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Design Specs

At Data Solutions we chose to duplicate CD's rather than replicate them.  The duplication process is much faster and much cheaper. Replication requires a glass master to be made then the CDs are formed from that master.  The process takes a number of days.  When CD duplication, there is no glass master, you just provide us with an original CD full of data and from there we duplicate your original.  The duplication process is much faster, cost effective and easier for you to prepare your data or audio files.

Once you have decided what information you want on your CD and after the CD's have been duplicated, it is time to think about the design of the CD face. CD labels can easily be made whether or not you are a graphic designer. But there are a few things you need to keep in mind as you begin to design your labels.

Labels that are to be printed to a CD face can be designed in a wide variety of programs. Here at Data Solutions, we prefer the labels to be designed and submitted using Adobe Illustrator. you can also submit your files using Quark Xpress or Adobe Photoshop.

Always design your labels in a seven inch square.

Circles can be very difficult to design in. It is hard to create a circular image that fits the precise dimensions of the disk. When CD labels have been designed using a circle, the image is too large or too small to be printed on the face, the image is not centered and the overall appearance of the disk is very unprofessional.

When you start designing, you have to set your document size depending on what units of measurement you prefer to work in.  The size of your document should be one of the following:

  • 120 mm x 120 mm
  • 4.723 inches x 4.723 inches
  • 12 cm x 12 cm
  • 1417 pixels x 1417 pixels

High resolution images are better

When printing any job, high resolution images are much better.  They print clearer, the colors are more defined and the overall quality and appearance of the finished product is more professional.

When printing on CD labels, the scanned images must have a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) or higher. On some scanning software, you can enter the exact dpi, if you have that option, scan the images at 300. Other programs only allow you to pick from good, better, best, or low, medium, high. You should always choose best or high.

At Data Solutions, we recognize that every client has special needs for their project, that is why we offer many options when it comes to the packaging of your CD.  The packaging options we offer are:

  • spindles shrink wrapping
  • paper sleeves
  • Tyvek sleeves
  • cardboard sleeves
  • clamshells
  • jewel cases
  • plastic sleeves

Data Solutions also offers graphic design and layout services if you feel you don't want to design your own label.  Feel free to call or email us with any questions you might have.


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