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Thanks, Wojo. I had forgotten about those but I guess I'll try to come up with something different, as I'm not really feeling either of those. Thanks for the effort, however.

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The seven Superman albums in my iPod all have differing schemes of album art. I'm not too too worried about it.

I used the Blue Box picture. It just looks too good to ignore it. Same with the Bernstein box, I have original album covers saved but I like the look of the box.

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The only thing that bugs me is multiple scores on 1 disc.

I've had to look for movie posters for some older scores and edit them down to fit. I know that there are contractual/legal issues through the studios that may dictate how the artwork looks.

But I like how FSM & Intrada put one cover on the front of the booklet and one on the back.

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The only thing that bugs me is multiple scores on 1 disc.

When that happens, I split them into two discrete albums, both physically on the computer, and tag-wise so that iTunes recognizes them as different albums. For example, I'm sure there are merits for putting Bachelor Flat and How to Steal a Million (film) onto the same disc. But for my listening pleasure, I don't want to listen to one in order to get to the other.

And so in this case, each "album" would get its own unique artwork, and the iPod would never "know" that they used to be together. That's what the physical CD is for.

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Ah. Then maybe as another example, let's consider the wide array of main themes and suites on disc 2 of Tadlow's Exodus. In that case, I do keep them intact as part of the Tadlow album, and retain the overall Exodus cover art for the files. In that sense, the "listening experience" of other Ernest Gold music plus music related to Jewish history is more important than having a bunch of one or two track albums (even the rather large QB VII suite) scattered around my iPod.

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For compilations I just leave them as is. I just left the tracks on the Exodus disc.

I think The Long Goodbye had artwork on the back of the booklet. I used that picture.

I'll usually just go grab a movie poster or visit some of the various cover blogs for discs that don't have the artwork for multiple scores or just leave it as one disc.

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Yesterday, i faced 3 Impossible missions:

- One was identifying the tracks watching a movie.

- Then i had to create tracknames with puns, in authentic Giacchino Fashion. That was hard.

- But the hardest and impossible is to post the covers here...

What can I do? I am at a loss. Needless to say that i am complete UPset too.

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Gah I realize, I'm a bit late on this...but sorta forgot. Someone requested my custom covers for the first two Spider-Man scores I made, at least the main front covers themselves. I'm going to redo them since I've gotten better at it since I originally made them. I did Spider-Man 2's last night and I'll do Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3's today.

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Here's my custom main cover for my complete Star Trek edit. Of course for my edit I did use quite a bit of Datamiester's material...anyways here's the main cover.

It wasn't easy to get the Star Trek logo to blend perfectly with Nero. I had to brighten up the Star Trek logo a lot and brighten Nero too a bit.

StarTrek.jpg

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Hello,

First time poster here. I wound up on the forums looking for artwork to use in itunes for the FSM 8 CD boxed set for Superman. I saw that someone posted some nice covers that used the original movie posters, but I have to admit that I never liked the posters for many of the Superman movies. So, I simply decided to come up with my own. I fear that my artwork is rather inferior to much of what is posted on here, but in case someone finds these useful, I am posting them here.

Some notes:

1. My goal was to make a distinct cover for each movie, so Superman I and Superman IV have the same color scheme for two discs because they're spread across two discs.

2. I'm not happy with the Superman IV yet; I tried to stick with Superman colors (red, blue, yellow), but I'm still not happy with the yellow that I used in Superman IV.

3. I tried to create some continuity between all the covers by using the original logo from the movies; for the animated series disc (disc 7), however; that meant that I had to tamper with the overall theme a bit to reflect the logo used in the cartoon and try to stay consistent with the other covers.

4. Feel free to criticize my work.

EDIT: P.S. All 8 covers are down below. Scroll down for them.

EDIT 2: I've deleted the attachments. The 8 covers posted below represent the first round. Scroll down yet further for round 2. (Hopefully done!)

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Hello,

First time poster here. I wound up on the forums looking for artwork to use in itunes for the FSM 8 CD boxed set for Superman. I saw that someone posted some nice covers that used the original movie posters, but I have to admit that I never liked the posters for many of the Superman movies. So, I simply decided to come up with my own. I fear that my artwork is rather inferior to much of what is posted on here, but in case someone finds these useful, I am posting them here.

Some notes:

1. My goal was to make a distinct cover for each movie, so Superman I and Superman IV have the same color scheme for two discs because they're spread across two discs.

2. I'm not happy with the Superman IV yet; I tried to stick with Superman colors (red, blue, yellow), but I'm still not happy with the yellow that I used in Superman IV.

3. I tried to create some continuity between all the covers by using the original logo from the movies; for the animated series disc (disc 7), however; that meant that I had to tamper with the overall theme a bit to reflect the logo used in the cartoon and try to stay consistent with the other covers.

4. Feel free to criticize my work.

Hey, that's really cool. It's a sweet and clean look and I like the black more than the blue used on the actual release. A bit of constructive criticism:

1. The FSM BOX 02 font just looks like it was thrown in there. I'd suggest making it a little smaller and put some spacing between the letters.

2. The font size differences on the title and credit seem a bit jarring. I think it'd work perfectly well with SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE to have the fonts the same size but leave one bold and one normal. Also, I think the "Music composed by..." would look better if that bit was in lowercase and the JW part was in capitals. But it's really nice work.

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EDIT: This work now represents a first draft. Scroll down further for links to the second iteration.

Well, I just discovered that I have already hit my size limit for posting files. So, here is an image shack link for all eight covers:

http://img697.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=disc1h.jpg

Here are the covers individually:

Disc 1

disc1h.jpg

Disc 2

disc2.jpg

Disc 3

disc3p.jpg

Disc 4

disc4k.jpg

Disc 5

disc5.jpg

Disc 6

disc6.jpg

Disc 7

disc7.jpg

Disc 8

disc8.jpg

Enjoy!

FarVoyager

1. The FSM BOX 02 font just looks like it was thrown in there. I'd suggest making it a little smaller and put some spacing between the letters.

2. The font size differences on the title and credit seem a bit jarring. I think it'd work perfectly well with SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE to have the fonts the same size but leave one bold and one normal. Also, I think the "Music composed by..." would look better if that bit was in lowercase and the JW part was in capitals. But it's really nice work.

Very helpful feedback -- thank you! I will have to tinker some more. I'm working on GIMP and the fonts in GIMP are a bit of a hassle. Later this year, I hope to upgrade to a new Mac and CS5 -- the font work should then be easier.

Any ideas on the yellowish covers? I still don't like them, but I'm not sure what else to do.

Again, comments and criticisms are welcome!

FarVoyager

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I think I like these better than the movie posters I currently use for mine on my iPod, which aren't consistent at all. Except I have Supermans I and IV combined into single albums to keep my album count low. I haven't decided if I should split them up, to avoid listening to the first disc more than the second disc.

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Wow.

FarVoyager, those covers are pretty darn awesome. Unlike you, I really like the yellow/orange color scheme you chose as I feel it fits very well with the film. I would have chosen green (for Kryptonite) for III but I could get used to the red. I'm already using these awesome covers. Thanks a bunch and I hope you continue to do great work.

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Wow.

FarVoyager, those covers are pretty darn awesome. Unlike you, I really like the yellow/orange color scheme you chose as I feel it fits very well with the film. I would have chosen green (for Kryptonite) for III but I could get used to the red. I'm already using these awesome covers. Thanks a bunch and I hope you continue to do great work.

Thanks! Green is a great idea! I'm kicking myself for not having thought of it. I'll post some revised versions in the next few days, including the green cover idea as an alternate for S3. I've also been tinkering with the helpful font suggestions that Charlie Brigden made; that work is almost done. Thanks for the feedback, guys; very helpful.

FarVoyager

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Okay, gang, I've taken the great suggestions into account and am offering my revised covers. I took Charlie Brigden's font advice; I tinkered a bit more with the yellow to get it to my liking; I produced a green alternate for Wycket; and, just for Wojo, I put out a simple "Superman 1-4" so that he can keep his album count low!

Disc 1:

disc1alt.jpg

Disc 2:

disc2alt.jpg

Disc 3:

disc3alt.jpg

Disc 4:

disc4alt.jpg

Disc 4 (Kryptonite Alternative)

disc4altgreen.jpg

Disc 5:

disc5alt.jpg

Disc 6:

disc6alt.jpg

Disc 7:

disc7alt.jpg

Disc 8:

disc8alt.jpg

The alternative cover for Wojo:

anypurposeforwojo.jpg

Cheers,

FarVoyager

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Great work, FarVoyager! Hope to see more from you.

Here are my covers for the Trent edits of the prequel trilogy.

Thank you. Nice work, too! Truth be told, I paged through these forums for inspiration to help me craft the covers I was looking for.

Thanks FarVoyager! That's not exactly what I had in mind, but I appreciate the personal touch!

Funny -- I suppose I should have asked! (I'm grinning as I write this.)

So, speaking of making more covers: does anyone here, by any chance, happen to own all four of the Karate Kid movies on DVD? I'm looking especially for the versions in which every cover is done in the theme of red. I have tried for years to make covers for the Bill Conti scores, but every effort has been a disaster. Don't know why it is so hard. But, given that we have the boxed set of all 4 soundtracks, I figure I should take another crack at it. The easiest would be to use scans of the red toned covers that someone in Hollywood made for each film. With some cropping (and using the original Karate Kid font "News 701 Bold"), i'd be able to create four rather consistent covers. Unfortunately, I only own the first film and I haven't had luck getting good enough quality images of the covers via the world wide interwebs. I suppose I could just go buy the last 3 DVDs to get the covers, but I can't bring myself to buy KK3 or the Next Karate kid -- how's that for prejudice?

Okay, to make a long story short, anyone have all 4 of the Karate Kid films on DVD with the individual red covers AND have a scanner to scan them...? (I know it is a long shot!)

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Cheers, Charlie, thanks! And I was especially interested in the Indy one, yes :D No need to use Megaupload though for my sake; postings in the thread (of the front (& back) for instance) would more than suffice.

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I'll remember that in the future! Trent asked for the images so instead of breaking it up I thought I'd just upload the shop files instead, so being lazy I just threw you the link for him instead. Also, folks can change the tracklistings if they want as I know we all like different things in our edits.

Here's the full-size Raiders (still working on the back):

raidersbookletlarge.jpg

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Charlie -- that cover is fantastic! How did you do it? I love the minimalism of it!

Okay, so I got impatient about doing the Karate Kid soundtrack covers because I have long wanted 4 individual covers for the Varese Sarabande box set release of Conti's score to all four movies. I had posted a request for scans of the DVD art but I realized that I could scan in images from the soundtrack booklet and use those images to repair what I found online. Here is my go at it:

Karate Kid 1:

kk1dvd.jpg

Karate Kid 2:

kk2dvd.jpg

Karate Kid 3:

kk3dvd.jpg

The Next Karate Kid:

kk4dvd.jpg

P.S. to Greg1138

Has ayone had a go at the 4 Karate Kid covers to go with the box set?

Done and done!

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Those are really cool. Great stuff, I'm sure Greg will be very happy!

Charlie -- that cover is fantastic! How did you do it? I love the minimalism of it!

Thanks! The artwork is from the Marvel Comics adaptation of the film. I thought it'd be cool to have a dynamic image of Indy in colour against a black and white image (in this case Toht), and as you mention, I'm a big fan of minimalist, and, well, I'm a bit tired of the usual Indy custom covers. I love the Struzan artwork, but I just wanted to do something different. The fonts are somewhat based on the film's opening titles.

Glad you liked it!

Well, I'm not sure about this one. I've spent a lot of time on it going over various things (like whether to use the same font as before or the classic Indy logo), and I'm not sure about it, although I can't really put my finger on it. Images were not really as plentiful as before. Still, comments welcome.

templeofdoombookletlarg.jpg

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Well, I'm not sure about this one. I've spent a lot of time on it going over various things (like whether to use the same font as before or the classic Indy logo), and I'm not sure about it, although I can't really put my finger on it. Images were not really as plentiful as before. Still, comments welcome.

Personally, I think it looks excellent. No kidding.

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Wow, with all of these custom covers for Star Wars and Indy, I may have to use multiple alternate covers on my iPod. Odd tracks get these covers, even tracks get these, and so on.

I do the same thing.

Charlie, your Indy covers are gorgeous! The Raiders one is so nostalgic. Well done!

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