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01 January 2003, 09:48 PM
Ok, guys, I'm supposed to do CD covers for some guy, but I want to do it in Photoshop. Do you know where can I get a CD cover plugg-in? Thank you

A MacVey
01 January 2003, 03:30 AM
what do you mean a CD cover plugin there isnt any plugin that will make the CD cover completly for you

01 January 2003, 04:17 AM
eh... I make cd labels for my GF sometimes (just a hobby), just make a square image at whatever resolution you are gonna print at (I usually use 600 DPI), and make the image size 5x5 inches... make a new layer and hold shift w/ eliptical marquee tool to make a perfect circle from one corner to the other... invert selection and fill w/ black or white or purple...whatever... that gives you a nice masked off estimate of the borders of the print... as for printing it onto the cd label, roxio easy cd creator has a cd label maker, you can choose the front/back or cd label... make sure you set up what kind of cd labels you have (fellowes NEATO III) for example... have fun

01 January 2003, 07:01 AM
i have these CD label stickers and what i did is i took out the stickers and outlined the edge of the page w/ black marker, scanned it and tried to align it w/ photoshop... i wasted 20 pages of sticker paper to get it aligned... now i can print labels just from that page.... hehehhee.

01 January 2003, 08:48 AM
No no, you see, the guy actually pays me for this, so it has to be profesional. I must make them with sides, inside, outside, the whole thing, but photoshop doesn't have those options. If I wanted to make sides, I would have to make one image do the front, and then estimate the size of sides, but that's not good enough. I believe there are some plugins that let you see the borders, and inside-out design, that's what I mean by plugin.

01 January 2003, 01:40 PM
i think there is no plug in but yu can find some template on the net
here are some adresses
i found a software that include templates but i dont know anithing about it

just type google ---->cd cover + template
and hapiness will come:)

but good template is not enough
you must work in a cmjn environment/
choose your font very carefully
choose a good "imprimeur" (dont know the word---its a professional guy
who print stuff on a huge calibrated machine)

the size of the front should be like 12 cm by 12 cm at 300 dpi

hope that help

01 January 2003, 03:25 AM

Something like that right? I had to do the covers as painfully slowly as i did the CD stamps... I had to measure the dimensions of a standard CD case, print and print and cut and cut until i got just the right size.

01 January 2003, 10:11 AM
Originally posted by tchook
you must work in a cmjn environment....

I am assuming you meant "a CMYK environment"


01 January 2003, 11:01 AM

you are right

the attack of the mother language from outer space

01 January 2003, 05:29 AM
i still have the exact dimensions in a photoshop file if u want it. And u can convert it to CMJN... hehehee if u want. Just export the file to illustrator from photoshop and u'll be set. Tell me if u want it.

Ian Jones
01 January 2003, 12:04 PM
"photoshop doesn't have those options"

Work just doesn't get done with plugins in the real world (at least not very often anyway), you need to layup your front, back, sides and everything as if they were the actual physical piece of paper that needs to be folded.

Good old hard work with a ruler is the only way of being sure your getting it right. Consult with your printer for more information on how you will need to lay out the design and any specific requirements, for example you need to consider economy. You or your printer will need to lay several labels onto a piece of A1 paper or whatever format it will be printed at. You need to use a little paper as possible by cramming many labels onto one sheet in a clever way. These also need to be die-cut (cut-out by a machine) and this requires special skills and knowledge. Most printers should be glad to help you, even with some of the simplest questions... if not then take your business elsewhere. You may need to clarify with your client what you are required to do. Are you only producing the artwork? is he organising the printing? You need to totally understand your responsibilities.

Get a real life mentor to help you through the process if possible, find someone who has done it before and get them to guide you along the way. that would be the best solution. Make sure your client is aware of your inexperience and that he is aware that you are on a learning curve. This won't sacrifice your 'professional image' as much as stuffing it up totally and being unable to deliver. Having a good relationship with a client will make them happy and make it easier for you. Graphic design has a lot to do with working with clients (both good and bad ones) so get the right attitude early and work hard on this area of your job. good communication can save everyone time and money, not to mention stress! Believe me I have been there!

Hope that helps.

01 January 2003, 06:10 PM
yupyup, i totally agree. I had to cut and trim for hours before I got the size just right for the CD case.... the CD sticker label though.. *shivers* ... that was just something totall whack and diff....

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