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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby charlequin » 26 Sep 2017, 01:14

Weird one today: the Hachette UK Magic Encyclopedia deck, a 60-card Rats deck that was distributed in parts alongside a magazine. It was intended to be the English-language equivalent of the Salvat decks from other languages, but was discontinued after just one deck.

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Full images in More Releases > HUK - Hachette UK.
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby charlequin » 03 Oct 2017, 00:52

Presenting Commander 2017.

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Thanks to Teppic for scans and Scryfall for processing.
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby charlequin » 23 Oct 2017, 06:59

Presenting.... Ixalan!
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This set is available now in the More Releases folder in 200 and 300 DPI, as well as in art crops. Thanks to skibulk (main set) and Teppic (planeswalker decks) for the scans on this set and Scryfall for the processing.
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby Xitax » 25 Oct 2017, 22:04

I hate to give you negative feedback, but the Ixalan 200dpi's are a little blurry.
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby charlequin » 26 Oct 2017, 06:57

Xitax wrote:I hate to give you negative feedback, but the Ixalan 200dpi's are a little blurry.
Really? We switched the image processing pipeline around a little recently (to deal with moire/banding patterns in the 300DPI images) but I didn't think it had changed things that much for these. Comparing the Arcane Sanctum from C16 (processed with the old Photoshop workflow) to the one from C17 (processed with the same ImageMagick workflow as Ixalan) the latter looks a bit softer but not blurry to me:

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For another comparison, here's Teferi's Protection from C17 under the old and new ImageMagick pipelines:

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If there's a consensus the latter are too blurry I can tweak things again potentially.
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby Indigo Dragon » 26 Oct 2017, 08:38

charlequin wrote:
Xitax wrote:I hate to give you negative feedback, but the Ixalan 200dpi's are a little blurry.
Really? We switched the image processing pipeline around a little recently (to deal with moire/banding patterns in the 300DPI images) but I didn't think it had changed things that much for these. Comparing the Arcane Sanctum from C16 (processed with the old Photoshop workflow) to the one from C17 (processed with the same ImageMagick workflow as Ixalan) the latter looks a bit softer but not blurry to me:
I have the opposite feedback, the Ixalan 200's are fantastic, and C17 isn't blurry enough!
This is because I would rather have pretty pictures for Forge, rather than 100% accurate scans of Magic: The Gathering.

Compare:
Arcane Sanctum C16.jpg
11/12/2016 - C16 - Good - Original gangster
Arcane Sanctum C17 Download.jpg
25/08/2017 - From More Releases - Bad - Spotty
Arcane Sanctum C17 Charlequin.jpg
26/10/2017 - From Imgur - Good - Smooth
Now, I don't want to vilify the benevolent Scryfall sponsors, but the "problems" began after you/we moved from HQ Scans->Wizard Survey Renders->Back to HQ scans. They're just not the same. Or maybe I'm just jaded and wearing rose-tinted Glasses of Urza.
Anyway the important thing is more new ImageMagick pipelines!
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby phileas80 » 26 Oct 2017, 11:11

Hello everyone,

how do you do to have the "Ixalan" pictures in your folder? I still don't have it and MagicAlbum told me my folder is updated.

Thank you very much
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby Xitax » 26 Oct 2017, 16:32

I can see already this is going to come down to a personal preference. However at least I have a solution for myself. I downloaded the 300dpi's and made my own HQ's.

It's true that you can minimize the rosette, but in doing so you blur the edges of text, icons, etc. It also seems to affect the art. Therefore I prefer the sharp images with rosette artifacts. Unless we ever get official renders a la Kaladesh then we're going to have to deal with real printed cards. Which have, at HQ and XLHQ size, visible rosettes.

Example. First a reworked version, and below 200dpi as released. (by the way, how can I make these appear full size in my post?)
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby charlequin » 27 Oct 2017, 03:19

Xitax wrote:It's true that you can minimize the rosette, but in doing so you blur the edges of text, icons, etc.
This seems to be an artifact of how I'm approaching the 200DPI images specifically in the current setup. As an indicator of what I was trying to address, I've attached two 300 DPI images. The first one here is the original 300DPI release I made of C17, in which you can see a very noticeable square distortion pattern in the reddish background areas. The second is the changed process which was used for the Ixalan release and refreshes of the previous sets; you can see that it eliminates the pattern while retaining sharpness for the text and fine details:

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What I suspect might make the difference for the 200DPI images is that under the new processing system they're resized to 300DPI size then smart sharpened to 200, which is a slight change from the previous process. Before our next major set release (Commander Anthology or Iconic Masters) I'll take a look at whether there's a tweak I can make to the 200s to improve the image quality.

(by the way, how can I make these appear full size in my post?)
I just host them externally (on imgur or something) and then embed them with the img tag.
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby BalanceOfPower » 08 Nov 2017, 21:57

charlequin wrote:
Xitax wrote:The second is the changed process which was used for the Ixalan release and refreshes of the previous sets; you can see that it eliminates the pattern while retaining sharpness for the text and fine details:
A vote for the new process tweak. Which sets were refreshed?
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby charlequin » 08 Nov 2017, 22:22

BalanceOfPower wrote:A vote for the new process tweak. Which sets were refreshed?
DDS, E01, HOU, C17, XLN.
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby Codyniih » 20 Nov 2017, 12:16

Hello everyone

First of all, thanks for all the work you've done, that's amazing !!
Also, I'm looking for HD scan of "Born of the Gods" and "Journey into Nix", I try the two MEGA link but I only found the extras, not the cards. I also found 2 torrents links on another post but the download stop at 0.1% (for both)...
Is there a way I can found those scans (300dpi) ?

Thanks in advance (and sorry for my english...^^)

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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby BigShit » 24 Nov 2017, 01:55

i also cannot find C13 on MEGA. anyone who can tell me where to find C13? GOD BLESS U. :) :) :)
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby kudit » 24 Nov 2017, 14:48

That one is probably old enough it’s just in the torrent and not on mega
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Re: HQ PICS DOWNLOADS and Status List (MTG) 2013

Postby charlequin » 29 Nov 2017, 23:50

Iconic Masters

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Thanks to skibulk and Scryfall on this one. 200 and 300 DPI images, plus crops, found in the More Releases folder.
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