In order to print cards, first download the file containing the PDFs for the expansion you want. Some expansions do not have PDFs yet. We plan on gradually adding those missing PDFs so that by the end of 2017, all of the PDFs will be there. We will announce when new PDFs are added. You can either print the cards yourself if you have a high quality printer; or you can find a business in your area that prints things like cards/calendars/etc. and give them the file to print. For paper, 300 gsm card stock paper gets the right thickness, and 200 gsm card stock works as well. When you open the PDF file, go to File->Print. When you reach the print screen, make sure the “Actual Size” option is checked before you print. If you want to print the card backs found in the last page of each PDF on the back of your cards, choose “Pages,” then type in the page you want, separated by a comma, then the last page. So, in the example below, you would type next to Pages: 1, 8. Then check the option to “print on both sides of paper,” and check the “flip on long edge” option. Or, you can ignore the card back and just use card sleeves.
The card backs have a large black border around them and between them, so even if your printer does not line up the double-sided paper perfectly, it will still fill the entire back of the card. Small white divider lines are provided on the front card images to make it easy to cut after you print. Printing the PDFs will give you 1 copy of each card in an expansion. If you want to print multiple copies of certain cards to use in a deck, then follow the steps below. Instructions for Photoshop and Microsoft Word users are as follows:
In Adobe Photoshop:
For Photoshop users, click File->New and select Width 7.072 inches and Height 10.072 inches (For approximate A4 size) and Resolution at 382.81 pixels/inch, or whatever size you want. For the color, choose CMYK or RBG depending on your preference.
Now it’s a simple matter of dragging the PDF onto the new page.
When you drag the PDF, the “Place PDF” screen pops up. Check the “Image” option, then choose the card you want.
Repeat this process as you line up cards 2 across and 4 down. You can have any combination of images and any amount of each card, up to 8 images per page. You also have the option to leave a space down the middle of the 2 columns to help with cutting the cards after you print them.
Then make any final adjustments and print your new page. If you want to print the card backs and the cards double sided, you will probably need to align the last page of the PDF so that it lines up with your new page. If not, you can always print the card backs on a separate piece of paper and then attach it to the back of the card. Or, if you have a ton of extra Wizards of the Coast SWTCG cards, you could always use those as card backs. Or, you could do without the card backs completely, and just put the cards in protective sleeves.
In Microsoft Word:
The easiest way of extracting the images from the PDFs if you don’t have Photoshop is by using Word. First, open the PDF and, using the Selection Tool, left click on a card to highlight it. Then press Ctrl + C to copy the image.
Then open up your new Word document and use Ctrl + V to paste the card. It is very important that you then right click on the image and then left click on “Edit Picture.”
Clicking on Edit Picture will preserve the image quality when you resize it. After you click on Edit Picture, 4 corners will appear on the card. Right click on a corner of the card and then left click on Format Drawing Canvas.
Then go to the “Size” tab and make it so it is 2.5 inches height x 3.5 inches width.
Then use Ctrl + D to duplicate it for how many cards you want (4 or 8). Do this after you’ve resized the image. That way you only have to resize each image once.
Now, line them all up and print them. You may need to adjust your print margins. You can also attempt to line card back images on a second page and print the cards double-sided, but you can also just print the card backs separately and attach both sides together. Alternatively, you could use extra WOTC cards as backings or protective card sleeves to store your printed cards.