How to make CD labels for free

Updated July 20, 2017

If you want to make your homemade CDs look better, create your own CD labels. This is particularly useful if you are an artist, part of a band, or making a mix CD for someone, as it will set your CDs apart from others. There is a lot of CD label creation software available on the Internet that costs money, but you can also make CD labels for free. To create CD labels for free, the most important thing you need to know is the dimensions of your CD labels.

Click "Start," type "Paint" and click the link for "Microsoft Paint."

Click the "Resize" button at the top of the program.

Change the ratio to be "1000 x 1000" pixels. The essential thing here is that your design is square.

Design your print label. Bare in mind that the print area will be the same as a CD shape, so the very centre will be clear as will the outsides of the circle. Click "File," then "Save." Choose a location for your label to be stored and click "Save."

Open up your preferred word processing application. Double-click the rulers to change the dimensions. The CD printable label itself will be 4.724 by 4.724. Change the page layout to begin, in correspondence to your printable labels. For example if the edge of the CD printable area begins 2 inches from the left of the paper, change your indent to 2 inches. Insert your design from your computer.

Insert the printable label into your printer and click "Print."


If you want to design onto a basic template, you can download a basic CD template from the Internet (see Resources).

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Joshua Laud started writing professionally in 2008. During his three years at University he worked freelance for various music publications including "Clash Magazine" and "total:spec," and online Data Transmission and Music is Art. Laud also specializes in technology writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of London.