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#61 big_squirtle

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 10:12 PM

Just a thought but why dont you guys try to get an online digital photo place to print them for you. Alot of them have like 40 % off and stuff, try ofoto or one of the others. It would be like .19 cents a piece or something, just a thought.

#62 organicow

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 11:32 PM

Just a thought but why dont you guys try to get an online digital photo place to print them for you. Alot of them have like 40 % off and stuff, try ofoto or one of the others. It would be like .19 cents a piece or something, just a thought.


that's not a bad idea. if you could find a place that would print them for cheaper than the cost of phot paper and printer ink, that'd be cool...or if your printer sucks...
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#63 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 11:45 PM

Oh man, that is so hot. Major props, organicow. Note: Everyone else who's making these cases should use the little Game Boy Advance logo that organicow made on his cases, so it'll be easier to find your games on the shelf. Just a suggestion.

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#64 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 02 December 2004 - 11:54 PM

How did you get the resolution on the GBA covers so nice? If you made them at 300 resolution, the GBA covers come out painfully small, so when you re-scale them, they look kind of pixelated. I'm using Photoshop.

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#65 organicow

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 12:05 AM

How did you get the resolution on the GBA covers so nice? If you made them at 300 resolution, the GBA covers come out painfully small, so when you re-scale them, they look kind of pixelated. I'm using Photoshop.


I'm not sure what we're doing different... here's my process from start to finish:
1. scan gba boxes with my HP scanner at 300 dpi, using the 'import -> from scanner' function in Photoshop.
2. crop them to get any edges off, adjust contrast, etc.
3. drag and drop the saved scans onto my blank template (sized appropriately, and at 300 dpi). this template has a canvas size (and therefore print size) that matches the DS case.
4. arrange everything right
5. print with my Epson R300M printer. it is important to note that in order to get there covers to look right, you have to have a printer that allows you to print really close to the edge of the paper...otherwise some will get cut off...

that's it! theoretically, if you just downloaded one of my 300dpi .jpgs, you could open it in PS, and then drag and drop your 300 dpi scans on top of it.
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#66 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 01:36 AM

How did you get the resolution on the GBA covers so nice? If you made them at 300 resolution, the GBA covers come out painfully small, so when you re-scale them, they look kind of pixelated. I'm using Photoshop.


I'm not sure what we're doing different... here's my process from start to finish:
1. scan gba boxes with my HP scanner at 300 dpi, using the 'import -> from scanner' function in Photoshop.
2. crop them to get any edges off, adjust contrast, etc.
3. drag and drop the saved scans onto my blank template (sized appropriately, and at 300 dpi). this template has a canvas size (and therefore print size) that matches the DS case.
4. arrange everything right
5. print with my Epson R300M printer. it is important to note that in order to get there covers to look right, you have to have a printer that allows you to print really close to the edge of the paper...otherwise some will get cut off...

that's it! theoretically, if you just downloaded one of my 300dpi .jpgs, you could open it in PS, and then drag and drop your 300 dpi scans on top of it.


Hm. I guess the difference is I'm not scanning, I'm getting the cover from Amazon and creating the back cover from scratch. Hm..... I used the dimensions you used, though, so in the end, it should be the same size and such, even though we took different paths. It's just a pain for me to arrange/scale the imported pictures. I wish I had a scanner.

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#67 organicow

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 01:44 AM

How did you get the resolution on the GBA covers so nice? If you made them at 300 resolution, the GBA covers come out painfully small, so when you re-scale them, they look kind of pixelated. I'm using Photoshop.


I'm not sure what we're doing different... here's my process from start to finish:
1. scan gba boxes with my HP scanner at 300 dpi, using the 'import -> from scanner' function in Photoshop.
2. crop them to get any edges off, adjust contrast, etc.
3. drag and drop the saved scans onto my blank template (sized appropriately, and at 300 dpi). this template has a canvas size (and therefore print size) that matches the DS case.
4. arrange everything right
5. print with my Epson R300M printer. it is important to note that in order to get there covers to look right, you have to have a printer that allows you to print really close to the edge of the paper...otherwise some will get cut off...

that's it! theoretically, if you just downloaded one of my 300dpi .jpgs, you could open it in PS, and then drag and drop your 300 dpi scans on top of it.


Hm. I guess the difference is I'm not scanning, I'm getting the cover from Amazon and creating the back cover from scratch. Hm..... I used the dimensions you used, though, so in the end, it should be the same size and such, even though we took different paths. It's just a pain for me to arrange/scale the imported pictures. I wish I had a scanner.


ah, yes. getting the covers from amazon is trouble because they are only 72 dpi (usually). that's why they are so pixelated when you size them. you should try www.cdcovers.cc. they have front and back scans that are not the best, but generally much better resolution than amazon. the site is a bit wonky to navigate, but i've gotten a few things off there before.
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#68 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 03:03 AM

Argh, I'm so pissed. I spent all this time on a Wario Ware case, and I can't find the backside of it. Argh. I need a scanner.

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#69 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 05:03 AM

So, organicow, any more of these cases coming along? I have some requests for anyone willing to heed the call:

Pinball of the Dead
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Golden Sun
Iridion 3D

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#70 zewone

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 05:08 AM

I request Wario Ware. If you ever get a chance.

#71 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 05:10 AM

I request Wario Ware. If you ever get a chance.


I gotcha covered, zew. I'm working on it now. I just have to scan in the back part of the case....

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#72 beerguy961

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 05:14 AM

Very awesome, I might have to try my hand at making some of my own....

#73 alongx

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 05:22 AM

I may have to attempt this eventually, though I will still keep all of my crappy GBA boxes
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#74 jkam

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 03:45 PM

Now I just need something like this for my gameboy color games.

#75 AnthonyRoundtree

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 08:44 AM

(BTW, if you want to do this too, you can buy empty DS game cases in the nintendo.com store.)


thanks for the heads up.... got a few... also... they are selling blank GC cases... also the doubles discers... for a buck each....

ANOTHER THING TO NOTE.... yes you can buy old manuals... but new ones are avaialbe in PDF form.... which carries some NICE vector graphics from nintendo packaging.... INCLUDING the NINTENDO OFFICIAL SEAL OF QUALITY!


(sorry to be quasi graphic design nintendo geek there for second... but somobodies gotta understand how cool that is...)

#76 jkam

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 04:58 PM

A little printing help...My printer here at work (awesome laser color printer) wouldn't print these at 100%....so I ended up using Legal size paper...and they printed out fine this way. You may want to try that if you are having issues. Just put Castlevania COTM in a DS case. Awesome.

#77 sying

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 01:13 AM

How did you get the resolution on the GBA covers so nice? If you made them at 300 resolution, the GBA covers come out painfully small, so when you re-scale them, they look kind of pixelated. I'm using Photoshop.


I'm not sure what we're doing different... here's my process from start to finish:
1. scan gba boxes with my HP scanner at 300 dpi, using the 'import -> from scanner' function in Photoshop.
2. crop them to get any edges off, adjust contrast, etc.
3. drag and drop the saved scans onto my blank template (sized appropriately, and at 300 dpi). this template has a canvas size (and therefore print size) that matches the DS case.
4. arrange everything right
5. print with my Epson R300M printer. it is important to note that in order to get there covers to look right, you have to have a printer that allows you to print really close to the edge of the paper...otherwise some will get cut off...

that's it! theoretically, if you just downloaded one of my 300dpi .jpgs, you could open it in PS, and then drag and drop your 300 dpi scans on top of it.


Hm. I guess the difference is I'm not scanning, I'm getting the cover from Amazon and creating the back cover from scratch. Hm..... I used the dimensions you used, though, so in the end, it should be the same size and such, even though we took different paths. It's just a pain for me to arrange/scale the imported pictures. I wish I had a scanner.


ah, yes. getting the covers from amazon is trouble because they are only 72 dpi (usually). that's why they are so pixelated when you size them. you should try www.cdcovers.cc. they have front and back scans that are not the best, but generally much better resolution than amazon. the site is a bit wonky to navigate, but i've gotten a few things off there before.


Connect to form.... Bumpatron!!!

Sorry to bother you but do you know the size specs of the DS box? Thanks.

#78 CHARYODA

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 03:02 PM

Just thought that I'd drop a quick note about the instruction book fitting in there. I tried this last night in my feel the magic case and i came up with a few thoughts. First you can just leave it sitting to the right of the little hooks that hold down the book if you are worried about the hooks causing the book to have a permanent bend over time, otherwise you can also use something like an exacto knife to cut out the top part that is meant to keep the DS instruction books in there tightly. I know that it's not much but I hope that it helps someone. :?

#79 Snowcone

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 04:47 PM

I have access to the Nintendo Press site and thus most of the front box art at 800x800 already at 300dpi if that helps anyone.
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#80 alongx

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 04:58 PM

I'd do this, but there's some games I know won't fit in the DS cases that I own, such as Boktai, and soon WarioWare Twisted. If I can't have it uniform, I won't bother.
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#81 Weedy649

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Posted 08 December 2004 - 05:10 PM

Any chance on getting Final Fantasy DOS and the new Kingdom Hearts for these?

#82 Snowcone

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Posted 10 December 2004 - 07:19 PM

Anyone planning on reviving this? My PS skills are far too horrid to attempt this, but I could probably scan some boxes.

So I lied, my PS skills are way better than I let on.
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#83 Jaket

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 02:56 AM

i would KILL for a kingdome hearts chain of memories of final fantasy dawn of souls cover!
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#84 Mookyjooky

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 06:42 PM

I emailed you some new covers. I've made 5 for you.

#85 Mr. Anderson

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 06:53 PM

I need a Pinball of the Dead cover!

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#86 Mookyjooky

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Posted 12 December 2004 - 07:11 PM

Oya...so everyone knows:

Advance Wars 2
Sonic Battle
Sonic Advanced 3
Mario VS DK
Astro Boy Omega

#87 Mookyjooky

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 12:31 AM

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 05:00 AM

Okay, I made some low-res versions that have been sized back up to what they should be to be printed at full-size to make the screen. I started with a lot of low-quality images, many have the watermark from the Moby Games website or show the reflection from the shrinkwrap on the edge of the box, but I printed them out and despite being 500x500ish images originally, they look fairly decent, so if you can't wait for people to upload high-res scans of some of these games, you can go ahead and grab them from me. Here's a list of what I did:
Advance Wars 1
Chu Chu Rocket
Dr. Mario
Golden Sun
Guilty Gear X Advance Edition
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Super Mario World: Mario Advance 2
Metroid Fusion
Pokemon Sapphire
Wario Ware: Mega Microgame$You can find mine in this folder:
http://www.highlyder...c/gba_box/mine/
and I went ahead and took the liberty of mirroring the other ones that had been posted already:
http://www.highlyder...sc/gba_box/cag/

If anyone has the box art for Advance Wars 2 and could scan it, that would be awesome-- I've only found the front cover in a low-res version. Also, I really would like some box art for my Famicom Mini Series 3 import of Balloon Fight, but there hasn't been a US release, so... uh... unless someone feels like improvising for me, oh well.

#89 Snowcone

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 03:26 PM

If you guys need a reliable place to mirror these I would be glad to host them.
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#90 alongx

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Posted 13 December 2004 - 03:36 PM

You can find mine in this folder:
http://www.highlyder...c/gba_box/mine/
and I went ahead and took the liberty of mirroring the other ones that had been posted already:
http://www.highlyder...sc/gba_box/cag/


What resolution did you scan yours in at? I only ask because the text seems pretty blurry. I'd make some myself if I had a scanner or a printer that could print these off nicely, but I don't. Oh well.
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