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torontoraptors
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I apologize for repeating a question someone has already probably asked by I didn't find.
Is there any good free software avaiable for card making(hopefully windows)?
I see people making nice rethemes of games and I wonder if they mastered some image editing software or if there are any good,easy to use ones that would help you in the card making (hopefully with backs also) process, that would result in an easy to print image or pdf.


PS: I saw the nandeck but it looks a little dry from the website. And Magic Set Editor but it really looks bounded to Magic (or VS/Yugioh) style.
 
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I have used Paint.NET, which is free (or donation-ware) along with the templates from Gamecrafter. That being said, I find myself wishing for features that Paint.NET does not have.

It probably comes down to preference. You will likely do best with the graphical tool you are most familiar with.

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What do you mean by "dry"?

torontoraptors wrote:

PS: I saw the nandeck but it looks a little dry from the website. And Magic Set Editor but it really looks bounded to Magic (or VS/Yugioh) style.
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torontoraptors wrote:

PS: I saw the nandeck but it looks a little dry from the website.


nanDeck is awesome, though. If you're worried that the examples given look poor graphically, then don't - you can insert graphics of your own as backgrounds, extra elements, etc., so if you can draw a nice card background or neat icons for your game, then nanDeck can handle them.

You need to invest some time learning the (kind of obtuse) scripting language, but once you've done that it makes it much easier (and more reliable) to update your cards.



(I'm sure I've heard that you can do a lot more with the Magic Set Editor than make Magic cards, but it's not something I have any experience with; have a look for a tutorial, though.)
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Bichatse wrote:
If you're worried that the examples given look poor graphically

This what I meant by "dry".
But if the rest is true, then I will just have to dig a little deeper and experiment with it.
Thank you for your responses guys=)
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My standard recommendations are Inkscape and GIMP, both are open-source. Inkscape makes vector graphics and GIMP raster. Both will take some time to learn, and more time to learn to use well. If you're going to learn one, vector (Inkscape) is preferred for most game-design stuff since it can be re-sized without changing the image.
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Bichatse wrote:
nanDeck is awesome, though. If you're worried that the examples given look poor graphically, then don't - you can insert graphics of your own as backgrounds, extra elements, etc., so if you can draw a nice card background or neat icons for your game, then nanDeck can handle them.

You need to invest some time learning the (kind of obtuse) scripting language, but once you've done that it makes it much easier (and more reliable) to update your cards.

The examples on the website are simple to show the working of single commands.

This is an example of a complex script (~1000 lines), written by user OnlyHuman:

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I made my own tool for this (inspired by nanDeck I freely admit - that application looks very good) that runs inside Inkscape, so you can draw your card layout WYSIWYG, but the tool does all the positioning of cards into sheets and filling in different texts, icons, colors etc per card as described in a spreadsheet. I'm afraid it probably looks about as dry as nanDeck, maybe worse.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/299033
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If you like a little more graphical attempt then try cardmaker
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/847000/card-maker-0-98-0...
its agreat tool and did some amazing stuff with it. But i also use nandeck a lot and make some of elements i use in corel draw..
here is a nandeck example

Picture and graphic element (the atomic core) are cliparts, but the colorshading and the over all layout was done by nandeck...
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Re: Card making software?
torontoraptors wrote:
PS: I saw the nandeck but it looks a little dry from the website. And Magic Set Editor but it really looks bounded to Magic (or VS/Yugioh) style.


Not really, but it's VERY difficult to learn to make your own card templates (In fact, I'm waiting for someone to show up for a chat session for just that purpose and it looks like they've flaked out on me).

So far it MSE seems to be the easiest to use right away, but I'll keep looking to see if something comes close to it's ease of use.
 
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nanDeck is like a fully stocked machine shop. If you take the time to learn to use the tools, you can make anything en masse.

Magic Set Editor is like a toolbag. You can do one project at a time, but it will take some time and making the template requires a completely different toolbag.
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