Playing Card Faces

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spyres
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Playing Card Faces

Postby spyres » Sun May 15, 2011 6:51 pm

Hi Everyone,

A while back, I needed high quality vector card images for a project I was working on. To my dismay, all that was available were either of a very low quality (the free libraries) or on a commercial basis, which I found a bit overpriced.

So several months later (and a with lot more work than I initially thought) I'm proud to offer a free, open source graphics library (high quality vector playing card face images in .EPS and .SVG formats) that I hope will be useful to all of you.

These were created completely from within Inkscape, starting with an autotrace (which was of limited help) and then hand traced from source bitmaps.

A file with separate pips, backs, numbers and letters is also included for those who want to "roll their own". All cards are created at the proper poker size (with crop marks) for those who might want to print them.

Those of you with modern web browsers can view one of the images directly from your browser by clicking the following link.

http://www.totalnonsense.com/ks.svg

The advantage of vector images is that they can be sized as large or as small as one wishes with absolutely no loss of detail. These images should be acceptable for use in just about any application (books, cakes, posters, web projects, computer programs, etc.) The images are compatible with Adobe, Illustrator, Photoshop, Corel Draw, Inkscape and other graphic editing programs.

These are free to use under an attribution type license. This means that the only price is the inclusion of the copyright information (included with the files). Please note that these are not public domain, but are completely free to use if properly attributed.

Get the Vector Playing Card Library here:

http://code.google.com/p/vectorized-playing-cards/

Or via an alternate link:

http://sourceforge.net/p/vector-cards/home/

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby brynn » Sun May 15, 2011 10:43 pm

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Welcome to the forum, spyres!

That looks like some nice work. Congrats!

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shawnhcorey
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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby shawnhcorey » Sun May 15, 2011 10:59 pm

They look very good. It says there are 52 cards. I take it that you haven't done the Jokers yet.

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby GAngus » Mon May 16, 2011 12:02 am

Thank You, very nicely done !!

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby spyres » Mon May 16, 2011 2:24 am

Unlike the standard faces, which have long ago passed into the public domain, the joker and backs of most commercially sold are still under trademark.

That's why I've included some generic (but still nice looking backs) that I created from scratch and will eventually create a joker for the deck. If anyone wants to point me to some ideas or offer up a joker design in inkscape (b/w only please) I'd be more than glad to take a look and potentially include it with the set.

I forgot to mention that I've also done black/white and gray scale conversions of the card faces which are also available at the same link. Here are some rasterized images.

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spyres
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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby spyres » Mon May 16, 2011 3:11 am

Feel free to spread the links to the library far and wide (via blogs, websites, other forums, etc.)

I'd love to see the maximum amount of people benefit from these.

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby spyres » Mon May 16, 2011 9:06 am

One thing I learned here is that auto trace just isn't that great for very complex shapes like this. It has a tendency to blunt sharp points and throw jaggies into what should be smooth curves. I figured it would get me 80% of the way, but that actually turned out to be about 5% of the way.

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby Mar » Mon May 23, 2011 10:53 am

Thank you for your work and for making it available like this! <3

spyres
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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby spyres » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:51 pm

A new small 1.1 release.

One of the single cards was wrong (QS in .svg format) - now fixed.
A small set of Zener (ESP) cards has been added.

Everything has been repackaged for easier download.

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby spyres » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:07 am

There have been a few clean up releases and the library is now at version 1.3.

If anyone wants to take a look at the true vector quality of one of the .svg playing cards, simply click on this link for a sample.

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby PatJr » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:08 am

spyres
Thank You for these, they are very well done.

Pat Jr.

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby arsenius » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:14 pm

Beautiful, thank you!

I have a playing card memorization app in the iTunes app store (Memchamp, if you are interested in mnemonic techniques check it out). I will switch to using these in the next version!

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Re: Playing Card Faces

Postby cardgameheavencom » Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:09 am

Hey, I would like to thank you so much for posting these, I used them on my website to make the images for the card game guides I was creating.
They saved me so much time and effort - a link to see what I did with them can be found here: http://www.cardgameheaven.com/multiplay ... iquet.html - The images in this guide were created with your card faces, thanks so much.

-Dan


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