How to print game DVD case labels
There are many reasons for replacing the case inserts for your video games. The store might have placed a sticker on the paper that ripped halfway down the front on removal or your dog might have wanted attention and took out its frustration on the case, chewing up the label as well.
Perhaps you just hate the artwork used for the case insert and want to replace it with your own creation. Whatever the reason, the process of creating and printing a new insert for your video game case is easy.
- There are many reasons for replacing the case inserts for your video games.
- Whatever the reason, the process of creating and printing a new insert for your video game case is easy.
Remove the insert from the video game case. To prevent damage to the case and the insert, open the case until the protective plastic cover moves away from the case, then gently pull the insert out. Take note the insert contains three parts: the front cover, the spine and the back cover. Before creating your own cover, plan out what you want to appear on the front, side and back. Hold on to the insert for reference during the remainder of this guide.
Open your preferred image-editing software and create a new image with the dimensions 27cm3mm width by 18cm3mm height. 27cm3mm by 18cm3mm is the approximate size of a standard DVD label, which the inserts of video games are based upon. The DVD size insert will work for the PlayStation 3, Xbox360 and Wii consoles (see References).
Create a template for your insert by drawing vertical lines at the 13cm and 14cm5mm marks. The area between the vertical lines represents the spine of the DVD case, the blank area on the left is the back cover and the blank area on the right will contain the front cover.
- Open your preferred image-editing software and create a new image with the dimensions 27cm3mm width by 18cm3mm height.
- Create a template for your insert by drawing vertical lines at the 13cm and 14cm5mm marks.
Design the insert with custom art and text. Have fun with this step. Design an insert that shows off your artistic prowess or lack there of. Make sure you have permission to use artwork found elsewhere, if you plan on displaying your custom insert for public viewing.
Print the custom insert and trim off excess paper. There is room for error on all sides, especially in width. A page cutter is recommended, but not necessary for this step.
Slip the new insert into the game case, aligning the paper by the spine. Professional game inserts do not fully cover the case, so do not worry about excess space. As long as the spine area is where it ought to be, then the insert will look fine.
- If you want to produce an insert closer in quality to the original, use glossy paper and a laser printer
- The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is an open-source, free image-editing program
- Dimensions for PSP inserts: 20cm9mm width, 16cm8mm height, spine located between 9cm8mm and 11cm3mm from the left side.
- Dimensions for DS inserts: 27cm7mm width, 11cm7mm height, spine located between 13cm1mm and 14cm6mm from the left side.
- Measurements presented in the guide are accurate to within 1mm, but case sizes may vary due to quirks in manufacturing.
- Use solid colours to border the left and right edges of the custom insert to allow more room for error when cutting out the insert from the print out.
Jonathan Knorr Langdon is a freelance writer from South Jersey with a Master of Arts in creative writing from Rowan University of Glassboro, New Jersey. His areas of expertise include gaming, general computer usage and research. His articles have appeared at eHow and Answerbag.