Free High Resolution Tarot Deck

Death  Tarot Card

Tarot cards are famous for being used by fortune tellers, but they were originally used to play games.

I created a high resolution tarot card deck using public domain images and some creations of my own. The main idea of the deck is that most of the cards are regular playing cards (Ace, Jack, Queen, King, etc.). A tarot deck technically uses a regular deck of cards plus 22 additional “trump” (major arcana) cards that have colorful images on them. The inspiration of this deck is that the  regular cards look like the playing cards we are familiar with in the USA.

Trump cards

The trump cards look like the following:

The Devil Tarot CardDeath Tarot Card
Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Magician Tarot Card

The trump cards are from the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck, which is currently in the public domain in the USA. High resolution images of those cards can be found here.

Cavaliers

The difficulty in making the regular Tarot cards look like regular playing cards is that the regular playing cards only have three court cards (the Jack, Queen, and King):

The Tarot deck uses has 56 regular cards because it has four court cards (the Jack, Cavalier, Queen, and King). The masterpiece of my Tarot deck is my unique Cavalier cards:

cavalier knight of heartscavalier knight of diamonds
cavalier knight of spadescavalier knight of clubs

I made these cards in a hope that they would blend in with everything else. The cards are made using the face of some French knight (chevallier) cards and the Jack cards. See the knight cards here: hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs. The images for the other court cards (and the Ace of Spades) are in the public domain, and were created by Byron Knoll. The letters and the pip cards were created by Chris Aguilar who released his playing cards under a free GNU license.

The Joker card uses an image also in the public domain, which was originally found here.

Joker playing card

Finally, I also included several “rule cards” to various combat-oriented card games that I’ve thought of. One of them requires tarot cards.

Downloads

PDF files of my Tarot deck can be downloaded by right clicking on these images (save link as):

1pdf2pdf 3pdf 4pdf5pdf 6pdf 7pdf 8pdf 9pdf 10pdf

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