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Design: How Do I Make My CD and DVD Artwork?

on Friday, 15 February 2013. cd artwork, dvd artwork

If you burn your own CDs and DVDs, you probably want to make them your own with some artwork. Whether you are making artwork for a cover or for the CD itself, you want to make sure it looks good and is something you can show off to your friends. Knowing how to do that can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Anyone that knows their way around a computer can easily take on the task.

Methods of Applying Artwork

There are three methods of applying artwork to CDs and DVDs. The oldest and most common way is to design a cover and print it off to put inside the case. However, that is not preferable because if the CD gets separated from its case you don’t know what it is without popping it in the computer.

The second method is a bit newer and can sometimes be difficult to find. You can buy special printer paper that has a sticky side, designed for application to CDs and DVDs. You design the artwork, print it off, peel it, and stick it directly on the disc. This works much better because it stays with the disc, but they can peel off with use.

The best way to do this is to get a burner with Lightscribe. Lightscribe allows you to design artwork on your computer and burn it directly on the top of the disc. This is permanent, and will always allow you to know exactly what is on the disc. You can always design a more descriptive cover for the case if you wish.

Ways to Design CD Artwork

There are a few different ways that you can design CD and DVD artwork.

  • Use a free design service on the internet
  • Purchase software that allows you to design CD artwork
  • Purchase the peel and stick labels that usually come with software for ease of use
  • Design on your own in your favorite graphics design software

The easiest way to design artwork is to go to a free design application on the internet. The free service allows you to design artwork as if you were looking at the CD itself, which helps you to be able to picture what it will look like when you are finished.

It is very easy to use, and best of all it is free. While you could go the hard route and design it on regular graphics design software, using software designed specifically for this type of artwork is definitely preferable. You may also be able to find software that is designed for specific use with your Lightscribe.

Reasons to Design Artwork

There are many reasons you might want to design artwork for your CDs and DVDs.

  • Label discs so that you know what is on them
  • Have a cool label that expresses how you feel about the music or movies on the disc
  • Have something that you can show off to friends and family

Of course, the most important reason to do this is to know what is on the disc. However, the other perks that come with disc labeling are definitely there to be had.

Digipack and other Packaging Options for CDs and DVDs

on Friday, 03 May 2013. cd artwork, cd printing, dvd printing

CDs and DVDs are still very popular promotional materials. They are inexpensive to produce and easy to send through mailers. If you are creating promotional materials for your organization, you want to make sure you have followed the best way to showcase your materials while still being practical.

In the past, most people used plastic jewel cases for their CDs, but these can break easily and don’t create a very professional look for DVDs. Digipacks are also commonly used as a promotional tool.

Basics of Digipacks

A Digipack is a gatefold style CD case made from cardstock.

  • In most cases, these cases are designed with an outer fold made from card stock or paperboard. Inside there is a plastic tray that contains a “soft spot” that holds the CD in place.
  • Many companies use these for special releases or limited edition CDs . They are still relatively inexpensive to produce, although costing slightly more compared to a standard jewel case, they tend to be less prone to breaking, which assists with the distribution of the product.
  • Most versions of the Digipack are covered in a UV coating that helps ensure that the design will not get bent or fade during transport or over time as it sits in the user’s collection.

Many designers like the idea of using a Digipack to market their media because the trifold design offers plenty of space for artwork and other promotional materials. Standard jewel cases must have other materials inserted inside to get the same effect.

Other Options for CD or DVD Packaging

There are wide varieties of packaging options considered standard for DVD and CD packaging.

  • The 6 panel digipak are similar to the digipack, but offering a two fold design instead of one
  • Single CD sleeves can be designed for easy mailing. Taller versions are available for DVDs, mimicking the look of a standard movie case, though the sleeve will be much thinner. Sleeves can also be produced from recycled materials for a more environmentally friendly packaging option.
  • While many sleeves are made from reinforced card stock, you can create versions that are much thinner, made from paper or a light plastic with a cellophane window that will show off the product inside. Those that are planning to focus their design work on the CD can also design a vinyl sleeve for added protection.

Other versions of these CD or DVD cases can be designed to hold multiple discs. This makes it easier for you to offer your clients a set that includes all of your material without having to pay for extra packaging or extra shipping.

When selecting a packaging option for CDs and DVDs, you want to consider how the product will be handled. You want to find the balance between creating an inexpensive option and providing the disc plenty of support as it travels to your customers.

Free Artwork Design Service

on Thursday, 09 May 2013. cd artwork, cd printing, dvd printing

The free artwork design service from MaxDuplication gives you a chance to have your artwork created without having to worry about learning complicated design applications, or worrying about file formats and phrases such as JPG, PDF and DPI's

MaxDuplication tries to stand out from the crowd and find unique ways to offer extra service to its clients. Many people were having trouble with how to create and design their artwork and were finding it expensive to pay a professional designer.

Many companies charge to design your artwork and even charge if they have to make small amendments to it, as MaxDuplication the whole process is free of charge allowing you to concentrate on creating your music or data.

Our professional design service will help ensure that you get the perfect, polished look you are looking for.

Make Your Design Stand Out

Although its perfectly acceptable to have a plain disc with just some text or wording on it, nothing stands out like colour. Making a colorful disc using a photograph or vibrant colours adds to the professional look of the finished product.

MaxDuplication's free design service is created specially to make sure that our customers are getting exactly what they want. You can make as many revisions to the design that you like until you are happy with the final look.

If you want to design it yourself

  • Make sure your text is large enough to read, but not so large that it will overwhelm the space on your disk.
  • Do not put any text within 3mm of the edge of the disk and avoid putting any media whatsoever in an area that would be cut off by the hole in the disc.
  • Make sure you are using high resolution images that will be easy to see and create a quality looking print. It is recommended that artwork is 300 dpi.

If you already have artwork such as a company logo or text that you have used in other areas of your business, email them to us and we will lay them out on our templates to show you what they will look like.

Which CD Type Should You be Using?

on Saturday, 26 October 2013. cd artwork, cd duplication, cd printing, cd replication

CDs or Compact Discs are available in many types and it is for the user to decide which among them is the best suited for their requirements. You will have two broad categories to choose from when deciding which disc to store your data on, namely CDs and DVDs (Digital Video Disc)

The main difference between a CD and DVD is the amount of space that they have available to them. The CDs are low on memory and can only store a limited amount of data while the DVDs have more memory and can store a much larger amount of data. This is why DVDs are the preferred CD type for games and films while CDs are suitable for recording songs and music.

Types of CDs you can choose from

The CDs are available in a number of types, each having their own benefits and limitations.

  • The CD-ROM has a limited memory and cannot be used for re-recording purposes, but it can be played by all players.
  • The CD-R has a fast recording speed and is cheap to duplicate. It is also low on memory.
  • The CD-RW can be used for re-recording up to 1000 times, but have a lesser recording speed.

The biggest advantage of using any type of CD for recording is that they are cheap and easy to record, while their most infuriating drawback is their limited memory space.

Types of DVDs you can choose from

The DVDs are available in a numbers of formats as well, with each having a different benefit to offer you.

  • The DVD-ROM has a larger memory, but has a slow recording speed.
  • The DVD-R can only be recorded on once and are generally suitable for recording home videos.
  • The DVD-RW can be used for re-recording, but is very expensive.
  • The DVD-RAM can be re-recorded 100,000 times and has a very large time span too.

All of the types of DVDs have a larger memory space and time span than CDs, but are extremely expensive to record and have a slow recording speed.

If you have doubts about which CD types is ideal for you then ask the experts at MaxDuplication. They can provide you all the help you require in choosing the type of CD you should use. Call us now at 020-8492-3723.

CD Insert and Cover Layout Design Tips

on Tuesday, 29 October 2013. cd artwork, cd printing

The design of the CD Inserts is among the most important aspects of designing the cover of a music album. Since it is first thing that the buyers are going to see before listening to the music on a CD, it has to be designed in such a way that it creates a positive impact on the buyer and influences him to buy it.

Such is the importance of the cover layout design of the music CDs that their sales depend on how imaginative the covers are. Most music retailers would confirm that the music CDs having an appealing cover are sold more quickly than the ones that are simple and fail to impress the buyers. The following are some of the tips that can help you in coming up with a good design for the insert of your music CD.

Size of the CD Insert

The size of the CD insert plays a vital role in making the cover layout design of your music album more appealing to your fans.

  • The front cover should be no more than 4.75” in length and breadth.
  • If you are thinking about making a booklet, the dimensions should not exceed 9.5” and 4.75”.
  • The back cover size should be around 6” in length and 4.625” in breadth.

When choosing the size of the back insert do remember the spine on either side of the CD which would require about 0.25”.

Be Imaginative

Being imaginative is extremely important when designing a CD insert. The following tips in this regard can be useful for you.

  • Choose imagery that is in line with the topic of your album.
  • Choose the fonts which are easy to understand.
  • Give important information about the singer, record label and the name of the songs on the cover.

It is best to listen to the songs in the album while designing the artwork for your album’s cover. It will help you in coming up with a cover design that is according to the mood of your music CD.

If you are finding it difficult to come up with a suitable design layout for your CD insert then there is no need to worry! The experts at MaxDuplication can provide you all the help you need in this regard. Call MaxDuplication right away at 020-8492-3723.

How Important is it to Have a Good Quality Disc?

on Wednesday, 30 October 2013. cd artwork, cd cover printing, cd duplication, cd label printing, cd printing, cd replication, dvd cover printing, dvd label printing

CDs and DVDs are used for a variety of reasons these days. Discs are used for burning music, high quality image production. Companies also use discs to provide information about their business to their clients.

As with all things, quality matters in discs as well, and quality is not limited to the content present on the disc - the overall quality of production is also important.

All discs of high quality

Disc mastering is the process by which a ‘read only’ quality disc is produced in large numbers.

  • Disc mastering ensures that all discs produced are of high quality, because mastering involves replication of discs from a source rather than burning separate discs.
  • Each disc is checked for glitches to ensure that it works.

If some of the discs you distribute do not work it will degrade your reputation in the eyes of your customers. Disc mastering ensures that all discs that reach your customers actually work.

The quality of the cover

The quality of the CD label printing or the DVD label printing is also very important as it is the first thing that strikes your customers about your disc.

  • First impression is the last impression is an old saying that is true in most cases. No one is going to see the content of your disc, if its label is not of professional quality. They will simply perceive that the inner contents of the disc would be no different.
  • An attractive cover will go a long way in hooking up the interest of the customer in your product. In other words, he will be more willing to go through the contents of the disc if its cover is attractive.

An attractive cover of the highest quality will help your quality disc stand out from the rest of pack, and will ensure that it will never go into a pile of waste. It is almost impossible to produce a very high quality disc at home. You can call experts at MaxDuplication at 020-8492-3723 to get them to help you with your requirements.