I've looked through this thread, but have questions.
Would using a LaserJet printer provide results that are preferable to using InkJet like what is recommended here? Reason being that I've been eyeing laser printers and I've never been impressed with inkjet results. Sometimes smear, the paper wrinkles from the wetness of printouts that use a lot of ink, they look really 'dotty' and if you get any water on them, the ink just smears into the surround colors, essentially ruining it. Also the text is never as crisp as what the original would show. Unless different printer papers allow for none of this to be the case? Or printers have improved dramatically in the past 8 years? I'd like to have custom inserts which could pass for comparable printout quality to the originals. I don't know if this is expecting too much.
I've been looking at HD DVD imports, and realizing that maybe I should have picked up imports instead of the domestics. The artwork in many cases is far better. I just purchased Dante's Peak and Daylight, and the artwork for both is horrific - but the imported versions all use the theatrical movie poster artwork instead. I'm considering rebuying them over again for this reason, though I'm not sure if I should do that or just try the custom cover route. On the custom covers, how are these being done...are most just scanning the actual cover and then manipulating it? From some of the posts, it seems like all the film credits, text, etc are redone from scratch instead? Are the same fonts being used for everything, or are things cut/pasted from the originals? I wonder how some of those with new backgronds with the text overlaid on them do this...I assume this is redone from scratch. But they look very much like the original. And if scanning the original foil Universal covers, how does the foil scan out? A solid color or random splotchy shades of gray depending on how the light reflection from the scanner was hitting it?
Also, I actually LIKE the 'swoosh' part on the Universal releases. I don't think it detracts from the artwork, but makes it identifiable, like you can picture what a DiscOvision (LD) cover looks like in your mind.
I don't have a problem with any of the U.S. HD DVD back covers that I have, and would probably want to recycle them. But the front covers on many flat-out suck, and would like to put one of the actual movie poster artworks on the front instead (but retaining the 'swoosh'). How is this done without messing up the edges? I don't have Photoshop, but are there pre-made template pieces that you can place over the artwork for the top and bottom swoosh? And how do you deal with the 'silver' look of these Universal covers, given they are printed on foil paper? I haven't received any imports yet, but it looks like those aren't foil, but rather a silver-grey printing for this area instead. I assume this would be alright with me.