(04-03-2009, 11:08 PM)
“The GAF Collection” – Weekend Photoshop Thread #1
So I thought it would be a cool thread idea to combine GAF’s boxart fetishism with a Photoshop thread (who doesn’t love these?). Partly inspired by AniHawk's magazine ad thread, I decided to make a thread about “The GAF Collection”, a theoretical series of video game releases for the more serious collectors (à la The Criterion Collection, hence the name). The Criterion Collection is known for its stunning boxarts just as much as it is for its high quality movie transfers and overall quality. I think it’d be cool to try this with video games, who have boxarts traditionally bombarded with way too many ugly labels, ratings, seals, and logos.
I think this idea’s probably been done before, but I haven’t seen any threads like this here before so why not go for it.
An Ode To Criterion Box Art: http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration...erion-box-art/
The Criterion Library: http://www.criterion.com/library/dvd
A quick template if you don’t feel like making your own: http://i43.************/20h9eg2.png (Make sure to add the date the game was originally published!)
Templates for printable versions of the covers (for use in the actual game boxes): http://www.thecoverproject.net/forum...p?topic=1610.0
GrandTheftAero has made a nice high-res template complete with both covers, a spine, and a G logo: http://www.zshare.net/info.html?5875...9fb1daa80411ab
KilgoreTrout has made a modification of this template for PS3 boxes: http://www.zshare.net/download/58946799adce6455/
Fanart - http://www.deviantart.com/
Photos - http://www.flickr.com/, http://www.sxc.hu/index.html
Textures - http://cgtextures.com/, http://lostandtaken.com/
Ready to be printed and used! You might have to alter the dimensions a bit for whatever case you're using, I haven't checked those out at all.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2) (by Leminnes)
The Beatles: Rock Band (1) (by DrAndonuts)
The Beatles: Rock Band (2) (by DrAndonuts)
BioShock (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
BioShock (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
BioShock (3) (by KilgoreTrout)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (1) (by radiantdreamer)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (2) (by radiantdreamer)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (3) (by radiantdreamer)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (4) (by radiantdreamer)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (by KilgoreTrout)
Dead Space (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Dead Space (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Dead Space (3) (by DrAndonuts)
Demon's Souls (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Demon's Souls (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Demon's Souls (3) (by KilgoreTrout)
Halo 3: ODST (by UltimaPooh)
The House of the Dead: Overkill (by JohnnyPanda)
Killzone 2 (1) (by GrandTheftAero)
Killzone 2 (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Katamari Damacy (by GrandTheftAero)
killer7 (by ShaunBRS)
Left 4 Dead (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Left 4 Dead (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (by GrandTheftAero)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (by KilgoreTrout)
LittleBigPlanet (by KilgoreTrout)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (by KilgoreTrout)
Metroid Prime (by KilgoreTrout)
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (by KilgoreTrout)
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (by KilgoreTrout)
No More Heroes (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
No More Heroes (2) (by DrAndonuts)
The Orange Box (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
The Orange Box (2) (by DrAndonuts)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (by KilgoreTrout)
Resident Evil 4 (by KilgoreTrout)
Shadow of the Colossus (1) (by Leminnes)
Shadow of the Colossus (2) (by DrAndonuts)
Super Mario Bros. (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (by KevinCow)
Super Mario Galaxy (by KilgoreTrout)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (by KilgoreTrout)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
We Love Katamari (by GrandTheftAero)
And although not really GAF Collection covers per se, these are some good alternative covers:
Excitebots: Trick Racing (1) (by KilgoreTrout)
Excitebots: Trick Racing (2) (by KilgoreTrout)
Mirror's Edge (PS3) (by Flek) (Based on McBacon's original design)
The Orange Box (by Pizza Luigi)
Hey artists, if you still have a high resolution version of your cover around it would be great if you could make a back cover and spine for it. There are a ton of people asking for printable versions of these covers to use as replacements for the originals. If you'd be willing to do that it'd be awesome. Just post it in the thread or PM a link to me and I'll add it to the OP.
Awesome work guys. It looks like we have some recognition across the internet.
61 Frames Per Second
Gamers with Jobs
Go Nintendo (edit the URL)
Joy Stiq (edit the URL)
Also, GAF member and resident artist somnific is keeping an archive of all the covers over on his site @ www.palesky.com
Arc System Works of Europe was so impressed by this thread that they decided to give GAF a chance to design the official BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger boxart for its European release. They are looking for a box in The GAF Collection style and the best one will be made the official European boxart with runner-ups being featured in the manual. All winners will also have their name listed in the game's credits. As well, the winner will receive a copy of the game, a signed poster, t-shirts, and more. To enter the contest, post your submitions in this thread: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=371173
Good luck to everyone who enters.
Last edited by Pringo; 04-03-2010 at 05:50 AM.
(04-03-2009, 11:46 PM)
And here are a few quick ones I made:
[IMG]http://i42.************/2hyfm69.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://i43.************/fk4or6.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://i39.************/fvb43p.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://i39.************/149qnnc.png[/IMG]
Last edited by Pringo; 04-14-2009 at 07:31 PM.
(04-03-2009, 11:53 PM)
Originally Posted by Captain Pants:
Killed by a goddamned Dredgeling
(04-04-2009, 12:18 AM)
Here is a quick and dirty one for Demon's Souls:
I got the image from a crappy cellphone pic that I took. I wish I could find hi-res pictures of the art that they show during the credits for this game. The boss designs are incredible.
The Tree of Liberty
(04-04-2009, 01:45 AM)
Wanted to go very simply. I think everyone will get it though.
Certified 100% Cycle Free!
Edit: Didn't realize there was a specific style going, guess I did that custom GAF Edition banner for nothing. Anyways, here's a link to the old one I originally posted;
Last edited by Retro; 04-04-2009 at 02:04 AM.
(04-04-2009, 02:10 AM)
Originally Posted by Captain Pants:
Come on Gaffers, show me your talents. i'll post some later.
(04-04-2009, 02:53 AM)
Great work guys! Especially yours Captain Pants, those are really good. I think I'll keep a list of all the covers in the OP.
Originally Posted by VibratingDonkey:
(04-04-2009, 05:45 AM)
Originally Posted by ShaunBRS:
Seriously considering replacing the sleeve in my GCN copy. Excellent work.
(04-04-2009, 07:23 AM)
Again, awesome work guys. Some of these boxes are coming along great (especially that killer7 one, that is snazzy).
Originally Posted by Thai:
(04-04-2009, 07:48 AM)
The size is probably off on this, but oh well.
Sorry that it doesn't have the label, but I don't have photo manipulation software on this computer. I did this in Windows Photo Gallery.
(04-04-2009, 01:23 PM)
Oh man, that Heavenly Sword once is ace. Its defintely up there with Shadow of Colossus and Fallout 3 ones. Kinda feeling the Mario version.
Good job guys and great OP dude.
(04-04-2009, 02:00 PM)
I like the minimalist versions rather than the busy ones that look like magazine ads. Good work, guys. The Shadow of the Colossus one is awesome. You've convinced me to make sleeves, front and back, for my own game collection.
(04-04-2009, 02:34 PM)
Not 100% happy with this, but I think I got halfway towards the effect I wanted.
Sorry to break ranks with the existing 'GAF Collection Template' I just felt that the lettering worked better for this design.
Edit: and just to fit in with the other versions
Last edited by Bernbaum; 04-04-2009 at 03:01 PM.
(04-04-2009, 04:01 PM)
Originally Posted by McBacon:
You would probably want to change the year on the box art to reflect when the game was released.
SHOOTY McRAD DICK
(04-04-2009, 04:08 PM)
Originally Posted by Bii:
(04-04-2009, 05:10 PM)
Love them all so far, but Criterion titles are usually more subtle.
I'd like to see more courageous lack of the actual official game logo.
Originally Posted by Bernbaum:
(04-04-2009, 05:52 PM)
Awesome stuff McBacon. Those are some of the best ones yet. I particularly like the Half-Life 2 and Black & White boxes. We need some more of those, simple but elegant.
Keep 'em coming everybody. They're going great so far.