An article I wrote for a newsletter - enjoy.
Artist Trading Cards, or ATCs as they are known, are a wonderful way of carrying your layouts with you. The only rule with true ATCs is that they are 2.5” x 3.5” (or 750 x 1050 pixels at 300 DPI), which is roughly playing card size.
The beauty of this size layout is that you can make a whole pack of them, literally, being 52 (standard playing card pack) and put them in your purse, handbag or pocket, without them being cumbersome or bulky, like a brag book.
While it is true that there are no rules with ATCs, if you are making them as layouts, I would recommend keeping embellishments to a minimum, and keeping the focus on the photo. Here’s an example:
You can see how too many bits and bobs would overwhelm the photo.
When you are making ATCs, you will probably need to reduce the size of your elements by 50% to 70%, depending on the original size, and the effect you want to achieve.
Try your hand at making one or two, you will find that you can’t stop once you start.