New Playmat Design Contest!

Hello everyone! Last year we ran our first design contest in an effort to get the community involved in creating our first ever playmat for The Top Cut. Since then, we’ve sold quite a few, but it’s time for a new look. Now we’re looking to put out a fresh design for this season! But we need your help to do it.

If you have any ideas for our next playmat, now is your chance to show them off! Last time we received a ton of great entries, and we’re hoping for the same again. If you’d like to enter a design, send us an email at with the image attached. The winner of our contest will receive the first playmat we make along with a t-shirt from The Top Cut! Entries are due by Saturday, September 21st at 11:59 PM EST. Here are the guidelines for what limitations the design will have.

  1. No copyrighted images allowed in the design (such as Pokémon, Poké Balls, etc.).
  2. The Top Cut must be incorporated into the image in some way. Using our current logo or color scheme isn’t required.
  3. Make sure image size is 24.5″ x 14.5″.
  4. A resolution of 3675 x 2175 @ 150 PPI is best.
  5. Please make sure any fonts follow these guidelines:
    • Serif fonts need to be 18px or larger.
    • Sans-Serif fonts need to be 13px or larger.
    • Convert all text to curves/outlines.
  6. Your image mode needs to be RGB.

Otherwise, you’re free to take the design in any direction you desire. Hopefully we can get some great ones that truly represent The Top Cut well. We want something people will be proud to use at tournaments. Thank you for all of your support, and good luck to everyone entering!

39 responses to “New Playmat Design Contest!”

  1. Theodore David Tillman

    Time to open up the old photoshop

  2. awesome01

    wow can’t wait for this. had in my opinion a stroke of genius!

  3. Amanda

    Is there a place we can acquire a high res version of the logo if we wish to incorporate it into the design, or should we just use a placeholder for now?

    1. Guest

      Looks like this is the best one we have.

    2. Kyle Sucevich

      Looks like this is the best one we have.

      1. Amanda

        Darn. Well, I guess it’s better than nothing. Thanks, Pooka!

  4. awesome01

    hey pooka will the people vote or will you and the other top cut members choose the mat?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Since a public vote just turns into a popularity contest, we’ll choose the winner.

      1. awesome01


  5. Aggressivv

    Would the pokemon symbols be considered copyright? For example the water, fire, or metal type energy symbols?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Let’s play it safe and say Energy symbols are not allowed.

  6. CardKaptor

    Is a more abstract version of the Pokéball allowed? (i.e. not a picture of the Pokéball, but a design that look similar to one?)

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      We want to avoid anything that has to do with official Pokémon images, so anything resembling a Poké Ball probably won’t work.

  7. daniel lynch

    so we are allowed to change the logo?

    1. Kyle Sucevich


  8. Glaceon

    Do you want something completely new or a similar design with the shield logo?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      We’re open to anything!

  9. awesome01

    mine is officially sent! I hope you guys like it!

  10. ImBlue

    Will we get to see some of the other good designs? Or only the ultimate winner?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Most likely we’ll only share the winner, but we may show off some other cool ones as well!

  11. dHEKU

    Worldwide contest?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Yes, of course!

  12. G3rm

    Can we submit two files? (One with deck and prize layout, and one without)

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      We would prefer no layout for the deck and prizes actually. It looks messy, and it usually doesn’t cater to left-handed people!

      1. awesome01

        I’m left-handed and it doesn’t bother me. It may just be because Thats how i learned to play.

  13. Andrew Adkins

    What format do you need the files in. Jpeg, PDF, PSD, AI, etc.

    1. awesome01


    2. Kyle Sucevich

      As long as we can open it, it doesn’t really matter.

  14. awesome01

    who else is excited for the results and new design?
    I know I am! may the best design win! (thankfully its not an art contest cause I am a terrible visual artist, Lol.

  15. Teiamat

    whats the time frame to pick a winner?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      We’ll have to look through all of the entries and decide on a winner. My guess is we’ll have an announcement in a week!

      1. awesome01

        do you think you could show us some others as well? sort of like honorable mentions?

        1. ack!

          I agree. This would be nice!

          1. ack!

            *dying with anticipation* D8

          2. awesome01

            I know… I can’t wait.

          3. Guest

            Why is it taking so long?

          4. awesome01

            we don’t know.

  16. Guest

    Pooka what happened with the contest?
    It’s been almost a month since it started.
    Can we have at least some kind of news or status?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      We have contacted the winner, and we’re in the process of working out some details. Sorry about the wait! We didn’t forget about it!