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Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by DejaQ, Jan 22, 2009.

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  1. DejaQ Jedi Padawan

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    Jan 22, 2009
    Hey dudes. This is my first post here (and it's a long one, so get comfortable, hehe).

    The past few years I've tried at various times to create some new DVD covers for the entire Star Wars series (I don't like the photo montages :p) I've been using different techniques and software lately, though, and I'm coming up with some better designs. I'm just hitting a few snags, so I want some feedback so I can take a good direction.

    Logos
    First off, I've decided to make some new logos. I thought the "Episode I"-style logos were too bland, so I decided to look back to the logos they used on the '90s VHS releases. AOTC, TESB, and ROTJ already had official logos in this style, so I had to improvise with the other three. I remembered the old tapes again and came up with a similar color scheme for the logos.
    Process
    I laid out the text in MS Word, using the Distant Galaxy fonts. I edited a bitmap of the text in MS Paint to fix any inconsistencies. I imported the edited bitmap to AutoCAD, traced the text as curves. Finally I imported the curves to Rhino, remade them as 2D surfaces, and rendered them (the dimensions on the full-sized files are 2400x1800).

    Do you think the new logo designs work well?
    (I'm not used to this board, so I'm not sure why the thumbnails stretch like that. Clicking on the pictures looks fine. I dunno.)

    [image=http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/1815/smallcolor1tpmhk6.gif] [image=http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/7807/smallcolor2aotcqg8.gif] [image=http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/8661/smallcolor3rotset2.gif]
    [image=http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/9446/smallcolor4anhnr5.gif] [image=http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/3876/smallcolor5tesbgz6.gif] [image=http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/5139/smallcolor6rotjqb2.gif]

    I also textured each of these logos in PhotoShop. I posted those on deviantArt (http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/Textured-Star-Wars-logos-109599814) - in that picture the colors are kind of low-intensity, but I'll fix that. The texture was based on a tutorial (http://www.tutzor.com/index.php/2008/06/star-wars-text-effect/). I liked the gritty look (I ramble on about that in the dA summary :p)

    Front Covers
    I know which art pieces I want to use for the front of each case, but getting a consistent look is hard.

    I was originally basing the front covers on the original poster art for each film (and the '97 Special Edition posters for the DVD versions of the OT).

    I originally decided to set the movie poster in a frame, and I tried using the '97 VHS covers as a reference. The problem was that the '97 and prequel posters (all by Drew Struzan) had large borders, beyond which the main picture expanded. The fact is, this style doesn't really mesh with the posters of the original OT releases.

    See what I mean?

    • http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/Prequel-SW-DVD-Concepts-109999119

    • http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/Original-SW-DVD-Concepts-109999307

    • http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/SE-SW-DVD-Concepts-109999454



    I thought about placing each poster inside a border, including margins, but that looks awkward with the posters that have an existing border. If I have no border, the older posters look a bit out-of-place. Which route would you reccommend that I take?

    Back Covers
    Almost at the end. :p

    Original Trilogy
    I was thinking of a few different ideas for the back of the cases. Originally I was just going to copy the official DVDs with little modification, but then, while searching for images, I remembered some of the old VHS covers I'd seen years ago (take a look: http://www.moviegoods.com/movie_product_static.asp?cmio=&sku=186736&master_movie_id=11509 ). I decided that's what I want as the back cover, I've just been struggling to find the originals on the web.

    Prequel Trilogy
    I'm going to take the same idea as the VHS covers for the original trilogy - a large close-up of a character and a scene at the bottom. Here are my ideas:

    • Phantom Menace: Maul and podrace

    • Attack of the Clones: Clone and Slave 1
  2. Kiyuuchan Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Oct 12, 2008
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    Hi !

    I agree with U that the logos and movie posters don't really go
    I have a litle suggestion, that with the movie posters U could make a vector of them, so it would be a flat colour, then U could put a gradient on top like your logo. It can be done with photoshop or some program like that.

    Just an idea :)
  3. DejaQ Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    Jan 22, 2009
    I gave the covers another shot last night. I think I have the front layout where I want it, but I haven't applied any layer effects/textures to it yet (just to make it seem less flat).

    Prequels - http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/WIP-Prequel-Trilogy-Covers-110624125
    Special Editions - http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/WIP-Special-Edition-Covers-110624238
    Originals - http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/WIP-Original-Trilogy-Covers-110624346

    Also, just to try something out, I edited the logos in Empire's style. http://dejaq.deviantart.com/art/Star-Wars-logos-1980-110558446
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