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So what’s with all of the 3D Blu-Ray Exclusives? As consumers we don’t want to be limited in any way as to what we can and cannot purchase. It’s already bad enough that Movies and TV Shows have region locks and that we have to deal with PAL and NTSC issues… When HD first hit the market we had to deal with 2 formats, one being HD-DVD and the other Blu-Ray. Finally the battle between the 2 formats has come to an end only to start a new one.

You may or may not have seen the latest TV’s from manufactures such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, etc… which feature 3D capabilities with special 3D glasses. As a result, Blu-Ray is now releasing select titles in 3D which is great. It’s almost like watching 3D in at the theater using their RealD technology. The 3D quality is really amazing although there is one major issue. The issue is that because these TV manufacturers are trying to push their 3D technology into the homes of consumers they have entered into exclusive contracts with some of the Movie Studios. What does that mean for us? That means that if Samsung has an exclusive with Dreamworks for Shrek 1, Shrek 2 and Shrek 3 then most likely you will have to purchase a special Samsung bundle to include the TV, Glasses and Blu-Ray player in order to get these titles.

From what I’ve been hearing, Avatar 3D is to be exclusive to Panasonic and will be released in early December 2010. What’s worse is that I’ve even seen that some titles will be released exclusively to Best Buy. So not only are manufacturers and Movie Studios trying to dictate the brand of hardware but also which store you have to purchase the Movies from.

In my opinion, this is all a bunch of crap. If you want to push 3D, then work together and stop competing, consumers will eventually buy the brand that they like but going into all these exclusive deals with studios is only going to slow down the adoption of 3D to the general public.

I myself own a Samsung 3D TV and I love it, I bought the bundle at Best Buy along with 2 pairs of glasses and a 3D Blu-Ray Player. The bundle also included Monsters Vs. Aliens which I believe was a Samsung exclusive at the time. I also purchased Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Both movies look excellent in 3D.

More then 2 months have passed since I purchased my 3D TV and the only other movie I have been able to purchase because of exclusives has been Monster House. I really want to get Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Shrek 1, 2 and 3, Avatar, The Last Airbender, etc… but most of these if not all will be exclusive to some manufacturer and will not be on the shelves for individual sale until a few months down the road. That’s the reward you end up with after paying thousands of dollars for a 3D setup.

Well… sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. At the end of the week I will posting about how to get around the Exclusive BS and get all of the 3D titles that are currently available. Although they will not be in Blu-Ray format, they will be HD, 3D, and you will be able to play them on your 3D TV.

So right now as it stands, I am giving a big middle finger to Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Hollywood as well as whoever else thinks that they can control what the consumer will purchase.

One last thing I’d like to say to my readers… Don’t buy your 3D setup based on the available titles, they will eventually be released for sale on the shelves. Always buy based on quality or budget.

Have you recently purchased a 3D setup? What brand did you get? What movies have you seen? How do you feel about all the exclusive deals?

Now I’m sure everyone has been having fun making their own DVD covers, with the help of  a tutorial we added a while back, but now Blu-rays have taken over, and DVD’s are slowly becoming something your grandparents just found out about.

So what am I doing about it? Creating this NEW tutorial that will show you how to make your own Blu-ray covers too. This way you don’t have to look at the one’s you get from the store all the time. Or you can just make covers for your own movies.

To get started you’ll need to download this Blu-ray cover template :

Now unzip the file you just downloaded and open bluRayCover.psd in Photoshop. Once it’s open your document should look something like this :

Template Preview

The first thing you’ll notice is the red and blue guide lines. These are just here to help you for now, and will not be visible when you are finished.

  • The red lines give you the recommended boundary for your content. The background of your cover should fill the entire document, while your other contents stay within the red lines.
  • The blue lines tell you where the spine of the Blu-ray is.

You’ll notice that this document has six layers. If you can’t see the layers, you should click on ‘Window’ at the top of Photoshop. This will bring down a drop-down list. From the list click on ‘Layers’. Once that’s selected, your layers window should be visible in the lower right corner :

All The Layers

  • The first layer you’ll see is a folder. This contains all the guide lines you see on the document. You’ll want to hide this layer once you’re done.
  • The next three layers are also folders. Each containing common images you’d find on a Blu-ray cover, like the Blu-ray logo, or country codes. These can make your cover look more convincing.
  • Next is a layer titled, ‘Keep This Layer’, which you’ll want to keep to put your own images and content on.
  • The last layer is the background. On this layer you’ll want to put whatever image or color you’ll be using for the background of your cover.

Now lets begin making our cover. The first thing you’ll want to do is select the ‘Keep This Layer’ layer by clicking on it.  I’m going to add some text on this layer, which you can do by selecting the text tool – from Photoshop’s tools, usually located on the far left. After selecting the text tool, click anywhere on the document where you’d like to add text and start typing.

If you want to edit basic attributes of your text such as size, color, and font, you can do so in this window :

Editing Text Attributes

From here on you can add as much content as you’d like to your cover, though I stopped at just using text. Here is my finished product :

Blu-ray cover finished

To show or hide any specific layer such as the Blu-ray logos, or the country codes, just click the small eye next to the layer you want to hide. If there is no eye then the layer is hidden, and clicking the blank spot will cause an eye to appear, making the layer visible.

One layer you’ll want to hide when your done is the layer titled, ‘Hide This Folder’. So just click the eye next to it when you’re finished with your cover. This will hide those ugly red and blue guides.

So once you’re done we can save it.

  1. File -> Save For Web & Devices
  2. Preset on the top right, select JPEG High
  3. Click Save and choose a filename and location.
  4. Click Save

Save For Web & Devices

After the Save has completed you can close Photoshop. It will ask you to Save the file, be sure to NOT save the template so that you can use it again for future covers. Now all you need to do is open the JPEG file you did save and print it. You’ve just made your first Blu-ray cover.

If you have any questions, or if I’ve left out an entire section of the tutorial because I’m so tired right now, feel free to comment and let me know.