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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby woogerboy21 » 15 Dec 2014, 18:13

Ran through things with a few M15 cards. Things looked good except I ended up with something wrong on the cards that didn't have the holo-foil. It ended up with a grey circle in the area that would have had it. Any idea as to why?
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby skibulk » 14 Jan 2015, 15:39

We need volunteers to process Duel Decks: Anthology (~500 cards). Decked Studios and our current members are not interested in processing this set. If nobody steps forward, it will not be processed.

I fixed some bugs in the Processing Kit and added a sample scan for people to tinker with: http://bit.ly/ccghq-processing

I also created a ~35 minute video series documenting the basic procedure for processing Magic Cards: http://bit.ly/ccghq-youtube

Some day I will make a video series covering advanced topics: planewsalkers, color correction, output, file extensions, packaging images, and file tagging.
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby charlequin » 16 Jan 2015, 07:29

skibulk wrote:We need volunteers to process Duel Decks: Anthology (~500 cards). Decked Studios and our current members are not interested in processing this set. If nobody steps forward, it will not be processed.

I fixed some bugs in the Processing Kit and added a sample scan for people to tinker with: http://bit.ly/ccghq-processing

I also created a ~35 minute video series documenting the basic procedure for processing Magic Cards: http://bit.ly/ccghq-youtube

Some day I will make a video series covering advanced topics: planewsalkers, color correction, output, file extensions, packaging images, and file tagging.
I ran through the tutorial series with the sample images. Very helpful videos! I'd be interested in tackling a chunk of this set.

For this, would you just be interested in someone preparing the masked images, or also in doing the color correcting and bordering?
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby skibulk » 16 Jan 2015, 09:41

Well like I said in the videos, I haven't recorded instructions for advanced topics yet, like color, output, file extensions, and packaging the images. So for now, I'd just need people to clean and mask the images and I would complete the process. If anybody is going to be involved in an ongoing capacity, I would provide advanced instructions for them.

Please upload your samples somewhere and send me a PM. I will review and let you know if there are okay.
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby gleavitt » 28 Jun 2015, 18:10

I am interested in helping with these projects.

I am by no means an expert with Photoshop but I have resources, I write code, and I can follow directions. I've been walking through the Youtube tutorial and the first problem I've encountered is the Slices Save script keeps saving my slices as GIFs instead of JPG. Even if I save for web a file to the jpg format so it's the last remembered save setting, the script saves the first slice correctly then goes back to the GIF settings for the next 8 slices. I also get an error message:

"Error 21: null is not an object.
Line: 55
-> if(parseFloat(quality[0].slice(24))<95 alert(error);"

It seems the error checking for save quality are causing the following saves to go back to GIF?

EDIT: I figured it out. I had to change the preset drop down on the save screen. I was just changing the save options.
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby skibulk » 28 Jun 2015, 18:42

You're the first to report these errors. If you can help solve these errors, that would be great.

I recorded the actions using Photoshop CS6. If you are using another version of Photoshop, the Save Slices functionality my be different.

Please expand the slices action inside Photoshop, and uncheck the "Save for Web" step. Manually open and slice up a document, then record a new "save for Web" step. Use JPG quality 100 and save to the "Slices" folder. If your slices come out as JPG files, great.

The second error you are having is located in "CCGHQ-Slice-Checker.js". This Javascript file calls a third script "JPEGsnoop.exe". I hope that fixing the JPG issue will also fix this error. Note: Having anything other than JPG file in the Slices folder is likely the cause of the error. Delete all GIFs.
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby gleavitt » 28 Jun 2015, 19:20

As I noted in the edit, once I figured out I needed to change the preset in the save dialog to get the new default save method to stick, it worked correctly and quit throwing errors. I was just changing the individual settings (like you do in the video) before. I am also using a new install of CS6 which may account for why I was in a GIF save method in the first place and probably why the save object was set to null.
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby skibulk » 04 May 2016, 19:13

We could really use another Photoshopper. Charlequin's backlog is getting long. We also have new scans coming in for the World Championship decks. That's like 1000 more cards.

I have updated the actions and added a new tutorial video.

Tip: When preforming a crop using the new actions, align opposite corners first. For example, top left, then bottom right, then top right, then bottom left. Doing so will reduce misalignment caused by the transformation.
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Re: Photoshoppers Needed

Postby ohforf » 22 Jul 2016, 01:03

Hey Skibulk,
I've decided to try to learn how to process cards so I'm going through your tutorial :)
However I've encountered an error. When I run the Crop action, I get a few errors about missing commands, but it lets me select a mask. However after I set the corners and hit Enter I get an error about a missing file ./~get_vector_mask.jsx and then some more errors about missing commands. In the end it still saves the image but I doesn't apply any cropping or masking.

That file is not in the Scripts folder of either Processing-Kit in your Mega folder.
Another file mentioned in your April Update video, ./~debug.jsx is also not on the Scripts folder.

Should I get those files somewhere else?
I'm a total Photoshop newbie so I apologize if I am missing something basic.

Also, I don't think it matters but I have the CCGHQ folder in another drive (F: because my C: drive is almost full). I edited the action (using this link) to change all references from C to F, and also changed the drive in all the scripts.
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Re: Photoshoppers Needed

Postby charlequin » 22 Jul 2016, 02:20

Attached. I think sometimes these get missed while zipping up because of the tildes at the start of the file name.
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Re: Photoshoppers Needed

Postby skibulk » 22 Jul 2016, 09:09

Hi Ohforf, we certainly do need another Photoshopper right now! I'll take a look at merging the two files in question with the rest of the code so that we can eliminate that error this weekend. Thanks for your report.
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Re: Photoshopping Tutorial

Postby tempest » 14 Oct 2016, 22:56

skibulk wrote:Tip: When preforming a crop using the new actions, align opposite corners first. For example, top left, then bottom right, then top right, then bottom left. Doing so will reduce misalignment caused by the transformation.
This is a precious tip indeed, but an even better option could be placing three corners only, and have the software figure out the fourth automatically (it's intended to be a rectangle after all). Not sure if this is doable though, and even if so, if it would make sense?
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Re: Photoshoppers Needed

Postby skibulk » 14 Oct 2016, 23:15

I made a comment on this video which explains why scans are not usually squared: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94MBOoS ... zamixyqe0s

It's not as simple as creating a rectangle around the scans. So any kind of machine automated cropping is prone to errors.
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Re: Photoshoppers Needed

Postby BarneyLeach » 25 Jan 2017, 06:09

I'm interested can you send the details?
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Re: Photoshoppers Needed

Postby skibulk » 25 Jan 2017, 12:47

Hi @BarneyLeach. Your posts look like some automated spam that we have been getting lately. Since we really do need Photoshoppers, I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and ask, are you interested in helping process scans of MTG cards?
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