Creating CD Cover for disc

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Espnetboy3, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    Im looking to make a cover for my cd of my demo reel. Not for the case just one that would go on the actual cd so the dimensions would have to be round. I have photoshop and illustrator. Any tutorials or help would be much apreciated. Thanks
  2. ATD macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2005

    I'm assuming you will buy labels for the CDs to run through a desktop printer. In the label package there should be a CD with templates on it or there should be a web site listed where you can download the templates. They are generally .eps files that have guidelines showing how the CD labels will fit on an 8.5 x 11, and guidelines showing the printed area (circles at the inside and outside cuts). Open this eps file in Photoshop or Illustrator and put it on it's own layer. Slip the art on a layer or layers under it, make sure that the artwork goes beyond the circles a little if goes to the edges (both inside and outside). Turn off the template layer when you print. You may also need something like CD Stomper to place the labels on the CDs, these packages may include labels as well.
  3. abrooks macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    London, UK
    Fairly difficult to explain, but you really want to do this job in Illustrator, nothing else will do the job.

    First of all design your artwork as a square, 120mm x 120mm, then you want to create a mask for it, this will vary for labels or in the professional world the type of disc.

    The most common type of CD has a centre hole of 37.5mm and the diameter is 119.

    Send me a PM if you want some printed out professionally, I'll be able to help out :)
  4. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2005
    My printer is the Epson ip4000 and it prints directly onto disk surfaces (as well as everything else). It came with software called CD-LabelPrint, but I know other software is available commercially, do a search and find a nice printer!!! (it is much better than printing onto sticky labels!)

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