CD Cover Printing

CD Inserts
CD Inserts
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CD Booklets
CD Booklets
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CD Sleeves
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  • Digital music distribution on services such as iTunes has decreased the number of physical CD’s produced. However, most music artists who play live still need a physical CD to sell at shows, and there are plenty of people who continue to purchase CD’s at retail outlets. With CD cover printing from PrintFirm, you can be confident that your covers will have consistent quality at a reasonable price.

    Our complete CD printing product line includes CD sleeve printing, CD insert printing, and CD booklet printing. PrintFirm’s CD sleeves measure 5” X 5” with available printing on the front only, or front and back. They are printed on durable 14-point card stock with a glossy UV coating that repels dirt and moisture. PrintFirm’s CD covers have the following size options: 4.75” X 4.75”, bi-fold design of 4.75 X 9.75, tri-fold design of 4.75” X 14.25”, and a 5.9” X 4.625” CD tray card with perforated spines. They are printed on 100 lb. gloss text.

    PrintFirm’s CD booklets measure 4.75” X 9.5” and fold to fit the CD case. Page number options are 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24. These page numbers include the cover. CD booklets are printed on 100 lb. gloss text. CD booklets give you extra space for lyrics, additional text, artwork, and photos.

    You can upload your own print-ready CD cover design to our website or ask our team of talented graphic artists to design your cover. You can still upload any custom graphics to our graphic artists to incorporate in the design. PrintFirm recommends that any uploaded images have a resolution of at least 300 DPI (dots per inch). Lower resolution images can look fine on your screen, but the typical CD cover printing result is a blurry mess. Additionally, images found online might be unsuitable because of low resolution. To check the DPI of a graphics file, open it in a reputable graphic design program and note the file details.

    Because CD covers and related materials must fit perfectly in the CD case and display properly in the folded and unfolded layouts, it is probably a good idea to select electronic proofing from PrintFirm’s drop-down menu when you place an order. With electronic proofing, we send you a PDF file showing the graphics along with the crop and fold lines. This gives you a last chance to check the design before we load it into the machine for CD cover printing.

    We recommend that you proofread the CD cover text carefully before uploading it to us. Your fans will probably see a text error as unprofessional. Ideally, multiple people should proofread and at least one of those people should be a skilled editor. An experienced editor can catch mistakes that others miss. If you don’t know anyone with enough skill, it might be wise to hire a professional.

    Please consider PrintFirm for all your CD cover printing needs. We believe that quality is just as important as giving discounts for quantity.

  • PrintFirm’s CD inserts are printed on our quality 100 lb. gloss text. We have flat inserts, bi-fold inserts, and tri-fold CD inserts available. Printing can be on the front only or both sides.

    The following CD insert design tips should help you achieve success with your CD insert campaign goals.

    1. You can upload your own CD insert print-ready design to PrintFirm. We accept all the popular graphic design file types such as PDF, PSD, and TIF. If nobody in your organization is skilled enough in graphic design, you can hit the “custom design” button when you place your order. PrintFirm’s talented team of graphic artists can create a unique design.
       
    2. If we handle your design, it’s a good idea to select the electronic proofing option when you place your order. CD cover inserts must fit perfectly in the CD case and display properly in the folded and unfolded layouts. Once we finish with your design, we send you a PDF file showing the graphics, crop marks, and fold/score lines. This gives you a last chance to check the design before we load it into the printing machine.
       
    3. Avoid a cluttered CD insert design. There should be plenty of whitespace (area without design) so that text and artwork are easy to read and view.
       
    4. Proofread your CD inserts carefully. A small text error can ruin an otherwise promising CD insert printing campaign. Ideally, multiple people should proofread the design, or you can give the task to a skilled editor. A skilled editor can catch mistakes that others could miss. You can hire a professional editor if you want.
       
    5. You can print CD inserts in bulk to save money. Offset printers such as PrintFirm require initial resources to setup each job, but once the job is loaded into the machine, the cost per copy decreases as the number printed increases.
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  • PrintFirm’s CD booklets measure 4.75” X 9.5” and fold to fit the CD case. Page number options are 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24. These page numbers include the cover. CD booklets are printed in full color on quality 100 lb. gloss text. CD booklets give you extra space for lyrics, additional text, artwork, and photos.

    These CD booklet design tips should help improve your booklet strategy.

    1. Make certain the lyrics are easily readable. Overly small fonts should be avoided for CD booklet design.  Moreover, while using an ultra-fancy font can be tempting for some musical styles, it is rarely a good idea because that also reduces readability.
       
    2. Use photographs from a skilled photographer. Viewers will expect top-notch quality for any photos in a CD booklet. You may want to consider hiring a professional photographer or obtaining quality (and fairly unique-looking) stock photos.
       
    3. You can upload your own print-ready CD booklet design to PrintFirm. We accept all the popular graphic design file types such as PDF, PSD, and TIF. If nobody in your organization is skilled enough in graphic design, you can hit the “custom design” button when you place your order. PrintFirm’s talented team of graphic artists can create a unique design.
       
    4. Avoid a cluttered CD booklet design. There should be plenty of whitespace (area without design) so that text and artwork are easy to read and view. This also reduces eye fatigue from looking at images that are too graphically busy.
       
    5. Proofread your CD booklets carefully. A small text error can ruin an otherwise promising CD booklet campaign. Ideally, multiple people should proofread the design, or you can give the task to a skilled editor. A skilled editor can catch mistakes that others could miss. You can hire a professional editor if you want.
  • The CD sleeve is a good lightweight alternative to plastic CD cases. They are great for selling at live concerts (with the CD inside, naturally), and because of their lightweight nature, they can be inexpensively mailed to fans of each music artist.

    PrintFirm’s CD sleeves measure 5” X 5”. Available quantities begin at 500, then 1,000, 2,500, 5,000, and progress upward. CD sleeve printing can be on the front or both sides. The sleeves are printed on quality 14-point card stock with an option for a UV coating that protects against dirt and moisture, or a non-UV finish with a matte appearance. Electronic proofing is another option, and is commonly desired when PrintFirm’s talented team of graphic artists handle the CD sleeve design. Just prior to the preparation for loading into the printing machine, the artists send you a PDF file showing the graphics, text, and crop marks for the CD sleeve design. This gives you a last opportunity to proofread the design before printing begins, and to ask PrintFirm’s graphic artists to change something, if necessary.

    Another use for a CD sleeve is for press kits that companies produce in order to promote something to the media. Keeping the weight and cost of a press kit low is usually a wise decision, and PrintFirm can help you do that with CD sleeve printing.

    Lightweight CD sleeves (and the CD itself) can also be sold or given out in large quantities in areas with high foot traffic, provided local regulatory permission is granted for that activity.

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