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Old 19th of December 2011 (Mon)   #1
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I suppose the comp/zed card industry doesn't want anyone making money off of them.
Can anyone teach me how to make a basic zed/comp card for a model?!
I understand the basics, 8.5x5.5 document, at least 300 dpi
What I am getting hung up on is resizing the photos.
I place my very high resolution shot into the 8.5x5.5 box and its huge, free transform, size it down....but I am not sure if its sized correctly or if Im distorting it?
Then for the 4 standard photos on the back, how do I resize them equally and leave space at the bottom for model stats?

If anyone could guide me, Id appreciate it. There is no solid literature or tutorials available and after mastering it Id gladly make one so others wouldn't have to search like me, thanks!

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Old 19th of December 2011 (Mon)   #2
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I'd actually like to know this myself!
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Ok so the firs thing I would do is take a piece of printer paper and tear it in half. This gives you a document the size of the comp card. Then take that and draw out the layout you want, and use a ruler and get some rough dimensions.

Now in PS create a new document. Do 600dpi, no reason not to. Now turn on your rulers and use them to create some guides in the document.

Once you have guides placed you can use these are trim lines for all of your images, or depending on your skill in photoshop and how many times you will be making comp cards you could create a layer mask that wouldn't require you ever trim any images down.

Look up some photoshop tuts on how to create a layer mask, using guides, and some other basic stuff. Also take into consideration how these are being printed and what kind of bleeds you will be working with.
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Old 31st of December 2011 (Sat)   #4
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Thanks patliean1 for the is such helpful for me
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This is a page layout. I prefer to use CorelDraw for this type of work (llustrator for those who have adobe). I resize my images in my photo editing software and then open them in my CD workspace.
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Glad I saw this thread, I was just asked if I could make some comp cards today.
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