Is there a tutorial for doing bio cards/tech specs?

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  1. BScorpinok75

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    Hey guys. Like the title reads I am pretty much looking for a tutoral for making bio cards/tech specs specifically in the style of those done by FP that come with club exclusives. If anyone can direct me to such a tutorial or provide assisstnce otherwise please let me know. Thank you kindly.





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  2. jorod74

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    read the forum descriptions- they help you figure out where to post.
    and you need to tell the mods to move it- just click on that triangle w/exclamation point and tell them you posted in the wrong place.

    there are no transformers here in GD.
     
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    For clarification purposes I must say I am not looking for an Transformers. I am looking for a possible tutorial on making Bio Cards/Tech Specs if there is one availible. If there isn't one I'd be looking for someone that maybe could point me in the right direction on how I could do this. Thanks.
     
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    We do not specifically have a tutorial on the item you requested, however we do have several tutorials in our Tutorials section that may assist you.
     
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    Realizing this particular tutorial does not exist on this board, is it possible that some one in the know could either point me in the right direction or offer up some assisstance? Looking for something along the lines of the GI Joe file card generator only for Transformers. It would be used for customized and re-purposed character tech cards.
    Anybody?
     
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    I'd be glad to resource one if someone makes it :) 
     
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    Cool. If only I can get someones attention that could do such. Bump!
     
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    I'm not sure what the FP bios look like specifically, but whenever I've been doing Tech Spec-type cards, I've just used the table functionality of a word processor. You can divide them up however you like, merge and split cells, colour the cells to delineate areas, and import images.

    I just knocked out this Slicer card in about ten minutes in OpenOffice.org Writer. If you actually put some time and effort in, you make it look a lot better.

    But as a quick example of what I did here; I started with a table of 2 rows and 3 columns; the top row was for the allegiance and name, the second row for the picture, bio text and stats. Then I divided the stats cell up into 21 columns (a column for titles and 20 columns to measure stats in increments of 1/2) and 9 rows (8 stats and the top row for the numbers). After typing the info in, I just changed the background colours of the appropriate cells and resized them to suit.
     

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    Thanks, Ramrider that looks good I am just looking for a different style. A couple examples of the FP style cards that I referenced:



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    Just guessing it would need mutiple name plate options and background options based on various chug box art backgrounds. Tech data box would need a few options as well.
     
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    [​IMG]

    (Source: The Transformers Collectors' Convention - BotCon 2010!)

    Fun Publications has requested that fan sites don't reproduce club exclusive items, but those cards look very similar to the one I've quoted above.

    Basically, one would use either Photoshop or Illustrator to recreate the template, and then insert the custom specs.
     
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    Hehe, BS beat me by a few minutes!
     
  12. Ramrider

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    I'd say Illustrator (or whatever other vector graphics program you have available; I use Inkscape, which is the free vector partner of GIMP) would be your best bet to create the technical graphics, as you can make images like that really cleanly and resize and alter them easily. Make your backgrounds in your painting program of choice (Photoshop, GIMP etc), and import them into the vector program, placing your technical graphics over the top.
     
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    With no experience at all with these. I have to ask are these free programs. Are they easy to use?
     
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    ^^ Cool! Thanks!
     
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    Yessir! That's why everyone works hard on making them and I try to diligently resource them! :D 
     

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