First of all, we would like to thank you for taking the time to submit card scans to us! To get started, please read the following instructions carefully.
1. Contact us
Please contact us first to let us know which cards you would like to scan. This way you avoid scanning cards which have already been supplied to us.
It might also be useful to send us a test scan before scanning all cards. If you have any questions regarding the instructions below, please feel free to ask.
- Use a high-end scanner, if possible.
- Use cards in good condition, preferably Mint or Near Mint.
- Make sure the scanner's glass surface and the cards are clean. It is important that there is as little dust as possible.
- Make sure the cards are flat against the scanner glass. Some scanner lids are not perfect and do not press on the cards enough.
- Scan as many cards you can fit at a time, with a little space in between.
- The alignment of the cards does not need to be perfect; the scans need to be edited anyway.
3. Scanner settings
- Scan at 600 DPI. This is a good balance between file size and image quality.
- Do not use any "auto" settings (no auto color, no auto sharpening, no auto exposure, ...)
- Use exposure (lighten/darken) carefully and sparingly.
- Output as millions of colors, 24-bit color or true color (they're all the same thing).
- In general, just do your best to make the scans look good. The text should also be easy to read.
- Save the scans as PNG (>= 24-bit) (or any other lossless format).
- Make sure you use the same settings for all card scans (create a profile if possible).
4. Edit the images
- The images should be oriented in portrait mode.
- The rounded corners of the cards should be cut out; here is an example.
- The image width should be at least 600px. Higher resolutions are preferred if the file size allows for it.
- Create a folder for each expansion you scanned cards for, and use the card numbers as file names (e.g. 65.png, 36.png).
- Save the images as PNG (>= 24-bit, lossless).
- File size is not important because the images will be optimized before they are uploaded to the site anyway.