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Old 04-17-2009, 06:06 PM   #1
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Exclamation Custom cover art for Blu-ray printing thread

This thread is for everyone who owns Blu-rays that they want to use custom covers for.

EDIT: Thread updated on February 17 2012. My original method of printing has been changed to a much easier method of just using Photoshop!

I will use this thread to give a clear presentation of how I have printed all my covers.

1. The first thing you will want to know is that you need the high quality version of the cover that someone has made on this site or any other sites that provide covers. Some of the other popular ones I use are:

AVS Forums - Blu Ray Custom Covers Thread
Customaniacs - Low priced paid subscription to download
HiResCovers - Great covers, high quality material for making your own
This Site - Blu-Ray custom cover art thread

* Note that Both this site and AVS are provided free, so any covers that members are posting they are doing so without any compensation, so please respect their work and understand if mistakes are made or requests aren't fulfilled right away.
* Please never post covers you got on any site on other as your own, respect the hard work of the creator.

2. Wherever or however you print, ALWAYS make sure your printer is not set to scale the image, or it will not fit properly.

3. Covers are generally sized around 10.3933" x 5.8267". This means that they will fit on a standard 8.5x11 paper, albeit closely fit. If your printer doesn't have a great printing area, it may cut off your cover. For this reason you may want to use legal 11x14 paper if you can to be safe.

4. Now, all computers have a problem printing JPG covers, because they want to re-size the image to fit the page, and never really allow you to choose the size. So, unless you have Adobe Creative Suite, you will need a program like UndercoverXP. This program sizes them properly and other users seem to think it is the best one to use (I don't use it myself tho, because I don't need to!).

5. For those of you that do have Adobe's programs (specifically Photoshop), you can use them to print covers at their actual size.

6. After printing, you will want to use something to cut it, probably not scissors by hand. My recommendation would be a paper cutter if you have access to one, or even a cutting board, exacto knife and ruler if need be. When cutting, make sure you have an empty Blu-ray case with you to put the cover in and make sure it fits properly (it should, the size stated above is slightly smaller than the space in the case for a bit of leeway).

Hope this helps!

I have about 300 custom covers and they all look great, the process isn't hard and well worth it.

Please use this thread to state some of your own methods or ask any questions.

Thank you!

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