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Sega Megadrive (Europe) 2.5D Front Box Art Pack, Hyperreal Series


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Sega Megadrive (Europe) 2.5D Front Box Art Pack, Hyperreal Series

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Sega Megadrive Europe region box art. 552 images (No-Intro set) - let me know if any errors or omissions. I have my regions currently separated into USA/North America, Japan and Europe; anything not falling into the former 2 regions tends to fall into the Europe region.

Why these images?

Short of proper 3D model box support in Launchbox, I find that "2.5D" is often the best box image type. 3D boxes can be good and I use them for some platforms, though the angle that they tend to be at makes the cover art a bit less clear, and all the spines can give an overall cluttered appearance which can be distracting from the artwork. The standard scraped box-front images tend to just look like jpg computer images and not the actual physical product.

That's where 2.5D comes in. By 2.5D I mean that the image is of the actual front artwork, within the box, facing head on. I'm a perfectionist and want the images to look as realistic as possible - just like the original game boxes. This set is therfore created using a photo-realistic hard plastic case template (not a vector model), complete with the little box hanger and mottled plastic cover, within which the artwork sleeve is inserted. There is some subtle lighting and shadow effect. I went through each item individually so that I could tailor the effect depending on the brightness and contrast of the box art. I'm aiming to create the most realistic sets out there. This is over a week's work - in future I will use a Photoshop automation and just set the effect somewhere in the middle, in order to save time!


 

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