Art templates and dimensions for CD/DVD case and disc and usb image:
Artwork Templates with Image Dimensions for CD/DVD Disc and Package Artwork:
- All of our printing is single sided only. This is sometimes referred to as 4/0 printing (scroll down for more info).
- Your artwork should be in .jpg format, which is what our system accepts.
- The artwork graphics you provide (.jpg images) will be stretched to fit. Use the templates below to get the size and dimension of each type of graphic artwork file. If you already have artwork that is of a different size (dimensions of height x width), our system will automatically stretch it to fit during the printing process. For the best looking output, you would want to have an image with the same aspect ratio (proportional dimensions).
- Our production system prints the disc, DVD case overwrap, CD case inserts and all graphics using RGB 300 dpi full color. We will print your image fully, but we trim the image slightly (about 1.5mm on each edge). So, make sure important parts of your artwork are away from the edge as much as possible. Click Here to see examples.
- Do not include cut marks, or borders, or extra white space on the outside edges of your graphics. We print your image slightly larger than what place in the packaging so it gives us room to trim each edge. Click Here to see examples. Since it's possible the cut will be slightly off center, any borders or white space at the outer edges of your image will make any variances in centering more obvious. The outside edges of your artwork should be a simple, smooth extension of your main artwork. In other words, just extend out your background color or images to the edge. Do not include borders of any kind. Expect 1 or 2mm of the outside edges of your artwork to be trimmed off.
- After you've uploaded your .jpg artwork, you may see what your product will look like. Login to TrepStar, then click the 'view product' choice listed in the dropdown menu near the order button (next to each of your products). This feature gives you an approximation of how your images will be printed and will show you if you have it pretty close to what you expect.
- Your computer monitor has much less resolution than what is printed at 300 DPI (dots per inch). For example, a 1920 pixel wide screen is only 6.4" at printed size 300dpi. You should try printing your final artwork image from your computer to see how it looks printed. When looking at your image properties, or sometimes when looking at image re-size options, make sure your image is the correct size and at 300dpi. Then, select print preview from your graphics program and set it to print at 100% scale. If you have the image set up properly, it will print exactly the same size is how it will print on our system. Then imagine we trim the outer edges of the image about 1.5 mm on each edge.
- Avoid placing critical text or graphics within 5mm of the edges of your artwork. We do not trim very much of your image during production, but there is some trim area (about 1.5mm). Click Here to see examples.
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We use what's commonly called 4/0 printing.
- The "4" in 4/0 means digital printing which uses four colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) to make up every color variation. The "0" means no printing on the back.
- 4/0 means printing 4-color process on 1 side and blank on the other side. This is what TrepStar uses.
- 4/1 means printing 4-color process on 1 side and black/white on the other side. We do not use this method.
- 4/4 means printing 4-color process on both sides. We do not use this method.
CD or DVD Disc Image.
The disc image is printed directly to the CD or DVD surface. Image should be be square (1x1 aspect ratio height=width). The dimensions are listed below.
DVD Case overwrap. We use the same overwrap for our single as well as our multi disc set DVD cases.
The DVD case overwrap (coversheet / entrapment) is a printed page that is inserted in the plastic sleeve located on the outside of the DVD case. This is what you see when you're looking at the closed DVD (amaray) case. If you choose the DVD case (amaray case) package option, you'll need to upload an image that we will print. The dimensions are listed below.
Inside DVD Case Insert
The DVD case insert is inserted inside the DVD case. When you open the DVD case, it is inserted on the left hand side. The disc is placed on the right hand side. The dimensions are listed below.
CD Case (jewel case) 2 Panel Insert
The two panel insert can be seen from the front of the jewel case when it's closed, and from the inside of the jewel case when it is open. The dimensions are listed below.
CD Case (jewel case) Back Tray Card Insert
This is placed inside the clear CD case and is visible from the back and side edges of the CD case. We use black trays, not clear trays, so printing is one sided only (4/0). The dimensions are listed below.
Save your images with an RGB color profile, not CMYK:
In Photoshop choose Image-Mode to confirm you're image is RGB.
In Paint Shop Pro choose File - Save As... Then click the 'Options...' button to confirm you're saving as RGB.
Windows Graphics Programs:
- FREE: For simple graphics editing, use Windows Paint. Click Start - All Programs - Accessories and choose "Paint"
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- FREE Trial: A little more power - Paint Shop Pro.
- PhotoShop: If you have it, use it. If you do not have it, it's probably more than you need so we recommend the free trial of Paint Shop Pro.
- Always save .jpg as RGB not CMYK