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How to Print the Proper CD Cover Size

Updated July 20, 2017

Whether you are a musician creating CDs of your own music or a music lover who enjoys making custom mix-CDs with their own personalised covers, you could spend many frustrating hours printing and reprinting CD covers, trying to get them to fit inside the CD jewel cases, if you are not sure exactly what size they need to be. Fortunately, once you know the dimensions, it is a simple matter of resizing your cover art to fit.

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  1. Open the image you want to use as a CD cover in your favourite image editing software. If you don't have one, use a web-based utility such as Pixlr, which is free and similar to Adobe Photoshop in many respects.

  2. Check the image's properties menu to determine its size. Depending on which program you use, you may do this by right-clicking on the image and selecting "Properties," or choosing an option from a drop-down menu in the application you are using.

  3. Resize the image to 12cm by 12cm for the front cover, or 11.75cm tall by 15.1cm wide for the back cover. Some applications allow you to accomplish this by dragging a corner of the image with your mouse, while others will have you input the dimensions into a field in an options menu.

  4. Print the image. This process may vary by program, but will normally involve either pressing CTRL + P or selecting "Print" from a drop-down menu in the program window.

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About the Author

Heather Harris received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Old Dominion University. Since 2008 her writing has appeared at Pop Bunker, Geek Girls Network, and various other sites. She has appeared on podcasts such as the Meltdown Comics Meltcast and the Paul and Spike Show. She also owns and operates StreetSpirit Photography along with her husband.

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