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Evil Wasabi
05-25-2001, 11:01 PM
Ok, this isnt complete yet, im at sort of an artist's block so to speak. i need your help and suggestions on how to make my insert better. here is what i have so far:

Insert (http://members.home.com/jspn1687/msluginsert.jpg)

any comments, suggestions?!? i need YOUR help!! thanks <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

PrOzErG
05-25-2001, 11:25 PM
You need to put something in back and front maybe I can help you ?

Evil Wasabi
05-25-2001, 11:59 PM
no crap, hehe. i know, im gonna put screen shots and some words an stuff on the back. but im stuck on the front. i dont know what i should put there besides an snk logo and the meg count <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0">

RyoGeo
05-26-2001, 12:28 AM
Well, here are some suggestions.

First, you may want to flip the "Metal Slug" on the spine. Generally, the titles read top to bottom. That would also mean that you would want tank pointing down as well.

While the landscape of the first level is a really cool idea, I think you may find it very limiting when trying to map additional images onto it. Of course, you would want the Metal Slug title on the cover somewhere, but as far as additional art, you wouldn't be incorporating said art into the background, so again it is a limitation instead of a help. Like I said, it's a cool idea, I think you just may have painted yourself into a corner.

The back is a great start. I would start by adding four screen shots and then either some descriptive game text (maybe something about Morden) or maybe get some "SNK Major Meg game" stuff in there just to get started and get a feel for the layout.

Hope that helps you a bit.

BTW, if you want a meg count on the bottom of teh spine, yer' gonna need to bump the other stuff north a bit.

Evil Wasabi
05-26-2001, 10:13 AM
YESS!! I finally came up with a front!! Heres my progress so far:

Insert (http://members.home.net/jspn1687/metalslug.jpg)

That camo-ing was a pain! hehe. I am pretty much all set for the back now, all i have to do is ake screen shots, but i cant on this pc because they come out all funky, damn voodoo.

also, i would like to say that making this is definately a pain in the ass, especially since i have a p233 and i hangs up every 5 secs. but it is extremely fun and rewarding.

i will try to finish the back tonite, until then, tell me what you think <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">


also, im stupid and i forgot to change the meg count.

I have to give props to ryogeo for his Real Bout insert, because i used many pieces from it (the meg count, neo logo etc.) and that it is also one damn fine insert to boot!

[ May 26, 2001: Message edited by: sonic1687 ]

Evil Wasabi
05-26-2001, 02:46 PM
DAMMIT!!

doesnt anybody care that i made an insert???

everyones drooling all over ryogeo's and gabe's but no one give i fuck about me. i swear everyone here hates me <IMG SRC="smilies/veryangry.gif" border="0">

mvsholic
05-26-2001, 03:05 PM
I love the spine and back of your insert, however I would change the front. You have what could beome one of the best inserts. Keep working at it! <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

(If it helps, your insert is much better than I could ever do)

BIG BEAR
05-26-2001, 03:48 PM
Ohhhh SH*T!! Another COOL INSERT!! Hey Sonic..just getting a chance to view it!!! Hey, I can't make out the back portion it's coming out all black!! The SPINE is perfect..I love the front so far but it's missing something...maybe you shooting down an enemy or something not sure but the design is weird on the front and I like UNIQUE things!! You're getting it though..take your time because I never really like the Metal Slug 1 front cover from the official artwork. I LOVE the MS2 official artwork but hated the game <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
Nobody hates you either...where did that come from??? KEEP IT UP!! KEEP IT UP! I'll host it.
-BB

Evil Wasabi
05-26-2001, 08:28 PM
hey, thanks for the kind word BB. o and by the way, i got the mvs cases, theyre great! thats why i'm doing this in the first place.

i am thinking about reworking the front, with the official logo and then some dramatic scene made with sprite rips or something...i dunno.

also, on the back right now its the metal slug 'green prints' that come up during the game when the hi scores scroll. im going to put together some screen shots and stuff on the back and like some words and stuff, or something <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

finally. yea, i dont like the official art either, thats why i'm trying to use more in game art. and thats why this is coming along kinda slow...sure i could take some mvs flyers slap a border on em and there ya go...but like i said before, i dont like the metal slug art.

and on a final note...SOME ONE REMIND ME TO CHANGE THE MEG COUNT!! hehe i keep forgetting!!

Evil Wasabi
05-26-2001, 10:12 PM
YEY!!! ITS FINISHED!!!

Metal Slug Insert!! (http://members.home.net/jspn1687/metalslugi2.jpg)

i'm actually really happy with the way this came out. i love the spine and the back. and the front just kicks ass!! i should stop...i'm sounding arrogant (is that the right word? <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">)

well anyway, if you peeps like it, ill save the TIFF file and upload it to BB's ftp.

please! tell me what you think!!

BIG BEAR
05-26-2001, 10:16 PM
DAMNIT!For some reason I can only view 1/3 of it....Is it a prob on my end or yours???
-BB

Evil Wasabi
05-26-2001, 10:20 PM
hey, its more than likely your end...but you never know with @home...i dunno, try again later or keep trying or right click and save target as. that should work.

oh, and why is the PDS of my insert only 2.10MB?!? i just read that ryogeo's is over 90MB!! whats up with that?!?

NeoGML
05-26-2001, 10:21 PM
VERY NICE!

I think the One Damn Fine Game is really funny. i don't know whether you're going for a professional look or anything, but if you are, you might want to take that out and choose a more "pleasant" title shot. Otherwise, it's perfect.

Sorry if it's offensive, i'm just speaking my mind. later.

P.S.- Sonic, did you ever get my switchbox-building FAQ?

Tom
05-26-2001, 10:25 PM
That is a sweet insert sonic, great job.

Evil Wasabi
05-26-2001, 10:37 PM
Originally posted by NeoGML:
<STRONG>VERY NICE!

I think the One Damn Fine Game is really funny. i don't know whether you're going for a professional look or anything, but if you are, you might want to take that out and choose a more "pleasant" title shot. Otherwise, it's perfect.

Sorry if it's offensive, i'm just speaking my mind. later.

P.S.- Sonic, did you ever get my switchbox-building FAQ?</STRONG>


yea, i knew someone was going to say that. i thought it was funny, and that it fit really well even if it does detract from the overall 'professional look'. oh well...i could always make it say " lets blast away and go go go" the only other tag line from the game.

and, yes, i did recieve the switch box faq, i never got to thank you for it...THANKS <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

Caris Nautilus
05-26-2001, 10:40 PM
Looks cool, just some advice from a student of design in colledge. Your insert is a bit cluttered with to much text, and on the back for example you should make the text smaller, remember less is more <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">


Originally posted by sonic1687:
<STRONG>YEY!!! ITS FINISHED!!!

Metal Slug Insert!! (http://members.home.net/jspn1687/metalslugi2.jpg)

i'm actually really happy with the way this came out. i love the spine and the back. and the front just kicks ass!! i should stop...i'm sounding arrogant (is that the right word? <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">)

well anyway, if you peeps like it, ill save the TIFF file and upload it to BB's ftp.

please! tell me what you think!!</STRONG>

RyoGeo
05-26-2001, 10:44 PM
Sonic, that is a VERY fun and cool insert! You obviously had a good time doing it. I really like the whole look of it.

About you questions, the PDS of my Real Bout is about 12MEG ( I thinkn I erroneously said it was 34MEG earlier, but that is the BMP file). When changed to an EPS, it is 98.8MEG. Don't know why it is so big, but it is.

One thing that may keep the MEG count down on yours would be the resolution. I do my inserts at 300dpi. Makes for VERY clean images that way. Lowering the dpi will make the file size fall DRAMATICALLY. Is that it?

Evil Wasabi
05-26-2001, 10:56 PM
yup, that was it...my resolution. it was only 72dpi! I upped it to 300, but i'm glad i didnt do that from the begining...its too hard to work with, not only is it huge!! but it is also huge in size (27 megs) so its REALLY slow on my p2 350. i think its time for a new pc...

caris, thanks for the tips. i was thinking about that...it did look kinda cluttered. i will make the text smaller. i need room for the ESRB rating dont i? <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0"> hehe

after i finalize it, ill sent it off to bb's ftp...i'd love to see someone use it <IMG SRC="smilies/drool.gif" border="0">

nick_th_fury
05-27-2001, 02:22 PM
Just a piece of advice.
When you start with 72ppi, & up it to 300ppi.
Its just a very large 72ppi file.
You do not gain resolution quality at all.
You need to start at a 300 source & stay there.

Evil Wasabi
05-27-2001, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by nick_th_fury:
<STRONG>Just a piece of advice.
When you start with 72ppi, & up it to 300ppi.
Its just a very large 72ppi file.
You do not gain resolution quality at all.
You need to start at a 300 source & stay there.</STRONG>

AHHHHHHH! dammit. I guess ill re-do it...atleast i have off from school on tuesday. i wanted to fix up the back a bit anyway.

rugal2000
05-27-2001, 02:38 PM
Sonic man, this is some top quality shit you just did.Keep up this good work.I think this is better than the origional art work, only thing I would say is, perhaps the selection of screen shots could be improved to seomething a little more spectacular, that really makes you weant to grab the box and say ~~~############ <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

NeoDragoN
05-27-2001, 02:49 PM
LMAO thats really really good wish i had talent <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

Laterz!!!

BioMotor_Unitron
05-27-2001, 04:14 PM
Your insert has evolved more every time I look at it, Sonic. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> I have a possible idea. Instead of using the standard colouring on letters for the words "METAL SLUG," I might experiment and see how they would look if you overlayed your camouflage pattern onto them, in place of the reddish-orange. There is nothing wrong with it the way it is, but it might make an interesting change.

Mercedes
05-27-2001, 04:51 PM
Sonic, good job. The insert looks very professional. But Caris is right.