custom dust jackets?

jthd35jthd35 Posts: 14
edited June 2012 in Comic Book Binding
any one do these before?

any places to recommend

I may be able to design in photoshop but tips on flap sizes, thickness etc
are appreciated

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  • MiraclemetMiraclemet Posts: 258
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    I made my own dust jackets for some of my Marvel Omnibuses and for a few binds I bought second hand that didnt match my layouts.

    For my regular bind's flap sizes I went with 2.5 inches
    For my omnibuses I went a little wider at 3.5 inches
    anywhere between those two spots is safe.

    Not sure what "thickness" you are referring to?

    Also depending on your dustjacket you may want to hunt down the marvel font that has some nice stuff in it (icon wise)

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  • jthd35jthd35 Posts: 14
    Thank you!

    I meant do you know the stock of paper you print on?

    Like the pounds for paper thickness
  • MiraclemetMiraclemet Posts: 258
    I used regular printer paperstock and then covered it in contact paper for durability and glossiness.

  • nweathingtonnweathington Posts: 4,817
    100# coated stock is the norm.
  • jthd35jthd35 Posts: 14
    thanks everybody :)
  • CorwinCorwin Posts: 541
    I had a tutorial on the other previous forums on how to do them. It's actually from the www.masterworksfansite.yuku.com....humm actually my images should still be up on my server...one sec...
  • CorwinCorwin Posts: 541
    edited June 2012
    double post...
  • CorwinCorwin Posts: 541
    edited June 2012
    Again this method of making dust jackets was taken from someone over on the masterworks forums...was that you @Miraclemet?

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    So here we are 3 sheets of paper (or 4 if you make your flaps bigger)

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    This is how it looks all laid out.

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    From here on it's all about gluing or using double sided tape.

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    In this practice run I used clear shipping tape over the seams which worked great. I use this method instead of trying to laminate all 50+ covers I had to do.

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  • jthd35jthd35 Posts: 14
    Awesome!

    This really helps
  • That Corwin, he's a champion.
  • MiraclemetMiraclemet Posts: 258
    edited June 2012
    @corwin nope wasnt me... I'll also say that double sided tape is a handy alternative to Corwin's method of connecting the various parts of the cover.

    Also if you are really lucky you have a job where they have a plotter (its a big printer) where you can just print it out all on one page.

    Even if you just have a regular business printer you can (for most binds) get the whole dust jacket between two 11x17 print outs.
  • CorwinCorwin Posts: 541
    Just realized I never posted color pics of a finished jacket...

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  • jthd35jthd35 Posts: 14
    Nice! Thanx again everyone
  • Instead of contact paper for the glossy look, you might want to try actual dust jacket protectors. You can get the archival ones to protect your investment and you won't have to worry about bubbling. You can get them from a library supply company like Gaylord.
  • Couldn't you just take the template to Office Max or something and have them print a high quality glossy image or something?
  • CorwinCorwin Posts: 541

    Couldn't you just take the template to Office Max or something and have them print a high quality glossy image or something?

    If you know someone there who can hook you up. It's not legal to print the covers since the images are copyrighted or trademarked...I forget which but yeah most places will tell you they can't print them unless you have permission from the comic company.

  • Damn. I figured that might be the case. UGH, I don't have a printer good enough to make a cool dust jacket
  • CorwinCorwin Posts: 541

    Damn. I figured that might be the case. UGH, I don't have a printer good enough to make a cool dust jacket

    Follow the directions above and print them on regular sized paper at kinkos. Their laser prints work fine and if you're printing normal size you can do it yourself from the self help computers.

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