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post #5131 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Nissen View Post

Morpheo, that cover actually makes me want to see the film!!
Does your cover accurately portray the mood of the piece or am I going to be disappointed? It wouldn't be the first time a classy cover duped me into watching a daft film.

lol well first thank you. I liked Friends With Benefits. New York is important plot-wise so I thought it should be sort of dominant on the cover. It's in the same vibe as the retail cover but I want a quick replacement for my bilingual version... Like you I wasn't sure at first, thinking it was yet another forgettable romantic comedy; but it's a little more than that. Woody Harrelson chewing his scenes, some really funny moments. It won't win the Best Picture oscar next february, but it's a little ride that I genuinely enjoyed. And Justin Timberlake could become a leading man rather soon as I think he's a fine actor. I may not like his music but credit where credit's due, he does a good job here imo. And, well, two words, Mila Kunis
post #5132 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Morpheo View Post

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy


Can you create a front cover for the first film based on the original poster?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5lhUDVnBZZ...ark-poster.jpg
post #5133 of 5804
Great covers Guys!

Can anyone make a scan for me, of The Lost World:Jurassic Park laserdisc- The front,spine and back, in Hi-Res and post it here. That was a great cover, I want to make a Bluray cover out of it. If you can do it then it'll be great!
Please, its a REQUEST!!!
post #5134 of 5804
Millennium (Dragon Tattoo) Trilogy - Extended Edition.

...As usual, bilingual packaging wasn't an option!

US release (Music Box Films):


Canada release (Alliance):


I made it for 12mm and 15mm spine sizes...
post #5135 of 5804
So how exactly does this work, sorry to be naive but certain things I am not so tech savvy with? I see how someone mentions they downloaded or pm'ed a download. I ask because many of the newer blu's at Blockbuster that are used no longer have the coverart so will probably need to possibly get some custom covers. Do you take said download and print it off at say just Kinko's for example? My sis-in-law works at officeMax so wondering if I could possibly get it printed there, and what stock/size do you guys then use, etc? Sorry for the loaded post, but appreciate any help with this. thx so much
post #5136 of 5804
An oldie but goldie. After my Predator 2 cover I was inspired to delve deeper into the 80s. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Commando!!!

For once, the official cover used the original poster artwork, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

The lazy back was one thing, but the horrible choice of colour for the title treatment, and placing it on top of the cover was just poor design. They screwed up the colours of the poster as well, much too contrasty.

To put my money where my mouth is, I made a design to suit my tastes better.

First, the official cover:


My custom cover:


Available by PM request as always.

Edit:
Okay, last night I was too knackered to do a complete writeup (and I have a noisy keyboard that wakes the neighbours, not to mention the people sleeping in the same room. I'm a noisy typist who learned to type on a pre-electric typewriter). Here goes.

Yes, I wasn't satisfied with the original cover. I could excuse the lazy, template, drag 'n drop back, but not the mistakes on the front. The colour red for the Title Treatment isn't a good choice for something as massive and blocky. The placement on top of the cover boxes in Arnold's head, and leaves awkward negative space between the title and his shoulders. Putting a Title Treatment on top frequently imbalances the cover, very much so in this case. (Anyone notice how the John Alvin posters for Star Wars just don't work when the title is placed above the heads? Yet, the official covers and many customs persist in doing so. It's obvious from the artwok that Alvin left room for them at the bottom, but people just don't see it.)
Secondly, either deliberately or due to a lack of better sources, the colours on the Arnold photo were compressed too much, eliminating much detail and just being ugly. The whole cover was just dark and depressing.

But it's easy to criticise. I'm sure the original designer was under pressure to churn out 8 or 10 covers a day on the conveyor belt. I took about 8 hours doing mine in comparison. We must not forget that people doing this commercially don't necessarily do so under optimal conditions. Still, a critic is someone who crows when someone else is laying the actual egg, so it was time to put up or shut up.

THE POSTER:
I always start with the front poster. The colour and layout of that always informs the choices for the spine and back. I wanted the original image of Arnold as untouched as possible, like I remember it from the actual theatrical poster. A search online yielded good results, but as alwyas there was no single image that answered all my prayers.

I wound up with a good, smallish poster where the image itself was uncropped, one incredibly good wallpaper that cut off Arnold at his shoulders, and one smaller image with beautiful colours from the original photo. I resized, rotated and merged the uncropped image to match the wallpaper, and married the two to give me a complete image. I always blow the smaller images up to match the big ones, not the other way around. This way I retain all the detail in the big image in my final composite. Most times I can trick the smaller image into matching the bigger one by some careful sharpening and adding a unit or two of uniform noise, leaving the impression of detail that isn't actually there. If you look closely at my final cover, there is a slight loss of detail below Arnold's shoulders, where the big wallpaper leaves off and the smaller image continues. I blend the edges, of course, to not make a visible split between the images. I always do this compositing of images at about twice the size of the intended use, so that everything evens out when I shrink it down to fit.

Then there were the colours. The big images were still too contrasty for my taste, and the smaller one I found had much better skin colour and more information in the shadows. Applying colours from one image onto another is actually pretty easy in Photoshop. I resized the small image to match the big composite I'd made and put that on top. (You just have to be careful and match them exactly, which is sometimes a chore between resizing and rotating again and again.) Using the blending options in Photoshop, I set the top layer to "color", et voila! You keep the details of the underlying image, but the colour information from the other one is superimposed over it. I chose not to desaturate the original colours completely, but left the final image a blend of the two. This gave the final image a bit more punch.

THE FRONT COVER:
Finally I had a image for the front I was satisfied with. It's a handcrafted composite taking the best elements of several sources to make a new, better image. I experimented with different sizes of the photo on the front. In the end I settled on a medium one, where you still see his muscular forearm clearly (which the official cover neglected to do) as well as having some of the picture continue below the title. I also wanted Arnolds RPG carrying bag to be included, which would shift the image too far to the right if I didn't make it smaller. After resizing I usually apply a modicum of sharpening to the image. This is only advisable if you have a good image to work from. Sharpening brings out the dreaded JPEG compression blocks if you're not careful.

Omitting the tagline was a major mistake of the official cover. I don't generally include them on my covers, but this has a high nostalgia factor for me so I had to put it in.

Originally I had intended to recreate the title treatment from scratch, but one of the poster scans I found online was perfect. I just had to clone out a few fold lines and I was set. Using the Magic Wand selector, I isolated the title from the poster and dragged it into my cover. The colours were left as they were originally. This is where I got the brown/green colour scheme. The brown shade was used for all the text on the back, as well as the strokes and lines around the photos. The reuse of colours on all sides of a cover gives it cohesion.

The use of the camouflage in the background isn't to everyone's taste, I know. I like to use textures because they give the cover some life, and they can be used as wraparound images to tie the front, spine and back together. Just pasting in the original poster isn't very satisfying to me artistically either, so the textures are my way of freshening up the image without altering it beyond recognition. This one was a traditional jungle pattern I found on Google. I blended it at just 40% opacity to make it a little subtle, and applied a gradient mask to taper it off towards the bottom. The tapering shadow gives the image a sense of dimensionality, like it recedes into the darkness.

Finally, I tweaked the colour balance of the photo from blue to slightly green, to better blend with the camouflage and the brown/green title.

The centered Blu-Ray logo along the bottom of the front is also a Nissen staple, BTW.

THE SPINE:
Spines are fun! If the original title treatment fits, I'll use it. Sometimes I have to shift a few letters around to make it work in a single line, but this one just slotted in there. My main concern with spines is legibility from a distance, and I try to make the title as big as possible without bleeding off the spine. I leave just a little breathing room on the sides for comfort. The placement of the title is just north of center because it looks more balanced that way. I used the Fox template for the studio logo and placement of the BD logo.

THE BACK:
A back makes or breaks a cover. They are a ***** to do and take twice as long as the front.

Having done this a few times, I have found it is best to do all the writing first. Put in the synopsis, the extras, the credit block, the specs, the logos, the legals, all of that first, then see how much space you have left over for images. (My first covers were always a struggle because I did the images first, then had to shoehorn the writing into cramped places and it always showed. See my Shadow and Rocketeer V1 for example.)

I'll be the first to admit this isn't one of my best layouts for the back. The image of Arnie and the log is too big and shifts the balance of the cover. I left it like that to include the bicep but I think that was probably a mistake. This is what happens when you fall in love with an image and it blinds you to compromise the design to fit it in. It also made me include a critic's quote, because it left the top of the back looking too airy. I never include stuff like that! What was I thinking? Why I didn't just swap it I don't know. I was just too eager to finish and upload last night, I guess. Maybe I'm just getting sloppy? The first step in correcting a mistake is to recognize it, so I may go in and do some revisions on the back. There's always the temptation to go back and Lucas* your older covers, but I find it more productive to press on and make new ones instead. (* I just made that verb up, I think. Everyone gets it, right?)

The slanted image borders with their horizontal lines are meant to mirror the opening credits of the film. I have used the parallelogram shape for several other covers in the past, (T2 and Predator 2 spring to mind) and wanted to avoid repeating myself, but it just made sense with this one. The extended lines and overlapping images are just a design flourish to break up the boxes a bit. Having the log picture with straight edges breaks it up a bit and gives it some variety as well.

When choosing images I try to go for variety, including as many different scenes and characters as I can. Avoiding major spoilers is a concern. SPOILER ALERT (Highlight to read): I've seen several official Commando covers with images of Matrix and daughter post-rescue on the back. Like using Lady Liberty on the front of Planet of the Apes!
The row with the four headshots at the bottom reminds me of the 70s disaster-movie posters where all the major players were lined up like that. I'm not sure that really works here. I think I put in too many images on this cover. Hindsight is 100% accurate, ha ha.

Once a film has been released on Blu, screencaps pop up almost immediately online, and you get more variety than the tired, promotional stills that have been reused again and again. DVD screencaps can work, but they often look a bit rough. The one of Matrix preparing to fire his quad RPG is from the DVD, and it just barely holds up.

When using screencaps I always enhance the brightness/contrast to make them "pop" more for the cover. It doesn't reflect the actual photography, but plain, unprocessed screencaps often turn out murky on a cover. This way I also maintain at least some consistency across photos on the back. I also choose photos that match my chosen colour scheme as much as possible. The classic 80s look of films is more forgiving in that sense than modern teal/orange photography.

For the credit block I keep coming back to the Steel Tongs font. It is a bit bolder and more legible than Universal Accrediation or Top Billing. It lacks some of the characters the other fonts have, but I still prefer it to them.

I have lazily settled into using a template I have made for the legal text at the bottom, just retyping the details that pertain to copyright year etc. After having done more than 60 covers the boring bits become VERY boring, so the ready-made legals are a good way of getting me 90% there. I can see I have also been lazy with the centering of the info in the specs-boxes. Shame on me.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Well, I hope you all have got a good insight into the thought-processes behind this cover, and maybe a better idea of what goes into making them in general. Like I said, roughly eight hours went into this, so when some of you request custom covers, just understand that these people don't churn them out by the dozens. I think Bunny Dojo said it best on his site, making custom covers is a celebration of design, and an expression of a love for the movies (or something to that effect). I appreciate all your kind words of encouragement and constructive feedback, and that is one of the main attractions for posting covers here. Many thanks to you all.

Fritz
post #5137 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Schloob1 View Post

So how exactly does this work, sorry to be naive but certain things I am not so tech savvy with? I see how someone mentions they downloaded or pm'ed a download. I ask because many of the newer blu's at Blockbuster that are used no longer have the coverart so will probably need to possibly get some custom covers. Do you take said download and print it off at say just Kinko's for example? My sis-in-law works at officeMax so wondering if I could possibly get it printed there, and what stock/size do you guys then use, etc? Sorry for the loaded post, but appreciate any help with this. thx so much

Anyone? Just would like to know how the process works and more importantly if I'm able to for example get my sis-in-law to print some off for me what measurements/settings to use for the process. Thx
post #5138 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Schloob1 View Post

Anyone? Just would like to know how the process works and more importantly if I'm able to for example get my sis-in-law to print some off for me what measurements/settings to use for the process. Thx

Hi Schloob.
If a download link is not provided, you shoot the artist a PM and he/she will either mail you the imagefile or provide you with a link.

You take that image (usually a .jpg) to a copyshop and get them to print it for you on semi-glossy or glossy paper. Trim the edges and insert. All custom cover files have a standard set of dimensions that are made to fit a regular US case (usually). You just have to specify that no scaling of any kind be applied when printing. Be aware that some copyshops refuse to print covers with copyrighted images, logos or UPCs on them, so you may have to try a few places before finding that wonderful employee who just doesn't give a damn. Or you could use the self-serve machines some of these places have.

If printing yourself, use a free program called UndercoverXP, which will ensure the image is printed at the correct size (Just drag 'n drop the image file into the program and specify Blu Ray). I've never used it myself but I've read people swear by it. (Unless, of course, you have access to Adobe Photoshop, which will print them at the right size almost by default.)

Alternatively you could use the service at www.printdvdcover.com which will generate a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file in the right dimensions from the .jpg you received. Should be foolproof.

It's always a good idea to print a b&w draft version on plain paper first to see if the size is correct.

I'm getting excellent results at home from my regular Canon MP610 inkjet and cheapo "photo quality" glossy paper.

Hope that helps.
post #5139 of 5804
Fingers crossed...
post #5140 of 5804
Holy $@#$, CONDORMAN!?

I haven't seen this movie since I was a kid. Is it even out Blu-ray or DVD?
post #5141 of 5804
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Originally Posted by EvlAsh View Post

Holy $@#$, CONDORMAN!?

I haven't seen this movie since I was a kid. Is it even out Blu-ray or DVD?

DVD only so far, but a fellow cover designer and I are on a quest. He's made a custom BD cover for this too.
post #5142 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Nissen View Post

DVD only so far, but a fellow cover designer and I are on a quest. He's made a custom BD cover for this too.

I have Condorman on DVD
post #5143 of 5804
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

C-l-a-s-s-y

Thanks! I was excited to try that style out.

Since I started the year with a design for Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, I decided to finish it with The Prestige.
I hope you guys will enjoy it!


The Prestige by Bunny Dojo, on Flickr

Available for download at bunnydojo.com/blu/
post #5144 of 5804
^^ beautiful cover Bunny I think I will replace my retail one with yours.
post #5145 of 5804
Here's another version featuring the European poster which makes this film look like a kick-ass Superhero action picture.

post #5146 of 5804
I saw the new Sherlock Holmes a few days ago (which I thoroughly enjoyed btw) and I thought I should make a second version for the first film, this time inspired by the very cool end credits sequence. So here's what I came up with



...and happy holidays everyone!
post #5147 of 5804
Thx Nissen for the detailed explanation, much appreciated. Keep up the great work on those covers. While most of the covers I see here are movies I might not get, I enjoy seeing the work you and Morpheo in particular bring to this thread.
post #5148 of 5804
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

Finished



Download

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/129/sfs222f.jpg

That's just absolutely perfect !!!!!
post #5149 of 5804
Anyone who does the Criterion style covers...

I think we need them for Notorious, Rebeca and Spellbound.

Any takers
post #5150 of 5804
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Originally Posted by David Susilo View Post

That's just absolutely perfect !!!!!

Thanks, I did have a matching Captain America one in the works before my pc blew (again)

post #5151 of 5804
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Originally Posted by EvlAsh View Post

Holy $@#$, CONDORMAN!?

I haven't seen this movie since I was a kid. Is it even out Blu-ray or DVD?

Anchor Bay had the rights on dvd
post #5152 of 5804
One of my favourite movies deserved some Custom Cover Love.

post #5153 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Nissen View Post

One of my favourite movies deserved some Custom Cover Love.

Very vibrant! As iconic as that poster on the retail may be, this looks like a real fan-pleaser to me.

Perhaps you've already heard of this site, but HA.com can be a wonderful resource for classics like this. Once you create an account, you can search the poster auction archives and view large previews (usually nicely clean and high-resolution). Occasionally, they'll even have a few useable stills too.

DoctorMacro.com is another great one for the classics. You may have already heard of each, but I figured the links couldn't hurt... we need all the help we can get when we take on these kinds of titles.
post #5154 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Nissen View Post

One of my favourite movies deserved some Custom Cover Love.


Great theme, it really ties together well.


Bunny, great links
post #5155 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Bunny Dojo View Post

Very vibrant! As iconic as that poster on the retail may be, this looks like a real fan-pleaser to me.

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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

Great theme, it really ties together well.

Thanks. You guys make me blush.

I can't take credit for that wonderful '68 re-release poster, but I can take credit for having the good taste to use it :-)
post #5156 of 5804
Morpheo,

may I request for Dolby Demo HD3 and DTS Demo 16 custom cover please? Both of them only come in carboard covers.
post #5157 of 5804
While I am trying to recover my HDD's on my dead pc does anyone have a up to date sony BD template I can use? it would help a ton.
post #5158 of 5804
The "proper" Baby cover:



I'm celebrating my 89th Blu-Ray custom! Cheers, everyone!
post #5159 of 5804
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Originally Posted by Nissen View Post

The "proper" Baby cover:

I'm celebrating my 89th Blu-Ray custom! Cheers, everyone!

Awesome work as always
post #5160 of 5804
Hey kids,
I know I've asked before but does anyone have a GI Jane, fantastic 4, limitless, attack the block, The thing (John carpenters), batman:year one,*Friends with benefits. *

I know it's a lot but I'm doing some case changes and i cant find the files. *Any help would be awesome. *Thanks!
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