I just can't believe how amazing this all looks man.
Bring a bib when you finally download these new packs when they're completed.
I'm really going through the images for each system one by one now. I'm trying my best to find the top shelf images out there and then touching them up if they still need it.
For most systems, it goes great.... Others... not so much.
Gameboy and Genesis come to mind....
There really are no good Genesis images out there besides the HD ones at TCP.com, are there? The boxart sets I found were of the lowest quality of any popular system besides (possibly) the black and white Game Boy. Finding better images one by one online is really hit-or-miss too....
I have a lot of images that max out in the mid to high 300's in pixels, but when you really look at them in their natural size it looks like crappy blow-up jobs of images half their size done in M$Paint. It's too bad those images I'm finding online that max in the lower to mid 200's weren't about twice as big. There are a lot of images that I have with much higher resolution that I'm dumping for smaller pics because the colors aren't so washed out. I hate trading out an image for one half its resolution, but honestly, the XBox displays small images great without the need for insane sizes like we're using, so we can afford it until somebody takes better pictures someday and shares them. Those small images with a much better overall "tint" to them are making the cut, while larger washed out colors are being dumped.
In the end, I know I will be very pleased with how the boxart for Genesis and Gameboy look, but I know that when stuff keeps getting higer resolution and technology grows, these are the two systems that are going to need upgrades on the artwork first.
All that being said... yeah, we need to have the images reduced in an alternate set that is exclusively for use with the XBox. It will simply be mass conversions of our official packs that are optomized for use with the XBox. I've heard people mention the highest ratio that we can benefit from, but I forget that now. Once we have the full artwork packs ready, we'll have a meeting of the minds here and figure out the best way to do this. Ex tells me that in Photoshop you can have a whole bunch of stuff done to a large batch of images on the fly if you know how to set it up.
Basically, we're going to make XBox compliant thumbnails of our ultra-high quality stuff. Whatever the Box can handle, that's what we'll make them.
Now you guys figure whatever that is out amongst each other, and when you come to a conclusion make sure you remember what it was. If it's different for each system, because of the shape of the box, make note of that too.
When the time has come that we're ready, having that information handy would be of great benefit to the project.