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James Fung
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I recently created a set of rethemed cards for Dominion and Dominion: Intrigue here and here. People have started asking questions about image files suitable for printing, but I've never done that before. Any tips?

The cards were made with Powerpoint, and I made the images with screencapture. Is that sufficient? What DPI should I use?

Thanks in advance.
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Most universal file format would be PDF. There are free virtual printer drivers to create PDF files that do the trick, but some of those create hideously large files and have limited options to set desired resolution. (You could do that in Open Office, but downloading and installing Open Office just for this seem a bit silly.)
There may be an issue with the card artwork, however. I'm assuming that you didn't draw it yourself. In that case, the artwork is most likely copyrighted and you would not be allowed to upload files using that artwork anyway.
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Lajos wrote:
Most universal file format would be PDF...

Except for maybe .JPG or .PNG. Either will result in files that are smaller than the same image in .PDF.
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kswingruber wrote:
Except for maybe .JPG or .PNG. Either will result in files that are smaller than the same image in .PDF.

True, but if there are many pages of cards, a PDF file is a lot more convenient.
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You're right that the images are not mine. I was hoping they were covered by a fair use policy, but I'll post any further files off BGG.

Will there be any loss of resolution if I made a PDF of image files?
 
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That depends on your settings.
 
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Lajos wrote:
kswingruber wrote:
Except for maybe .JPG or .PNG. Either will result in files that are smaller than the same image in .PDF.

True, but if there are many pages of cards, a PDF file is a lot more convenient.

You're both true, depending on the context.
When producing definitive PnP - yes, the PDF is wide used.

I often prefer the .PNG (with layers) especially with the translation & other custom editing in mind...

No matter the file format, the basic "true" print resolution starts at 600 dpi => which means large files => usually too large for easy handling (e.g. 1500*2100 pixels for one common 2.5*3.5 card)

For a home inkjet printer the 300dpi is acceptable resolution todaycool You have to start with this from the beginning to avoid artifical bitmap zooming later (which degrades especially the texts)
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