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post May 17 2020, 04:59 AM
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ok so I am a fan of simple looking covers. I guess retro in away haha. I love the criterion's spine makes them look like a set. I like sets haha. anyway I been incorporating parts of soem covers here and there into this cover. I like the criterion part on the spine and the front not to fond of it on the back. I may take that part off but then that leaves a huge wide open section. Im also thinking of using this layout for other covers in my blu rays. that are like twilight times and such. I also may work on that front a little bit and fix the twilight time logo on the front.
well less rambling from me haha this is what I have coe up with so far.
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post May 17 2020, 09:10 AM
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Good start so far 8834.gif

I feel the synopsis font doesn’t work, try to keep the amount of fonts used to a minimum for some consistency.
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post May 17 2020, 10:20 AM
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The synopsis does look squashed. Try reducing the font size, and increase the leading. And use a less heavy font.


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What Baz said, also the white text on light yellow does not contrast well, darker text, darker BG?

In addition, I'm not fond of the yellow on the back anyway, it does not harmonize well with the colors on the front, also it could use a little help maybe a texture or a second color.

I think the CC box at the top does not work at all, my opinion is it's best to leave that to Criterion, everyone on the planet has tried adding that to their designs seems like and no one has ever succeeded in my opinion, it always just looks like a knock-off rather than looking cool...

Your characters on the back are very red should probably give them some attention as well.

The head on the spine is dark, why not reuse the front image of her head so it matches.

Last the blue box on the back is a odd hue as well and to me does not really fit into the color palette very well, maybe make it white or change it to better fit.


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Here is kind of what I got going with the cover now. Im trying to think of a color to use in the background I did a fade for now but am not to fond of the yellow. Im liking were I placed the synopsis now though under it I can put some screenshots.
the blue was supposed to go with the twilight time log but i think because it didnt have the exact fade made it look od Im still working on fixing that.
the image on the back Im prob not gonna use its kind of a filler till I get my copy in the mail si I can scan it in and get the screenshot from the cover.
Im still trying to figure something out for that spine so it can look like a set but not a criterion knock off lol

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Why not use try the blue from the title? If not then maybe a sandy beach blurred like the front?

I think the synopsis text is too big - take a look at other covers for layout inspiration, this will help you with ideas.
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I'm still tweaking that spine and also debating on what to do with the title on it.

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The blue works much better than the yellow 8834.gif


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I agree with Baz!
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Lot of different shades of blue here plus none of them match up with the blue in the keyart or each other, I think Sauron's suggestion of sand coloring might work better. Also that bar at the bottom is yet a new color for the front, should it not maybe be the same blue as the twilight time banner at the top?


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post May 30 2020, 05:41 AM
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Ok I have tweaked a few things now the black box are gonna be screen shots.
I am debating on turning these into the cbs/fox style though idk yet would be alot easier to match up on a shelf lol
I also changed the index number to match the new system I made
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Quote under the barcode needs work and definitely turn off hyphenation.

Should never have a orphan word on a line at the end like the synopsis is, look at the gap that creates above the stills, could reduce tracking a little and pull it up on the line above it then center the whole thing in the space.

Not keen on the big box, with the one line features, is this because you intend to do other titles in this layout, which might have more?

I'd like to see the back image better matched to the front, it very red and the front is very yellow.

I'd also prefer to see more space between the text on the spine and the Blu-ray Logo, it's almost touching.



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post May 30 2020, 05:58 AM
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QUOTE (ctaulbee @ May 30 2020, 12:51 AM) *
Quote under the barcode needs work and definitely turn off hyphenation.

Should never have a orphan word on a line at the end like the synopsis is, look at the gap that creates above the stills, could reduce tracking a little and pull it up on the line above it then center the whole thing in the space.

Not keen on the big box, with the one line features, is this because you intend to do other titles in this layout, which might have more?

I'd like to see the back image better matched to the front, it very red and the front is very yellow.

I'd also prefer to see more space between the text on the spine and the Blu-ray Logo, it's almost touching.


Yea the Quote is bothering me lol yea Im gonna fix it a bit.

yea still trying to figure out what im gonna do with synopsis a bit size and tracking wise.

the big box is going to be used for other movies that have way more features so was trying to keep the same size but i think I can adjust it to fit each 1. maybe make the box grow and shrink depending on the features.

the back image is just a filler for now till I can get a better image. IDK why all the screenshots I am finding are red. I found a bunch that are black and white but the movies actually in color so I may have to take my own screenshots.

the spine is something Im really debating on I may get rid of the box all together dunno yet but I see what u mean about the text almost touching.

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A quick and easy way is to adjust the hue of the image on the back. Select red and move the slider to yellow. Then add an exposure and curves adjustment to brighten it up a bit.


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slowly learning photoshop tools. by the way this is my first cover I have done everything in photoshop so far have not touched gimp once for it lol.

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post May 30 2020, 04:28 PM
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Last line of the quote starting with the hyphen, the credit line, you should make it smaller, so it all fits on one line and maybe center it all up.

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thanks that looks so much better idk why i didnt think of making that line smaller all other films do that lol
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This is getting better with every up date but I feel you could bring some of the front to the back, making the cover feel more together.

How about bringing some sand from the front and perhaps use the TT font for something on the back? In my really rough example below (Photoshop on the iPad is still very limited lol), I copied the splatter effect, may not work and could just do another style of stills but thought it could be worth a try?

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