How to make CD case pictures

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How to make CD case pictures
Create a CD cover with a picture to give your homemade CDs a professional look. (cd/dvd closed jewel case (with paths) image by Tristano Ajmone from Fotolia.com)

Creating CD case covers from any picture is not difficult. Just about any type of word processing software, graphics software and most audio software offer templates that allow users to import pictures, create text and save customised front and back cover art and even CD case inserts. Using these templates is easy and allows you to concentrate on the design of the cover rather than formatting specifics. Using these templates, you can create professional CD covers with pictures to use on your home-produced CDs.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • CD cover template
  • Graphics software
  • Word processor or
  • Desktop publishing

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Size your image at 4.974 in. x 4.974 in using any graphics editing program you have available. You can do this by going into the image dimension option.

  2. 2

    Open the program you will be using to create your CD. Open the CD cover template for editing from the "File" or "Tools" menu, then click the template you want to use. Choose "front" to make a front cover or "back" to make a back cover.

  3. 3

    Go to "File" and select the "Insert" option, then browse to the location on your computer where your desired cover image is located. Click the image to insert it in your document. In CD creation software, the image will size to fit the template. In a word processor, you will need to click the edge of the image and drag it to fit the CD cover area.

  4. 4

    Click the "Text Tool" to add text to your cover. Choose a suitable font colour and style from the drop-down font menu or from the "format" menu. A suitable colour is one that reads well over the picture you've chosen. Create your text, then drag it to the location on your CD cover where it is readily seen and easy to read.

  5. 5

    Print your label on a CD label found at office supply stores. The paper is perforated and allows you to print several covers at a time.

Tips and warnings

  • Select the program you want to use. Microsoft Word and OpenOffice Write are word processors that offer CD cover templates. You can also use free desktop publishing software such as Scribus. There are programs specifically for creating CD covers, as well as popular audio software such as Nero burning software.

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