Realize Labels and Covers for CD and DVD

You have created a wonderful DVD video ?

You recorded a CD of your music performances ? Well, it’s time to give your work a ” garment” adequate. DVD and CD …

It is not necessary to belong to the category of a perfectionist for wanting to do things the best way . Also because , often , the extra effort required to finish a job well is minimal Fast and powerful HD video editing, including 3Dcompared to the efforts to get “almost” to the goal. The thing is true in general, but even more so when the subject of the speech is a multimedia product . We happened often , for example, that a friend told us : ” I’ll show you the DVD of my trip to … Timbuktu .

It took me a month to edit your movie . ” After that, unsheathed a disc with the title scrawled in marker .

But how ? You have done 10,000 km by plane, registered 10 videotapes, past twenty nights to do assembly jeopardizing marriage and friendships and there presented with a disc that looks like the work of a hasty beginner? There are : the aesthetic look of the product is as important as the actual content , and should be treated accordingly. Also because it is the first thing the viewer sees before the video before the photos, before the music is recorded on the disc.

Until some time ago, you could the excuse of lack of time and complexity of creating anything from labels and covers ( “You know, I’m not a graphic” ) with programs dedicated to the professionals. But today this is no longer possible : the Internet there are many software that allow you to quickly and easily create everything you need to give your discs a proper dress . There are also file type “template “, or hollow profiles of the covers of the most popular types of disks and containers , ready to fill with your favorite programs. No excuses then: create labels and covers professional level is not difficult and takes only a few hours of time. In addition to a minimum of attention to detail , and some more specific knowledge . But for that we are here …

Size matters CDs and DVDs that you can find on the market are accompanied by a lot of printed material. A CD of music, for example, usually comes in a plastic container called the ” jewel case ” (ie, ” jewelery box ” , arguably, the inventor already knew the prices of sale to the public ) . It has a cover (which may be a booklet ), two spines , one against the cover and the actual CD , on which is printed directly on the label . Regarding the DVD , most of them arrives in a container that is called ” amaray ,” which presents on all its surface a kind of “pocket” transparent : it serves to hold in place the cover , made of a single sheet 27,2 x18 , 4 cm. In this case , the part reserved for the back is 1.4 centimeters.

Inside, on the right we find the DVD , with its label and on the left instead of the plastic container has two hooks to hold in position for a possible book . The latter can have variable Download program to print CD coverssize , but not more than 18,1 x12 , 3 cm , with a minimum of 16 cm on the long side otherwise the plastic hooks could not lock it. Given all the measures at stake, it is clear that any inkjet printer A4 is perfectly capable of handling the material accompanying CD and DVD . So let’s see in more detail the various operations , beginning with the most difficult question : the label of the disc.

Label or print? There are two different approaches to the problem of producing the label of a disk : the first consists in print on a sheet of adhesive paper , already pre-cut to measure , and the second print in the label directly on the support . Needless to say, this second method is preferable . Adhesive labels can indeed create problems of instability during the rotation of the disc – negligible for the CD , but able to make the disc unreadable for DVDs. In addition, some adhesives may lose elasticity over time and detach from the disk, rendering it useless (and sometimes damaging the reader ) . If however you want to use adhesive labels, you should buy those of the established manufacturers , which typically adopt good quality materials (and if something goes wrong, at least you will know who to complain … ) . For labels , the application phase is usually the most critical. You should pay attention to the positioning of optical media, because the first few times it can happen to distract and paste the label on the wrong side , forever ruining the disc.

However, the most important thing is to make sure that the label remains fully extended when it comes into contact with the disc, so as to avoid bonding ” patchy ” . Also important to avoid air bubbles , pressing hard against a soft, flat surface to glue just happened . If a bubble were to be trapped in any case , you can try to puncture with a needle and then press the OK label starting from the edges of the bubble so that sticking properly. If you decide to print the label directly on the disc, technically preferable solution , you will need two things: a disk covered with a white layer completely suitable for printing , and a printer capable of using the disk as the print media. There are many printer models suitable , and you can just look at the manual to see if your already have this option. In general , is realized through a plastic support where to place the support in order to simplify the entry. In almost all cases , for example, if an ink jet printer is capable of printing on CD, comes equipped with a software for the realization of the label , which further simplifies life .

More difficult at times to find the printable disc , since the producers are few and the price of these supports is slightly higher than that of disks “normal.”

However, Verbatim , TDK , Memorex and others have in this type of catalog records , CD and DVD . As for the print parameters , follow the directions from the manufacturer of your printer. Typically, the surface of the discs lends itself to be regarded as photo paper, but in some cases it may be necessary to alter this setting. In addition, the drying of some media is slower than on paper , so you should not touch the surface of the disk for a few minutes after it is printed. Another method that is gaining momentum in recent months has LightScribe , a technique that allows you to burn the label on the disc using the same laser burner that has affected the media – both the latter is obviously the burner must be adjusted . At the end of the burn , just flip the disc , launch the recording labels, and in about half an hour you get the finished disc .

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