Hi Everyone! Warning, long reply incoming! 🙂 (I've also posted this on BGG). [links to files below]
Quite a few people have messaged me directly about how I made a start on my high-res board, so I've decided to post my thoughts/process here for everyone to see. I confess that I'm not the best at using Photoshop, so if anyone has any pointers/advice/observations on how my setup could be better, I'd love to hear from you! Background:
The build process in Photoshop was a long one, as I had to piece together each space and resize so it all fits together - my PSD file is over 100mb and that's without any of the corner boards.
I then had to create all of the board wording with symbols and get all of that lined up as best I could. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the exact same 'scrolls' as the original game board has, so I had to use something that looked similar.
I have Talisman Digital Edition on Steam, which is where I managed to get my Cataclysm assets from. They also have the basic board assets but the artwork seems a little off to me. Fileshare:
I'm more than happy to collaborate/share files. That also applies to the 200+ (maybe even 300+) homebrew cards and alternate endings that I've created. I don't mind helping with settings etc. to get them printed, the quality I would say is around 90% the same standard as the original game cards (https://www.makeplayingcards.com/) - I've been very happy with my purchases.
In regards to printing a neoprene mat, I was going to use DeepCut Studio's 'Print-O-Mat' service (https://www.deepcutstudio.com/printomat/) - I've used them before for a dice tray and thought their service & product were excellent.
Talisman (incomplete) Project: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xbhxu2k1nqe4m20/AADetUnbHQ4tHR4Wj...
Homebrew Cards: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oiepcfoclvo5kgf/AABjTCvZofRzBCDwh...
DDS to PNG:
I had to use Paint.net to convert the DDS files to PNG (I hear that pvrtextool can also do this), as I couldn't get Photoshop to work with it.
I used using the strategy of getting the individual boards correct, then putting it all together at the end.
If you look in the ui folder there are DDS files for each of the full boards. The downside is that these aren't high-quality images and don't contain the scrolls or text. So my plan of action was as follows;
1. I started off by measuring my physical Cataclysm game board and City expansion board to get the measurements, then simply resized (after saving the DDS as PNG) the low-res game boards from the ui folder.
2. I then got the individual board spaces (DDS files) and converted to PNG.
3. After that, I used the low-res 'full boards' as a background template in Photoshop. This allowed me to import and resize the high-res individual board spaces to get the correct HxW and have things line up correctly. This enabled me to have a high-res image of the game board. Now I had to create the scrolls and text...
4. I found a scroll DDS file in the ui folder called frame_top_mid02. I converted to PNG and removed the black to create a little transparency.
5. I found the font files on Taliman Island, they're called Caxton and Windlass.
6. Then I manually created each scroll layer and added the text. It's still not 100% finished as I think I might need to make the scrolls slightly thicker, which would enable me to use 8pt instead of 7pt text (making it more readable).
7. I created the circular icons by taking a 'card back' image from StrangeEons and trimming accordingly to create the circular icon.
8. I manually created the 'white lines' in Photoshop and added a little transparency to create a gradient effect, which I think works quite well. Summary:
I'm happy to email/share my assets with anyone. I haven't been able to finish this project, but if anyone else wanted to start where I left off or even use my notes to start again (but better) from scratch, I think that would be fantastic! As I said at the start, I'm not the best user of Photoshop and I my workspace was set up all wrong (e.g. 96dpi instead of 300dpi). So if anyone has any feedback or advice it would be very much appreciated! 🙂
Thanks, Paul P.S. If anyone needs help printing custom cards, let me know as I can tell you the exact settings you need in StrangeEons to get the correct size for MakePlayingCards.com.