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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 04:28pm on 15/04/2010
Thanks, I'm rather proud of the artwork. :-)

I did it all in Linux, mostly in Gimp, with some help from Scribus and Inkscape. And Xine helped me get a few frames of Earth exploding from a DVD.
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posted by [personal profile] triadruid at 08:52pm on 15/04/2010
What do you use to imprint the CDs themselves?
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 09:09pm on 15/04/2010
I used my LightScribe-capable CD burners for that. I think there are exactly two different codebases that can do LightScribe on Linux, both proprietary. I used the one from LaCie called "4L" (actually the "4L-gui" variant), which is pretty easy to use, within its limitations. It let me adjust how the image would be scaled and placed on the disc, and it shows where the printed vs unprinted areas will be, but it's so primitive that it wouldn't let me save those parameters in any way, nor does it show any numeric indication of the settings -- which means that every time I closed that program and later restarted it, I had to visually re-do the scaling/placement of the blow-up image.

I do think the blow-up label turned out much better than the 'splodey one though. Getting text to go in a circle was a huge pain; Inkscape was the only GUI I found that could do it (though there certainly may be others I'm not aware of), and it was cumbersome. I was tempted to write some PostScript to do it, but didn't want to put in the time. I wanted to improve the look of that text, but it was just too painful and taking too much of my time.

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