The issue covers is less problematic from the point of view of materials , since basically the choice is between two options : take advantage of the already punched sheets (in practice , the cover is on an A4 sheet but that is already predisposed to ‘liberate’ easily ) or print on normal A4 paper and then arrange for manual cutting . This second system , in fact, has a couple of advantages: first of all it’s cheap (I can also use normal copy paper , photo paper , or only the most important projects ) and allows easier creation of the cover : the fact that there are lines on paper obligated fact allows us to position our work anywhere in the sheet where the printer will be able to get the ink.
Unfortunately, it is required then a good manual dexterity with instruments such as scalpels and cutters to trim everything well – with scissors, unfortunately, it is difficult to cut straight. With pre-cut sheets , however, are obliged to respect the alignment of the format of your choice , and because the printer is not always perfect in paper loading , we must take account of working with ” tolerance ” wider. For example, if we want to fill a pre-cut cover with a background image, we must make sure that the image itself extends beyond the edges of the theoretical cover for at least 3 mm on each side. These 3 mm it is said that they are printed inside the boundaries of the format, and in any case if you are printing to the left , to the right of it will miss many that we thought maybe they were inside the border . Practical consequence in the last 3 mm inside cover does not have to put in writing of any kind, because there is the possibility that they are printed off the edge.
Chosen our preferred media, it is time to compose the cover .
Realize Labels and Covers for CD and DVD
As in the case of the disc , there are specialized programs to help, and by using them we can often take advantage of libraries provided more or less of formats already set and only complete with our lyrics . Yeah, but what to put on the cover? A photo of course, which is the first thing you notice and gives the “tone” to the overall product , and then, the texts that indicate what content , those who created them , and maybe even where and when , especially in the case of amateur video . If you have made a music CD, the cover is enough to put the title given to the CD and the executor of the pieces (or the performers ) . The same information must be shown on the back , paying attention to the direction of writing: CD in jewel -box were in fact two backs , that are printed along the back of the CD . Once you have prepared the back (it is the ideal place to put the song titles ) , shows the disc title and author on the back of the left writing from the bottom up , and on the back of the right from top to bottom . When you mount the cover in jewel -box you will see that the text will all be written in the correct direction (see box ” to plug “).
CD cover art
The cover of the DVD is technically easier than the CD , since it is formed from a single sheet which must be printed on the back (left) , the back and the front cover (right) . You can choose whether to use a vertical photo, only for the title ( and then put one back in the other using the back as a separator in a neutral color ), or insert a horizontal picture that covers the entire surface of the cover. This solution is very nice but difficult to realize , more than anything else to the difficulty of finding photos “fit ” these must be the focus in the right half , especially in the upper part , while the lower part should be sufficiently uniform allow you to insert symbols and written without disturbing vision.
As for the lyrics, they fit on the front of the usual title and author of the film , besides the names of the principal performers. Obviously, if it is a vacation videos , it’s probably more important to know where and when it was shot that is not the name of who maneuvered the camera. So maybe a ” Christmas Holiday 2013 – Cuba ” is more of a clear “Our Man in Havana – the protagonists me, my wife , special appearance of her cousin Laura .” But if you have really achieved a production of television-type ( a documentary an investigation ) then director and main cast of characters should be mentioned on the cover , while the back will contain a summary of the content at the top and bottom more information about the cast (ie the actors and the creators of the work ) . Moreover, it is best to enter technical data of the DVD ( PAL zone 2 for Italy ) and audio format (stereo , Dolby , etc.) .
If the production has been particularly challenging , can be the case to realize a sheet or an accompanying booklet to be inserted inside the housing . There he will find place , depending on the pages we want to print , backstage photos (ie working as crew as he turned the movie) , biographical information on the director and the actors , crew information (ie, the technical team that has achieved video – cameraman , microfonisti , insiders lighting, special effects , makeup and so on ) .
The rules on the use of fonts and colors , even for the DVD , the same as for those of CD and disc labels : do not overdo it in the mix fonts ( limit yourself to two or three at the most ), choose matching colors to the background but able to detach in order to be readable, in case of necessity , have recourse to the shading . For any suggestions “aesthetic” , take a look at the sidebar ” The advice of the professional graphic designer .”
You will see that after a few tries , your cover will be indistinguishable from those of the disks that you see in stores.
The advice of professional graphic
1 . A cover photo has visual impact much better than one with only text. Choose a photo significant , capable to represent the contents of the disc.
2 . The presence of the photo tends to make more difficult to read the writing. use possibly with areas of color photos uniform that allow an easier text placement.
3 . For the lettering, do not use more than two, A maximum of three fonts in a single cover, and keep the same font throughout material of the same disc (cover, booklet , label).
4 . If the writing is not stood out enough in the background , try to provide them with a shadow that detach from the photo.
5 . Remember that in the same size , are more readable fonts easiest graphically , it is easier to read dark text on a light background that the light text on a dark background , the long texts in lowercase rather than uppercase.
6 . The characters ” pardoned ” (Times , Garamond ) communicate classic and elegance ; characters “Stick” ( Helvetica , Arial ) and Modernity dynamism.
7 . The text color should be harmonious with one of the photo below . Use tools like ” dropper ” to select a suitable color from the picture , that is present in the picture , but not in area where characters will be placed .
8 . The title of a multimedia work remains more impressed if you use a font well characterized and unusual. Many films and television series have given origin in their font families (think Star Trek .) However, use special fonts for long texts and descriptions makes the text difficult to read.
9 . If you are undecided about the ” form ” to give blocks of text on the cover of a DVD, matches using centered text , and texts longer justified (left and right). Then modified according to the result.
10 . Always remember that it is better be essential Baroque : used the bare minimum of elements decorative , and preference items that give information about the contents of the disc.