Thanks for the information, Ray. Can you please tell me the name of the shop and the paper you like?
I use paperworks.com their Double Sided Semi Gloss Paper, I use 8 1/2 x 11, but I originally bought from them because I needed some 8 1/2 x 14 for some prints and couldn't find it local. I won't stake my rep on them being the cheapest, but after using some different HP papers, since I didn't want to use the longer and be wasteful, they didn't quite print right and I compared and the paperworks just worked better with my printer. It's an older Lexmark an X8350 which still works for what I need in my office. My wife got a Brother MFC-J6710dw as she needed a bigger scanner, and the wireless comes in handy too, but for some reason the covers I tried with hers ended up with more of a washed out print, and it didn't like solid black and had streaks too. I didn't try too many combos with hers, since mine does a great job with the right paper. Sure I could have tried other brands, but once I found something that works really it wasn't worth the hassle.Speaking of templates and stuff I have a program I originally got for cd artwork that I use for the occasional, what I refer to as "hybrid" custom covers, using the spine and back of the original and then using original poster art for the front. The program is from SureThing and they released a new version recently, unfortunately it doesn't have the same functionality of Photoshop so I can't get anywhere close to what people like Fritz come up with, but it at least gives you a sense of the film when you look at the front (but with the limited tools it is a bit clunky, kinda like butchering a side of beef with a 3 inch paring knife. Sure you can get something at the end kinda what you wanted, but it won't be a perfect Fillet either.). With that program it has a blu-ray template and I also used it to create a custom template for a Criterion sized case, I used that to resize Fritz's Towering Inferno and Poseidon Adventure customs, so that I could put the envelope with the lobby cards and stuff from the deluxe DVDs as they fit fine with a Criterion size case, and they came out really well. That was before I knew of Undercover XP, so I don't know if that would have worked easier or not. Sorry for the long ramble, just remembered a few points that I wanted to chime in with.EDIT: I just wanted to mention that even with the limited program I have and the very basic covers I've attempted, it amazes me how much work must go into the covers that Fritz, and the others do.
Edited by rayman1701, June 13 2013 - 10:56 PM.