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Old 03-04-2004, 12:15 AM   #121
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This is good, this is all very good. We'll have to wait the backlash from LucasArts after the mojo e-mail address thing before we make the site though, which I would also volunteer to help out on


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Old 03-04-2004, 07:17 PM   #122
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LucasTones, can you PM me with FTP info again? I keep trying at all times of the day, and I can't connect to the FTP. Also, I can't PM you for some reason - it always times out.

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Old 03-04-2004, 07:47 PM   #123
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The info is right, I thought the fto was on but it wasn't. Apologies. Try over the weekend, should be fine.


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Old 03-05-2004, 06:29 PM   #124
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LucasTones, I tried to send you a forum PM but it said your inbox was full so I'm posting it here instead:

I am very interested in the hi-res cover scans you offer. I'm not sure I'll be able to come up with a brilliant design for DVD covers but I'll give it a shot, mostly I'm interested in printing out super sized posters for myself and friends.

I don't frequent the lucasforums as much as I frequent the AGS and AG forums so if you do give me FTP access it would be great if you could mail me at esseb<at>esseb<dot>com* instead of sending me a forum PM since I'll probably not notice it. I will be away on Saturday and Sunday so I might not be able to download the files until Monday.

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Old 03-05-2004, 07:53 PM   #125
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I'd be happy to set up a "covers.mixnmojo.com" webspace for a site dedicated to this sort of thing, assuming someone with a better grasp of web programming (and more free time) than myself could set it up.

Were the site to exist it would very nice if the covers could be sorted by collection (ie "Laserschwert's Adventure Cover Collection") or by game (ie "every DVD cover slipcase design for Monkey Island 2"), and of course allow for people to add their own if whoever ran the site thought they were cool enough to add.

Just an idea.


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Old 03-05-2004, 11:57 PM   #126
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Not that I'm, uh, working on the site, or anything, cuz that would be a surprise, and stuff, winkwink, but is anybody any good at php/mysql/databasing/webprogrammingmumbojumbo that would be willing to help out? I kind of just know html.
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Old 03-06-2004, 02:40 AM   #127
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Jakes idea is most excellent, and Spiffy, make that site faster ;D

As I said, I'd be prepared to work on the site, and I assume Spiffy is going to be working on it too, as well as anyone else you appoint.

Looks like its all coming together nicely


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Old 03-06-2004, 11:09 PM   #128
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I'm willing to help allong.

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Old 03-07-2004, 02:37 AM   #129
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Old 03-10-2004, 03:45 AM   #130
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well the site's up (and by site i mean coming soon page)

http://covers.mixnmojo.com

who wants to send in some covers?!
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Old 04-01-2004, 10:18 AM   #131
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Sooo... what's up? Any progress being made on this project?


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Old 04-01-2004, 03:16 PM   #132
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Hate to sound mean, but......... boy! that site is UGLY! (sorry)

I look forward to being able to download covers!

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Old 04-02-2004, 05:59 PM   #133
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well my design was usurped by lucastones' design. What's on there now will not look like the final design. We still don't really know when we'll be happy with a design. Hell, maybe we can just get Gabez to do it for us.
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Old 04-03-2004, 07:31 AM   #134
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My design was made by that imposter

Yeah, Zebag owe's me a few favours. He can do it.


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Old 04-03-2004, 08:46 AM   #135
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Hee, the cry of many a frustrated community site owner 'sod it, i'll get Gabez to do it'.

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Old 04-05-2004, 03:06 AM   #136
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Yeah, the Sam & Max one looks a lot better because the logo isn't repeated.

For Mi2 you could use http://www.scummbar.com/resources/do...ge-640x480.jpg (available in higher resolutions at TSB), or just airbrush the logos out. Or keep them in, if you think it would be better, and I coud airbrush them out for me! Whatever.

They do look really really fantastic though.
That picture has been airbrushed. The logo is not an original part of the image though - it is superimposed.

I can send this:



I have it at 5116x6959 720dpi 83.9MB PNG, I'll downsize it to a more reasonable dpi and then email it to you Spiffy, if you send your email address. I will have a hintbook in my possession soon, I can scan that later which will have nothing but the MI2 logo superimposed over the original image.

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Old 04-05-2004, 08:17 AM   #137
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Oh yeah... do that, DO THAT!! I always wanted a "clean" cover of MI2... and of course MI1... anyone got that one too?

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Old 04-05-2004, 08:46 AM   #138
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MI1 CD-slipcase scanned at 400dpi is 1925x2053 10.6M PNG - but that's too detailed for the quality, as in it will have to be reduced to around 1/4 the size - 963x1024 looks quite good, and is 2.64M as a PNG making it acceptable to send in that format, rather than JPEG.

Also Laser, the Kixx release of MI2 superimposed the logo differently to the original release, meaning if you superimpose the images on top of each other you can losslessly remove much of the logo, and then "airbrush" the rest that's left over.

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Old 04-05-2004, 08:58 AM   #139
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By "clean", I just mean the cover without the system-spec "sticker" (actually it's printed on... at least on "Fate of Atlantis") in the lower left corner, and without any award-icons.

The slipcase as whole wouldn't work... because I was going to print posters from it... and in that case the scan has to be at least the size of the game box. But it could be used to retouch the sticker-part of the image. So, YES, PLEASE! *g*

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Old 04-05-2004, 10:30 AM   #140
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Why don't you have one of the MI1 posters professionally scanned?

I tell you what, if a few people want to pitch in maybe $20 each I'll have it done.
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Old 04-05-2004, 02:03 PM   #141
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20$ each?? What are you going to do with it??

OK OK, you see, printing the box-scans is obviously a lot cheaper, plus, there's no MI2 poster...

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Old 04-05-2004, 02:23 PM   #142
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There is. However, it's hanging in Steve Purcell's house. :~

Not sure if there ever were any reprints.


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Old 04-05-2004, 08:32 PM   #143
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I was under the impression that from Maniac Mansion to Fate of Atlantis LucasArts offered a poster through some sort of mail order. Was MI2 skipped?
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Old 04-06-2004, 12:54 AM   #144
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Old 04-06-2004, 02:47 PM   #145
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Well, I did it.

Using LucasTones excellent high-resolution scan of the Secret of Monkey Island boxart, I did a little tweaking (increased the contrast) and sent the image off to become a 20x30 print (great for framing).

I received it today, and I must say, it looks amazing! Absolutely stunning!

Only problem is that the proportions weren't quite right for a 20x30, so the sides were trimmed a bit. No big deal, as the only significant thing that was lost was a bit of ther border on the left and right side and that annoying IBM PC sticker.

I'm going to get a 20x30 of the Dig boxart next for a gift for my friend.

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Old 04-06-2004, 11:00 PM   #146
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Thanks, I'm glad it came out ok. Is there any chance you could take a picture of the poster? I'd like to see how it looks

Also I should mention, the ftp is no longer online. I'll probably get it back up in a few weeks though


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Old 04-07-2004, 05:58 AM   #147
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Sure LucasTones, I'll try and take a picture and put it up over the weekend.


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Old 04-20-2004, 03:18 AM   #148
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Well, I've scanned both a boxart of Monkey Island 2 LEC release, and the Kixx release. The Kixx boxart is actually a higher-quality print. As I stated before the size is 90odd meg per box art at 720dpi. I can either downsize it, or chop it into 90 -odd parts and upload them all one by one to a free graphic server.

It's proving too difficuilt to try and superimpose the MI2 LEC release box over the Kixx... but I will try again later, and post the results if they're impressive. I also have a hint-book I can scan, it is of significantly lower quality though.

Here are some examples of the difference in quality (these examples are at 720dpi).

http://www.zippyimages.com/files/206..._tst1_kixx.jpg
http://www.zippyimages.com/files/206..._tst1_norm.jpg

http://www.zippyimages.com/files/206..._tst2_kixx.jpg
http://www.zippyimages.com/files/206..._tst2_norm.jpg
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Old 04-20-2004, 03:48 AM   #149
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If you want something scanned at high quality, let me know. I have every box that is listed in my museum (see sig).

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Old 04-22-2004, 03:13 PM   #150
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Alright, I will superimpose. It'll take a while and the resulting image will not hold up to scrutiny, but will hopefully look stunning. I will also work at completely removing the Monkey Island 2 graphic and all "By Ron Gilbert" text. And the "LucasArts" graphic for that matter. Here is where I'm up to superimposing the regular box image to "make-up" the incomplete parts of the Kixx box (at 720 DPI, this image is just 15% the size of the one I'm working on):

http://www.zippyimages.com/files/25705/demo.jpg

The problem is the colour levels and the prints just do not match at all. So I do not know how much more I will be able to superimose, and how much I will have to "draw-in". Of course it would be much easier to start with the regular box and just "fix that", but like I said the KIXX is just of such higher quality.
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I'm also restoring a 720dpi scan of the MI1-CD ver cover. The cover is in excellent condition except from some scratches and a few minor marks. Here's an example of the restoration over one of the worst effected areas:

http://www.zippyimages.com/files/293...estoration.jpg

As you can see I'm attempting to replace the damaged areas with equivalent material, rather than doing a cheap and nasty fudge-out or nasty interpolitation. I bet you couldn't even tell where the marks had been removed if I didn't include the after pic.
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:29 AM   #152
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Those are some amazing covers Laserschwert, mind telling me where you found the textures ? I assume you filling in a color then making a new layer and overlaying the texture?

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Old 05-18-2004, 03:48 PM   #153
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This texture was scanned from the limited edition soundtrack booklet from "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". I didn't overlay it on top of everything, instead I just shifted the hue on this thing in the background (to get all the colors I needed), while I overlayed the "gold"-parts. Thogh your idea of overlaying the texture might be the better solution... which reminds me of my task to finish those covers in hi-res... oopsie...




This texture was scanned from the DVD-Box of "Pearl Harbor - Director's Cut" (with all logos removed).




And this is of course a scan of the digi-pack from "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - SEE" (again with removed logos).

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yeees.... everything is going according to plan....

with the notable exception of the website.

seriously, though. Once some high-res covers are finished the website will totally be corking good.
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Indeed. I am working very hard on the site myself, but I have unfortunately been disconnected from the internet.


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Old 05-19-2004, 09:57 AM   #156
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This texture was scanned from the limited edition soundtrack booklet from "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". I didn't overlay it on top of everything, instead I just shifted the hue on this thing in the background (to get all the colors I needed), while I overlayed the "gold"-parts. Thogh your idea of overlaying the texture might be the better solution... which reminds me of my task to finish those covers in hi-res... oopsie...
That's an interesting way of doing it I assume the textures you scanned had no text or anything on top of it?

I cant see how you did the LOTR Fellowship dvd texture because surely it has loads of text etc on top of the texture, did you edit it out or something?

I would have thought downloading a texture would be easier to do, but getting quality high res textures for free is always difficult.


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Old 05-19-2004, 10:27 AM   #157
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As I said I had to remove logos and stuff... but it wasn't very much. The inside of the LOTR-digipack has very little other stuff on top of the texture, so that wasn't really difficult.

I searched the web as well, but I didn't find any hi-res leather textures good enough.

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As I said I had to remove logos and stuff... but it wasn't very much. The inside of the LOTR-digipack has very little other stuff on top of the texture, so that wasn't really difficult.

I searched the web as well, but I didn't find any hi-res leather textures good enough.
Ahh didnt think about the inside of the cover.. good idea

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Old 06-02-2004, 01:50 PM   #160
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Hi.
Long time lurker here.
I've been watching this topic for a long time, and I was just wondering how it's going with the "ridiculously large" covers?
I think Laserschwert's covers look absolutely stunning!
I have still to see the covers LucasTones has scanned.
The http://covers.mixnmojo.com site has been dormant for some time.
Any news on when the hi-res covers are done?


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