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For sure the most frequently asked question in our forum is "Where are the card images?". This is a small tutorial answering to all card images related questions regarding MTG Studio.
- Is MTG Studio shipped with card images?
- Where to get the images from?
- How the images are named?
- What is the difference between full and cropped images?
- Where to put the downloaded images?
- Which formats are supported?
- Alternative sources of images?
- Additional Questions?
I. Is MTG Studio shipped with card images?
No. MTG Studio is not distributed with card images. Here are the main reasons why:
- All individual cards are protected under trademark and copyright laws, including art elements and the card backs. The copyright belongs to Wizards of the Coast and the respective artists. The use of this art and images requires the express permission from Wizards of the Coast. Without this permission, scanning and posting and otherwise distributing these images violates the law.
- All full scans with 312x446 pixels high quality jpegs are approximately 700 MB which will make MTG Studio almost impsosible to download from a web site.
- Anyway, if the installation program was shipped with all card images the outgoing traffic of our web server will increase so much that we will be forced to increase the price of MTG Studio nearly 5 times. (Currently only $19.95).
II. Where to get the images from?
You can download the card images from various Internet sources:
magiccards.info - Almost any card from any edition available in extra high quality (312x445 pixels)
 - MTG Downloader is a tool for automation of the card art download process
MTG Promos - Lots of High Quality promo scans
mwsdata.com - Full and cropped images from almost any edition.
mtgstudio.com/forum - be sure to check out forum thread where lots of external sources are mentioned.
NOTE: Have in mind that "The use of this art and images requires the express permission from Wizards of the Coast. Without this permission, scanning and posting and otherwise distributing these images violates the law."
III. How the images are named?
The valid file name must include only standard English lowercase and upper case ASCII symbols.
Fork → Fork.full.jpg
Demonic Tutor → Demonic Turor.full.jpg
Due to restriction of the allowed symbols for valid file name forming on Windows and Linux platforms some images require different filename from the real name of the card. Invalid symbols are: \ / : * ? " < > |. How to handle those symbols?
- Replace all occurrences of / (slash) and \ (back-slash) in the card name with - (dash)
Fire/Ice → Fire-Ice.full.jpg
- Skip all occurrences of : (column), " (quotes), ? (question mark), * (asterisk), <, > and | (vertical line) in the card name
Circle of Protection: Red → Circle of Protection Red.full.jpg
Pang Tong "Young Phoenix" → Pang Tong Young Phoenix.full.jpg
Question Elemental? → Question Elemental.full.jpg
- Some cards contain specific symbols such as , (coma) ' (apostrophe) ! (exclamation mark) ®. These symbols are valid within the file name and must be typed exactly as they are printed on the card.
Mine, Mine, Mine! → Mine, Mine, Mine!.full.jpg
The Ultimate Nightmare of Wizards of the Coast® Customer Service.full.jpg
IV. What is the difference between full and cropped images?
Full images - full card images including the card border and all the card characteristics such as card name, type line, power, toughness, etc. Click here to see an example of a full card image. The file extension for full images must be *.full.jpg in order MTG Studio to recognize them.
(Example: The full image of the card "Head to Head" from Unhinged™ must be saved as with filename "Head to Head.full.jpg"
Cropped Images - cropped images are scans of only the card art image in the middle of the card. Click here to see an example of a cropped image of the card "Head to Head" from Unhinged™ edition. Cropped images are saved with *.jpg extension.
(Example: The cropped image of the card "Head to Head" from Unhinged™ must be saved as with filename "Head to Head.jpg"
NOTE: MTG Studio currently supports only full images (those with extension *.full.jpg). In the future support for cropped images will be added.
V. Which formats are supported?
MTG Studio supports standard JPEG format. The usual file extension for this picture format is *.jpg, *.jpeg, or *.jpe.
Time showed that no real need for BMP, GIF, or PNG is needed since all scans publically available are in JPEG format.
VII. Alternative sources of images?
MTG Interactive Encyclopedia - MTG Studio support the image file format from MTGIE. In order the MTGIE images to be correctly displayed you must have MTGIE installed. In the future ability to have only MTGIE folder copied and change the folder where your MTGIE images are stored will be added.
Wizards Images - MTG Studio can automatically download the full card images from the official Wizards site.
VIII. Additional Questions?
Q: Is searching for card art images case sensitive?
A: No. Searching for card pictures is not case-sensitive.
Q: Can I have other than Card Art folders where to store my images?
A: Yes. Choose View|Options|Card Art Folders form and add the full path to folders where card pictures are stored.Choose View|Options|Card Art Folders form and add the full path to folders where card pictures are stored.
Q: Where I can read more about the Card Art?
A: For additional information check our mtgstudio.com/forum topic dedicated to Card Art support.