Cardsmith Blog

What is MTG Cardsmith?

If you are new to our shores or simply returning from a long voyage, we'd like to remind everyone out there exactly what it is we do. MTG Cardsmith was created to provide online tools for digital custom Magic: the Gathering card creation. We've set out to be the best, fastest, and have the largest community to share your ideas with.

What MTG Cardsmith is NOT:
  • We DO NOT print or sell custom magic cards
All artwork uploaded to the site is at the discretion and permission of the user. We have strict rules in place for the types of artwork allowed (see our Terms of Use), but MTG Cardsmith is not responsible for requesting artists permission to use artwork.

This site is solely for creative use, and was built for a group of fanatics and Magic players that was underserved with the tools available. We may not be perfect, and there are Other Tools around, to be sure. But we are proud of our community of makers, thinkers, and card concept wizards.

Where can you go from here?

Check out ongoing custom card contests on the forums!
Create your own account and follow your favorite members.
See this weeks Featured Card!
Sep 14, 2017 by MTG Cardsmith

Server Maintenance 9/8/2017

We will be going down for mandatory server maintenance tonight at 9pm PST. We expect the migration to take about 8 hours, after which we will resume normal operations. Thank you for your patience!
Sep 08, 2017 by MTG Cardsmith

Spring Updates

Lately we've had a spat of server-related issues affecting performance and uptime. We appreciate your patience while we continue to diagnose and dig into these issues.

Related (and also a factor) to this is the fact that we are over-due for another card purge for inactive accounts. There are two ways to avoid losing your cards: if you have logged in since January 1, 2017 or by becoming a Premium member on the site (and supporting ongoing development). The next purge will take place on May 21, 2017.

In other news, we're also shutting down our Patreon campaign at the end of June. We've been able to build subscription tools for automatic premium membership right into the site, and no longer need to involve a third-party application. Thank you to our long time Patreon supporters over the past year, we could have never made it this far without you! (Be sure to checkout Patreon for more details if you are already a supporter.)

If you want to see what Premium features add to your profile, you can use the promo-code 'HEXPROOF' to get your first month for just $1, until June 1st. Becoming a member helps offset the cost of server hardware, software licenses and applications we use to keep MTG Cardsmith running. Sign up for Premium today!

SSL Certificates and Disqus
Recently we also moved the site over to SSL encryption for all pages. This was done for increased security and to become more standardized with modern website expectations. A side-effect of this was losing much of our disqus history that was tied to unsecured urls. We are actively working with Disqus to find a resolution and reimport those comments to the new system.

Summer Contest Ideas
We'd like to host another big card contest this summer, but we want to hear from YOU what would be a great theme. Have an idea for us? Leave it in the comments below - if we choose yours you can even be a judge!

May 09, 2017 by MTG Cardsmith

Aether Revolt Patreon Giveaway

We're digging into our first pack of Aether Revolt. Watch below to see the Mythic giveaway for February Patrons! Congrats to our January winner BoolieBoo2.
To join your fellow Cardsmiths and be eligible for the next drawing, support us on $5 Patreon members not only get added to the drawing, they also receive premium account benefits for each month they support.

Feb 28, 2017 by MTG Cardsmith

MTG Card Maker v2.0

MTG Card Maker 2
Very shortly we'll be launching an updated version of the M15 Card Editor. This new version features:
  • An updated image uploader - mobile and tablet friendly!
  • Updated styles to match the rest of the site
  • Stability improvements
  • Manual toggle for Power/Toughness display - no more "smart" rules to worry about
In addition to the updates, we'll also be sunsetting the Modern Card Editor and removing it from our creation options. In the long run we hope to re-introduce modern frames into the current editor. The modern-frame editor was our first editor and the earliest code ever made for the site. So while we're sad to see her go, she'll not be forgotten and will likely return in one form or another.
Note: After the switchover, edits (for Premium accounts) to modern framed cards will launch the new card editor and give it the appropriate M15 frame.

If you're keeping tabs, its clear that we're working through our yearly goals at a solid pace! We're on track and excited to dive deeper into building the perfect planeswalker editor.

Lastly, if you like what we're doing and want to show us some support, consider signing up for Premium features today. Your subscription keeps us going and unlocks some special abilities for your MTG Cardsmith account.
Feb 17, 2017 by MTG Cardsmith
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