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Old April 8th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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DVD label template

Can anyone direct me to where I might find a template to make my own DVD case label to insert into a thin dvd case?
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Old April 8th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #2
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There are so many, hard to give you a specific answer. Google "jewel case template" and you will find a bunch, some specific to Microsoft Office, Photoshop, etc. There is an app from Avery for making labels for the DVD itself (using their labels, of course) that iirc is free...also iirc Microsoft Publisher has a lot of such templates included.../Battle Vaughan/miamiherald.com video team
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Old April 8th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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Be careful if you intend to print labels that stick to the DVD's. I have had many failures with these. All of which didn't fail initially, but after about 6 months, they seemed to "cup" the DVD's, (I suspect it was the adhesive doing something strange). Once that happened, playback was sparodic to say the least if they played at all. I now only print on DVD's & since then, in the last 3 years, i haven't had a single disc go bad.
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Old April 8th, 2009, 07:33 PM   #4
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As I read the post the OP is referring to DVD case wraps not the DVDs themselves
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Yes agreed, i just wanted to put that out there.
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Old April 9th, 2009, 07:43 AM   #6
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Thanks but more questions

What printer is best to print on the dvd disk itself. I have a Canon MP530 inkjet, which is a all in one. I found a internet site that offers a slide in tray for this printer for $20.00 with the directions. All is well until i get to the actual print command/paper selection and the option for CD is not available. I have tried all of the options presented with no luck. I am at a loss for a solution. Tried Googling in every way I can think and sent email to party from which I purchased, no response yet.
What is the opinion on the laser (light seeker?) that actually burns an image on the label side of the disk?
Thanks for the help!!
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Old April 9th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #7
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You might need special software. I have an Epson and it came with some "Print CD" software along with the special tray. That software does nothing but design and print discs. It's very limited but you could design your disc art in a real program like Illustrator and then import it into the Print CD application.

The other option is Lightscribe, but you need a Lightscribe burner and special Lightscribe discs (expensive), and you can only burn one color.
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DVD case label template

I took a slim DVD case and opened it up, laid it flat so the outer front, spine, and back were face up. Then used a ruler to measure the dimensions I would need to cut down to and slip under the acetate cover. Turned out to be 7 3/16 x 10 7/16 inches.

With those measurements I used the "stroke" (on the edit pulldown menu) command in PhotoShop (Elements) to make a black outline of the outer edges and saved that as a "template".

I saved this as "slimcasecanvas.jpg" and call it up whenever I need to make a jacket cover. As long as I stay within the black outline I can layout text and images on both the front and back. Generally the spine is so thin I don't try to put anything there although I have done it a couple of times.

For "quick and dirty" case labels I use regular paper but where I want it to look snappy I use HP Presentation paper which is a tad heavier and meant to print on both sides to make brochures. It makes a very good looking case label.
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Old April 10th, 2009, 06:37 AM   #9
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What printer is best to print on the dvd disk itself. I have a Canon MP530 inkjet, which is a all in one. I found a internet site that offers a slide in tray for this printer for $20.00 with the directions. All is well until i get to the actual print command/paper selection and the option for CD is not available. I have tried all of the options presented with no luck. I am at a loss for a solution. Tried Googling in every way I can think and sent email to party from which I purchased, no response yet.
What is the opinion on the laser (light seeker?) that actually burns an image on the label side of the disk?
Thanks for the help!!
In the US, the Canon printers have the Print CD feature disabled. You have to modify the firmware to trick the printer into thinking it is on Europe. It is easy to do.

Canon Printing on CD Media

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Old May 22nd, 2009, 08:49 AM   #10
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In the US, the Canon printers have the Print CD feature disabled. You have to modify the firmware to trick the printer into thinking it is on Europe. It is easy to do.

Canon Printing on CD Media

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That's what I did with my IP4000. I really like Canon printers too. Since then I bought an IP4500 just for my documents and keep the IP4000 exclusively for art. I think the tray sells for $30 or so on eBay.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 09:50 AM   #11
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What printer is best to print on the dvd disk itself. I have a Canon MP530 inkjet, which is a all in one. I found a internet site that offers a slide in tray for this printer for $20.00 with the directions. All is well until i get to the actual print command/paper selection and the option for CD is not available. I have tried all of the options presented with no luck. I am at a loss for a solution. Tried Googling in every way I can think and sent email to party from which I purchased, no response yet.
What is the opinion on the laser (light seeker?) that actually burns an image on the label side of the disk?
Thanks for the help!!
Look up the guy on eBay (his store there) that sells the trays for Canons - there'll be a link to a site with instructions - damprinter.com Generally, Canon sells some models of printers with CD label printing capbility - but disables that functionality when sold into the US market - and of course they don't include the tray either. What you do is to reset the printers firmware to a different region - say the UK - and then download the cd-labelprinter software from Canon UK. I've done this with my Canon MX850 and it works just fine.
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