These websites offer many free features, but you can also subscribe to premium membership to access even more.
2. Theme of your Deck
The deck I’m creating reflects my personal life – experiences, interests, philosophy and spirituality.
Think about the theme and framework of your deck, and choose your images accordingly.
For example, for a deck reflecting your personal life, you could include snapshots of family members as court cards (or the people cards of the Major Arcana), you could use a photo of your local church/mosque/temple/synagogue as the Hierophant card, etc.
Next, you can add a specific atmosphere to the cards, such as a Gothic or whimsical feel by choosing the relevant location for your shot and/or adding effects with your photo-editor.
3. Getting Started
Set a realistic goal. Unless you are a prolific creator, focus on completing the Major Arcana first.
This makes your project seem less overwhelming, and it is very achievable.
Choose the image for each card carefully, but don’t spend too much time on each image either.
You can always adjust or change it later. That’s the beauty of digital work.
Make sure you save all your images (originals and edited) not only on your computer but also separately on a memory stick or in cloud storage!
4. Sizing and Printing Your Images
When you start creating your images, make sure you size them correctly from the start, otherwise you will have to resize your images later.
You can download Tarot card templates from GameCrafter, where you can also have your deck printed, once it’s finished.
5. Designing Your Images
As you begin to use a photo-editor, you will learn to add effects and overlays to your images.
The first images I created were only cropped, resized and the titles and quotes added, but by the time I reached the World, I have learned to fuse various photos into one image.
It takes some experimenting, but you can do this too!
If you are thinking of using images found on the internet as overlays for your own photo, then you need to be careful about copyright.
For example, avoid using celebrity photos for your deck, if you want to publish and sell it (this doesn’t apply, if you print your deck as a one-off for strictly personal use only).
Marilyn Monroe might be a great Queen of Cups, but her photos are still under copyright unless otherwise stated with individual images.
Use public domain images or stock images that you can buy or are offered free:
Don’t put yourself under pressure by setting crazy deadlines. I don’t know when my deck will be complete, but my target of creating four cards a month is realistic for me. So, if all goes well, May 2014 is my big goal.
Enjoy the process of designing each card and find the right image. It has prompted me to visit new places just to capture a specific image. Creating my own Tarot deck has certainly made me go out there!
8. Turn Your Images into Posters and Art Prints
The completion of your deck might still be light years away, but that shouldn’t stop you from turning the ones already created into hard copies or even merchandise.
Check out places like Photobox, where you can turn your creations into all sorts of goodies – from simple prints and greeting cards to canvas wall art.
The process of creating my own Tarot deck has been so enjoyable.
I have gained confidence in creating artwork without the need to paint, and it has also been a kind of spiritual experience, because it has made me think about how the image of each card is reflected in my life.
With today’s technology, it has never been so easy to create your own Tarot deck. If you are inspired, go for it and make a start today.
When I recently came across an old photo of my son in his football outfit, it made me smile and think “that’s the Page of Wands”, and so I turned it into a Tarot card.
What do you think?
I had great fun doing it, so on the spur of the moment I’ve decided to run a little competition:
I am offering 3 lucky winners to turn a photo they provide into a personalised Tarot card.
If you would like to enter this competition, all you need to do is post a comment at the end of this post. I will make notes of all the names and draw one out of the hat on the 12th June.
In typical Fool fashion, I might close the competition sooner or later depending on demand, and I might even pull more than three winners out of the hat… best thing for you to do is leave a comment as soon as possible to secure your entry.
Once the winners are chosen, I will take my time with each photo to turn it into something special. If you win, you can either let me know your preferences (e.g. which card, quote, style), or you can let me surprise you.
If you choose the latter, your personalised card will be a kind of reading; I will tune into the image and let my intuition guide me, which card and quote would work best to offer a special message to you.
Please choose a photo (.jpeg image), on which the main object is centred, so it won’t be covered by title of the card or quote (if you want to have one included).
It can be a photo of you, a loved one or a pet…the choice is yours.
When you leave a comment, please include a link to your website/blog, or email me your details (email@example.com), so I can contact you, if you have won.
So, what are you waiting for? Make me happy by leaving a comment to enter the competition.
PS: Please note that your privacy is very important to me. Your photo will never be shared or published on my website or anywhere else without your prior permission. You also retain copyright, and my website address (as shown on the images above) will not be added to the finished card.