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Universal Custom Cover Template Ver.4.0
[Above: Complete line-up of current templates as of 10:06 PM 11/28/2015]
 
 
Welcome to Version 4.0 of the Universal Custom Cover Template [UCCT4]. This template is the culmination of several years of work, and is always in a flux of constant refinement. Currently, the modern form is designed to fit into PlayStation 3 sized Blu-ray keep cases; through some slight re-sizing, this can be made to fit into anything from normal Blu-ray, 12-disc Blu-ray, standard DVD, and beyond size cases without much distortion of artwork. The template contains a color-coded scheme for a variety of types of programming. Right now, this includes: Animé [sub-divided into TV series, TV Special, OVA series, Movie, Web series, and Hentai/R-18 series], Cartoon, TV Series, Web Series, Movie, and Video Game [sub-divided into Let's Plays and Long Plays]. While these are the existing labels, future ones will be considered; currently, ideas for Print [sub-divided into Manga, Comics and Novel] and a new Speed Run sub-division of Video Game are being fielded.
 
All templates can be found at my Box.com account, which is linked at the bottom of this post. Unlike previous versions, I will also be linking to previews of covers in the main post here as well. The templates are in Photoshop PSD format, which will require either Photoshop, Paint.Net with a plugin, or GIMP to open. Previously, I offered versions of the covers as JPG files with blank slots to fill in technical information; however, from 4.0 forward, these will not be made available, as editing the template is the best way to ensure consistency between each. Also, since this is the first time the individual templates will be available, everyone can change the front covers and characters at will, allowing them to use their own favorite choices.
 
The current theory behind the covers is to give each individual production their own cover, with the exception of compilation movies unless they contain significant [Evangelion-level] retroactive continuity changes. Thus, separate covers for Dragon Ball Z and each of its movies, but one cover for Gundam SEED, the SEED Special Editions, and the HD Remaster. However, this plan has one severe bottleneck, which is if resources are available for each. For hugely popular series, this is not an issue, but for smaller or older shows, it becomes increasingly difficult to discover enough usable material, as I prefer to have the covers look as high-quality as possible without access to the original art works. Thus, something like the various Heisei Kamen Rider movies may not receive their own cover. It'll be a case-by-case item, and thus I don't really plan it out until I begin gathering resources for that specific cover. In the case of the modern trend of OVAs bundled with manga volumes or art books and the like, these will be tied to whatever series they share production staff with; i.e. the current To LOVEru Darkness OVA coming with volume 15 will be included within the case for season 2.
 
Current cover list [Click the title for the cover preview; a × indicates a currently incomplete cover]:
   - Dead Zone ×
   - Tree of Might ×
   - Lord Slug ×
   - Cooler's Revenge ×
   - Return of Cooler ×
   - Super Android 13 ×
   - Bojack Unbound ×
   - Bio-Broly ×
   - Fusion Reborn ×
   - Battle of Gods ×
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO [both ~The Hidden One-Year War~ and ~Apocalypse 0079~]
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 [both seasons] ×
   - Requiem for the Patriots [Samurai X the Motion Picture] ×
Rurouni Kenshin: Recollection [Samurai X: Trust & Betrayal] ×
Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection [Samurai X: Reflections] ×
 
As always, updates can and will be sporadic, though with the current template version it's become much funner to use. The link below is to my Box.com folder, where you can download the original Template 4.0 or any of the individual template files; if something is not on there [which is a fair bit at the moment], expect it in the very near future [which is on ETA for Tuesday, my next day off at the moment]. 
 
 
I believe the template includes everything needed, but let me know if I missed something or didn't explain something well enough if you are trying to use it. Otherwise, I will continue to update this post with new information.
 
Thank you for all the kind words and constructive criticism throughout the last few years. Without them, and without people still to this day at least previewing the former versions on my Box, I likely would have abandoned this project; now, however, it has come to the point where I am spending more and more of my free time on it, whether it is building a new cover, finding new resources, or anything else related. Also, please keep in mind that at the moment, most new covers are going to be incomplete, as my Wacom Graphire4 tablet is no longer compatible with Windows 10 after the latest updates, rendering my ability to clean up images to nearly zero. Until I manage to find a solution or replace the tablet (the latter of which will likely not happen until late February), there will be a limit to what I can complete.
 
Current Works in Progress:
   - Dragon Ball series [18/32 started]
   - Kamen Rider series [19/32 started]
   - The Slayers series [1/12 started]
   - Sailor Moon series [5/9 started]
   - Updating 3.x covers to 4.0 [37/81 started]
 
Planned Next Works:
   - Lupin the 3rd series [?]
   - PreCure TV series [13]
 

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Edited by Treasure, 01 December 2015 - 12:16 AM.


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wow, that looks quite professional! do you add you own media info and encoding group on the covers as well?

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The cover itself has a "Properties" box, which lists source, resolution, audio languages, subtitle languages, genres, and runtime. As for encoding group, that is actually labelled on my master Excel file and on the discs themselves, so I left it off the covers, mainly because I'm also planning on replacing my actual dvd collections as well. Really though, it'd prolly be as simple as expanding the spine "year" bar up a little bit, and using whatever group's common acronym or abbreviation.

I should mention the actual finished covers on my Box don't have any of the "Properties" or the "# of Discs" filled in, because what I have is not necessarily the same as everyone else. The "Properties" box uses the font MoolBoran, at 13pt and with a 5px White Stroke for each entry. The "# of Disc" box uses 19pt Lithos Pro, with no Fx. I don't remember installing those, so I think they are basic Windows fonts... I'll prolly see if I can't upload them onto my Box anyway, though, just in case.

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oh wow!!! .... ur really amazing!!! x3

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This excellent! I do not think I would use it, but others most probably be interested! Such a great idea. How much time have you spent on it and want prompted you to organise downloaded anime like this?

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The old version, which isn't pictured here, I made the template for around October or so, worked very rarely with it, and over the last 8 months made around 40-45 covers with it. This version was refined around the beginning of the month, and I've been a lot happier with it overall, so it's much funner to work with. Took a break from it the last week and a half or so, but cranked out 13 covers over 7-8 hours last night. Some of them can take a while, since the background images sometimes need to be carefully removed from other artwork. Some times I'll get discouraged when I can't find an image I want, and I'll stop working on it for a day or two, then try to pick it back up. Happened quite a bit with the Kamen Rider Decade cover, I really wanted to use an image of Masahiro/Tsukasa on the back, but the only decent sized images I could find of him happened to be his underwear modelling photos from some Japanese magazine... After about an hour of looking at him in just his undies, I kinda gave up on my idea. Happy with the image I found though, up in the above picture. It's a little hard to tell at that size, but even at full size it's difficult to notice that the Decade on the back is actually fan-art and not a photograph. I was amazed at how well done it was.

Another thing that can take a while is the logos. Not only do I look for high quality ones, but in the event I can't find them, I'll rebuild it. Also, even though my master Excel file and folders and even discs are labelled with the Japanese titles unless there is an official English release, for the cases I've been translating them (rebuilt the Astarotte no Omocha! logo from a 1280x720 screenshot into an Astalotte's Toy! logo, for expample, and not really pictured or used on the new template yet, I've made semi-English logos for Futari wa Pretty Cure, Max Heart, Splash Star, and Fresh... dunno why I kept the "Futari wa" on them instead of translating it, but I suppose the important part is just Pretty Cure anyway...) Also rebuilt a variety of the Gundam logos, by matching the font, ripping out what I could from any images... Actually found a website that had some pretty good English logos for G Gundam, V Gundam, and F91, so I used those rather than waste time making different ones. Screenshots can also be a slight pain, since pretty much all of my discs are in storage right now, I have to search them on Google Image search, and so I'm limited as to what I can find for it.

As for why, we're going to be building a house starting sometime the second half of this year. My room is going to be 12'10x13'2, and one of the 13'2 walls is going to be a built in bookshelf across the entire length, for games, manga, and dvds. So I figured why not see about putting things I've burned off on there as well, you know?

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do you burn these to play on a DVD/BD player or are they just simply data discs?

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Ditto that question. If it just a shelf porn thing then you could just make cases and keep everything not burnt on HDD

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^ for some reason that was hard for me to understand what you meant to say... so i will guess that you meant something like "If it just a shelf decoration thing then you could just make cases and keep everything on HDD and not DVD"

with that said i do not think leaving a job half done is worth doing at all. it really only takes a few min to burn a disc to put something in the case... i do not like the idea of leaving a bunch of empty cases on a display shelf for all to see and view. it would feel soo fake and hollow.

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Just data discs, my computer is only DVD/BD player I tend to use, with exception of my PS3 for Blu-Ray if I want to browse at the same time. I figured if I was to make them actual DVD/BDs, I would lose all the nice fancy karaokes and styling, and unless I wanted to buy blank BDs for half of my collection, I'd lose the resolution upgrades, and I just simply don't have the funds for that. Already going to be looking into picking up a fair bit of DVD keepcases (I have TONS of blank standard 1 disc cases and a good selection of 2 disc cases, but anything beyond that I'll have to buy depending on how many I need. Most shows thankfully seem to need 6 at max, so it'll still fit a standard DVD sized keepcase, as they make up to 6-Disc cases in the same 27mm size as the single disc ones, but beyond that I have to measure and expand the spine appropriately).

Don't like just keeping my files on hard drives anymore, because I have a 1.5TB drive sitting in a box in storage that completed died, and data recovery methods are stupid expensive. Took out at least 1TB of animé when it did, so... I've been burning as much as I can (did replace it with a 3TB drive for $99... really need to get more discs soon though, as I have slacked off on burning in the last 4/5 months...)

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Don't like just keeping my files on hard drives anymore, because I have a 1.5TB drive sitting in a box in storage that completed died, and data recovery methods are stupid expensive. Took out at least 1TB of animé when it did, so... I've been burning as much as I can (did replace it with a 3TB drive for $99... really need to get more discs soon though, as I have slacked off on burning in the last 4/5 months...)

I know what You mean. I lost ~1.5TB of high quality dual-audio anime when my 2TB HDD died. To make it worse, 1/3 of the files were from FileServe and MegaUpload, so no way to get them back. But I can't imagine burning it all in DVD's. DVD's can be more durable, but they have slower read time, no way to edit files and might require to create dozen just to store 1 season.

You mentioned using AnimePaper. If You are not against the idea, there is a Torrent of full their site-rip floating around. It doesn't contain the newest additions, but you do get 130GB of archived pictures. I downloaded it, but have already deleted more than half of it, because I store related pictures only for anime I have.
Torrent:http://kat.ph/animep...0gb-t68449.html

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Oh wow... that torrent will help tremendously, thank you! As far as the DVDs go, depending on your downloading habits, it's not too terrible usually. I only do 720p for TV and OVA series, as they typically aren't animated any larger than that (I know a few are), while movies I'll spend the extra room for the full 1080p, just to make them something special. Because of that, at the last known check up of unburned things (of which I have burned a fair bit of, just haven't updated my files), I have 288 series that will fit on 1 disc (be it a CD or DVD), 96 for 2 discs, 32 at 3 discs, 16 at 4 discs, 11 at 5 discs, and 7 at 6 discs. One show each for 8 and 9 discs. The only ones that are really annoying are the typical shonen stuff, Dragon Ball, InuYasha, BLEACH, Case Closed/Detective Conan, Yu-Gi-Oh!... Thankfully (?), I'm not a fan of Naruto or One Piece, so I've been able to skip having to burn those two... But yeah, a typical 13 episode series (720p Astarotte no Omocha! from Doki) will fit on usually at most 2 discs (usually 1 so far though, unless it's heavy on the animation), and a 26 episode (720p Amagami SS from Kira) series fits comfortably on 3 discs. Then those annoying movies... I have a couple that won't even fit on a DVD9... so those tend to stay on the hard drives awhile.

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back up everything!

Really, it is important!

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Sorry, I can only afford the one hard drive. I'm seriously lucky if I get out of a month having enough to buy anything that's not required or a bill. I think the last thing I was able to buy actually was... a double pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that were $3.98? That's the main reason I've been behind on burning stuff, I just haven't been able to afford getting any discs (which, is actually my way of backing stuff up, I guess?)

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Currently I have 5 working 2TB HDD's, one 0.5TB HDD and one dead 2TB HDD. Last time I checked, buying DVD's were more expensive if you take price for 1 MB.

As for burning, I really like having the highest quality available (except for BDMV's themselves), so fitting some movies is impossible.

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Yeah, I get that. I used to do 1080p if it was available for everything (my Code Geass season 1 is spread across like 7 or 8 discs...) Nothing wrong with it, just something I ended up deciding against. And yeah, price per MB is definitely cheaper to buy a hard drive. I just don't usually have access to the amount needed to buy a good sized one (wouldn't really want anything under 1TB, preferably 2TB at lowest)... I'm also a stickler for physical products, so that's another reason I like burning stuff off. Makes me feel like I actually have something then. Same way with my games, I have a Steam account I've never bought anything on. Been happy as all get out that Ys Origin is officially out in English, but I'm not going to play it anytime soon, because it's download only (although, at least with Steam I can back up the installers and burn that... not so much with my PS3...), and when/if I buy it, I'll just feel like I bought a license to play it when they want me too and not that I bought the game to own it...

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I got what You mean, I just can't afford to buy so many DVD's. I used to burn anime in DVD's some time ago, but now - just HDD's. Speaking of physical media, do You make covers for games and non-anime shows and movies. I have Xbox360, so I can't avoid burning disks, and it could be nice to have artistic covers for them.

Also, what are Your thoughts about printable and LightScribe DVD's?

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Haven't invested in any printable or lightscribe discs... no reason in particular, I've just always figured if I wanted to print labels, it seems a little cheaper to just used label paper. Also, formatting images to fit right... for some reason, I've never had any luck doing so on disc labels.

As far as game covers, I have made some before, but not really something I focus on a lot other than a few specialties (Noel cover for BlazBlue Calamity Trigger and mu-12 cover for Continuum Shift, for example). All the ones I've done so far are on my Box as well. One 360 one on there, Final Fantasy XIII, styled like the 20th Anniversary series games for the PSP, as someone on The Cover Project made some for IIIds and IV-XII PS1/2. You should check them out http://www.thecoverproject.net, they do a lot of that there, and it's very quality focused, as in they review each cover before adding them to the site and have no problem rejected for as little as a type or a slightly blurry image. Not too much 360 stuff there would be the only downside, they tend to focus alot on retro stuff, but there is a section for them and a dedicated forum topic as well. I don't currently own one, although I think I do have a very basic template I downloaded from TCP...

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Okay, finally got around to adding the "Web Series" type to the template, so I'll be re-uploading that sometime tonight. Figured I'd give a little advanced preview though, with a series that's been very annoying trying to acquire stuff for. Thanks to that torrent, I finally got a good front for 6 Angels. I also had to cut out and redraw a little bit of the back image (the original had some text placed over small parts of the right side). The logo is completely custom, fairly similar to the original, except the "6" isn't as stylized... Also, for web series, should it be "Broadcast Date" or "Release Date"? I went with broadcast, since they are usually limited by area and or time, but I don't really know which one would be better to use...

 

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Well, I've been waiting until I move before I make new covers, since I have specific screen shots I want to use, but my discs are in a storage room. Funny thing that that can last over 9 months... but it's almost done, and I'll be moving in to my new place the first week of November. In the meantime... I haven't really touched any of this until today. I've been thinking over the last week or so that I'm still a little disappointed with the overall look of parts of my template, so I played with it some more this morning, and it now pleases me, at least. So far I've only updated one cover to the new style; beware, the image is full cover sized, so I won't post it here (not sure on image size restrictions, and whatnot).

[Image removed due to the outdated nature of this.  For current, up-to-date versions, please refer to the opening post.]

I'll play around a bit with updating what I've got done, and hopefully starting early-to-mid November, I can get back to work on this full force.




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