How to Make a CD Cover and Barcode

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How to Make a CD Cover and Barcode
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The first step in marketing a CD or DVD is the packaging. Create your own CD cover and barcode (UPC) to sell your product. Create a professional looking CD cover that you can market to retailers, nationally and globally. You must have a unique barcode on the CD cover to sell your CD or DVD. Once you have set up an account online for a unique company code, you're on your way to marketing your product worldwide.

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Things you need

  • Bright white printer or brochure paper
  • Scissors or paper cutter

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  1. 1

    Open up a document creation program, such as Adobe Photoshop. You can also create a CD cover with a worksheet program.

  2. 2

    Create a new document with a resolution of 300 and set your workspace to 8 x 11 (letter size).

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    Copy your current layer. You will need this layer later. Label your copied layer "Layer_Copy." A layer is one image on top of another. Turn on your rulers.

  4. 4

    Draw a horizontal line with your line shape tool ½ inch from the top of your document and another line at 5 ¼ inches for the front of your CD cover. Draw a vertical line at 2 inches from the left side of your document and another at 6 ¾ inches. Your front CD cover dimensions should be 4.75" x 4.75".

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    Place each of your lines on a separate layer and label them appropriately (i.e., "CD_FrontCover_Top_Line"). Create a square shape 1/8 inch larger than your front CD cover for your bleed area. Place the square shape on its own layer. A bleed area extends ink past your document so that when you print your CD cover, there are no white lines when you cut your paper.

  6. 6

    Draw a horizontal line at 5 ½ inches and another at 10 ½ inches for the back of your CD cover. Next, draw vertical lines at 1 ¼ inch and 1 ½ inch from the left side of your document. Draw a vertical line at 7 inches and another line at 7 ¼ inches. Your outer lines at 1 ¼ and 7 ¼ inches are your spine lines. You will fold these lines later when you are finished with your document.

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    Put each of your lines on a separate layer and label them appropriately (i.e "Right_Spine_Line," "CD_BackCover_Top_Line"). Create a square shape 1/8 inch larger than your back CD cover for the bleed area. Place the square shape on its own layer.

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    Click on your "Picture" or "Clip Art" tab if you have an image. Find your image and add it to your document. Resize your picture to fit your CD cover.

  9. 9

    Click on the "Font" tab. Choose a large size for your font then start typing. You can always shrink your words later.

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    Label your spine. Rotate your words either 90 degrees or -90 degrees, depending on the aspect. The aspect is your viewpoint of the document or the direction you have decided to work on your project.

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    Leave a space on your back cover for the barcode. The minimum space dimensions for height and width are 0.816" x 1.175". For standard dimensions, a height and width of 1.020" x 1.469" are required.

  1. 1

    Download a free barcode generator for inventory purposes within your company or to sell your product without a retailer.

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    Sign up with GS1 US. This requires a membership fee, but you are given a unique company code for your UPC. You must have a unique company code to have a UPC to sell your product nationally and globally.

  3. 3

    Choose a UPC company then purchase your UPC with your unique company code. Some companies offer instant barcodes that can be sent through e-mail, as artwork, to add to your CD cover within minutes or hours. You do not need to purchase a UPC code if you are using a free barcode product, but you cannot sell your product nationally or globally to retailers otherwise.

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    Add your UPC to your cover. Print your project on bright white or brochure paper. Insert your CD cover into your CD case.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to try this project a couple of times until you have your document created to your specifications. You may also need to try a few times with your scissors or cutter to fit your cover to your CD case.

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