Free Poker-Sized Card Templates

I’ve built some free-to-use, full-bleed card frames to help folks design games for The Game Crafter. In many cases I’ve provided a PNG-only file that you can add your art and text to. These will lack some of the more advanced features. I’ve also provided the full Gimp files used to create the samples. These are usable by anyone, but might be more appropriate for someone familiar with how to use layers.

These are available to the entire Game Crafter community without charge and no attribution is required.  Some of the embedded example art is not mine, but comes from other non-commercial or public domain sources. In any case, I expect that you will replace the sample art with your own art.

Space Template

space-sampleThis space template includes the Heads Up display and places for your art, text, and bars for your location an other information.

You can use any of the following templates to build your own card:

The sample header text uses the Spy Agency font and Roboto Font. Heads up display from here.


Alchemy

alchemy-sampleThis alchemy-themed template.

You can use any of the following templates to build your own card:

  • Simplified PNG. Note that this version just uses transparency on certain aspects to create a similar effect.  The entire frame is overlayed art.
  • Full Gimp File.

The sample header text uses the Gothic Ultra OT and the body uses the Allura font.

I have also created a simple background you can use to create a similar effect to the example. You can put your art in front of this. You should also be able to color shift it from blue to whatever you need.


Uncial Antiqua Template

uncial-sampleThe Uncial Antiqua Template is perfect for item or treasure cards. With the full Gimp file, you can change both the color of the glow and the blue-black gradient.

The sample header text uses the Uncial Antiqua font and the body and subheader use Gothic Ultra OT.

The example circle icons are from the Magic Collection.


Da Vinci Template

davinci-sample2The Da Vinci template features a non-square art frame and room for lots of text and icons. In the full version, there’s also a background color that will enable you to color shift the entire template.

The sample header text uses Agency FB Condensed and the body uses Tempus Sans ITC .

The example icons are from Scott Lewis’s Science Icon.


Comic Book

comic-sampleThe Comic Book template features a square art frame but which can use art that appears to come out of the frame.   The Gimp File includes various backgrounds and two sample art images.

The sample header text uses Komica Title and the body is Komika Display.

The example icons are from Anton Gajdosik.

 


Akashi

Akashi is a simple, portrait template. It has a single layer to shift most of the colors of the template and a layer to adjust the background texture.

The sample header text uses a font called Akashi and the body uses Agency FB Bold Condensed.

The example icon is a filled in version of this leaf.  Any solid black icon will work.


Capture It Template

captureit-sampleCapture It is a landscape, fire-and-brimstone card template.  .

The sample header text uses a font called Capture It and the body uses Titillium Light.

The example icons are from the Chinese Folk collection and this one.


Baskerville Template

baskerville-sample

The Baskerville template is intended to work with photographic art. It seems work best with desaturated photographs and black and whites. It does work fine with color, but tends to be faded.

  • Simplified PNG. The art will be screened behind both the clouds and a black mask. Only roughly the bottom 40% of the art will be visible so plan accordingly.
  • Full Gimp File.

The sample header text uses the Baskerville Old Face font. Note that there’s a 3 pixel, white stroke around it. The body uses the Capsuula font.  The example icons are from Jens Tärning‘s Transportation collection.


Allura Template

Allura-sample

The Allura template is another template intended for use with photographic art. The example art captures just the subject and is transparent to the left. This might mean altering the source image to make a natural point at which to crop the image and make it transparent.

  • Simplified PNG. The art will sit atop the thin white underline at the top of the card unless you “erase” that part manually.
  • Full Gimp File.

The sample header text uses the Allura font. Note that there’s a 1 pixel, black stroke around it so as not to lose it in the lens flare. The body uses the Perpetua font.  There is room for iconography and other design elements on these cards.  The example photos are from gsloan (CC-BY 2.0), eflon (CC-BY 2.0), and NASA/Bill Ingalls.


Gabriola Template

gabriola-sampleGabriola is a typical Magic The Gathering-style card game frame. Note that because this uses an outer border, drift may be more noticable.

The sample header text uses the Gabriola font. The body font is Gills Sans MT Condensed. The numbers all use Haettenshweiler.  For the numbers, I have used a 4 pixel border and filled in any of the black behind it.  I slightly modifed this Flask icon to use for the bottom right.

The sample art used with permission from Legacy TCG.


Lotus Blossom Template

lotus-blossom-sample
The Lotus Blossom Template is a simple frame. There is room along to bottom of the art frame or the sides to add iconography.

The sample header text uses Alex Brush and the body uses Eras Light ITC fonts.


asian-sampleThe Asian template features a simple frame, header, and the art slightly obscured by black leaves and reeds. In the simplified PNG, this is achieved by opacity which results in a slightly different feel.

  • Simplified PNG File. Note that this version of the template uses transparency to achieve some of the effects and the results might be slightly different if you’re using the properly layered version.
  • Full Gimp File.

The example uses Kaushan Script for the header and Infini for the body.


Purple Space

purple-space-sample

The Gimp source files allow for easy color changes from purple to other colors. Includes a header bar, text and locations for stats and icons (along the bar in the middle).  If you use the Gimp source files, you can use full card sized art (preferably transparent around the main art).

The sample header text uses Agency FB Bold font and the body uses Artifika.

 


Fire Within

FireWithinSampleThe Fire Within uses a faux lava texture as a place for vital icons.  In the full template, I used a gradient as the exterior stroke to the title.  In the full file, the icons are created by overlaying a red plasma layer over gray scale icons.

The template uses Eras Bold ITC for the header and Gills Sans MT Extra Condensed for the body.


Simple Flat

simple-sampleThis is a simple, vector-style frame.

You can use any of the following templates to build your own card:

  • Simplified PNG. Note that this is essentially just the white of the frame (angles and borders). You can layer this over a a solid color background and it will bleed through the white as shown. You can also use a full frame art and it will similarly bleed through.
  • Full Gimp File.

To achieve the matching iconography, I used the same solid background color using the “Lighten only” overlay on black and white icons.

The sample header text uses the Euphoirgenic Font and the body uses Eras Medium ITC font.  The header used the same color as the background and a 2 pixel white border.

 


The Secret Plan

secret-plan-sampleNeed cards for loot or other items? The card has space for iconography both along the top of the body text or next to the header. Using the full Gimp File, you can layer full-size art between the boards and the paper.

You can use any of the following templates to build your own card:

The loot item also has a drop shadow against the wood planks.

The sample header text uses Aquiline Two Medium font and the body uses Californian FB.

 


The Roman Template

roman-sampleThis marbled and white template has a place for art and icons. While the template is white, it’s easily adjusted in color if you’re looking for something more colorful.  Since the interior frame is white, you can easily remove the popup, icon squares.

The example uses Georgia font for the header and Perpetua font for the body.

The icons are black and transparent and use grain merge onto the marbled squares.


naval-sampleThis template features lots of room for icons and other stats. The blue print forms the background of the art. In this example, I used a drop shadow behind the art.

The example uses Impact Condensed for the header, Existence Light for the body and Gill Sans MT Condensed for the footer.

The icons are black and transparent with a Soft Light Layer mode.

 


Military

military-sampleThis template features lots of room for icons and other stats. The lower left includes a cutout for something like a faction flag or perhaps a terrain indication. I have included various camouflage options in the Gimp File. I have also included Gold and Silver outlines. It works okay for photo-realistic images (for example from the World War).

The example uses the Stencil font for the header and Rockwell Condensed for the body.


A Film Noir

noir-sampleThis template is pretty simple black and white. Might work well for a crime- or mystery-themed game.  Might also work well with silhouetted characters and art.

The example uses Rockwell Extra Bold for the header and Caviar Dreams for the body.


Alert Template

alert-sampleThis is a simple space template with corners that can act as alerts of signals by changing the colors from green to yellow to red, for example.

  • Simplified PNG. Note you will not be able to as easily change the corner alerts and you cannot put the art under the thin green frames as easily.
  • Full Gimp File.

The example uses Euphemia font for the header and Cambria Math for the body. The example icons are from Cameron Thaxton‘s space collection.


Frosted Donuts Template

donut-sampleFrosted Donuts is a landscape formatted template.  Using the Full Gimp File, you can easily shift the color of all the elements (icons and text) simply by changing the color of the background layer. It features plenty of room to add your own text along the right, location for flavor text, and art that crosses the color-to-white boundary.

  • Simplified PNG. Note you’re going to have to handle all your own colors for icons and fonts.  I used grays with the “divide” layer mode to achieve the font and icon colors in the full template.
  • Full Gimp File.

The example uses Chunk Five for the header and Eras Light ITC for the rest of the text.


Adventure Template

africa-sampleThe Adventure template features an asymmetric torn art frame and African-textile background. Otherwise this simple frame has room for nearly-full-card-sized art, iconography along to left or at the bottom.

The example uses Britannic Bold for the header and Capsuula for the body font.  The icons are from Ghigliano Sarah’s Animal Collection.


Lasers Template

lasers-sampleThe Lasers template features a simple frame for silhouetted art. The full Gimp file includes the buttons for icons along the left.

  • Simplified PNG. Note that the art will not go behind the text box.
  • Full Gimp File. Note that you will have to handle the bold/normal transition in the subheader.

The example uses Gills Sans Ultra Bold Condensed for the header and Eras Light and Eras Demi for the other fonts.  The icons are from icons found on the science search results.  The space man is adapted from NASA/JPL art on their Explorers Wanted campaign.


Detective Template

detective-sampleThe Detective Template is a skeumorphic design resembling a busy/messy desk complete with typewritten paper and coffee stains and a Polaroid picture frame for art. The full Gimp file includes the buttons for icons along the left.

  • Simplified PNG. Note that you will need to supply the entire “art” image including the background.
  • Full Gimp File. Note that you will need to rotate the caption text on the Polaroid picture.

The example uses Kingsthings Font (bold) for the heading and (regular) for the subheading.  The Polaroid caption uses the Desyrel font. The body text uses Agency FB Condensed. The picture comes from freepik.


Survivor Template

The Survivor Template is a post-apocalyptic template ready to use with silhouette art.  This version of the card is right-aligned, although you could easily make it left aligned.  The panel is right for 90 pixel icons.

The example uses Tiza for the name, Agency FB Bold for values and body text, and Chunk Five for subheadings.


Poker Cards: Values and Suits

poker-deck-exampleThese are blank playing cards with just suit and value. There are no jokers in this deck and there is no art for the faces.

  • Simplified PNGs. All the files are zipped up together.  The background is transparent.
  • Full Gimp Files. All the files are zipped up together. There is a white background that is in the templates, but currently disabled.

 


Thank you Alisha Volkman for providing some of the free art assets. You can see her collection here.  Certain other icons are available from The Noun Project.