Online Card Creator

  • #1
    Based on someone else's suggestion, I created an online card creator for a web-based card creator.

    Choose between classic, modern, planar chaos, future sight, and space frames.

    Hints:
    Use ~ or ~this~ in the rules text to substitute in the card's name. (e.g. When ~ attacks...)
    To print mana symbols in the rules text (not mana cost), put a single mana letter or number within {}. Valid characters are 0123456789bgqrstuwxyz (e.g. 2GG is {2}{g}{g})
    Right-click on the image and save it to your hard drive.
    Last edited by Lord of Atlantis: 1/8/2011 5:49:43 PM
  • #2
    While I realize you've gotten the frames from MSE, and its good of you to credit them and all, would you kindly pull the Magic Set Editor name off of that page?

    Basically, a few of us in the MSE community have decided that the program's name shouldn't be attached to this, because we do not endorse it or want to be affiliated with it.

    At the same time, you could credit the photoshopper responsible for the frames if you like - we got the pre-8th frames from a psd by FirePenguinMaster.

    Thank you.
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  • #3
    not a problem, i replaced the names in the credits.
  • #4
    It's 90% functional. Classic card frames. Font is different. No set symbol.
  • #5
    Hey Pichoro, shall I change the credits on my program?

    http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=183329

    The credits are buried in the 4th post, near the bottom. I could credit FirePenguinMaster instead, but planned functionality will accept MSE-generated content, I think.

    I'd like to add bare-bones custom card generation (standard card frames only) at some point, and was basically assuming users could use MSE and save the full card as a jpeg if they wanted to do anything fancy.
    I use this setup now for Planeswalkers, Split Cards, Flip Cards, Future Shifted cards, and some other things.




    Aaand to keep this from being a total thread hijack, some quick questions for the OP:

    Any particular reason you only used old card frames?
    Personally, I prefer the adaptability of the new frames, what with the colored pinstripes and all. I'm not sure how much traffic you will get with just the old frames.

    Overall, it looks pretty solid. My only 'complaint' is the non-fixed locations for the input boxes. I'm thinking it may be wise to add some divs (or even a simple table) to keep everything lined up properly.

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  • #6
    The layout of the input boxes is supposed to adjust to the width of the browser window. Nevertheless, it could be as simple as providing a CSS file or writing your own if you use Opera or Firefox which let you customize CSS locally.

    I like the old frames a lot more, but also because there are fewer to choose from, making it easier to test the prototype. Eventually, the plan is to let you choose different frame types. Maybe even the future shifted frames, which I also like. Although, the placement of the mana symbols looks tricky and it allows no more than 6 symbols.

    Anyways, I appreciate your comments and I shall make the improvements when time permits. But as you say, if there's no demand, there's no rush to improve it since the basic functionality is operational.
  • #7
    Quote from Lord of Atlantis
    Although, the placement of the mana symbols looks tricky and it allows no more than 6 symbols.


    Ah. I see.


    By the way, here's a tip I figured out working on my program: sometimes starting a loop at the END is more effective than starting at the beginning.

    When my program draws the mana cost, it starts with the rightmost mana symbol, then offsets the next symbol to the LEFT based on the number of symbols previously drawn.

    In other words, the mana cost {2}{W}{G} is drawn in this order {G}{W}{2}. Logically, that's weird as schtuff for us humans, but it works quite well at the computer level.

    Additionally, I draw the card name after drawing the mana cost, and I adjust the width of the CardNameBox based on the number of mana symbols drawn. I never bothered to include a dynamic font size, but it could be done.

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  • #8
    Finally got around to put in the modern frames. Mostly functional, just need tweaks for special cards, mana symbols, etc. to make it look more like real cards.

    5/13: added future-shifted frames.
    5/20: added space frames.

    Although, the placement of the mana symbols looks tricky and it allows no more than 6 symbols.

    Actually, the solution was very simple: 2d array to keep track of the coordinates.

    Additionally, I draw the card name after drawing the mana cost, and I adjust the width of the CardNameBox based on the number of mana symbols drawn. I never bothered to include a dynamic font size, but it could be done.

    Ya, I made it resize the text if it's too long. This applies for card name and type line.
    Last edited by Lord of Atlantis: 5/20/2010 11:23:55 AM
  • #9
    I was using this and ran across a few problems: the modern frames don't work when mana symbols are part of the text and it cannot do non-colored mana costs over nine However, it is awesome and amazing in every other way.
    Last edited by hurristat: 7/27/2010 8:12:04 PM
  • #10
    Quote from hurristat
    I was using this and ran across a few problems: the modern frames don't work when mana symbols are part of the text and it cannot do non-colored mana costs over nine However, it is awesome and amazing in every other way.


    fixed displaying mana symbols in text box for modern frames
  • #11
    This is pretty awesome. Is there a way to take the image and use it as proxies? Or is it just print the page out and cut out the card?


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  • #12
    When using a mana cost of 0, the cost doesn't show up at all.

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  • #13
    Quote from kirk_crash
    This is pretty awesome. Is there a way to take the image and use it as proxies? Or is it just print the page out and cut out the card?


    Right-click on the image and save it to your hard drive.

    Quote from Demonauel_Sedai
    When using a mana cost of 0, the cost doesn't show up at all.


    Fixed on this and other fields, too.
  • #14
    Not to hijack this thread, but I've been playing around with a javascript card creator. You can try it out at http://incant.us/creator/. Note: this needs a fairly modern browser (chrome, firefox or safari), and might not work in IE since it uses HTML5.

    Thanks go to the MSE project (particularly the new MSE style) for the frames and fonts.

    Card images are of the form:

    images/[set code]/[set code]-xxx.jpg where xxx is a number.
  • #15
    Added Planar Chaos aka "Planeshift" frames.
  • #16
    Cool thing. How do I add the tap symbol?
  • #17
    Could use a planeswalker frame as well. As for the FutureSight frame you should add the card type symbols and the FutureSight full artwork frame would be nice too.
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  • #18
    how to put the image
  • #19
    Just stumbled across this. Very nice. Thank you.


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  • #20
    Minor update: added Creator field. Put in your own name or your group or company, or whatever.
  • #21
    how do you out in the pictures? i keep typing in the names from my documents but it refuses to work. what am i doing wrong? thanks in advance:D

    and by "out the pictures" i meant "put the pictures in" :p
    Last edited by Gaea's Regent: 2/21/2012 11:14:15 AM
  • #22
    you put in a URL of that image. that means the image has to be in the internet. you can upload to an image host like imageshack.
  • #23
    Quote from Lord of Atlantis
    you put in a URL of that image. that means the image has to be in the internet. you can upload to an image host like imageshack.


    so i copied and pasted the link of the site to the URL but it still comes out blank. any reason? i feel stupid:p
  • #24
    Is it possible to save the cards as an image file?
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  • #25
    Quote from Knautschke
    Is it possible to save the cards as an image file?


    can you help? just what am i doing wrong with this thing? im having serious trouble with the pics:mad:

    scratch that : ANYONE HELP ME WITH THE PICS HOW DO I PUT THEM ON
    Last edited by Arbiter124: 2/22/2012 2:54:39 PM
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