Creating custom DVD covers is normally done with the use of computer software, but there are a few options when it comes to decent ways to make a DVD cover strictly online. Big Huge Labs offers a uniquely self-contained DVD cover creator, while a program called Cover Creator offers more experienced users the technical details they crave. Paper Case allows the user to make DVD covers from existing movies of music CDs.
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Design a simple DVD cover by first uploading a photograph. Add a title and any additional text at Big Huge Labs' free website online. After this is complete, select the "Create" button. This will take you to a screen where you can "Edit" or "Save" to your computer. At this stage the user is offered the options of printing or downloading cutting and folding directions to his computer.
Save the cover to your computer as an image file in the "JPEG" format, open up the document, re-size to the appropriate size for printing on a letter-sized piece of printer, turn on the printer connected to the computer and click "Print" to print the cover. The printed document provides cutting, folding and gluing options to create the paper cover.
Design more technical DVD covers by using another free online design program called Cover Creator. Access the online website and select one of four options, "CD" or "DVD Cover" or "CD" or "DVD Booklet." The booklet option provides for a document that slips into a jewelled case while the cover option provides a paper cover.
Select the booklet option to create a cover that slips into a jewelled case. Choose "Color Ink Printer" or "Black Ink Printer" which will take you to a template. Use the templates provided by Cover Creator to select a general layout for the DVD cover on the left side of the screen. On the right side of the screen are options for "Front Cover," "Spine," or "Back Cover." Use the site's text, background and drawing tools to add even more customisation to the cove, which you will find on the bottom left side of the screen.
Click the "Print" button at the top of the Cover Creator website to print the DVD booklet to insert inside the jewelled case.
Use Paper Case to make a DVD cover using real movie covers or other photos from the internet. Right-click on the Paper Case link and click "Bookmark This Link" in Firefox, or "Add To Favorites" in your internet browser. This is the only way to use Paper Case.
Use a favoured site displaying music or movie covers or a photo albums displayed such as Picasa. Pull up a movie, album or photo and click on the Paper Case bookmark to queue the current photo displayed in the web browser for printing. Paper Case will display an alert when it is ready to print, which shouldn't take long at all.
Print the current page by clicking "File" and selecting "Print" from the File Menu. This is a simple method that provides a simple paper cover to protect your CD or DVD.
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