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Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Chris Aguilar » 2 months ago

Bill Mullins wrote:I got an email from Makeplayingcards.com that says they have all three linen stocks in stock right now.
Great, I've been waiting to put in an order.


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Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Bill Mullins » 2 months ago

I got an email from Makeplayingcards.com that says they have all three linen stocks in stock right now.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Chris Aguilar » 3 months ago

Bill Mullins wrote:
3 months ago

Any chance you'll be at Magiclive? I'll be pleased to show you them. Or PM me your address and I'll mail you one. (and that applies to anyone else one the forum.)
I actually have my test deck, which I think is the same stock. But wanted to see if your observations matched mine and they pretty much do. Aside from being a little slicker than bike stock, I think it's pretty good for most of the things I"dwant to do with it.

Won't be at Magic Live but will be at the Golden Gate Gathering in a few weeks and will also be at the Genii Convention in Orlando this year.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Jeff Haas » 3 months ago

Hi Bill, I'll be at Magic Live. I've also got something interesting to show. I get in Sunday afternoon, around 5pm.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Bill Mullins » 3 months ago

It's perfectly fine for what I'm using it for.
That is, I'm not getting these to do pressure fans or faro shuffles or one-handed weaves. I wanted a business card that looks like a playing card, and it does.
The stock does have a linen-type finish, but it is smoother than standard bikes. I've never torn one in half, so I don't know if they have that black tar layer in the middle, but they are certainly opaque so I bet they do. They are about as flexible and as thick as Bicycle cards (a deck of 52 is approximately the same thickness.) The edges are cut well, probably a little smoother than is normal for new Bicycle cards, so they don't take a lot of breaking in to do a faro.

Any chance you'll be at Magiclive? I'll be pleased to show you them. Or PM me your address and I'll mail you one. (and that applies to anyone else one the forum.)

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Chris Aguilar » 3 months ago

Bill Mullins wrote:
3 months ago


This order came in yesterday, so they do have some M31 stock available.
Would be interested to hear your opinion of the M31 linen stock Bill.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Bill Mullins » 3 months ago

Bill Mullins wrote:
3 months ago
They have 3 linen stocks -- M30 (Linen Air Light), M31 (Linen), and M32 (Linen Air). M30 and M32 require 1000 deck minimum orders; M31 does not. But right now, you can't load M31 as a possible stock.

However, I just reordered a previous project that I had bought from them that included M31 stock (a deck of custom business cards), and they accepted the order. Hopefully they will come in by Magic Live.
This order came in yesterday, so they do have some M31 stock available.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Jeff Haas » 3 months ago

I got my test order of a small deck with their smooth finish. It got here in just over a week. They handle well and look good, but won't blend into Bikes at all due to the finish and the background white color being slightly different.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Bill Mullins » 3 months ago

They have 3 linen stocks -- M30 (Linen Air Light), M31 (Linen), and M32 (Linen Air). M30 and M32 require 1000 deck minimum orders; M31 does not. But right now, you can't load M31 as a possible stock.

However, I just reordered a previous project that I had bought from them that included M31 stock (a deck of custom business cards), and they accepted the order. Hopefully they will come in by Magic Live.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Jeff Haas » 4 months ago

Update...they got back to my email, and we will be able to order individual decks in linen stock. They are out of stock at present and will get more in September.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Jeff Haas » 4 months ago

It looks like MakePlayingCards.com has changed their ordering requirements for their best stock and finish. I think we liked the Linen finish the best, and they now have three versions of it - but it now requires a minimum order of 1,000 decks!

There's even a section for Custom Magic Gaff cards, but these limits still apply:
https://www.makeplayingcards.com/design ... cards.html

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Chris Aguilar » 4 months ago

The easiest, effective way is to use clipping to create half cards, split cards, etc. The cleaner way is to actually cut the vectors, but that's can be very involved, as each card is comprised of multiple layers of grouped vectors. The magicians' set of cards are not clipped, but are truly halved. For just about any case, though, clipping the cards works great and is a very flexible solution.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by JH5 » 4 months ago

Hello Chris - I finally went thru the first 15 Inkscape tutorials and have played a bit with exporting the playing cards to MPC. Now I am beginning to experiment with gaffs. One set that I want to create requires diagonally split face (some are mispipped and some are pip/half-back). In any case, I tried overlaying your vector playing card (say the JC) with a rectangle rotated 45 degrees across the top of it and then selected Path > Division. I expected your card to be split in two diagonal halfs, but it did not change at all. I also tried Path > Cut Path thinking I could cut away half diagonally... but again nothing.

Any tips?

Thanks,
John Henderson

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Chris Aguilar » 4 months ago

@dchung glad that you enjoyed the video. I think a lot of people aren't familiar with the concepts (and power) of vector image editing, so just wanted to kind of show that it's not too tough. Once the basics are down, there's obviously some tips/tricks, special functions, etc. that can lead to some really great stuff. Half the battle for me was figuring out those things (many of which aren't immediately obvious, like the clone functionality).

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by dchung » 4 months ago

Thanks for this. You certainly make it look easy. I've used Inkscape just for some basic work, but looks like I should take the time to get more comfortable with the software.

Derrick

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Chris Aguilar » 4 months ago

I might do a follow up demo video for pip creation and placement.

Re: Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Bill Duncan » 4 months ago

Nice...
I used Inkscape for the drawings in my pamphlet Coin, from Bill. It's a really fine piece of software.

Inkscape Card Creation Demo

by Chris Aguilar » 4 months ago

This is a quick (about eight minutes) demo I did to show how easy it is (once the basics are learned) to get good results from Inkscape with very little time and effort.





Perhaps seeing this will inspire some to try it out.

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