a simple flipbook on the back of a deck of cards in about an hour (that's one drawing every minute), it's actually pretty challenging to make a "Card-Toon"-like gimmicked deck. That will probably take the better part of a whole day, but it's fun... if you're into that sort of thing!
I made my first one by hand, but neglected to put the cards in order first. It just didn't occur to me until I tried to work through the performance and found it nearly impossible to reset! Sooooo, I made my *second* one by hand on a new deck! That whole process took about ten hours, but I was quite particular about the animation and the registration of each image. Have fun!
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StephenP
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Thanks Dan! I appreciate the response! I saw you doing a demo in the shop and definitely getting an original. The homemade version I have in mind would definitely be more of a quicky, hearkening to my school day hobby of flip books.
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Dan,
I always wished the Card Toon deck was not in order and thought about making my own from a shuffled deck. Now I finally know why you did it the way you did it. I'm glad I didn't go through all that trouble only to discover what you had already discovered.
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I know it's an old thread, but one could put the cards in a stack, like Si Stebbins or Mneumonica. Just a thought.
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Dan! Would you market a deck in 8 kings order? I would buy it. You could use some of the subtleties like the 10 picture suit exchange and starting the deck other than on the 8. If you do please respond in this thread I want to be first on the list for this deck. You could also make it limited and signed for a truly great collectable.
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