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Related to this question, I'm making a card game and I'm at the point where I'm designing the card layout.

Since changing this at a later stage will involve a lot of work, I would like to be sure I'm not making a mistake. I want to use "poker size" cards, but I've seen at least 4 different sizes for those: B8(62x88mm), 63x88mm, 63.5x88mm, and 2.5"x3.5" (63.5x88.9mm). The potential need for margins also affects the size of my layout. Several games have layouts that reach the card edge, but I am unsure if that is easily printable.

I'm in Canada if that makes a difference.

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    With all due respect, you should ask your manufacturer. It would be devastating to go off of faulty information. Mar 3, 2018 at 18:44
  • @TheChaz2.0 Good advice, but I don't have a manufacturer (or publisher) yet and probably won't have one until the game is much further along.
    – Alexbib
    Mar 3, 2018 at 19:00
  • You should know that art and graphic design that you do before seeking a licensing agreement with a publisher is almost certainly going to be a red flag and hurt your chances of getting signed. A publisher does more than just foot the bill for the print run - they usually handle art direction and creation of production files. Mar 4, 2018 at 0:56
  • @TheChaz2.0 Thanks for letting me know, I will certainly keep it in mind when designing more games! However, this one I plan to keep small scale and under my own control. I'll probably give it as a free print&play, and if people like it I'll pay for a small run or do a kickstarter for a physical version. My next game should have more mass appeal and I'll plan it from the start as something I can let a publisher have control over.
    – Alexbib
    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:37
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    @Malco Thanks, I have indeed opted for the MTG size. It also helps for prototyping/playtesting, as I can simply print on normal paper, cut the cards and place them in front of rigid cards inside sleeves.
    – Alexbib
    Oct 11, 2018 at 0:57

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US Poker sized cards are 2.5" x 3.5". Of course, your art should be slightly larger than that if you want to have printing to the edge of the card. How much larger will depend on your print house, but 1/8" on each side (so 1/4" total in each dimension) should suffice, making the art 2.75" x 3.75".

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