Design Back for Playing Card Set

Contest Brief

I am working on a set of themed playing cards based on the Arthurian legend and would like someone to create the backs in Illustrator. The cards backs should be built around a coat of arms illustration that I had drawn a couple of years ago (file attached). Unfortunately the illustrator who drew the designs lost the original layered .ai file and was only able to provided a layered PSD. While I used image trace in order to experiment with the design, there is a minor loss of detail and limited ability to edit.
UPDATED NOTES:
1. Please focus on card design and layout. Do not get sidetracked worrying about vectorizing the coat of arms.
2. For the time being you should be able to use the file LOC_Coat of [login to view URL] or the LOC_COA_B&[login to view URL] as a working file.
3. Design should be flexible enough to work as white against color background, color (spot PMS, foil or metallic ink) against a white or black background, or multiple colors against a white or black background (such as different colors for each COA animal).
4. Card back design must have top-bottom mirror symmetry
5. You can simplify the illustration if you feel it will work better for your design
6. (optional) Lords of Camelot title can be worked into the design at small size.
7. The final card backs should be vector files in Adobe Illustrator (see Workflow Approach below)

In addition to the working vector, I am including a transparent TIFF file, a few face cards from the the series, as well as samples of back designs that I like.

The project is for card backs only. You can provide multiple submissions. Feel free to ask questions.

Thanks

WORKFLOW FOR VECTORIZING COAT OF ARMS
This is the approach I would take to convert the high rez PSD into a layered, editable vector file. (For now do not get hung up on this part of the project as I may handle the conversion to vector myself).
1. open the high resolution photoshop file as a TIF
2. use cut and paste to separate individual element (lion, dragon, griffin, wolf, crown and sword, shield, frame, etc.) assigning each element to a separate layer
3. turning off all others layers, use cut, erase and/or masking tool to clean up each individual element.
4. once all elements are cleaned up, save each with separate file name as a transparent TIF or PNG.
5. Open each element file in illustrator and use high resolution image trace to convert into a vector (detail loss should be minor).
6. Do any clean-up to the vector.
7. Group vector elements > duplicate > flatten duplicate group as a separate layer
8. Create a new Illustrator document. Copy over flattened element layers and reassemble coat of arms.
This will result in a highly detailed, editable, and layered master vector file.

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Public Clarification Board

  • VRCREATIONS78
    VRCREATIONS78
    • 2 months ago

    Hi Sir you can see that only mine art is high quality #6 what is iam saying is I Can redraw all the elements in the design in vector format so you will get the all elements as layered so we can edit the design as you like.So please trust me and award the job I can complete this.

    • 2 months ago
  • VRCREATIONS78
    VRCREATIONS78
    • 2 months ago

    Hi Sir you can see that only mine art is high quality #6 what is iam saying is I Can redraw all the elements in the design in vector format so you will get the all elements as layered so we can edit the design as you like.So please trust me and award the job I can complete this.

    • 2 months ago
  • pujasoni08soni08
    pujasoni08soni08
    • 2 months ago

    can you extend this project?

    • 2 months ago
  • VRCREATIONS78
    VRCREATIONS78
    • 2 months ago

    #6 is not traced I fully recreated it please message me through chat I want to discuss with you sir.

    • 2 months ago
  • VRCREATIONS78
    VRCREATIONS78
    • 2 months ago

    Sir please check #6 and provide feedback and please come in chat I want to discuss with you.

    • 2 months ago
  • dsprincesof
    dsprincesof
    • 2 months ago

    #guaranteed please :)

    • 2 months ago
  • VRCREATIONS78
    VRCREATIONS78
    • 2 months ago

    Working on it

    • 2 months ago
  • Newjoyet
    Newjoyet
    • 2 months ago

    sir,i will try

    • 2 months ago
  • ainee
    ainee
    • 2 months ago

    Is it one design or more than one?

    • 2 months ago
    1. morganb1
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Hi Quratul, I am not certain if I understand the question. The project is to design the card backs only. You can, however, submit multiple designs. Please see updated creative brief.

      • 2 months ago
  • Glukowze
    Glukowze
    • 2 months ago

    Just to be clear, you want an exact copy of the card back but vectorized and layered right?

    • 2 months ago
    1. Alinawannawork
      Alinawannawork
      • 2 months ago

      i guess it must be redrawed from scratch because traced image lost lot of details, so tracing will not work here)

      • 2 months ago
    2. morganb1
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Hi Ryan, I don't want a replication of the card back, as that was rejected both for design and incorrect aspect ratio. The only thing I want to use is the coat of arms, which can also be simplified. Alina, Image tracing actually yields fairly good detail if set at highest resolution. I believe I included a vector that can be used for the time being. For now I would worry less about vectorizing the coat of arms, and focus on design and layout for the card, as that's what I am looking for at this point.

      • 2 months ago

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