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Model Comp Card: A Complete Guide

A model composition card is an essential tool for models to showcase their best work and make a lasting impression on potential clients. In short, a model comp card (also sometimes called a model zed card) is a postcard-sized portfolio that includes your photos, measurements, and contact details. Think of it like a postcard size business card models can leave with agencies and brands they want to partner with.

In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about creating the perfect model comp card, including size, content, and design. I’ll also provide some model comp card examples and free templates you can use to quickly create your own.

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What Is a Model Comp Card

A model comp card, also known as a zed card, is a marketing tool used by models to showcase their best work and attract potential clients or agencies. It is essentially a postcard sized business card that includes the model’s name, contact information, and a selection of their best photos.

A model composition card usually consists of:

  • a full-body shot
  • a headshot
  • several other photos that highlight the model’s range and versatility
  • The model’s vital stats, such as: height, bust, hips, waist, dress size, and shoes size.

The purpose of a model comp card is to make a strong first impression on clients or agencies and to showcase the model’s unique features and skills. It is often the first thing that clients and agencies use as reference when trying to choose models for different jobs. This makes model composition cards a crucial part of a model’s marketing strategy. 

In short, a well-designed and professional-looking model comp card can increase the model’s chances of getting hired in a competitive modeling industry.

Do Models Still Need Comp Cards?

In today’s digital age, models may wonder if comp cards are still necessary. While it’s true that the internet and social media have changed the way models promote themselves, comp cards remain a crucial tool for success in the modeling industry.

A model comp card serves as a tangible representation of the model’s brand and image. It provides clients and agencies with a physical reminder of the model and their unique features. Additionally, comp cards include the model’s contact information, making it easy for clients to get in touch and schedule bookings.

Furthermore, many clients and agencies still prefer physical copies of comp cards over digital versions. This is because it allows them to see the model’s photos and details in high-quality print, making it easier for them to make decisions and prepare for photo shoots or fashion shows.

model comp card male
model comp card male

How to Make a Modeling Zed Card That Stands Out

Creating a model comp card that stands out from the competition requires careful consideration of several factors. By following these guidelines, you can design a comp card that makes a strong impression with the brands and agencies you want to work with.

Gather Inspiration From Zed Cards you Find Online

Before creating your comp card, it’s essential to do your research and determine which brands and agencies you want to work with. Your comp card should be tailored to the same styles as the brands and agencies you want to partner with.

Look for zed card designs that catch your eye and consider if the images will look good with the layout. Pay attention to the color scheme, and overall design aesthetic to make sure it meshes well with the  brands you want to partner with.

Choose The Right Photos For Your Model Comp Card

Selecting the right portraits for your comp card is critical. Choose high-quality images that showcase your range and versatility as a model. Consider including a mix of full-body shots, headshots, and other images that highlight your unique features. Also consider wearing clothes from the the brands (or their competitors) you want to work with so that you’ll look like a natural fit for them.

What Should Be On a Model Comp Card?

Women's Model comp card
model comp card

Your comp card should include your name, contact information, and measurements. For women this typically includes: height, bust, waist, hips, dress size and shoe size. For men it’s generally:  Height, chest, suit size,  shirt size (collar and sleeve) pants, shoe, hair, eyes.

Select the right size Cardstock for your model comp card: 

The standard size for a model comp card is A5, which measures 8.5” x 5.5”. Don’t try  and get cute with a different size comp card. Agencies won’t like this.

Tips for creating an effective model comp card:

Use a clean, modern design that is easy to read and understand. Avoid cluttering your comp card with too much information or too many images. Keep the design simple and focused on highlighting your best features.

Model Comp Card Template Free (Photoshop)

Creating a standout model comp card can be a challenging task, especially if you’re not a graphic designer. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a free model comp card template that you can use to quickly and easily create your own comp card! With just a few simple drag-and-drop steps, you can add your own photos to the template and be ready to print in no time.

The model comp card template is in PSD (Photoshop) format, so you can easily customize it to fit your individual needs. If you don’t have access to Photoshop, don’t worry! You can still create a professional-looking comp card by using Canva to copy my design or another you like better. Canva offers a user-friendly platform with templates and design elements that make it easy for anyone to create a custom model comp card.

Once you’ve customized your comp card to fit your needs, it’s time to send it out for printing on high-quality card stock. A professional printing service can ensure that your comp card looks its best, leaving a lasting impression on your clients and agencies.

Printing Your Model Comp Card

When it comes to creating a standout model zed card, the quality of the print and card stock are just as important as the design itself. That’s why I highly recommend having your model composition cards printed by MOO.

MOO’s A5 postcards are the perfect size for model comp cards, measuring 5.5 x 8.8 inches. And the best part? They offer a range of different options for printing your comp card. You can choose double-sided printing and have up to 25 different designs on each postcard for free. This means you can showcase a range of different looks fore each card depending on the brand or agency you’re targeting!

In addition to their customization options, MOO also offers a range of paper stocks to choose from, including their original, super, and luxe stock. This ensures that your model comp cards feel premium and substantial, making a lasting impression on anyone who receives them. And if you really want to make your comp card stand out, MOO even offers a gold or silver foil finish option if you want it.

The Importance Of a Model Composition Card

In conclusion, a model composition card is a vital tool for every aspiring model. It’s an easy and convenient way to showcase your skills, personality, and unique features to potential clients and agencies. By following the steps outlined in this guide and using the provided templates, printing options, and examples, you can create a professional model comp card that will make you stand out in the competitive modeling industry.


Jason Guy

I am a portrait photographer based out of Sonoma, California. I create portraits for people of all ages with the goal of making images that are timeless. Portraits you will look back on decades from now, and still love them just as much then as you do today. While flattering lighting and pose are important, capturing how others see you is what I ultimately strive for.

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  1. Mary Fakhoury

    I am a model looking to update my comp card I live in Chicago and would like to talk to you for three or four different luxe something to make it awesome I’ve been on lots of magazine covers and lots of work. I’m looking for something very mysterious and exciting

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