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    Needing help with producing a CD Cover.

    Hello. CD Covers are square, so I have been designing a CD cover on a 1684px by 1684px canvas with 300DPI.

    When I re-size the image to 12cm by 12cm (size of a CD Cover), the image is still very large.

    So, what do I do? How am I meant to re-size the artwork for printing? I'm using Corel Painter XI and I'm very confused. ;_;

    Thanks for your time!

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    erm. google answers this better than me...

    Taken from photoshopgurus.com by the member Gaussian

    Standard pixel dimensions for a cd case cover?

    The dimensions of a CD insert is 4.75" w x 4.75" h. This format is called a "2-panel insert" because it's two panels if you print on both sides. If you would like to add a sophisticated touch to your design, use a "bleed print." This means the image extends off the edges of the cover. Simply extend your artwork at least 0.125" on each edge for the bleed.

    When you create a new document in Photoshop you can choose different size options. In the drop down menu for size choose "inches", and then insert 4.75" (width) and 4.75" (height). If you want to know what this is in pixels simply choose "pixels" from the drop down menu and the sizes will change according to your dpi.

    At 300 dpi the standard pixel dimensions of a CD cover jewel case insert are 1425px X 1425px.
    At 600 dpi the standard pixel dimensions of a CD cover jewel case insert are 2850px X 2850px.

    The above dimensions are WITHOUT bleeds... just the print area.

    Since a CD cover design will be done for print, you will want to create your new document in CMYK mode. I usually choose 300 dpi for the resolution setting, but this varies depending on your printer's preferences.

    At 100% magnification a 300 dpi file will appear huge. You can always click on the View menu and choose Print View to get an estimate of the size it will be for print.


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    Quote Originally Posted by prepsage View Post
    erm. google answers this better than me...

    Taken from photoshopgurus.com by the member Gaussian
    Thanks for the find!

    On Corel Painter XI, I couldn't find a print preview option. And when I printed, the program printed the artwork to fit the entire width of the page. (Larger than 12cm.)

    Yet, when I installed Photoshop and tried the same method (still can't find the print preview option though) it was exactly 12cm by 12cm.

    I guess I'll use Photoshop for all my printing from now on. Thanks a lot for posting.

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    I'm alittle confused what the problem seems to be? What phase are you in?

    Start in an A4 or A5 format mark of the 12x12 area you're gonna work in, Finish it, print it, cut it.

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