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#1 Edited by LiquidPrince (16124 posts) -

So I was wondering how many of you guys actually like to make or even use custom covers for your games. I just finished working on my first one and I like it quite a bit. It's for one of my favorite games, Alice Madness Returns. I know I could have gone all minimalistic and and kept all the logos and text off, but I wanted it to look as much like a legit cover as possible. All the text and information is also correct if anyone was wondering.

So if you guys do use or make custom covers, what are some of your favorites? Post em up!

EDIT: Just created a Wii U version of Bayonetta (and Bayonetta 2) since the first game doesn't come with it's own box in NA:

If you're wondering, that image is watermarked. If you want a clean version for whatever reason, just ask.
#2 Posted by Imsorrymsjackson (855 posts) -

Not enough hours in the day.

#3 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

I probably should start doing this, I take such awful care of my games, this would encourage me to keep them displayed and safe instead of thrown all over my place. And I like photoshooping rather a lot.

Nice work though!

#4 Edited by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

@Imsorrymsjackson said:

Not enough hours in the day.

This and over time I've lost all ability to use Photoshop in any way. Cool idea though.

#5 Posted by Animasta (14718 posts) -

This one time I couldn't find the case for Shadow of the Colossus so I just stole an empty 360 case, took out the cover (I think it was for a burger king game) and put a piece of paper that said the game name on it.

that's as far as I get, honestly

#6 Posted by TyCobb (1976 posts) -

Great work. The only thing I would expect in box art is for the characters to have the same face on the front and back and be somewhat of the same art style, but I do like it. I don't really know much about box art since I buy almost everything in digital form.

At a glance -- you misspelled "separately" a couple of times and it should say "photosensitive seizures" instead of "seizured". Those are the only 2 that stuck out, but I didn't read the whole thing.

#7 Posted by Landon (4164 posts) -

I'd do it if I had nice paper that looked like a game cover. I bought Yakuza 3 used and it didn't have a cover so I printed it off the internet, and the paper in the game case made it look like it was stolen.

#8 Posted by MrCaptain (369 posts) -

Box art? what is this?

Nice work man! although it really bugs me that the text on the backside is not aligned.

#9 Posted by mwng (947 posts) -

That is pretty amazing, do you print them onto snazzy glossy paper too?
 
Also, you should make a second version and just COVER it in box quotes from reviews around the internet!

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I should probably do that for Silent Hill 2. It's the only game on my shelf that has generic used game box art. (FF13 and 13-2 only look like they do.)

#11 Posted by Dolphin_Butter (1916 posts) -

I used one for Yakuza 3. That was a terrible cover.

#12 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4700 posts) -

I printed off a case for Gears of War. Never made a custom image. I do like that Alice Madness Returns cover. My favorite level and custom in the game.

#13 Posted by manicraider (87 posts) -

I've made fake boxart (just the front) using photo editing software but I've never made an actual cover that I could use.

#14 Posted by PrimalHorse (75 posts) -

Pretty cool idea, I might make some fake ones for my digital games so I can have the best of both worlds.

Really nice art also, good job man.

#15 Posted by Dixavd (1367 posts) -

I make custom art for music for my iPod (usually for video game soundtracks). I usually don't go to much effort for it other than finding the one perfect image (that invites me to want to listen to it - as well as being unmistakabely that game). I can see how enjoyable it would be to do it for games as well but I haven't gone that far. Seems like an interesting thing to do one time as I have interest into going into video game design - and box art is a part of marketing for it (so trying out different versions of current games would be a useful activity).

#16 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1811 posts) -

I've only really been tempted to use them on games without cases and just use generic cases.

#17 Posted by mordukai (7184 posts) -

I used to but it just end up costing me way to much then what I willing to invest on it.

#18 Posted by redefaulted (2802 posts) -

I wouldn't know where to start. I would love some custom box-art for my games, but I don't even know what paper, dimensions, or anything else I would need to print it.

#19 Posted by StarvingGamer (8476 posts) -

If I had time and talent I definitely would. Your cover looks great though, much better than the original.

#20 Posted by Nightriff (5257 posts) -

I'm still working on my custom covers for the GB ERs....

#21 Edited by LiquidPrince (16124 posts) -

@TyCobb said:

Great work. The only thing I would expect in box art is for the characters to have the same face on the front and back and be somewhat of the same art style, but I do like it. I don't really know much about box art since I buy almost everything in digital form.

At a glance -- you misspelled "separately" a couple of times and it should say "photosensitive seizures" instead of "seizured". Those are the only 2 that stuck out, but I didn't read the whole thing.

The text blurb at the bottom is all taken from the 360 template so I didn't write most of that. Also I don't have the helvetica font so I can't really update it. I already had to edit out some of the text through some tricky means because it was taken from the Halo 3 box. But thanks for the kind words!

@MrCaptain said:

Box art? what is this?

Nice work man! although it really bugs me that the text on the backside is not aligned.

Which backside text?

@mwng said:

That is pretty amazing, do you print them onto snazzy glossy paper too? Also, you should make a second version and just COVER it in box quotes from reviews around the internet!

This is the first one I've made, but I'm definitely going to print it on awesome glossy paper.

#22 Posted by TheHT (11686 posts) -

Sort of.

This is the rabbit hole I've gone down lately:

Steam Icons!

Once you make one, it's really hard to stop. I'm going through most of my installed games and making replacements for the icons I don't like. Some I'm leaving as is though, like Binary Domain.

#23 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I'm no good at photoshop or any of that, but if I could I don't think I would.

#24 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

My sister lost the box to my copy of Nier, and I'm pretty glad she did, because I ended up making a pretty sweet replacement

Behold.

My next project will be replacing my missing Valkyria Chronicles box.

#25 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4469 posts) -

I don't have the time or talent, great work though.

#26 Posted by AuthenticM (3791 posts) -

I printed a buckload of them from the Neogaf thread. Some of them are true piece of art. You should check it out.

#27 Posted by DonutFever (3561 posts) -

I'd hate how normal paper would look in the case, which is a same, because a lot of the more obscure games I've played have truly godawful art.  
 
*cough cough Yakuza 3 cough

#28 Posted by Slag (4736 posts) -

@LiquidPrince: that looks pretty sweet. Nice job!

#29 Posted by RecSpec (3912 posts) -
@TheHT: I have no interest in box art but that looks like a cool idea. Especially because those would be shown more in Big Picture Mode.
#30 Posted by Beforet (2931 posts) -

I didn't realize this was a thing. Still, nice work!

#31 Posted by CaptainCharisma (339 posts) -

@AuthenticM said:

I printed a buckload of them from the Neogaf thread. Some of them are true piece of art. You should check it out.

I also got a bunch of mine from there. A lot of them are REALLY good.

#32 Posted by LTSmash (648 posts) -

Not a game, but I made a custom case for my ST:TNG boxed set. The original is CRAPPY.

Then they put the whole thing on Netflix and started releasing seasons on Bluray...

#33 Posted by Fredddi43 (353 posts) -

@mandude: Wow that is some mighty impressive work duder!!!! How many hours of work did you put into that?!

I would never have the time to do custom covers, as sweet as the ones posted here look though.

#34 Posted by realph (261 posts) -

I did this around the time of the GI reveal.

#35 Posted by MikkaQ (10336 posts) -

Nah I barely look at the box art anyway, it's usually just the 5 seconds between taking it off the shelf and putting it back.

#36 Posted by KittyVonDoom (445 posts) -

@realph: Really? I did the same thing!

#37 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4897 posts) -

I don't have the skills to do this.

#38 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4897 posts) -

Also, what kind of paper do you guys use for these?

#39 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

nope, i never made one. i do know how to use photoshop, illustrator i could if i wanted.

#40 Edited by LiquidPrince (16124 posts) -

Was working on another cover because I recently got a brand new copy of Bayonetta, but the cover was all damaged. However I'm having some problems with this one. Can't figure out what to do on the back cover with regards to the text or screen captures or what. Does anyone know of good screen shots for the back cover that work with that color scheme and preferably have no hud?

#41 Posted by Glottery (1363 posts) -

If normal paper wouldn't look so cheap in the case, I would definetly replace the crappy "Sold Out Software" covers of the first American McGee's Alice. Though now that I'm looking at it very closely, even that above "Nier" example would probably look better in the end...

#42 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4981 posts) -

Yeah I used to. Would get some nice glossy photo paper, print it out, cut it, and then fold it into the case. There was this one nice Super Mario Galaxy custom cover that I just HAD to use it was so awesome.

#43 Posted by Coombs (3449 posts) -

@mandude said:

My sister lost the box to my copy of Nier, and I'm pretty glad she did, because I ended up making a pretty sweet replacement

Behold.

My next project will be replacing my missing Valkyria Chronicles box.

This made me lol

#44 Edited by uniform (1838 posts) -

No, not for games. I rarely replay games when completed. I have printed some custom slip covers for DVD/BD movies, which are notorious for hideous slip cover art - most often showcasing floating celebrity heads. My justification is frequently replaying the movies I own and seeing those cases in the process.

#45 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1472 posts) -

Looking though that NeoGAF thread makes me want to replace my current covers to more minimalism ones. I would do it but there really isn't a good place for me to print them out at in this deadbeat town of mine.

#46 Posted by bonbolapti (1617 posts) -
I apparently, only like making covers for things that don't exist.
#47 Edited by LiquidPrince (16124 posts) -

Just created a Bayonetta Wii U cover for fun. I'm not sure if I'm sticking with the font on the back, but it's essentially finished.

#48 Posted by Random45 (1267 posts) -

I didn't even know this was a thing, but holy shit I want to go buy glossy paper now and print these out to replace all of my game covers with.

#49 Posted by Ozzie (208 posts) -

Never knew people did this but for some reason this just blew my mind. Wish I had more time to actually do it.

#50 Posted by Belegorm (602 posts) -

I have not and probably won't get a chance unless there somehow magically becomes a way to do it for digital copies of games.

You should totally keep that font on the back! I don't know what it's called, but in my mind I'm calling it the "Led Zeppelin font" because that was the font used for the song list printed on the slip cover for Led Zeppelin IV (which is of course one the greatest albums of all time).