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jwarrend
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I don't think I've seen this topic discussed before. I have a set of the new "protocards" in transit, and I'd like to try to step up my production quality just a bit. Does anyone have a good source for the kind of patterns that typically adorn the backs or borders of cards?

(For an example of what I mean, here's a picture of Attika. On the lower right is the deck of cards, and you can see the nice geometric pattern, and some device. Where do people here go to get these kinds of patterns for card backs?

Thanks for any info...

-Jeff

rkalajian
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Card background patterns

My first response would be to find any images that are usually used as tiled desktop wallpaper. Windows comes with a few, but they all suck.

Just search for image patterns on google and I'm sure you'll hit something[/list]

VeritasGames
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Re: Card background patterns

I think Photopaint can build repeating powers internally, and I think filters are available for Photoshop. Patterns that repeat and interlock are what the previous board member was speaking about. They do make interesting patterns.

Anonymous
Card background patterns

Many of the large clip art packages come with a ton of tile-ready images that can be used to create large backgrounds. They're also a good supply of iconic and representative artwork (good for games as well as card backs). That has worked for me for more than one prototype.

TruMobius
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Card background patterns

Reptile is a good free program that can generate tileable textures
its by sausage software...if you want to search for it

Deviant
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Card background patterns

I've used a free program called Texture Processor, by Paurex (paurex.com), that can make patterned textures (symmetrical or no). I've found it especially helpful for "cosmic" backgrounds, but you can make almost any type of pattern with a little experimentation. It's fun to play around with, too. There are some premade samples you can look through for ideas. The 256x256 size limit is a restriction that has been lifted in Image Styles (an advanced version of TP; not free but demo-able). I don't find it to be much of a problem with cards, though, since they are usually small.

Other than that, there are some interesting tools and filters in most graphic design software that might be helpful.

Zzzzz
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Another possible application, Ulead PhotoImpact. They have a free trial at www.ulead.com.

I have used it for a various borders, patterns, etc. Seems to work well for my needs and is a cheaper solution then most drawing/graphic applications, non-trival versions cost under $100.

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