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 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

I have a huge batch of covers almost ready to post on www.albumartexchange.com.

Several are requests from peeps here.

Here is a preview:



Hope you find these useful. smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

As usual, sir, stunning, stunning work! I am indebted and the rest of yuz should be, too! smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

Awesome stuff. Thank you.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

As usual, sir, stunning, stunning work! I am indebted and the rest of yuz should be, too! smile

Thanks.

Just wait til you see them in 1400 x 1400. Some are my best work yet.

For example, Rampage and La Ragazzina just blossom after applying smart sharpening.

I'm in the middle of doing Logan's Run right now and all I can say is...wow.

I wish I could say the same for Batman Forever. That cover gave me lots of headaches.

I'm also posting an autographed version of September Dawn and a 'fixed' version of Space Children that corrects most of the graphical issues found in the original.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   ChristianK├╝hn   (Member)

Thanks for the B5 covers, Scott! smile

(Now, I'd politely ask for all the episodic CDs that came without a booklet, but I realise how much time you'd have to spend on those!)

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 10:11 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

Thanks for the B5 covers, Scott! smile

(Now, I'd politely ask for all the episodic CDs that came without a booklet, but I realise how much time you'd have to spend on those!)


Actually, my photoshop skills have improved since the last time I did one of those, so I am planning on trying to do another soon (whenever I can get them out of storage).

You can expect to see 1st edition booklet covers for A Late Delivery From Avalon and Walkabout sooner than later.

Sleeping In Light should be easy so expect that one sooner than later as well.

Which other episode would you like me to try first?

Do you like the greenish rainbow effect on the cd surface that results from scanning or would you prefer that the silver surfaces look like silver?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 10:35 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

zomg you're promoting piracy~~~!~!!!!!11

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 11:05 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

I'd be very happy to see the Space Children/Colossus of New York cover split into two SEPARATE covers, one for each score.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2012 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

I'd be very happy to see the Space Children/Colossus of New York cover split into two SEPARATE covers, one for each score.

Me too. I can easily do it but there is not much of Colossus artwork for a decent looking full cover.

You could cut & paste a picture from a poster or one sheet.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2012 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

Everything but Logan's Run is posted. I'll finish it sooner than later.

I hope you find these useful.

If you like them, rate them. smile

http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?page=1&q=%22Scott+H.%22

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2012 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

Superb. Look forward to replacing my vastly inferior scans.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2012 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Issac   (Member)

Wow, this is great stuff! Thanks big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2012 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

Very nice work, Scott - thanks a lot!

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2012 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   FarTraveler   (Member)

Great stuff. And, it is reminding me that I need to get in gear to upload more covers to the Album Art Exchange.

Scott has me way beat and his work is much better than mine, but I'll at least admit that I post there under the pen name of "the traveller":
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?q=the_traveler

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2012 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)


First Before begining,

1. clean your monitor & scanner
2. callibrate your monitor & scanner. I use SpyderExpress for monitor and VueScanPro with an IT8 target card for scanner. I tried SilverFast SE (which I liked) but the version that enables scanner callibration/profiling is way too expensive.
3. I like to callibrate my monitor every couple of weeks.

This is my typical work flow (I'm still learning/trying to get better):

1. Scan cover with a black piece of paper in background at 1200dpi and 16bit (or higher) Adobe RGB color.
2. In Photoshop, level and crop scan so that only a small portion of the black background remains around the cover image
3. Descreen with Sattva Descreen 5.0 plugin (http://www.descreen.net/eng/soft/descreen/descreen.htm). This filter is worth every penny.
4. Apply slight noise reduction (I use Noiseware Pro).
5. Adjust color levels to match cover. I usually shift the RGB black level upwards a bit to compensate for my scanner's bright captures. Sometimes I'll adjust the reg, green, blue when needed.
5. Crop image so that it is square, preserving as much of the cover as possible. In many cases that means I'll have some 'excess' space on the borders on top and bottom. I use clone-stamp tool and/or Content Aware Fill (in Photoshop CS5) to 'continue' the image and fill the borders
6. Zoom image to at least 50% and use Clone Stamp to clean up images. I'll vary brush hardness and opacity depending on the job
7. If a background or some other part of image should be one color (especially white), I'll select that area and use Paintbucket/Pencil. Then I'll smooth the edges of that area with clone stamp (with very low hardness.
8. After image is completey fixed, save as tiff file file.
9. Resize resolution from 1200 to 300 dpi, then resize image to 1400 x 1400
10. Sharpen image with Smart Sharpen (lately I've been using 0.4 ~ 0.5px at 50%).
11. Change image mode from 16 to 8 bit.
12. Save as jpeg (no compression)
13. Go back to step 9, resize to 1000 x 1000 and repeat Steps 10-12
14. For sizes smaller than 1000px, repeat steps 9-12 except decrease Smart Sharpen by 0.1px

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2012 - 4:16 AM   
 By:   Julian K   (Member)

Thanks, Scott - I downloaded more than seventy of your sleeves yesterday (including a couple of Depeche Mode ones!)

Perhaps when you add new scans, you could list the additions here?

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2012 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)



Perhaps when you add new scans, you could list the additions here?


That's my plan. I'll keep updating this thread unless people complain.

If you like them, rate them. smile

BTW, LOGAN'S RUN is finally done.

1400 x 1400:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=223046&q=logan%27s+run+scott+h

All sizes:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?sort=6&q=logan%27s+run+scott+h&fltr=1&bgc=&page=

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2012 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   FarTraveler   (Member)

Scott -- are you a professional graphic artist / designer? Your work flow is an amazing effort!

I have to confess that I am a mere hobbyist and have gotten by with GIMP plus an old scanner.

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2012 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

Scott -- are you a professional graphic artist / designer? Your work flow is an amazing effort!

I have to confess that I am a mere hobbyist and have gotten by with GIMP plus an old scanner.


No I'm not. Far from that in fact. I'm just an obsessed enthusiast like yourself.

BTW, I fixed my Secret Of NIMH image. It's better now.

1400 x 1400:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=182639&q=secret+of+nimh+scott+h

All sizes:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?sort=7&q=secret+of+nimh+scott+h&fltr=1&bgc=&page=

 
 Posted:   Feb 16, 2012 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   FarTraveler   (Member)

Scott -- I am shocked that you're a mere hobbyist. Kudos to you for your excellent work.

I've used album art exchange for a while and whenever I saw a cover by "Scott H", I knew it was gonna be a quality scan!

 
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