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edited March 2016
Custom Card Discussion
Here are some of the most common questions and suggestions...
This is an ongoing post that I will be adding to as I have the free time. If I don't have an answer to something yet, be patient.
edited December 2016
How do I edit my cards?
(Also... "I made a mistake but if I fix it ALL my favorites will go away!)
For Premium Members the answer is simple -
- In the oracle Text box on the right side of your card, you will find a pencil icon. Click that, and you will be magically transported to the Load Image page. Simply reload the image and you will be transported to the Edit Card page, with all of your information filled in. Now all you need to do is make the proper correction(s) and republish the card.
The card will remain in your library, along with all the favorites still attached to it!
(please note that cards made prior to July 1st, 2016 will most likely not be edit compatible.)
For non-premium users the answer is also simple. This feature is exclusively for Premium Members. If you want to become a premium member, there are a couple of ways to do it.
If, for whatever reason, you cannot become a Premium Member, the only way to edit your card is to completely remake it. My suggestion is to use the old card as a reference to make the new card, including Copy/Pasting the Oracle text from the right of the card, so you don't have to retype the entire thing.
edited December 2017
Where do I find Art?
(Also... "How do I make my cards better?")
There are quite a few TUTORIALS that have been made to help you in your time of need!
Selecting Artwork by Corwinnn
Modern Frame - Ins and Outs by seaspray4TF3
Cardsmithing M15 by Corwinnn
Making a Custom Set by Noobplayzgames
-Part 1 -
-Part 2 -
-Part 3 -
-Part 4 -
Card Balancing by strongbelieves
Want to add Card Images to your posts?
also... How do I add cards to my comments?
Forum Post Coding by pyrak
Brief Guide to Uploading by modnation675
edited July 2016
How do I start a Contest/Challenge?
Anyone can start a contest or a challenge just by clicking the "New Discussion" button, but there are a few things you might want to take into consideration before you do.
What is the difference between a Contest and a Challenge?
This is always open for debate, but I think the commonly agreed upon definitions are that a Contest is based on competition and a Challenge is based on achievement. With that being said, you can call yours whatever you like.
What is the difference between a regular challenge and one that is just for fun?
Challenges are considered "Just for fun" based on the following... Is it complex? If the Challenge is simple in nature, it might be just for fun. Does it have prizes? If it doesn't have prizes, or it "might" get prizes, it's definitely just for fun.
What are acceptable prizes?
Custom made cards, Trophies and favorites are the customary prizes, just try not to go overboard on the favorites. Cardsmiths work very hard to get favorites on their cards so they can earn a spot on the favored list, and if you give out too many in a challenge, then they lose a lot of what makes them special. MTGCardsmith has also given us some guidelines to follow. Read about it here...
How do I make a Trophy?
There are two ways. You can make a trophy on your own account, or you can use the -TROPHY- account. If you're a new Cardsmith we can make one for you, and if you're an established Cardsmith we can grant you access so you can make the Trophy yourself!
How long should my challenge last?
Because people can't always get on as much as we might like, it's good to give a challenge at least a week to garner interest.
My challenge is over, how do I close it?
Just type "This discussion is closed" and one of the Mods/Admins will close it for you when they see it.
Other Contest Notes
1. Try not to start a challenge if you can't complete it. Running over a day or two, or extending for a week or so is perfectly fine, but you need to keep in mind that people put a lot of effort into making cards and when a Challenge gets abandoned it leaves people wondering why they went to so much effort for nothing.
2. Try to make it interesting, and not the same challenge that someone else just did. When we have the same challenge over and over, or a contest with very little effort put into it, Cardsmiths start to lose interest and stop entering. This makes it frustrating for everyone involved.
edited December 2017
Are You Ever Going To Make/Add This?
(Also... I have a suggestion.)
If you're curious about what the MTG Cardsmith team is working on or if you have a suggestion for them... Check out this link!
1. Added Gold Split Border Card Frames For All Users
2. Added Hybrid Border Card Frames For All Users
3. Added A New Avatar For Premium Users
4. Added Tribal Supertypes
5. Decreased Time When Adding Cards To Sets
6. Added Vault Store -
7. Added Waste Symbol
8. Added New Set Symbols
9. Editing for Premium members
10. Added Energy, Untap and Snow Symbols
11. Increased Set Symbols To 26 (Premium Set Symbols an Additional 6)
12. Added Vehicle Templating
13. Added Watermarks - Currently for Premium members
edited May 2017
What Comes With Premium Membership?
(Also... Why do you keep asking me for money?)
MTGCardsmith has grown from a place where you could go to make a card out of an idea you had, into a full blown community. The price of building and maintaining all of this has gone up, and because we're a demanding lot, MTGCardsmith has given us a way to speed things up. This brings improvements to everyone, and special features for those who have the means to donate.
Premium Membership starts at just $5 a month
-Edit Cards after publishing
-2000 card capacity
-Add ANY card to your custom sets
-Premium avatars and set symbols
-Immunity from monthly card purges
-Reduced on-site advertising
-Early-access to new features
Gift Premium Membership
You can also send Premium features to a fellow cardsmith or contest winner!
How Do I Change The Name On My Account?
This question comes up more often than you might think. The long and short of it is, unless you have a largely unfortunate user name, it's most likely going to remain what it is. Some consideration might be given to Premium Account members, but the reality is, you would be better off creating an entirely new account.
edited June 2017
How do I delete a Custom Card Set?
Answer provided by
1) Click on your username from the homepage.
2) Click "Sets" tab.
3) Click on the specific set.
4) Click on the "Edit" label beside the set description.
5) Then lastly, click "Delete Set".
1) Click "Profile" from the homepage.
2) Click on the specific set.
3) Click "Edit Set".
4) Continue from step number 4 of last method.
edited July 2017
How do I print custom tokens?
(Also... "I want to play with my cards, but I don't know how!!)
edited December 2017
Does WotC ever use card ideas from MTGCardsmith?
(Also... "When will MaRo be calling me with a job offer?!!)
Employees at Wizards of the Coast are not allowed to look at unsolicited cards, so as a result no one from WotC will be knocking on our door to pilfer our best Cardsmiths.
edited December 2017
Is there a way to make planeswalkers on android, or do I need to use a pc? I can't seem to get past the picture editing.
Is there a way that when editing cards I dont have to reupload my art?
, currently planeswalkers require a chrome/desktop browser - sorry!
, we do not store original artwork in addition to the created card image (and thumbnail), due to constant storage contraints. Reuploading artwork saves storage, and also allows you the option to change the artwork down the road.
When will we get land watermarks?
Oh, okay. Thanks. I don't get on my pc very often...it's old.
When do we get snow types back
Emplyees from WotC are not allowed to look at unsolicited cards? Hmmm, I don't know if that's good or bad... I mean, that keeps us from trouble with WotC, but on the other hand, they might find really good ideas and can see, what the community does and wants.
In response to your "Does WotC ever use card ideas from MTGCardsmith?" post, I have seen a couple of ideas from MTGCS show up in WOTC sets. For example, my version of the explore mechanic (posted while Ixalan and Rivals of Ixalan would have been in design) is eerily similar to the official mechanic.
There was some other card that I seem to remember having made independently from WOTC that saw print, but I can't remember what it was.
Then again, I could just be MaRo in disguise, just throwing all of you off with talk of Bidoofs and now Porgs.
- We've long felt this was the case, it's just nice to have some sort of confirmation, even if it is filled with Bidoofs and now Porgs.
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