How you can generate CD label working with Photoshop. This tutorial helps you with the way you use Adobe Photoshop to make a CD label artwork for either CD duplication and for CD replication. Exactly the same procedures does apply to DVD duplication and DVD replication at the same time.

The intention of this tutorial will be to transform a square (or rectangular) picture in to a circle with all the middle hole as shown below.



Picture Size

It deserves a little bit math here before we continue. In Photoshop editing there are two numbers of interest, i.e picture resolution and number of pixels. To have a good print, CD replicators normally require the artwork to have at least 300 DPI. What this means is that the density of dots that make up the picture will have 300 dots per inch. If you measure a compact disc you will find that the diameter is 120mm, and the artwork is normally 2mm away from the CD edge. Hence the diameter of the label should be 116mm. Because of the mixing of metric and imperial systems here we will need to do some conversion to get the proper number of pixels for our label artwork.

1. Since 1 inch has 25.4mm, so the diameter of the label in inch will be 116 ÷ 25.4 = 4.567 inch.
2. Since we require 1 inch to have 300 pixels, so the number of pixels for 4.567 inches will be 300 x 4.567 = 1370 pixels.

We will use this magic number 1370 pixels later in the tutorial.
Step 1: Look for the background picture

There are plenty of resources where you can find pictures of interest. Google image is your best portal because it’s free. Free Digital Photos and gettyimages® also provide royalty free photos. Try to find pictures that has the smaller of the width and height larger than 1370 pixels so you won’t have to enlarge the picture. Enlarging picture will make the picture blurry because the extra pixels need to be created by approximation.
Step 2: Open the picture in Photoshop

Open picture In Photoshop

Step 3: Resize the picture

Resize the picture so that the smaller of the width and height equals to 1370.

Resize Picture

Step 4: Download and open the artwork template

Download the CD label artwork template from you CD replication service provider and open it in Photoshop.

Cd Label Template

Step 5: Copy and paste the template over the background picture

Cd Template Over Background

Step 6: Adjust the Opacity of template layer

Highlight the template layer and adjust its Opacity making it semi-transparent. Doing so will allow you to see through the template to reveal the background picture and the template becomes a guide for you to see where the other assets be put.

Adjust Opacity