A DIY Guide to Making CD/DVD Inserts Like a Pro

By · Monday, June 7th, 2010

A DIY Guide to Making CD/DVD Inserts Like a ProA disc insert can make or break you. On one hand, it can take your project to a new level of excellence, or it can make you look like a total amateur. A lot can go wrong in the process of making your DVD case inserts or CD jewel case inserts, but it is possible to get the professional look without the professional price. Here’s a quick do-it-yourself guide aimed at saving you some headaches. If you encounter a “duh” factor, just skip to the step where you need help!

1. Choose your disc: CD, DVD or Blu-ray.

2. Pick a type of case based on your disc. Options include CD jewel cases, DVD cases, or wallets. Keep in the back of your mind how many inserts you’d like and match it to the size or style of the case.

3. From here, you’ll have to make some decisions before you buy anything, otherwise your impulse purchase could cost you your project.

4. Decide on the visuals. Do you want a glossy or matte finish? Gloss delivers high shine and grabs attention, but it comes at a higher price tag. Matte will undoubtedly give you a more subdued look, but that may be the tone that your project is going for. Matte will also be more economical.

5. Matching the paper to your printer is crucial. Will you be using an inkjet or laser printer? For example, if you have an inkjet printer, buying laser insert sheets will do you no good; the result is like mixing oil and water.

6. Choose your insert sheets taking into account how many you want in the case (booklet or singles), your disc option, the type of case you have and what kind of paper you need.

7. Once you double and triple check that you have the right supplies, it’s now time to find your blank CD label template and choose a template. You can find various templates through Adobe, Office and other programs.

8. Your template choice is all about the perfect match—your insert artwork/picture needs to fit the template, not vice versa. Also make sure the program matches up with your actual CD/DVD inserts.

9. As you create the artwork for your CD insert, take into account that the boundaries of your image may need to be larger than you think, otherwise you could end up with white space. As a good rule of thumb, allow a one-eighth inch bleed from the ends of your design.

10. Run a few test prints to make sure your printer will align to the insert sheets. Don’t print a large quantity at first in case there’s some abnormality in color, placement, etc.

If all goes well you should have DVD or CD insert that give your project a professional look. If something got lost in translation, or a technical glitch occurred, or you’re just at your wit’s end, CDROM2GO can guide you further through the process.

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