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waynis
post Jul 12 2006, 09:32 AM
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Hey guys...Thanks for all the late nights lately i haven't stopped watchin' the tutorials playing with photoshop and creating alot of crap..... I love it...Ok here's one i've started from scratch and just not sure where to go next.. What is best for the titles? Extracting them from posters or use my own fonts?....Having a ball ..... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif) sorry guys i put this up twice but only obe has a preview can someone delete the other one please i have tried...Thanx and sorry...


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post Jul 12 2006, 09:40 AM
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QUOTE(waynis @ Jul 12 2006, 10:32 AM) [snapback]12790[/snapback]
Hey guys...Thanks for all the late nights lately i haven't stopped watchin' the tutorials playing with photoshop and creating alot of crap..... I love it...Ok here's one i've started from scratch and just not sure where to go next.. What is best for the titles? Extracting them from posters or use my own fonts?....Having a ball ..... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif) [attachment=129:attachment]


Hi waynis, I removed your other post, you seem to have double posted, one with a preview one without (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8824.gif)

As for the titles, if it's a high enough res picture, you can extract it from there, or if it isn't which is often the case you can use a font that is the same or very similar, and sometimes you can find the title already extracted.
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post Jul 12 2006, 09:42 AM
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Thanks corky..... i'll check out tips and tricks
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post Jul 12 2006, 09:43 AM
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Looks really nice, usin your own fonts is always best, but L've also use extracted titles. The do however not have the same crispness as doing them from scratch. Hope that helps... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/thumb.gif)
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post Jul 12 2006, 10:45 AM
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Nice job... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/thumb.gif)


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post Jul 12 2006, 11:25 AM
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Hi Waynis... layout looks good (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/thumb.gif)

a few pointers tho if I may... and please... these are just a few suggestions on improvements that i would make so don't feel obligated to incorporate them... they're just suggestions (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)

on the front, the image you've cut out of the scooby gang, SMBs hair looks a bit funny and also Freddies shirt is strangely torn. This is from when u cut it out of the original art... To solve this learn to use the clone tool. Cloning Freddies shirt is no problem but hair can some time be a bi.... ermm...cough... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/whistle.gif) be hard to get right so keep at it. Oh and there seem to be some strange green paint on Shaggys arm... Also the blue smoke inbeween the characters is a little off, as it is lighted and the surroundings is all green. You could try and eliminate the blueish parts and keep the greenish mist as I think that would be a nice touch. The light effect is spot on... perhaps add a spooky thing in the dark area in the upper right corner... some evil eyes perhaps loking down at our heroes from the darkness.

Oh and add a gradient to the left edge on the image of the scobby crew on the front... as DVD boxes never really bend at the same exact places u need to allow some tolerances for this and smooting out edges with a gradient near the folds is a great way to do this if the image comes close to close to the folds. Same goes for the image on the back of course (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)

All your cutouts have sharp edges... sorta comes with the whole cut out process i guess, but these edges makes images look pasted. Try and use some light gaussian blur on the edges to make them look more smooth and you'll see them melt into the background.

And the mystery machine is a great place to put the Special Features info... Put some perspective on the car to make it look like its parked a little sideways perhaps (also a great way of making things NOT look pasted in there) and add the same perspective to the text. (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)

Ok a lot of pointers perhaps but as I said... its what Ive would've done and it may not be the right way to go... just my way (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)
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post Jul 12 2006, 11:38 AM
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Great advice RV
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post Jul 12 2006, 01:35 PM
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looks like you have used a flood tool on the front to me,which has infinged on shaggys arm/freddies shirt and daphnes hair,and like raider king says,it's a good idea to blur the edges,but it's painstaking and takes patience and time.dahpne on the spine need a little work too.but otherwise a good start.


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post Jul 12 2006, 05:05 PM
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actually blurring the edges takes maybe 10 seconds...
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its easy to blur the edges when you cut out. If ctrl click the thumbnail on the layer info it outlines the cutout, then right click within the selection and feather..say 1 px. I use the path tool to cut out, when I am finished I make selection and feather then.

Makes for a much cleaner cutout... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)
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QUOTE(lulubelle @ Jul 12 2006, 07:03 PM) [snapback]12884[/snapback]
its easy to blur the edges when you cut out. If ctrl click the thumbnail on the layer info it outlines the cutout, then right click within the selection and feather..say 1 px. I use the path tool to cut out, when I am finished I make selection and feather then.

Makes for a much cleaner cutout... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8834.gif)




ok i need to study more...the last cut out i made (magic wand)i then selected a small area around the edge(freehand) and blured the edge,and so on (front cover of class of 1984 if anyones interested)which maybe explains why you guys are so productive,and im still trying. (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/chin.gif) (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/lol.gif)


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I usually try's to find a movie font for the title, or a vector file (eps etc.) I stronly recomment against cutting out a title, cause most of the times it looks a bit funny (I said most of the times (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/tongue2.gif) )

Just keep on trying and you'll get better:)
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post Jul 13 2006, 08:43 AM
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WOW....Thanx guys for the info and pointers and wow there's alot of them. But i was expecting them so i enjoy all the feedback and pointers i can get (raiderviking thanx). Looks like i need to explore and practice abit more with photoshop, a few of those terms are new..(flood tool) but enjoying this heaps...thanx to all....Back to work.... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

One more question anybody....The size's you use, Single Amaray(this might sound dumb but what does amaray stand for or mean?) is with a 17 mm spine yet my covers here in Australia are only 13 mm spine....Why?
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Good luck with all the tips and tricks, look forward to seeing more progress.

13mm might be the thinpak cases that you can get, i don't know though, i only use the standard template.
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post Jul 13 2006, 10:41 AM
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Thanx stuie,
But no they are normal size cases, does 170 = 17 mm spine ?
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little tip for you waynis m8.......................if you use the "magic" as a cut-tool have a play around with "feather" and "tolerance"....................it could make all the difference............... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/thumb.gif)

good start by way (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/8824.gif)
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I've cut out Titles from posters before and used them. Usually works pretty well,especially if its in a plain type font like the new King Kong.
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post Jul 15 2006, 02:20 AM
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Ok here's the next instalment of my 1st attempt.....Thanx for all the advise i did take note of it all but kept playing with it and this is where it went......i like it alot considering how i used to just cut and paste original covers.... Still lots of work left i know more details etc... My daughters coming over later and she knows a bit more about photoshop (they use it at school) so maybe i can learn some more tricks..... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif) [attachment=132:attachment]
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post Jul 15 2006, 03:39 AM
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Looking pretty nice. not sure about the lens flare but other than that it looks good.
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post Jul 15 2006, 12:37 PM
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Well there you go, my 14 yr old daughter comes over and in 30 sec's does what i've been trying to do for ahh?....A WEEK !....LOL...Anyway here is the next instalment with help....She calls herself "A Graphic Doller"It's amazing what the kids get up too also it's quite similar just a different topic...... http://s7.invisionfree.com/Mythical_Creatures/index.php?
Also grabbed a few brush strokes from the downloads section that even excited my her... Feel free to advise but as a beginner i'm pretty happy.... (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif) [attachment=133:attachment]
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