Tricks of the Trade Week 6 - How to Spoil a Set and Other Forum Know HowLogin or register to post comments
|Mon, 2012-04-02 08:25|
Creative Direction Award
Great word art site - Enter your text into the box, pick any fonts and colors, with many other great options, instant artwork
Microsoft paint: This comes on most computers, and if you don't have it, any other basic image editing software should do the trick.
To begin you'll want to enter your set name into interactimage. The majority of the tools you want to use are in the top right of the bar with the textbox, including font size, font style, and color. Note that there is a modifier within font style called "type" that lets you find more fonts. Simply click create to see any changes you make to your image, and use the undo last operation key to get rid of unwanted changes. You can also try out many of the more complex options in the sidebar on the right, though many of these are harder to use. Once you are satisfied, simply copy the image and paste it into your paint file. Make sure you expand your paint
We can use this same method with cards from our set, using file export card image(s). These files can be uploaded and embedded to create previews for the set. One final file hosting site you will want to know is mediafire which will require a account, though there is a perfectely fine free option. Once your account is set up, you can host larger files here, and this site will be what you use to host your entire set.
That looks somewhat complex, but I will walk through all the forum coding you need to know to make your very own version.
The first thing is spoiler tags, we create these using the code [ spoiler] and [ /spoiler], but without the space in front. Whatever lies between those two lines of code will be hidden inside a spoiler tag like the example was. This is crucial for set previews, because showcasing multiple cards (or in some cases an entire pack), can take up a lot of room. We use spoiler tags to shorten posts and create more drama for the preview. You can get fancy with them too, by writing inside the first spoiler [ spoiler=example] the word example will appear on the spoiler tag. Note that [ /spoiler] does not change when using this technique. You can also create spoilers withing spoilers to do things like make viewers experience the process of "opening" a pack of your set, going through each common before reaching the rare.
That is the majority of the technical work, but if you want to find more ways to make your preview look cool, check out this page for some more cool codes. I particularly like bold [ b], italic [ i], center [ center], and change font size [ size=] [ /size]. You can also create links to previous
The final touches will be the set info, a snazzy image from one of your cards.
Sisters of Life and DeathMake sure you credit the artist of that particular image. You should also credit wizards of the coast for using their logo. The last decision is how much of your set you want to show.
Until next week, may you take comfort in knowing that some of the unexpected jobs lone set designers have aren't as tough as they seem.
P.S. You probably noticed this is the first article in a very long while. There are no excuses, but basically, I just wanted to relax after the stress of finals week, and decided not to write this column for a while. I want you all to know that I am fully dedicated to finishing this project, and that I really want to create a quality column for you guys to read on a weekly basis. On that note, I need you guys to send me some article ideas! I have tons of possible article ideas, but I would love to do a whole article based on a question or problem that someone has run into while designing. Please PM any articles you really want to see, I would be glad to do the necessary research and write them for you!
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