Rocco Privetera
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So I just got a prototype built and bought over at Game Crafter, but the two weeks is a little long (need it for a Con) so I was going to do PrintPlayGames.com but I'm having a hard time getting the cards in the format they want.

Right now, I use MS-Publisher for the designs. I merge data from a spreadsheet to get my final designs. When I prototype from home, I simply print 9 to a page (bridge cards) and cut them.

Pnpg wants 21 cards per sheet (and the sheets are big, like 12x18) and for the life of me I can't figure out how to make my various programs output the individual cards onto that. I'm assuming it's something easy for something like Indesign, which I wish I knew.

It's easy to save the individual images as files which is what I did for GameCrafter.

Anybody have any suggestions?
 
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If you can save the individual cards as separate image files, then probably your best bet will be to download Inkscape or Scribus - the open source equivalents of Illustrator and Indesign respectively. Import the PDF template from Print and Play Productions into the software, then import each of your card images into a new layer and position them in the right positions on the template. Then save a new PDF out again to send to P&PP.
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When I did this with TGC, I would get images for each card and then manipulate them onto the template image via Paint Shop Pro (with layers as indicated above, they're iofesavers for oops prevention).

I haven't done cards via printplay yet, haven't seen many templates up there.
 
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Bichatse wrote:
If you can save the individual cards as separate image files, then probably your best bet will be to download Inkscape or Scribus - the open source equivalents of Illustrator and Indesign respectively. Import the PDF template from Print and Play Productions into the software, then import each of your card images into a new layer and position them in the right positions on the template. Then save a new PDF out again to send to P&PP.


On the drive home I was thinking about doing that, but with pub again - basically save them all individually (I already did that to make the cards for game crafter), then make a new pub project and add the template and then the images.

It's annoying I can't just export from mspub somehow onto that format, but I guess it is what it is.
 
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Last night I ended up working on it, and I think I have it. Basically I made a mspub document at 12x18 (pnp's page size for cards); dragged their template on it; they pushed my cards with bleeds around until I got the positioning. Once I had the 21 cards in place, I duplicated the page, and then it was easy to just copy/paste new images over the old ones while keeping the size, layout and orientation the same.

It's a pain to setup the template - but if this one works and the method works and I do a second template for poker cards (this one is a bridge temnplate) I'll have a card template in mspub that'll work for my designs going forward.
 
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