How to Create a CD Jewel Case Cover Template

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How to Create a CD Jewel Case Cover Template
A cover insert will liven up this boring case. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A homemade compilation CD can look professional with a jewel cover design. Once you create a usable template, the design process becomes much easier for future projects. There are many programs that can be used to create a CD jewel box cover design, but the dimensions and layout rarely differ. To give your CD cover that professional, you can use Adobe InDesign on your home computer.

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  • Adobe InDesign

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  1. 1

    Choose File, then select New Document. In the dialogue box that opens, enter 1 for the number of pages and deselect the "Facing Pages" check box and the "Master Text Frame" check box.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "Page Size" section of the dialogue box. Enter 5.096" in the Width text box and 4.75" in the Height text box. These are the dimensions of a standard jewel CD tray including a few centimetres of bleed room. To finish set-up, enter 0.25" in the left, right, top and bottom boxes of the margins box. The number setting in the "Columns" area should be left at 1. Save your new document before the next step.

  3. 3

    Drag the first guide from the vertical ruler to your page. From the object pull down menu, open the "Control and Transform" palette. In the X text box enter 0.5703" for the fist location. Drag a second vertical guide on to the page and enter 5.3333" in the X text box. You have just indicated the trim. This trim represents where the template will be cut to fit the exact dimensions of the jewel case.

  4. 4

    Drag two horizontal and two vertical guides 1/8 inch outside the trim you have just created. Open the "Control and Transform" palette and enter these dimensions: X: 0.4453", Y: -0125", X: 5.4583", and Y: 4.875". Now you should see green horizontal and vertical guides that highlight the bleed area.

  5. 5

    Under "File," select "Save As" and select a destination to save the template file. After you name the file, select "InDesign CS Template" from the format pop-up menu. Click Save.

Tips and warnings

  • If your insert design bleeds past the trim, you can use the "Line" tool to add crop marks to indicate the trim on top of the design. This is useful to visualise the cut pages before printing.
  • When you place your design, the picture or artwork should extend to the end of the bleed area to ensure the trim leaves no white spots.

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