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Author: Volt26
Hey guys!

I found this printerstudio.com link from another post but I have never heard about it before. I do wonder if any of you bought cards there and be nice enough to provide some feedback.

Some quality of product & service comparison with other companies in the same activities, like superiorpod and artscow, would be appreciated.

I will strongly consider printerstudio.com if I get positive feedbacks here because I have an order of 34 decks to do. At their price per deck, I get a total of 225$ which is a BAD price BUT they have a 40% + free shipping promo on orders over 200$. In the end, that means I would pay 142,80$.

The cost per card would be 0,077$. It seems to be appropriate for a medium order but I really need some feedbacks.

I tried to figure out a way to get a similar price with artscow but it seems to be impossible. The 1st deck is cheaper at artscow but that's it. I get no bonuses for big orders there.

Unless I try to get 34 different addresses to get the 2.99$/deck price for a total of 101,66$ but honestly, such an hassle wouldn't be worth the 41$ save in my opinion.

Please give me your feebacks! If you know other websites like artscow and printerstudio, please share them as well with your feedback. (notice how I do not consider superiodpod, their customer service seem to ignore my order.. It's been there for over a month and I get no replies from Jeff. It drives me nuts.)


===UPDATE 2011-09-19===
I just got my order from printerstudio. The cards look very good. I would say they are the same quality as artscow's. They might be slightly better but it's hard to tell.. I noticed that all cards have the exact same colors. It means they can be trusted for their great color prints.

I did pay 7.99$ for 1 deck to try it out. If you want to do like me and try them, use the following code : EXJOY
This will grant you free shipping on all orders.

If you order a lot :
code EXPEACE for 20% off + free shipping on orders over 100$
code EXLOVE for 50% off + free shipping on orders over 200$

With printerstudio, I can get custom back and front for each single card of the deck which is a big plus for me. The equivalent from artscow costs 9.99$ and is rarely lower. When artscow do great savings, it is for the 54 cutom decks with 1 single back.
Sat Jul 2, 2011 3:25 pm
Author: Volt26
I decided to order there as well.. i'm rushing to complete my Dominion redesign and I'll send it tonight to benefit from the 40% rebate on orders over 200$.

So far, I made decks at artscow and superiorpod. I will gladly do a roundup of these sites once I get my printerstudio.com order.

See you soon and thank you for the feedback!
Tue Jul 5, 2011 1:17 pm
Author: Welshmilla
Volt26 wrote:
I decided to order there as well.. i'm rushing to complete my Dominion redesign and I'll send it tonight to benefit from the 40% rebate on orders over 200$.

So far, I made decks at artscow and superiorpod. I will gladly do a roundup of these sites once I get my printerstudio.com order.

See you soon and thank you for the feedback!


How do Superior POD and Artscow compare in quality? I'm creating a deck and it would be good to know how they compare.
Tue Jul 5, 2011 1:39 pm
Author: tinpot
I use them all the time and find them to be of good quality and value for money.
I would recommend then.
Tue Jul 5, 2011 2:05 pm
Author: nickferris
Holy ravioli, LARGE playing cards:

http://www.printerstudio.com/personalized/large-print-custom...

Like, larger than Dixit cards even.
Tue Jul 5, 2011 2:16 pm
Author: RedesignMaker
Welshmilla wrote:
Volt26 wrote:
I decided to order there as well.. i'm rushing to complete my Dominion redesign and I'll send it tonight to benefit from the 40% rebate on orders over 200$.

So far, I made decks at artscow and superiorpod. I will gladly do a roundup of these sites once I get my printerstudio.com order.

See you soon and thank you for the feedback!


How do Superior POD and Artscow compare in quality? I'm creating a deck and it would be good to know how they compare.



I wouldn't bother with SuperiorPOD. I did 2 orders there. The first went awfully bad and communications were hard. My 2nd order was sent 2 month ago, I contacted superiorpod a few times to get my status and they stopped replying. Trust me, avoid.

But if you get super lucky and receive a 100% perfect print job from superiorpod, I admit the quality is slightly better than artscow. Altough it is not better enough to justify so much hassle and a wait time that took over 5 months. I recommend artscow for now.

I'm going to order a big deck from printerstudio.com and I will post screenshots comparing cards from each company. I put high hopes into printerstudio.com

Tue Jul 5, 2011 9:05 pm
Author: mijnomrah

Finally, an alternative to artscow with an easy to use interface and comparable pricing. My recent artscow decks had major color consistency problems and I just received another one yesterday with the same issue so I've been looking for an alternative. I will be giving them a try with the next deck I need printed.
Fri Jul 8, 2011 4:14 pm
Author: GrimJester
I've seen in a couple threads that people intend to use printerstudio.com. Well, I was also going to, but I've given up for now. Since they're having an intriguing sale right now (basically $4 per deck with free shipping, until 9/15), I decided to try to make a couple decks. But I quit. It lacks automation and is annoyingly slow. The main problem is there's no "auto fill" option like on artscow, so I had to drag-and-drop 54 times for the fronts and 54 times for the backs... what? yes! ... well, I didn't actually do all 54 backs, since I quit. I was 2 hours in doing rote work for something that would've taken about 10 minutes with artscow (batch upload, auto fill, order).

So, I'll wait to see how others fare, and hopefully see some photos of results too.
Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:13 am
Author: Volt26
===UPDATE 2011-09-19===
I just got my order from printerstudio. The cards look very good. I would say they are the same quality as artscow's. They might be slightly better but it's hard to tell.. I noticed that all cards have the exact same colors. It means they can be trusted for their great color prints.

I did pay 7.99$ for 1 deck to try it out. If you want to do like me and try them, use the following code : EXJOY
This will grant you free shipping on all orders.

If you order a lot :
code EXPEACE for 20% off + free shipping on orders over 100$
code EXLOVE for 50% off + free shipping on orders over 200$

With printerstudio, I can get custom back and front for each single card of the deck which is a big plus for me. The equivalent from artscow costs 9.99$ and is rarely lower. When artscow do great savings, it is for the 54 cutom decks with 1 single back.
Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:28 pm
Author: AllTheEarth
GrimJester wrote:
The main problem is there's no "auto fill" option like on artscow, so I had to drag-and-drop 54 times for the fronts and 54 times for the backs... what? yes!

Was this your experience Volt26? When I saw the sale, I decided to give it a try too, but what I found was that not only did you have to drag and drop onto each card, but you could only drop each image once. That means I would have had to upload the same image dozens of times so a few of the cards could have different backs, not to mention all the cards in the deck that appear more than once.
Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:43 am
Author: Volt26
AllTheEarth wrote:
GrimJester wrote:
The main problem is there's no "auto fill" option like on artscow, so I had to drag-and-drop 54 times for the fronts and 54 times for the backs... what? yes!

Was this your experience Volt26? When I saw the sale, I decided to give it a try too, but what I found was that not only did you have to drag and drop onto each card, but you could only drop each image once. That means I would have had to upload the same image dozens of times so a few of the cards could have different backs, not to mention all the cards in the deck that appear more than once.


Yeah I had this issue as well..
I didnt bother to contact printerstudio because I tought they would fix this obvious *bug*. They still didn't haha. To me, it wasn't a problem because I simply copy-pasted the file enough times on my hard drive to provide the right quantity. Then I went ahead and uploaded all the copies.

It was easier but yeah.. They really need to fix that.

I got a trick for you though, if you need 54 designed front with 1 single back, enter 54 first and then enter the number 1 when it comes to the back of the card. You will have to upload your back only once and it will be applied to all cards.

Most of my cardgames have several different backs depending on the card type so.. Like I said.. Like it or not, its up to you

I forgot to mention they provide a pretty nice plastic case with the deck. It's just a little bonus I appreciated hehe
Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:18 pm
Author: TinFoil
Are the cards coated at all? If so, is it even? Also, how is the registration of the cards? Are they centered? If not, what percent of the cards are off?

I've been looking for a place to print a set of custom cards cheaper than I can do it at home. With the coupon code, it looks like I can get 144 cards for less than $10 a set. I will be back with a GeekGold donation to you if it turns out to be true!
Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:43 pm
Author: Volt26
TinFoil wrote:
Are the cards coated at all? If so, is it even? Also, how is the registration of the cards? Are they centered? If not, what percent of the cards are off?

I've been looking for a place to print a set of custom cards cheaper than I can do it at home. With the coupon code, it looks like I can get 144 cards for less than $10 a set. I will be back with a GeekGold donation to you if it turns out to be true!


I doubt the cards are coated (going by wikipedia's definition). But I never found a custom print company that print cards exactly like the ones we see in casinos(not even superiorpod, that is renown for their so called superior quality but also awfuly bad service).

Here is a pic. Sorry for the bad quality. But it shows that the background details on the borders are the same on each single card. That means their cutting process is pretty accurate (more than superiorpod's anyways). Do I look like off topic and enraged against spod? Yeah sorry, I am haha

So like I said. Printerstudio is pretty much the same as artscow but you get a better price on large orders and a little plastic case.

I hope they compete against each other some more and throw at us various 2.99$ special offers like artscow do once in a while!

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Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:51 pm
Author: TinFoil
Just placed my order. That 50% off and free shipping coupon put me over the top. Here's hoping they turned out as well as yours!
Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:45 am
Author: AllTheEarth
On a whim, I asked the support department about not having to upload an image once for every card you wanted to put it on, and here was their reply:

Quote:
We are going to have the function you want later which is under final testing stage but sorry that you have to upload the images again if you want it in multiple cards now.

So they might be improving soon, but it will likely be a while until they are up to the functionality level of ArtsCow.com.

The plastic box is a nice touch, unfortunately it's only on 54 card orders.

Edit: Out of curiosity, how long have people's orders been taking to get to them?
Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:07 am
Author: Volt26
AllTheEarth wrote:
Out of curiosity, how long have people's orders been taking to get to them?


I order on 11/8/25 and received the cards on 11/9/19. It's almost a month of wait. But I'm used to it, getting stuff from hong-kong with free shipping takes time!

Anyways.. I ordered stuff from an american printer (you know the name by now) and it took 3 months.. Chinese are more serious business men it seems haha
Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:25 am
Author: richarnd
Just got an order of large custom cards from Printerstudio. I made two decks to use with Modern Art.

Quality is good (cut and color are consistent). Some of the images are slightly dark but I'm looking for flaws - I'm very impressed. If anything the biggest flaws are mine - I should have used higher resolution icons. The cards are smooth and semi-gloss on both sides.

Production and shipping was fast. I made my order on 9/12, it was printed by 9/16, and I received in (east coast US) today, 9/23. 11 days is about half of what I expected and would have been happy with.

Best of all, the price was insane. The decks are normally $17 each (large format, 70 cards) but they were running a deal for 50% off and free shipping for orders over $30. Even with an upgrade to registered mail, total cost for both decks was only $20. Why buy sleeves to protect cards when you can have a custom set reprinted for $10 or less?

Sorry the pic quality is not great.
Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:14 pm
Author: TinFoil
Awesome to hear! I put in what I consider a large order (72 cards x 2 backs x 11 sets = 1584 cards) so I can ship out some play testing kits of a game I'm working on. I'll be sure to post pics once the arrive. Here's hoping they ship as fast and look as good as yours!
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:25 pm
Author: sanchezja
Does anyone have a template for printerstudio.com cards? I just received my first order from ArtsCow and now I'd like to compare them to printerstudio and The Game Crafter.
Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:16 am
Author: TinFoil
Got my cards in today...



I am VERY pleased with my cards. There is a bit of a screen door effect on the backs seen in the upper left, but I'm not sure if it's the res of the picture or a flaw in the printing.

The cards are coated and feel nice and stiff. They slide off each other just as you'd expect. These really are as close to poker cards as I've seen. They shuffle just like you'd expect a deck of cards to shuffle. The registration of the cards (my biggest issue with home printing) is spot on.

For the price, I'm blown away. I paid $110 (after coupon code) for 1584 cards, free shipping. My turn around time was amazing. Nine days from submission to arrival. If they would offer chipboard printing, I'd make them my homepage.
Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:22 am
Author: ayreguitar
Thanks for sharing those codes - I used EXJOY for free shipping on an 86 card deck using the large cards (3.5x5.75") for $19.99, so will see how they come out. Yes the interface is a little tedious, but since all my cards have different fronts and backs there was no need to duplicate uploads. Haven't used any card printing service before, but hopeful that these will turn out well from what people here have said of PrinterStudio.

And just after I'd ordered got an email from ArtsCow with a 50% off everything code (D'oh!), so thought I'd return the favour and share that:

Use code CYBERMON for 50% off everything on ArtsCow until Friday 2nd December 2011

Of course as far as I can see ArtsCow only do 54 card decks at standard size, so not as useful and their shipping is $8.99 (which is NOT reduced by 50% with the code!)

UPDATE: Just noticed PrinterStudio are doing 50% off everything using code CYBER until 5th December 2011 - Timed it just wrong!
Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:20 pm
Author: StarPit

Hi,
have ordered four sets of large cards and got them after 2 weeks.

The cards look fantastic and I paid only about 15 EUR per set (incl. postage).

Best,
Peter
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:01 pm
Author: Hawkes
I ordered cards for a game prototype from both printerstudio.com and makeplayingcards.com, but I don't have any experience with Artscow or SuperiorPOD (although with all the bad reviews of the customer service of the latter, I'm staying away from them).

Both printerstudio and makeplayingcards have the exact same web interface for creating custom card decks, and when my order from each arrived, the printed colors on the cards were exactly the same (holding the cards side by side, it is impossible to tell just by looking at them which is which). The card stock from printerstudio is ever-so-slightly thinner (even though they are both supposed to be 300gsm), but even that is a barely noticeable difference.

The prices on the two websites are where things get interesting. Prices for 1 deck of any size is the same on both, but after that they vary widely. Ordering larger quantities of the same deck on printerstudio.com gets you a discount, whereas the prices on makeplayingcards seem somewhat arbitrary - they add $2 each time you go up a threshold, so it doesn't always work out that your prices are lower when you order at higher quantities. For example, I worked out that once you reach the 100+ copy threshold, it's actually cheaper to order 4 decks of 54 cards each than to order 1 deck of 216 cards. Weird.

In any case, I am very pleased with the product and I'm using printerstudio.com again (because of volume shipping discounts and other sales) for a second game project. The interface does now have a semi-automated way of helping you fill out the fronts and backs of each card, but the flexibility of allowing each front and back to be different is well worth any extra time it might take to put an order together, in my opinion. It took just about a week from the day I ordered for the cards to arrive at my doorstep (I live in a suburb of Virginia outside D.C.) - a very useful and cheap way to make good quality copies of a card game.
Wed Sep 4, 2013 6:47 pm
Author: Volt26
Hawkes wrote:
I ordered cards for a game prototype from both printerstudio.com and makeplayingcards.com, but I don't have any experience with Artscow or SuperiorPOD (although with all the bad reviews of the customer service of the latter, I'm staying away from them).

Both printerstudio and makeplayingcards have the exact same web interface for creating custom card decks, and when my order from each arrived, the printed colors on the cards were exactly the same (holding the cards side by side, it is impossible to tell just by looking at them which is which). The card stock from printerstudio is ever-so-slightly thinner (even though they are both supposed to be 300gsm), but even that is a barely noticeable difference.

The prices on the two websites are where things get interesting. Prices for 1 deck of any size is the same on both, but after that they vary widely. Ordering larger quantities of the same deck on printerstudio.com gets you a discount, whereas the prices on makeplayingcards seem somewhat arbitrary - they add $2 each time you go up a threshold, so it doesn't always work out that your prices are lower when you order at higher quantities. For example, I worked out that once you reach the 100+ copy threshold, it's actually cheaper to order 4 decks of 54 cards each than to order 1 deck of 216 cards. Weird.

In any case, I am very pleased with the product and I'm using printerstudio.com again (because of volume shipping discounts and other sales) for a second game project. The interface does now have a semi-automated way of helping you fill out the fronts and backs of each card, but the flexibility of allowing each front and back to be different is well worth any extra time it might take to put an order together, in my opinion. It took just about a week from the day I ordered for the cards to arrive at my doorstep (I live in a suburb of Virginia outside D.C.) - a very useful and cheap way to make good quality copies of a card game.


Awesome review! Thanks a lot!
Wed Sep 4, 2013 6:58 pm
Author: pcek
I ordered the sample cards from printerstudio. There is a link on the website so i'd advised anyone thinking of using them to get the samples, nothing like feeling and roughing up the cards to make sure whether they are fit for purpose.

Also i took some photos http://www.alcardgames.com/2013/10/free-samples.html
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:21 pm
Author: Ares76
i just received my order from printerstudio as well. the back design of my cards are similar to bicycle poker deck which has a white boarder. I ordered the plastic, although the card quality and the color are fine, the back of all my cards are off centered.

since they are all off centered the same way...so the deck is still useful. just hurting my eyes every time looking at them
Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:03 pm
Author: kjohrf
How off-center (in mm) were they, Kenny?
Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:01 pm
Author: 3wgames
I have some offcenter by 2mm

Also, look for other threads RE: Printer Studio. They've jacked up their prices for all Standard size card decks, and there is no longer a discount for higher quantity decks.
Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:08 pm
Author: kingspud
I used them all the time and the cards are very high quality when the Linen upgrade is used.

If your order is over $30 you will always get shipping free and I would have to say the only negative about the company is the processing time!
They say it takes 2 to 3 days to process but EVER single order I've made has taken at least a week or more just to process the order!

It's very frustrating because I contacted them regarding this issues and they seem to always have an excuse for the delay! They should just change there header to say "at least 1 week processing time" instead of lying about the time it take to get your order together!

Other than that I have no complaints and the cards are great!

Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:41 pm
Author: kiaiweidemann
I havd had great cards from them. The wait time is longer than they say, but the cards have been great
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:40 am
Author: matfe
Hi,
I am new into this topic. I want to use some custom cards you can download for mansionof madness on BGG. Printing it myself and put all cards into sleeves I dont like much and will cost 10-30€ aproxemately. Printing real cards sounds like a better option. Is it worth a try? Or is using sleeves/printing at home the common way?
Wed Apr 1, 2015 4:28 pm
Author: Bichatse
matfe wrote:
Hi,
I am new into this topic. I want to use some custom cards you can download for mansionof madness on BGG. Printing it myself and put all cards into sleeves I dont like much and will cost 10-30€ aproxemately. Printing real cards sounds like a better option. Is it worth a try? Or is using sleeves/printing at home the common way?


If I were printing custom cards for Mansions of Madness I would definitely go to someone like Printers' Studio, simply because it's important for MoM (as with a lot of games) that you can't tell the custom-printed ones from the originals from the reverse, and I don't use sleeves for everything so my MoM cards aren't sleeved. If you sleeve everything, it probably doesn't make much difference, of course!

As it goes, IIRC the MoM cards are on a linen stock? the PS "waffle" linen stock is nearly identical to that used in Gears of War, I expect the same is probably true of other FFG games such as MoM.

Wed Apr 1, 2015 5:16 pm