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Card Art

Postby gaddlord » Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:39 pm

For sure the most frequently asked question in our "Where are the card images?". This is a small tutorial answering to all card images related questions regarding MTG Studio.

1. 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 a few GB which will make MTG Studio almost impossible 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.

Where to get the images from?
You can download the card images from various Internet sources:
http://bit.ly/mtgpromo - Lots of High Quality promo scans
viewtopic.php?t=5 - 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."

How the images are named?
The valid file name must include only standard English lowercase and upper case ASCII symbols.

Example:
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)

Example:
Fire/Ice → Fire-Ice.full.jpg

* Skip all occurrences of : (colon), " (quotes), ? (question mark), * (asterisk), <, > and | (vertical line) in the card name

Example:
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.

Example:
Mine, Mine, Mine! → Mine, Mine, Mine!.full.jpg
The Ultimate Nightmare of Wizards of the Coast® Customer Service.full.jpg

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 [http://www.wizards.com/global/images/magic/general/head_to_head.jpg 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 [http://www.wizards.com/global/images/mtgcom_daily_aa197_picMain_en.jpg 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.

Which image formats are supported?
MTG Studio supports standard [urlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG[/url] 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 publicly available are in JPEG format.

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 https://www.mtgstudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5 topic dedicated to Card Art support.
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