Design Tips
Tips for Creating GREAT Artwork

Color and Resolution
Your graphics need to be saved in “cmyk” mode. Your images should be 300dpi (dots per inch) in at least the size they are going to be reproduced. Example: If you would like a photo to cover the area of a 4.75” cd-book cover, then the photo must be at least that size at 300dpi. Images can be accepted as low as 225dpi before any pixelation is noticed. The resolution and size you originally scan or photograph your image will determine the quality of the final output of your image. Images can always be downsized in Photoshop, but images should never be upsized in Photoshop. When an images is increased from 72dpi to 300dpi in Photoshop, the quality of the image is not improved. The only noticeable change is the image now has a false reading of 300dpi. Why? When Photoshop adds resolution to an image, it tries to add false information by “guessing” from the pixels that are already there.

Correct Software
Be sure your design is presented in an acceptable software format. Our acceptable software formats are: Mac InDesign CS5 & lower, PhotoShop CS5 & lower, Illustrator CS5 & lower, PC InDesign CS5 & lower, PhotoShop CS5 & lower, Illustrator CS5 & lower, and an Adobe PDF. We highly suggest you avoid constructing your entire layout in Photoshop. Photoshop is great with images but poor when rendering text smoothly. It is best to do your basic background or layout in Photoshop and then import that image into a program more suited for final layout to do your typesetting, such as InDesign.

Do not include the center knockout in your artwork. Bleeds are not necessary for the CD/DVD face. Please be aware that the CD or DVD face goes through a different printing process, and the colors may differ from the corresponding printed material. If you require a physical work sample of your disc, please indicate it on your PO at $125(n) for each round of proofing required.

Supporting Images
Be sure to include any images you may have used in constructing your design such as photos, logos, or clipart. Photos are accepted in tif, jpg, or eps. Logos should be in an eps format, or they can be in an Adobe Illustrator format. Jpg is acceptable for photos, but the image compression must be set very low or the image will lose some of its detail. If you are not sure about your jpg settings, usually the setting that results in a much larger file is the appropriate one.

Correct Bleeds
Be sure to include at least a 1/8th inch bleed on your artwork. This simply means to extend any backgrounds or images 1/8th inch beyond the boundaries of the cut line. This will insure when you project is cut that no white edges will appear where your artwork touches the edge of the printed piece.

You should place your type in a margin at least 1/8th inch from the edge of your piece. Be sure to include the fonts that are used in your project. Postscript fonts have 2 files - one printer version and one screen version. True Type and Open Type fonts have only one file.

PDF templates are available on our website on each product page as well as here. If you need a template that is not listed, contact your distributor, or click on the live chat link and a customer service rep will provide one for you.