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Author Topic: ARTIST FOR HIRE: Custom MaLa layouts start @ $25. Email for details.  (Read 54422 times)

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Just did these DK layouts for my cabinet.
Thought I would share.
Feedback welcome, thanks.





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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2011, 07:57:53 pm »

Looking good! I looked at it last night and could only see two layouts. I refrained from commenting then :D


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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011, 01:45:54 pm »
 :applaud:

Looks good!

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011, 08:23:07 pm »
Those look great!  I am trying to put together a Galaxian theme with that general layout (vertical), do you think you will be sharing the source files for those?  What program are you using to put those together?

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2011, 09:34:31 pm »
I'm doing the work in Photoshop, saving as PNG then doing the rest in MaLa itself.
I can send you a PSD if you like. You can easily preserve the scale and same layout, changing the colors easily in Photoshop.
Id say you can easily put together something ideal for your cabinet.
Simply swap out the characters and you'd be good to go I think.
The .mll file is in the zip. So they layout,spacing,blah blah blah is done!

I actually forgot to replace "Mike's Donkey Mame" on two of the skins and add the "Donkey Kong Junior."
I cant expect people to like the name or have any need for a skin with my name on it. I'll do that soon and
post the new image (with the same name) here. So if anyone wants these for now, download, I will post the correct background.

 ??? :P :P
Speaking of which if anyone can think of a good name for my cabinet by all means I'm open to suggestion.
Doesn't have to have my name in it.

thanks all
« Last Edit: January 30, 2011, 09:37:13 pm by mike boss »

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011, 11:56:14 pm »
Hi Mike.

Firstly I must say...outstanding work. Ive been looking for a vertical theme for ages, and nothing comes close.

Your work is first rate.

I've just installed your layout and was wondering if there is any way of changing the fonts on the game list.

I did try adding the fonts in one of your other DK.Jr to the Windows/Font folder...but no change

Thanks

Sega_mad

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011, 07:39:50 am »
I'm not the most tech-savy guy, but I would think if you opened the .mll file in the MaLa layout editor you should be able to modify the font.
All you would really be doing is a small edit to the original so I see no reason why it wouldn't work.
For example, when I create the layouts sometimes you don't know if all the text fit. So Id do the layout, save it, open it, test it, record what I need to change and go back.
I open the .mll file, make the edits, save, and I'm in business.

Take for example "game has been played times." The "game has been played times" is part of the background itself, so it remains sized and has no issues. But the number of plays is part of the layout. Depending on the font you use it might be too big or too small. I often have to create the 1st draft of the skin, do my testing and then modify.
It's simple and should be the solution you need.

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011, 04:07:58 pm »
Hi Mike,

Well I read your post, and you made it sound so easy.....but it wasn't (at first). I kept playing and playing, and finally by accident I found out that you could double click on the game list and it brings up all the options......it was now so easy!! :D

I'm sure I will have some more questions for you, but once again, thanks so much for the excellent art work

 8) 8) 8)

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011, 04:15:03 pm »
Next question.......

In the example "Blue" layout (attached), the snap is inside a round graphic, but the snap is obviously square. I guess its hiding the square corners to completly fill the round shape.

Any idea on how to do that on your layout?

Cheers  :)

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2011, 04:47:04 pm »
I have no clue how to do that.
I know how it could be done, but in MaLa, if MaLa can do that I have no idea.
One of the biggest challenges I have when designing a layout is that MaLa does not support GIF transparency.
If  you look at some of my layouts you will see simple one color backgrounds. These layouts may contain some form of animation.
But with a more vivid complex background I cant pull this off in a way I like.
MaLa is awesome, but it has its limitations design wise.
I think (and Loadman) would be the one to ask, but everything that I add to a layout with MaLa goes ON TOP of the main image.
I dont think anything can be added behind the image, IE leaving an empty/transparent area to add something behind.

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2011, 04:48:25 pm »
I goofed and seem to have flattened my layouts.
I was able to correct layout 1 and remove "Mikes Donkey Mame."

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2011, 07:59:29 pm »
Just did a pair of custom layouts.
If anyone is interested in something custom PM me.
Give you cabinet that truly custom look for a good price.

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2011, 12:41:32 pm »
Mike did the layouts for me, custom for my Galaxian cabinet (Project Announcement coming soon).  I am Photoshop-challenged, and I could not find a previously developed menu on the Mala site or this forum that had a Galaxian theme.  I was really struggling with how to do a good looking menu that would look professional and be custom to my cabinet.  Mike was able to come up with something better than I was able to work out, by far.  I also got the .psd original files in case I want to make revisions later!  Thanks Mike, you are great to work with and I would recommend your work to anyone!  :cheers:

Mike, if you want to post the mock-ups you did for me as samples to show how they came out, that would be fine with me.

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Re: 3 New Dk Jr layouts 800x600 - Custom Layouts Available
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2011, 01:41:33 pm »
Thank you for the kind words.
I'll post the sample images shortly.
I've have a few items I'm still working on that will be available (as I have made most of my stuff available) for free and for the community to use.
I had a few PM's about doing custom layouts for people.
It's just hard to do this and that when I have other projects to do.
I can say should anyone else be interested I can do most layouts for $10/15 US.
Most times a 48 hour turn around to product will be delivered to your in-box.
I include the final working configured skin, the PSD files should you want them, and any fonts that I used to create the skins.
Thought I would just put that out there.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2011, 01:45:45 pm by mike boss »

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Re: Mike's DK JR layouts and custom layouts now available
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2011, 01:44:54 pm »
Galaxian samples. Built over my DK JR layout.
Start to completion was about 24 hours I believe.

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Re: Custom Galaga & PACMAN layouts available
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2011, 05:30:43 pm »
Have some mock-ups that still need a lil tweaking.
Selling these layouts (customized) should anyone be interested.
PACMAN & GALAGA

** Added Q*bert.............I think this is my best ever !

IMG 0216

IMG 0227

IMG 0228

« Last Edit: February 09, 2011, 07:04:19 pm by mike boss »

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Re: Custom Galaga,Q*bert & Pac-Man layouts
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2011, 10:54:37 pm »
For those of you wondering how good Mike's custom work is.......checkout the Donkey Kong layout he did for me.

It's outstanding  :) :) :)

From initial E-mail to completion was 4 hours!!!

It was everything I wanted and more, as I am so completely hopeless with photoshop...I didn't know where to Begin!!

Top quality job at a bargin basement price...............I'll be back for a Galaga and car Racing theme very soon ;D

Thanks again Mike

Dean
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Re: Custom Galaga,Q*bert & Pac-Man layouts
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2011, 04:44:09 pm »
No worries Dean ! And thanks !
I'm glad your happy.

As I said anyone else photoshop challenged and looking for something custom PM me.
$20 on average for a layout and fast turn around.

Thanks
« Last Edit: July 08, 2011, 05:17:21 pm by mike boss »

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Custom MaLa Layouts
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2011, 07:58:39 pm »
Just completed another custom layout with load screen.
This one was Galaga.

If anyone is interested let me know.
Average price is $15 and those who have purchased from me have been very happy.
I make revisions til your satisfied!

This last layout had over a dozen revisions to get it perfect!
Another satisfied customer.
Thought I would share the images.













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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts....New Project Done!
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2011, 11:13:06 pm »
Another great job by Mike

Top quality work ;D ;D ;D

Mike's already working on my next project.

Thanks again Mike............I'm stoked!!

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts....New Layouts!
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2011, 08:58:38 am »
Working on some new layouts I will make available should anyone be interested.
I've been working on the layering of images (like in the skin BLUE).
What I mean by that is take my Jake "The Snake" example, the videos and text of the games list are behind Jake. He himself sits on top of the videos.
Looks cool ,but with MaLa's transparency issues it's not as clean as I would like. It's not my work, just the limitation in MaLa itself.
I want to be clear I am by no means putting down MaLa as I think it is one of the best programs I have ever used and can honestly say I love it.
I would never do a project again and not use it, it is simple the best with the best support.
I'm only saying from my design perspective.

Anyway I can make these available for download should anyone be interested.
Custom work also available for $15 and up.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts....New Layouts!
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2011, 10:46:48 am »
Trying to make some money to pay for a DK restore I'm taking on.
Right now if anyone needs three layouts I will do three custom layouts for $50 !
All layouts will include custom "now loading screen."
I send the PSD file when done, as well as all fonts used.
PM me for details.

For sega_mad, I apologize in the delay getting back to you.
I was having some issues trying to obtain similar results to blue.
None the less I have figured it out. (was simple really!)
Anyway I'll PM you and we can figure out the modifications you need/want.

Thanks all

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts....New Layouts!
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2011, 11:03:02 am »
All layouts are done to custom size.
You tell me what you want included and I include it.
Be it the marquee, the snap, whatever ! Tell me, I add it.
Designs are sent to you watermarked for approval and payment
required before the non watermarked image (PSD/folder/mll) gets sent.
For what it's worth I complete most designs in 72 hours.
Every customer has been happy, and said even in time saved
my services are worth it.

Have any questions ? Concepts, ideas your not sure if they will work ?
PM me or email me at : vibefx@gmail.com
I'm more than happy to answer any questions I can.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts....New Layouts!
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2011, 11:14:10 am »
Just saw this thread. Nice work.

I happened to notice a comment from Sega_mad about doing masked images (like putting screenshots in a round window).

Mala can do that quite easily, but you have to apply masks properly. At one point, I posted my Mala layout to my build thread, but dang if I can't find it now.

If you're still wondering about this, let me know and I can send it to you or help you out with the transparencies.

Finally, Mala won't do masks for videos (so you can't have screenies playing in a circular window for instance), but my plugin, the No18 Engine can. Still a work in progress, but just fyi...


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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts/ 3 Designs for $50/Average Turn Around 72 hours
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2011, 08:06:02 pm »
Sample work for potential commission.
The Shark logo in the middle sits above the marquee and snap

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts/ 3 Designs for $50/Average Turn Around 72 hours
« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2011, 12:35:17 am »
Hey Mike,

 Wow, I cant believe you did this already, without me responding to your email yet!

Im still not sure if Mala is the way im gonna go. I haven't been able to play with it a whole lot yet, and I just don't know if its a polished enough look yet for what I want.

  I was tinkering around with the Maximus Arcade customizer today, but was having some issues figuring it out. I do like the ease and user-friendly front end of MA however, it just seems easy without being over the top like Hyperspin.

 Looks good tho! If I decided to go this route I will let you know for sure, because this is a lot more then I could ever do.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2011, 05:18:26 pm »
Just wondering if anyone would be interested in a $10 layout !
You get to tell me what you want, size, do you want snaps, marquees, etc .............
The catch is you get no revisions. What I come up with I come up with !
PM for details.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2011, 06:04:51 pm »
Mike, I'm interested in the more full service option.  I want to get a little further on painting my cab, and collecting a few more pieces of art to use or use as inspiration, and I'm figuring out a gif animation that I'd like to use.  Maybe a falling/sliding image animation as well.  I also need a loading screen that has a circular logo so that it will look good horizontal/vertical and during rotation.  Right now Mala is switching from the horizontal loading splash to the vertical loading during the rotation so I need to use the same file with both I think. 

When I get my stuff together I will send something over to you for a quote.  Your clean, uncluttered style with LCD friendly resolution images is looking great.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2011, 08:19:19 pm »
Thank you for the kind words.
I appreciate it.

I have fun making these and really for most customers it comes down to the fact that the price is so low, its worth it in time saved!
I'm trying to fund a DK project now and I like when the hobby pays for the hobby.
I'm open to any suggestions, ideas, etc. I look forward to some new projects.
I'm actually working on my custom DK now.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #29 on: July 08, 2011, 09:21:45 pm »
This is what I'm working on for me.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2011, 11:03:56 pm »
Just completed another custom project.
For anyone interested, if you have seen a layout kicking around the net you liked and want modified I can do that.
Just let me know what layout your looking at, what changes you need and I can let  you know if it can be done.
Custom color, change a name, replace a graphic, etc.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2011, 01:05:56 am »
Hey mike,

Still hanging onto your offer, still haven't decided. Do you happen to have any videos of your layouts in action?

EDIT: Nevermind! Just found your youtube channel. Im digging the house of the dead layout! Obviously not specifically for my cab, but I do like the cleanliness of the layout.
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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2011, 03:06:11 pm »
Hi Mike,
Do you need files and specific images to create your work, or can you be given a concept and work from there?  I'm working slowly toward my theme, so a custom layout is on my list, but not urgent, but if you could take it and run with it instead, that would be cool.  Let me know how much direction you need to get started.

Thanks.
Rando - My build thread: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=107741.msg1142843#msg1142843 (work slowed but still progressing!

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #33 on: July 21, 2011, 08:51:51 pm »
Just give me a direction of what you want.
The more ideas the better.
If you've seen stuff online you like, or want in the layout email it to me and I'll add it.
If you look @ the Sharks layout above, I jumped the gun and started making something (all be it for the wrong front end............DOH!), and that was what I had come up with. That was just going on the Sharks theme.


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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2011, 12:52:38 pm »
I've started working on (and just about completed) a Space Invaders MaLa layout for a customer..........................
I've gotta say, it's my best work ever !
Even better (IMHO) than layouts I use in my own personal collection.
With permission of the buyer I'll post the sample.

Still doing custom designs for $20 should anybody want just email me at vibefx @ g mail . c o m

Thanks all

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Custom Designs Start @ $20
« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2011, 07:55:29 pm »
Managed to get a really good bezel scan to work from, really happy how this came out.
The colors pop, it just all really works in my opinion.
5 hours went into this if you can believe (perhaps a lil extra with some tweaks).
But the customer is happy and for $20 it gives your cabinet a truly unique edge.


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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts...Take A Look ! Kustom Kong & Space Invaders
« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2011, 07:58:58 pm »
This is my Kustom Kong !
(I think the Space Invaders is better)

I've ended up going with the image based off the control panel.
It's very simple, but it works.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts. Just added Kustom Kong & Space Invaders
« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2011, 04:35:53 pm »
While I don't use MALA, I can certainly appreciate good work.  Awesome job on all of these.  My favorites are the Galaga/Galaxian themes and the Space Invader themes.  WOW!!   :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts. Just added Kustom Kong & Space Invaders
« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2011, 03:19:48 pm »
I think of my own personal projects, and they money I spend customizing them.
I think of my home and how I want "one of a kind items."
With arcades I pay $70 for sideart, $50 on a good can of paint, it gave me the idea on selling layouts.
$20 to pull your entire theme together, I think in the end it's well worth it.
Space Invaders is awesome, I know I made it, but I love how it came out.

I'm still open to any new projects.
And for a limited time with each layout I will include a custom 5"x7" design with MaLa commands.
For example in MaLa player 1 button one + down will allow you to scroll games by "X" amount.
I will indicate this plus other commands that your cabinet users will ask you.
"How do I get credits?"

I've done a few of these for friends + myself, I print them up for $1 @ Wal-Mart and keep em on my marquee.
I can't with these deisngs provide many revisions, but I will through in a 5"x7" design with new layouts.

I'll post the examples later.

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Re: Custom MaLa Layouts. Just added Kustom Kong & Space Invaders
« Reply #39 on: August 12, 2011, 07:08:01 am »
I'll be posting some more art examples today.
I'm looking for any new custom work if anyone is interested.
I have a free weekend this weekend if anyone is looking for anything.

  
 

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