(THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS THAT MAY NOT BE COMPLETE)

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Hello, this is Flame Claw (or Flame95) and I am known for making fake Pokémon cards. I am not one of the best fakers (that would go to Nick15, Fangking and Cascade among others) but I like to think I know roughly what I’m on about.

This is a guide of tips and tricks that I have picked up over the few years I’ve been faking which I hope will be of use to you. It is not a step-by-step guide on how to fake as there are a few of those around the net already.

1. ‘Fake Card’? What the heck?
In this guide, I will refer to fake cards (or ‘fakes’). By this, I am referring to fake Pokémon Trading Card Game cards that have been designed on the computer, for fun. It should be noted that if you do decide to print your cards, they are for personal use only. Do not attempt to play with them in tournaments or sell them.
In this guide I am referring to image cards made on a ‘blank’ (a blank card, or a template), rather than text fakes that only provide the spoiler.

Team Magma's Mawile, a fake card

Team Magma's Mawile, a fake card

2. Images
This is the part of the card that whoever is looking at it will see first, so it needs to look good. You will have the main image of the Pokémon (either drawn by yourself, official art, or someone else drew and has given you permission to use it), but as well as that, you will need a background. I remember when I first started using Photoshop, I used a lot of gradient backgrounds. This looks pretty cool but is unoriginal and gets boring quickly. By gradient background, I mean:

This looks fairly basic, so I would recommend using something more interesting. If you are struggling at designing your own background, feel free to use one of the backgrounds I made here. Remember, your imagination is the limit, so try to be creative.

3. Gimmicks
One thing that is great about faking is that you can introduce game-changing gimmicks to your cards. This allows your cards to be more interesting. The real TCG uses gimmicks all the time like Gym Leaders Pokémon and Delta Species, as this allows the game to stay fresh. Just don’t overdo it…

Just remember, if you have an interesting idea, give it a try. It might not work, but you’ll have had a go, and nothing will be lost.

4. Blank credit
The main thing to remember when faking is to provide credit to those who make the blanks – after all it’s no easy task and a lot of effore will have gone into them.

5. Your Own Blanks
One way to make a fake feel yours is to use a custom blank. If you do, your cards will be unique, and original. Now this is another credit thing too – if you have made your blank by editing someone else’s, leave whatever credit they put on the blank intact, otherwise you are an art thief.

If you have put a lot of effort into a blank, you may wish to place a credit to yourself on the blank border, so that if anyone uses it, your name will be there so your hard work is acknowledged. Try to place this discreetly, so it doesn’t take up all the attention and overwhelm the fake itself. There’s nothing worse than:

It should be noted that the examples I have used for the last two have credit to Fangking and Purity.

6. Sets
A great way to show off your cards is to make an entire set, similar to the real TCG’s, with rares, uncommons and commons corectly numbered with a set symbol. If you are going to do this, you need to be prepared as it is a lot more work than you think, and you have to be inspired to keep going. If I’m being honest, I have never actually finished a set, which is pretty bad.

THIS PAGE IS NOT COMPLETE, I WIL UPDATE AS I COME UP WITH MORE.


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