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Designing the Perfect Poker Chip by palmimports

Discussion in 'Custom Poker Chips' started by palmimports, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. palmimports

    palmimports Well-Known Member

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    Designing the Perfect Poker Chip
    by Joe Daley,VP - Palm Imports


    So you have a computer, a printer, software and some spare time. You have a set of "blah" poker chips crying out "LABEL ME... LABEL ME "... or.. you have decided to "go all the way" and design a set of casino grade custom chips for yourself.

    You've decided that this is a labor of love- and you want do do your OWN design. Oh- and you have absolutely NO artwork skills. So where do you begin?

    Get a pencil and paper- and draw a circle using something that's-- well- reasonably round-- and lets begin.

    POKER CHIP DESIGN PHASE ONE

    Putting your ideas to paper is the first step in designing your custom poker chip- whether someone else is going to help finish the design in the end- or you will handle the entire design- a paper idea is important. It allows you to envision placement of images, text, phone numbers, or whatever else you may want.

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    POKER CHIP DESIGN PHASE TWO

    What design software do you either have- or can acquire- or plan on buying is probably the foremost question to ask yourself in completing this project.

    MOST professionals will be working in one or more of the following programs: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Coreldraw.

    Each program has it's benefits- and weaknesses. Unfortunately the software you choose will have a steep learning curve- but all is not lost. Using only a SMALL percentage of the numerous tools available within a given software package you can accomplish your goal- and with professional results most of the time.

    The purpose of this article is not to teach you how to use any given program, it is meant to discuss the tools you will most often use in developing your artwork.
    With Photoshop-- the ability to PLACE an image on screen - easily add text and make the text curved -are the most important features you will use.
    Also- the ability to STROKE the text with a contrasting color is a big advantage in making your chip design stand out.

    Also- the ability to change colors with photoshop quite easily adds to the creativity of this program. Any program with these tools however should be adequate to design your artwork.


    Photoshop basics

    Here's some steps in getting started in photoshop

    1- create a new document thats square- 2 inch by 2 inch is a good beginning
    2-using the cirle tool and holding the shift key- make a circle thats 2 x 2 ( edge to edge)
    3- make this cirlce a layer by clicking on layer- new-
    4- stroke this layer using black or any color and make the pixels 5
    you now have a white circle with a black border ( stroke) in order to work within
    5- PLACE any gaphic etc into the circle
    6- use FREE TRANSFORM to size it appropriately
    7- add text THEN click the arc command and arc the text as you see fit
    8- stroke the text in a color, add drop shadow etc as needed


    In photoshop, images can be PLACED as a layer- or seperate object- and resized as needed.
    When working with layers- each layer can be turned OFF or ON as needed- and you can even have an entire set of chip artwork with numerous denominations- all in ONE photoshop file- and just turn off/on the needed layers.

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  2. TenPercenter

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    Great idea.

    Did some cleanup and formating.

    It occurred to me that the MAJORITY of folks that want customs will NOT have the expertise to ever use (or afford) these software programs. You should either section this into two articles, two major parts, or else focus a good portion on what to do if you can't use the tools. (ie: request help via ChipTalk.net forums and work through the process.)
     
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  3. palmimports

    palmimports Well-Known Member

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    THanks Greg- yea I want to reference the freebie programs out there- or the real inexpensive shareware ones that actually work well-- something to work on next week as I an praying we slow down a bit. Got some new thoughts also for CT artists
    TIme for a new thread I think :)

    Joe
     
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    I'd be willing to write some tutorials on how to use Inkscape and Xara, both vector programs that can output PDF format files. I wrote a really basic Inkscape one earlier this year that I can expand.
     
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    awesome- I wanted to cover adobe AND other inexpensive alternatives- this will work good- thanks!
    Joe
     
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    Any action expected on this one Joe?
     
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    yea - hopefully in a week or so- right now were working on a huge order thats got everyone here in tears, at each others throats and moaning and groaning.
    There's a few loose ends I want to pick up on- this being one of them- hopefully in a week or so I'll have some room to breath and take care of this
     
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    bump for attention.
     
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    If anyone out there has experience with it, GIMP is a free program that I hear offers some great features comparable to Photoshop and might make a great addition to this project. I've never personally used it, but most of my friends that do graphic design swear that if you can't afford Photoshop, GIMP is the way to go.
     
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    BUMP, will we see a nice tut? hope so!
     
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