5 most forgotten CD design elements

5 most forgotten CD design elements

When I design or layout a CD or DVD for a client, they are responsible for providing me with the text and photos they want to include. After over 400 projects, I have noticed a few commonly forgotten elements. I don’t have time read everything, as I am usually concentrating on the design, but I […]

Stock Photo Sites

Stock Photo Sites

Here are some sites you can search to see if anything jumps out at you.

Disc Face Design Instructions

Creating artwork for disc requires different techniques than creating artwork for paper printing. Furthermore, manufactured and Short Run disc templates are different. Duplicated Discs Download template or Create your own template. Software: I recommend using Photoshop or Illustrator. Set your page size to 120 mm (4.72″) square – do not alter this size – The […]

Working with a designer

A good designer is part technician, part artist and part psychic.

Doing your own production files

If you are planning to do your own graphics, make sure you understand the process.

Proofs and Proofing

Proofs and Proofing

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Image Resolution – DPI/PPI/SPI

Image Resolution – DPI/PPI/SPI

If you are supplying image files or creating your own graphics, you need to know this.

Finishing Services

Finishing Services

Already designed in Photoshop or Indesign (PC) but don’t know how to finish it?

CD & DVD Logo usage rules

CD & DVD Logo usage rules

The compact disc logo is actually owned by Philips Electronics N.V. The DVD logo is controlled by the DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation of Japan.You do not have to include disc logos on your artwork if you do not want to. If you do include the logos, then you must follow the rules regarding size, shape […]

Scanning

Scanning

Clean your scanner glass and photograph with a soft cloth before placing each item. Do not scan at a lower resolution and then enlarge it later! This actually lowers the resolution and can turn it into garbage. For example, a 2.5″ x 2.5″ image scanned at 300 PPI that is later doubled 5″ x 5″ […]