CD/DVD Case Artwork Examples both good and bad.


Disc Image Artwork Examples:

In this example of a good disc artwork image, the background goes smoothly to all edges including the center. There is nothing important near the edges or the center hub. The custom cd artwork image is square, not circular or masked (this is good).
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In this example of a bad disc artwork image, the image is circular. Do NOT use a circular "masked" image for your custom cd or dvd. The system crops your image automatically during printing. Your background custom cd/dvd artwork should go smoothly to each corner and to the center.
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Personalized DVD Case Overwrap Artwork Examples:

In this example of a good DVD Overwrap image, the background goes smoothly to all edges including the center. There is nothing important near the edges (at least 1/4 inch). There are no borders, crop marks, or bleed marks on this custom dvd case artwork.
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In this example of a personalized dvd case, the image contains a border. Do NOT use borders, crop, or bleed marks on your dvd case artwork. It's a bad idea since we trim the packaging after we print. Trimming is never perfectly centered, so a border near the edge makes it easy to see when trimming is off center.
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Inside DVD Case Insert Artwork Examples:

In this example of a good custom DVD case insert image, the background goes smoothly to all edges including the center. There is nothing important near the edges (at least 1/4 inch). There are no bleed or crop marks on this dvd case insert.
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The image on this cusotm dvd case insert contains a border. Do NOT use borders, crop, or bleed marks. It's a bad idea since we trim the packaging after we print the dvd case insert artwork. Trimming is never perfectly centered, so a border near the edge makes it easy to see when trimming is off center.
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Custom CD Label Jewel Case 2 Panel Folded Artwork Examples:

In this example of a good custom CD case printing 2 Panel folded artwork image, the background goes smoothly to all edges including the center. There is nothing important near the edges (at least 1/4 inch) of the personalized 2 panel cd case image. There are no bleed or crop marks.
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The image on this 2 panel custom cd case contains a border. Do NOT use borders, crop, or bleed marks of any kind on the 2 panel cd case artwork. It's a bad idea since we trim the packaging after we print. Trimming is never perfectly centered, so a border near the edge makes it easy to see when trimming is off center.
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It's best if your custom cd/dvd case artwork:

  1. Is continuous from edge to edge.
  2. Nothing is too close to an edge or it may get cut off or not printed. We recommend you do not place text or anything important within 1/4 inch of any edge or disc hub area. This will ensure it will still look good after trimming (or disc printing).
  3. Do NOT put borders near the edges of the artwork in case printing or trimming is slightly off center.
  4. Try to use light coverage artwork for best results.

These same "best practices" still apply for all types of artwork printing including CD/Jewel cases.