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#1 bbcentral

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 09:24 AM

Some of you may know that I've been planning to provide a way for every member to generate their own real Blues Brothers Central Union Card :P

In the past, they've looked something like this:

[img2]http://www.bluesbrotherscentral.com/images/unioncards/DerekWoods.gif[/img2]

The problem with these were that they are low quality, don't look very nice, and I have to generate them manually.

In real life Union Cards are very plain and boring. I've decided to make the new ones a cross between a Union Card and a Driver's License, also with the option of adding a photograph!
Here is a sample I recently generated:

[img2]http://bbhosts.net/bluesbrothers/unioncard.gif[/img2]

Now the first thing you'll notice is the dimensions are now closer to a credit card size, so it should fit in your wallet like a real card :D

Secondly, it has the new logo at the top.
It also contains your membership Class, which for everyone else will say "M" for "Member" ("SA" is Senior Administrator :P). Perhaps we'll add more later on, but the reason why I'm not using ranks or post counts is because it changes regularly. It would be nice if you didn't have to make a new card every 6 months.

You'll also notice the 'watermark' in the background, that's something I might work on a little more, perhaps repeating all the way across like a real license. This isn't even remotely based on Elwood's license, basically because it looks very dull :P

The photo part is going to be interesting. I realise that not everyone wants to include a photo on their card, so when you download your card you'll be given 3 choices:

1) Upload a photograph from your computer (will be drawn inside the white box)
[img2]http://bbhosts.net/bluesbrothers/unioncard.gif[/img2]

2) Leave the white box blank (so you can add a photograph later, perhaps by glueing it on after you print it)
[img2]http://bbhosts.net/bluesbrothers/unioncard2.gif[/img2]

3) Leave the white box out altogether, you don't want to use a photograph.
[img2]http://bbhosts.net/bluesbrothers/unioncard3.gif[/img2]

To generate the image, you'll have to be logged in, then you'll visit the Download Union Card page.
The site will already know your Member No, Reg Date, Username and Class, but it will need you to fill in your real name. You can also make your choice about the photograph here.
When you click "Submit", you'll be taken to a page with 2 images on it. One is the high-resolution version (300dpi) for people who want to print it out. The other is a low-resolution version (72dpi, as seen in the 4 examples above) for people who just want to keep it on their computer, perhaps as a signature picture on other forums :)

The page may also include tips on how to make a suitable photo, and even some example cards to look at.

I think the 300dpi version should be larger, with cutting guidelines around it, probably in a PNG format The 72dpi version should probably not have the rounded edges, because transparency can be quite messy. I'm not sure what format to output it as, either GIF or PNG.
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#2 All_Or_Nothing

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:13 AM

sweet :P
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I spoke to God this morning and he don't like you!"

#3 kasis

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 01:25 PM

super sweet
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#4 Scott

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 01:38 PM

Definitely use PNG format. I'm going to laminate mine!

#5 JacobSteinAFM

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 03:31 PM

Now, hopefully people WILL have their cards ready for inspection when I "politely" ask them to! :P
I would like. To feed your fingertips. To the wolverines.

#6 All_Or_Nothing

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:31 PM

i will for sure :(
if youre in sweden that is :D
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I spoke to God this morning and he don't like you!"

#7 Oliver_Bg

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 09:17 AM

Whoa, handy little thing ! Just to tako a photo with blues glasses... and right into my wallet :(

#8 camille

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 09:02 PM

Sounds great ! I will have mine proudly displayed above the cash register at my bar , where i work .
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#9 kacper_blues

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 11:29 AM

yea!!! :D:D:D

#10 ILLINOISNAZI

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 12:01 PM

suppose i dont have my union card and i log on anyway!

#11 Scott

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 02:01 PM

We'll talk to Bob and see if we can get a waiver for tonight only.

#12 Fuzzy-Blues

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 08:56 PM

Make sure to show me your cards when I flash my pack of Chesterfields at you! LOL ;)

Well I've got a 106 miles to go, so later!

#13 bbcentral

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 12:09 AM

I've had MANY emails from people asking when these will be ready, to the point where I think I might have to launch this feature before the rest of the site!
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#14 ben-nipper

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 08:06 AM

this will be ace cos when ppl say who are u? we can say...

ben-nipper from the blues brothers club, u got a problem with that

#15 chris86

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 02:58 PM

Hi I can't find the union card download page can some one please post a link too it pls

#16 MinnieTeMoocher

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 07:42 PM

I'm pretty sure it's not posted yet...right?

I can't wait.

If I'm wrong please let me know. I want this as soon as I can get it. :P :BB:

#17 bbcentral

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 05:12 AM

Well the original plan was to add this page when the new site launches. I figured if I posted the sample cards above people could comment on them and try printing them out. It looks like I don't need to tweak them anymore, and given how many people are interested I don't think I'll wait until the new site launches to let you get your Union Cards.

Maybe sometime within the next 1-2 weeks? I'd like to throw together some instructions for people, because I know as soon as I let people use this feature I'll be bombarded with people saying "Please help me, my photo is squashed!" or "When I print it out, it comes up as A4 sized!"
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#18 jaguarblues

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 12:40 PM

hi. please i want my card in the type 2

#19 bbcentral

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 12:24 AM

hi. please i want my card in the type 2

Don't worry, you will be able to choose when it's ready :P
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#20 bbcentral

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 07:12 AM

All done:
http://www.bluesbrotherscentral.com/unioncard/
I would have liked to test it more, but here it is anyway. If you have any problems or need any help, please post it here.
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