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Sega Saturn Slim DVD Cover Project [98 Covers and Growing / 56K beware!]


#121 Weedy649   Keepin it cheap CAGiversary!   2521 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 17 November 2006 - 11:53 PM

wow this really took off! I have really started it looks like ill have to wait until this semester is over because i only have access to this stuff on weekends(my laptop is being screwy)

Hopefully ill be able to contribute some in a few weeks ^^

#122 markums   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 November 2006 - 02:47 PM

Just sent off my first completed cover, Layer Section. I painstakingly recreated the 'Layer Section' and 'Taito' logos in high-res goodness...

I've been messing around with an 'X-Men Children of the Atom' cover all week... hope to have it finished soon.

#123 tqchapman   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   2 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

tqchapman

Posted 18 November 2006 - 03:26 PM

Are these covers going to be available for everyone? I would like to contribute but have no art skills to speak of. If they are not public is there a way I can contribute financially or in any other way?

#124 SaurianOverlord   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   33 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

SaurianOverlord

Posted 18 November 2006 - 08:03 PM

Are these covers going to be available for everyone? I would like to contribute but have no art skills to speak of. If they are not public is there a way I can contribute financially or in any other way?

The idea is that they will be made available when we reach our goal. We want to keep access limited to the circle of people who are working on them until we are satisfied that they are all of acceptable quality, and then upload all of them to Snackbar's cover project site. I don't think there is any need for financial contributions, but talk to Mookyjooky about that.

#125 markums   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 19 November 2006 - 03:36 PM

I've tried to e-mail mooky my cover from 2 different addresses (one from hotmail, the other from comcast, my ISP), and I keep getting a delivery failure. wtf?

#126 Weedy649   Keepin it cheap CAGiversary!   2521 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 19 November 2006 - 03:54 PM

I've tried to e-mail mooky my cover from 2 different addresses (one from hotmail, the other from comcast, my ISP), and I keep getting a delivery failure. wtf?


With so many e-mails chances are his inbox could have gotten full.

#127 markums   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 19 November 2006 - 08:10 PM

With so many e-mails chances are his inbox could have gotten full.


ah, I hadn't considered that... maybe I'll have to arrange an upload for him. thanks!

#128 SaurianOverlord   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   33 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

SaurianOverlord

Posted 20 November 2006 - 12:23 AM

ah, I hadn't considered that... maybe I'll have to arrange an upload for him. thanks!

Nah, it isn't a full inbox. I've had trouble e-mailing images to him since the beginning. His server seems to think everything is spam. Thought it was my SMTP server cutting me off, but others have had trouble as well. You can set up a share for him, or you can e-mail to me at saturn@saurianunderground.com if you prefer. You can also upload to SaurianOverlord on MediaMax, but please tag your files or put them in a tagged .zip or .rar if you do that, so we know whose they are. I've updated the 'official' project website with this info, as well as a complete list of currently finished covers. EDIT: if you e-mail, make sure you include the subject Saturn DVD Cover.

#129 Temoshi   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   1 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 20 November 2006 - 04:58 PM

Hi, everyone. I found out about this project from RacketBoy's website and I, personally, am really excited about it. Normally, I'm not really into using unofficial covers, but the Saturn really seems to be the most suited system for this. It also helps that a lot of my Saturn games are disc-only.

For my first cover, I chose to do Virtua Cop, since nobody had done that yet. I didn't have a ton of source material to work with (maybe I should have asked for scans), but I think it came out really well. I spent a fairly ridiculous amount of time making the back from scratch and recreating pretty much ALL of the logos and bars and stuff (that I'll be posting later) and at this point I'm 99.9% done. Hopefully, things will go quicker if I use the same format in the future. I'll be "officially" submitting this later.

I don't think I'll be able to compete with some of you guys in terms of quantity, but I'll try to have at least 10 solid, original covers before this thing is over.

Low-quality preview:

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I know I need to fix the text on the spine. Should we include the TM sign or not? Personally, I think it makes it look more professional. I'm still debating whether I should have the ESRB logo on the front or not. I also like the idea of having region-specific templates, though the US one doesn't have to be the ugly, official one.

#130 durkada   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   12 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 21 November 2006 - 03:41 AM

Alright. I'll give it a go. Is there a master list of those which already have covers? Unless already provided, I'll take the challenge of converting the Japanese Puyo Puyo games. Also, does anyone know if a similar project is taking place for the Dreamcast, PSX, et al?

#131 erehwon   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3124 Posts   Joined 15.4 Years Ago  

Posted 21 November 2006 - 04:05 AM

I think I've finished my cover for Fighting Vipers. So where am I supposed to send this to?

#132 xorthen   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   67 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 21 November 2006 - 04:06 AM

Alright. I'll give it a go. Is there a master list of those which already have covers? Unless already provided, I'll take the challenge of converting the Japanese Puyo Puyo games. Also, does anyone know if a similar project is taking place for the Dreamcast, PSX, et al?


I agree, I need some decent Dreamcast Covers. Although I have seen Mooky's 3rd strike cover and it is pretty kickass. :drool:

#133 Elemental.3   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   5 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Elemental.3

Posted 21 November 2006 - 05:06 AM

Saw this over at Racketboy, thought I would give it a try. My first covers are going to be sent soon.

#134 SaurianOverlord   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   33 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

SaurianOverlord

Posted 21 November 2006 - 09:02 AM

Alright. I'll give it a go. Is there a master list of those which already have covers? Unless already provided, I'll take the challenge of converting the Japanese Puyo Puyo games. Also, does anyone know if a similar project is taking place for the Dreamcast, PSX, et al?

The "list" would be the second post in the thread, with all the preview images. There is also a text list on the website. We haven't got one for Puyo Puyo yet, as far as i know. Don't worry about making duplicates, though, especially if it's significantly different from what's already done. There are no current plans for us to do this for any other systems at the moment (that i know of!), and i'm not sure if anyone else is doing anything similar. But we're taking one thing at a time. It's certainly a possibility, but we're focusing on the Saturn right now. It's great that so many people are interested, but there are only two of us [trying] to manage this thing, so bear with us!

#135 Mookyjooky   Work is play... CAGiversary!   5202 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:51 PM

The "list" would be the second post in the thread, with all the preview images. There is also a text list on the website. We haven't got one for Puyo Puyo yet, as far as i know. Don't worry about making duplicates, though, especially if it's significantly different from what's already done. There are no current plans for us to do this for any other systems at the moment (that i know of!), and i'm not sure if anyone else is doing anything similar. But we're taking one thing at a time. It's certainly a possibility, but we're focusing on the Saturn right now. It's great that so many people are interested, but there are only two of us [trying] to manage this thing, so bear with us!


Saurian, you're a mind reader... "One thing at a time" is exactly right. But just to let you all know, I started working on a matching slim Dreamcast cover the day I started this project. =)

I'm hoping that people will still want to make a cover or two after the Saturn grand prize is given away, and the Saturn project lives on... but I'm already planning a Dreamcast project, and trying to think what a good Dreamcast prize would be...

Things are doing so well here, that I'll be sitting on that Dreamcast project till after Feb. 14th. I'm torn between PSX, Dreamcast... or possibly doing a quick and easy project like 3DO, (That would take us like 2 days).

Either way, other systems are coming, but one at a time guys, we're doing REALLY good here, making cover history. We're creating a whole system's library, and the covers actually match! It doesnt get better than this. =)

Thanks for all your support and hard work... and a special thanks to Saurian for getting these questions answered so well. Thanks!

#136 MarioMania   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   49 Posts   Joined 13.0 Years Ago  

MarioMania

Posted 22 November 2006 - 06:37 AM

Can anyone do the US Saturn DVD cases..like

Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Mortal Kombat 2
Ultimate MK3
Street Fighter Alpha
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Street Fighter Collection
Sega Ages Vol. 1
Nightwarriors
Daytona USA
Daytona CCE
Sonic Jam

#137 Mookyjooky   Work is play... CAGiversary!   5202 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 22 November 2006 - 06:28 PM

Just a simple bump, I'll be showing the newest over the holiday weekend. Sorry for the delay!

#138 xorthen   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   67 Posts   Joined 12.6 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2006 - 04:05 AM

I sent Saurian a few covers, although I don't know if he showed them to you or not. I sure hope so, I took my sweet ass time scanning and all that other crap. Then again, he said something about the backs so I can understand.

#139 rbenchley   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

rbenchley

Posted 28 November 2006 - 06:00 AM

Hi guys! I found a link to this forum over at The Cover Project and I would love to help out. I have about 70 US Saturn games and about 20 Japanese Saturn titles. I can scan these covers or work on new cover projects, whatever you guys need me to do. Let me know if there are any particular covers you need work done on.

#140 roos   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   2 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 28 November 2006 - 10:06 AM

...I have a TON of Saturn junkies reading, so hopefully it will help out the cause.

Keep up the great work!


Chalk up another one who came here via racket boy.

I did a cover, sent it in and look forward to seeing how you all like it!

#141 durkada   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   12 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 28 November 2006 - 08:12 PM

Here are the promised Puyo Puyo covers. Overall, I'm rather pleased with the results -- especially when considering that the only source material I have are the manuals. Yes, I know of the various cover sites which have scans of additional artwork -- but I don't like the low quality of their offerings. Not that they're bad mind you -- I just like to work with scanned images at 1200dpi and work my way down.

Anyway, enjoy!

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#142 Sailorneorune   (laughs) CAGiversary!   1533 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Sailorneorune

Posted 28 November 2006 - 11:13 PM

I have Albert Odyssey, Magic Knight Rayearth, Sonic 3D Blast, and Panzer Dragoon Saga, and am more than willing to scan the covers. I saw none of these in the OP, so if you all need these scanned and donated, let me know... I might even try my hand at a concept cover or two... I'm a bit rusty in Photoshop though, and my scanner is an old-fart HP all-in-one. :-\

I also have Samurai Shodown Best Collection, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, and Vampire Savior if those are needed... as well as the Samurai Shodown III manual for some source material.

Let me know if any of these are needed.

#143 SaurianOverlord   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   33 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

SaurianOverlord

Posted 29 November 2006 - 11:59 AM

Just want to say a quick thank you to everyone participating! We are up to well over 100 individual covers for over 90 different games, which is awesome! Keep them coming!

Also, to anyone interested in scanning for the project, i've decided that i'll be willing to host source files on the website as well. So, if you'd like to supply scans, scan in what you've got (minimum 300dpi please, but the higher the better), zip/rar it up (one archive file per game), and send it to me via e-mail or MediaMax. I'll upload it to the site and make it available for whoever wants it. If you'd rather save yourself unnecessary scanning and work on a per request basis, that's fine too, but having high quality scans readily available will improve the overall quality of the project. (If i reject anyone's scans, please don't take it personally; it's probably your scanner's fault!)

#144 durkada   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   12 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:42 PM

FYI -- for the Photoshop impaired, or the Winders challenged:

The Gimp can read and write PSD image format. At some point, I think the Gimp surpassed Photoshop in terms of power and GUI comfort -- probably about 3 to 4 years ago. At least, I'm more comfortable with it. So, if you don't have Photoshop, or prefer to stay away from the confines of Winders and Mac OS, give it a whirl. The Gimp has been ported to Winders, Mac, Solaris, FreedBSD, etc. etc. etc.

#145 Sailorneorune   (laughs) CAGiversary!   1533 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Sailorneorune

Posted 29 November 2006 - 06:58 PM

I'll send you my 600 (!) dpi scans of PDS, Rayearth, and Albert Odyssey (the latter two don't look that great on the backs though... damn Working Designs and their damn foil lettering), and if they're rejected, I'll try it again. Expect some scans (and maybe a Rayearth concept cover) this afternoon.

#146 Mookyjooky   Work is play... CAGiversary!   5202 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 29 November 2006 - 10:43 PM

FYI -- for the Photoshop impaired, or the Winders challenged:

The Gimp can read and write PSD image format. At some point, I think the Gimp surpassed Photoshop in terms of power and GUI comfort -- probably about 3 to 4 years ago. At least, I'm more comfortable with it. So, if you don't have Photoshop, or prefer to stay away from the confines of Winders and Mac OS, give it a whirl. The Gimp has been ported to Winders, Mac, Solaris, FreedBSD, etc. etc. etc.


:lol: I think you may be in the minority with Gimp surpassing Photoshop... I cant even use Gimp in most of my graphical work.

#147 Sailorneorune   (laughs) CAGiversary!   1533 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Sailorneorune

Posted 30 November 2006 - 04:27 AM

crappy low-res preview version of the Rayearth cover:

http://img.photobuck...arthpreview.jpg

let me know if it's worthy of sending the zipped Photoshop file.

#148 durkada   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   12 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 30 November 2006 - 04:58 AM

crappy low-res preview version of the Rayearth cover:

http://img.photobuck...arthpreview.jpg

let me know if it's worthy of sending the zipped Photoshop file.


Just to chip in, I think its very pretty. The only thing I'd like to see different is the logo on the front -- I think it would be nicer without the white space around it, and a tad larger.

If you are having problems finding a logo to scale, you could use the autotrace function in Inkscape to convert it to vector first. I did that with several PSX games to good results.

#149 Sailorneorune   (laughs) CAGiversary!   1533 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Sailorneorune

Posted 30 November 2006 - 05:11 AM

Thanks Durkada. I'll try that. Another thing that bothers me though: the Working Designs foil lettering had its way with my scanner... any advice for correcting that?

#150 durkada   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   12 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 30 November 2006 - 07:57 AM

Thanks Durkada. I'll try that. Another thing that bothers me though: the Working Designs foil lettering had its way with my scanner... any advice for correcting that?


I can only guess, from the small jpeg you referenced, that the foil lettering is the game description found on the back cover?

In that case, there are some things you can do. If you have a semi transparent material to dullen the scan, you could use that over the image. But really, I wouldn't bother with another scan.

What I would do is simply rebuild the text. Just find a font you like, and transcribe. If the foil text ruined much of the surrounding artwork, simply cover that portion up and rescan the rest of the document.

If you'd like, you can send me a larger copy of the back and I'll take a quick stab at it. PM, if you like, for my leetul email addy.

Cheers,
Jon