How to Design a Circular CD Cover in Photoshop

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How to Design a Circular CD Cover in Photoshop
Make a circular CD cover using Photoshop. (cd's image by Dianne Burridge from

The quality of a CD cover can have a major impact on the way the CD is perceived by the public. As with most things, people expect quality to look like quality. This means you should use every tool you have to make your CD cover as impressive as possible. If you need to create a circular CD cover, one obstacle you face is finding a way to place to text on your CD design so it wraps around the CD. Fortunately, if you have access to Adobe Photoshop, this is actually fairly easy to do.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop. Select "File" from the menu and choose "New." In the dialogue that appears, make the size 800x800 pixels. Set the resolution to 300dpi. Name it "CD Cover" and click "OK."

  2. 2

    Open an image that you would like to use as the background image for your CD cover. Use the "Copy" and "Paste" functions under "Edit" to place the image in the "CD Cover" document.

  3. 3

    Select the "Ellipse" tool from the tool palette. Hold down the "Shift" key and drag with the tool to create a circle filling the canvas. Select "Select" from the menu and choose "Inverse." Hit "Delete" to trim the image to fit the CD. Now use the "Ellipse" tool to draw another smaller circular selection inside the CD circle.

  4. 4

    Select the "Type" tool from the tool palette. Choose the font size, colour and style you want from the tool options at the top.

  5. 5

    Click directly on outside of the circular selection and type in your text. It will follow the circular path as you type. Save your work.

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