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    Minimum font size... urgent.

    Yo good people of CA and graphic designers in particular.

    I'm working on a cd cover for a friend. I have tryed googling this, but come up empty and somewhat confused. My question is: What is the minimum font size one should use in a cd cover? In the booklet I am using Times New Roman. On the backside of the booklet (what you see when opening the case) I am using Arial on the copyright info. What would be well readable in these fonts as a minimum size?


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    I don't think there really is a standard for minimum size. But i usually don't go any lower than 10 pt unless i really have to fit something in. Print out a mock up and see if it looks good to you size wise because it also will mess with the overall composition depending what size and placement you choose.

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    Ta Devil. Yea I have heard the 10 piont "rule" somewere. I'm trained as an fine artist, and not as a graphic designer so fonts is something I have minimal knowledge about. But when I look at cd covers the font in the Copyright etc... always seem smaller then 10. And as comp wise I need it as small as poss.
    The compony that are printing this wants the cover in 1000x1000 px 300 dpi and jpeg format. Dont know if this helps. Unfortunatly I cant talk to them myself. I have to let it go theough my friend. Something to do with membership stuff.

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    hmm 1000 x 1000 px at 300dpi is the same as 3.333 x 3.333 inches. Which proportionally to the size you have the text would take up a lot of real estate at 10 pts. So go lower if you feel like you need to in my experience people start having trouble reading letters smaller than 6 pts. and by people i mean me . I am guessing all your stuff is digital so make i would make different versions with different font sizes, that way you can be safe.

    Good luck

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    Ta for your help Devil. This really helps me out. I have gotten my my friend to give me absolutly everything of info that has to do with printing. Course he had seen wrong about the format. They did want it in PDF not in jpeg. I thought something was fishy there[]

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    We're taught at college (Shillington College) to never go below 8 point for bodycopy. General rule of thumb is between 8 - 10 for body. I've found anything in this range looks a little more 'professional'.

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    I think around 8-10 is acceptable. 12 point is huge, a lot of people don't realize this. It doesn't look good on posters or anything smaller than a poster.

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    Rossidzhar, what do you mean by body and bodycap (a bit of a language barrier)?

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    Hey, sorry - body / bodycopy are the same thing. A couple of definitions:

    Bodycopy -

    "Text matter that comprises the major content of an article or publication other than mastheads, headlines, sub-heads, call-outs, charts and graphs."

    "Main text area of the document"

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    Ah -I suspected it was that. Thanks

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    Ta for the tips guys. I went with 6 on the copyright info, 9 the body text and both in Arial. I think that should be fine. I will post the finals in here as soon as I'm allowed

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    The smallest font size I've ever used on CD artwork was 5.8, only because the band wanted lyrics for 10 songs spread out amongst 2 panels of a digipack, over top of the picture of the band, but not covering their faces

    Hurray for breaking the rules for people who don't know better!
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    What font on images?!?!?!?!! That isn't allowed!

    I think you got all the advice you need but to reinforce it Devil is 100% correct and seems to know the math better than i do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Thorne View Post
    What font on images?!?!?!?!! That isn't allowed!
    What do you mean by this?

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    bah. i do design for a living: if it looks right it is right.
    thats my motto.
    i;ve printed out stuff with the font around 5pt and its been fine. you always have to do a print test. ALWAYS.
    never just assume its going to be right. EVER.
    EVER EVER EVER.

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