Let's talk about frames shall we? WOTC has many many official frames, far more than you might realize. The history of the frame really doesn't seem to have too much written about it. I'll leave the particulars to Evan or Mike for that. I'm going to instead focus on the purely visual, and then break form with some custom looks.
Bolts. Lots and lots of bolts.
In the beginning, there was Alpha.
A fine frame really. Iconic today. The printing process' of the day provided almost unreadable text on some cards if you were more than a foot or so from it. Alpha and Beta are the only sets to ever feature the double border. Whether this was intentional or not, it's a nice touch to the dawn of the game.
|Revised's text box was actually much lighter than this. This will be a recurring theme.|
Basically the same frame, though brightened and far more readable. The large rules text used prior is gone, now scaled down to a maximum 9pt. Sure, Revised was a white border set, but most folks look down their noses at WB so I've done all the renders today in BB.
|Wrong font. Should be Matrix, used Beleren. Lazy.|
The current (as of Feb 2016) frame. When this was 1st released, it was dismissed as the wrong direction to go by the community at large. brand new font again for the title and type. This is my favorite of the frames thus far. Fixing the set info makes sorting much, much faster. The border was shrunk, the frame pushed out towards the border, which resulted in more room for the art. All in all, excellent changes.
Up until now, we've looked at official frames, anything you could find in a booster pack. The beauty of the process for me is seeing what might be possible. What could frames have looked like?
First up is a side-by-side. I've mentioned I'm a big fan of the M15 frame, and I am. That doesn't make it sacred or exempt if from tweaking. Here's the previous M15 Bolt next to the tweaked one. Can you spot the changes?
They appear pretty close at first. I added overlays to the default textures for the title and type bars (Twins in the parlance of proxy templates) and a textbox background overlay. The complete intent of these changes is to visually make them look different than an official card. The most important part of physical proxies, to me, is to take away the shadow of doubt that a card might be real.
Here are some more examples of cards that are obviously not official.
The modern frame using the classic textures with some brightness tweaks were needed.. It mostly works. Not a bad frame in any way.
I dubbed this FutureFuture Sight. New frame, huge art area, but keeping the FUT mana cost idea. This frame passes the "Progenitus Test", something the original frame does not. The test is simple, can you put 10 mana symbols on it?
Modern classic. Modern border, classic frame elements. One of my favorite custom templates. This one was a lot of fun to visualize and create.
|Ahh, my eyes!|
We've had a look back at the amazing Lightning Bolt art by Chris Rush, and the many faces of Magic cards through the years. The possibilities when creating proxies are limitless, and there is no way for anyone to create a master list of those possibilites. And don't get me started on white border variants...
As always, I can be found on Twitter @TheProxy Guy Thanks for reading!