(A note to the forum admin: this post may violate the “quick introduction” description as suggested in your pinned post)
I am a computer programmer by trade, and I am self taught in graphic design (although I do not know if my skills warrant that description). I started with Microsoft’s Image Composer (it came free with Front Page 98) back in 1998, and I had a hard time switching to Adobe Photoshop about two years ago. At this point I can say with a high level of confidence that I am strong in a good 5% of the features that Photoshop has to offer. Maybe 6%. I use version CS2 (9.0).
I’ve never been into forums before, and as such do not have a photo or signature graphic yet. I’d like to add those, but everything in due time. I found this incredibly awesome site while on the search for some movie graphics. I actually stumbled into another (unnamed) site that seems to have lost its owner, and someone there pointed me in this direction!
I have been creating my own custom DVD labels for about a year now. I own an Epson R200 printer, which prints directly onto inkjet printable CD/DVDs. It looks like this printer is no longer on the market, but that the R280 has the same features. I have been very happy with the results, with the possible exception of black ink smearing/smudging. I used clear coat on a few with decent results, but in the end I decided that was just too much work.
For a while I was printing onto some TDK brand printable DVDs, I got an exceptional deal at a local warehouse club store. Since then, I switched to Verbatim Hub Printable, and I absolutely LOVE having that extra printable surface area.
I only create labels. I keep all of my movies in CD Wallets, so I have no use for covers, and this has also led to some design decisions, as you will see. Generally speaking, information that might only be found on the cover, I may include on my labels.
What you will usually find on my movie labels:
- Year (according to IMDB)
- Genre (usually according to IMDB)
- Actors (usually first billed actors as indicated by bold on allmovie.com)
- DVD Extra features as found on the version I have
- On occasion I will list the director/producer/writer etc. if it has meaning to me.
What you will generally not find on my movie labels:
- Fine print (“this movie is solely intended for the private viewing yada yada yada All rights reserved”)
- Movie studio logos
- Other logos or insignias (like Dolby, CC, NTSC/PAL, Aspect Ratio, Certification: R, PG-13, etc). The only exception I can think of is the DVD Video logo.
- Running time – however, I am seriously contemplating adding this to my labels, as this is usually information I want to know when I am deciding what movie to watch.
(Please note that all of the above are personal preferneces, and I make no judgements on you if your preferences are different.)
Almost all of my “good” labels were 1000x1000 or 1200x1200, so I am in the middle of re-working enough of them (without degrading the quality) to produce a proving ground post. However, here is a single sample of my work – comments are appreciated.http://www.hirescovers.net/gallery/display....php?pos=-37692