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.