DVD cover design and DVD label printing

Posted on 5/3/2008 10:00:00 PM

We designed DVD cover and label using Photoshop. If you have a better workflow, please share!

We created a template moving the content to the top left edge of the page. With some cross mark, I printed out in an Epson printer using Borderless settings to letter size photo paper (Those Kirkland photo paper at Costco are cheap and high quality). Because the content is already on top left, I only need to trim the right and bottom sides to cut out. The insert fits well in DVD case.
For DVD label, DO NOT USE STICKY LABELS. Throughout time, the disc label will start to peel off. There're also many DVD players won't handle the extra weight on the disc and start to spin funny. Get an Epson Stylus Photo printer that can print directly on the DVD. Buy those inkjet printable white DVDs. Get this Taiyo Yuden water sheill white inkjet hug printable DVDs. Hub printing means you can print all the way to the inner 22mm of the disc instead of the regularly 43mm. You have more room for your design, and less tricky to work around the empty inside circle.

We also created a template with the 44mm and 22mm hub mask. After the design is done, flatten the layers then copy and paste to Epson Print CD software.

You can download these templates here. Please leave a comment on how you like these templates.
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If you do download the templates, we would very much like to hear from you. Please leave some comments in the box below.



Posted by Roger Van Duyn on 8/1/2009 3:07:00 PM Thank you very much! Very helpful.
Posted by James Toscani on 8/5/2009 1:18:00 AM Very Cool!

Replied by LA Color Pros Glad we can help.
Posted by Donald Hughes on 10/5/2009 11:11:00 AM Very Cool I have bookmarked you. i love the donwloadable templates. Thanks!

Replied by LA Color Pros Thank you for visiting us. Glad you like the DVD templates too.
Posted by austin_walton@hotmail.com on 4/2/2010 7:07:00 PM hey taky, just purchased a new epson 810, and came across some of your posts on dvinfo....how do you setup your printer to print in the center circle of your discs? i'm using t.y. watershield discs.
Posted by austin on 4/2/2010 9:06:00 PM got it!
Posted by Hameed on 4/17/2010 5:17:00 AM Thanks Taky.
Posted by Jamie on 6/7/2010 12:40:00 PM How can I get these for use without Photoshop? Everyone seems to love them and they look awesome!

Replied by LA Color Pros I have included a PNG version in the zip file. So you can use it for other graphic editing software.
Posted by Jamie on 6/7/2010 12:57:00 PM Thanks for the quick response! I can't seem to find it for the regular DVD. Did see that it was included in the Blu Ray. Also interested to know what font you used on DVD label above, love it!

Replied by LA Color Pros Jamie, I have added two PNG files of the same DVD template and DVD label to the zip file. However, there won't be any guildlines and all layers are flattened. If you could, see if your graphic editing package can import the PSD files.
Posted by Nathan on 6/14/2010 10:04:00 AM These templates are very professional. What kind of printers are you using?

Replied by LA Color Pros Nathan, thanks for your comment. We use Epson Artisan Photo Printer for the job. However, it's as important to use the right kind of DVD media for the job. Make sure you use the TY JVC watersheild hub printable DVD.
Posted by Troy on 7/18/2010 7:01:00 PM Great Templates! Thanks a ton!
Posted by Tim on 8/24/2010 11:37:00 PM Thanks for posting the templates. My templates from my old SP 900 are WAY off. However, I am experiencing a problem when opening the DVD template in PS CS5 where the disc OD ends up being about 10.5 inches. Any ideas how to make it correct without having to do all of the adjusting on my own?

Replied by LA Color Pros You will just have to wait till we upgrade to CS5.. We are still on CS4 for now :)
Posted by Ngan Nguyen on 8/30/2010 4:38:00 AM I do some funerals and start to do a couple of wedding videos. However, I am very weak at designing the DVD covers. I search online and can see that you are really great at it. Since I am in OC, close to you in LA, I wonder if I could meet you once to learn a bit about your designing art? Thanks.
Posted by Korhan on 10/4/2010 4:54:00 PM Thank you so much for the templates!

Replied by LA Color Pros Korhan, glad you like the templates.
Posted by Rick Adams on 3/2/2011 1:26:00 AM Thank you, very considerate, much better than the one I made.

Replied by LA Color Pros Glad we can help.
Posted by Emory Palmer on 6/15/2011 8:47:00 PM I was impressed by the cover and label designs.

Replied by LA Color Pros Thank you for your kind comment.
Posted by Eduard Alsina on 7/21/2011 1:22:00 PM Thank you very much!!!! this is very useful.

Replied by LA Color Pros Thank you for your comment Eduard.
Posted by Bruce Phung on 8/19/2011 12:21:00 PM Taky,
I downloaded your DVD template but I have no idea how to get the photo and text on the template. Can you please explain how it is done with your template.

Replied by LA Color Pros This template is a guidelines for the DVD insert specifications with front, back, and spin label. In that case, the DVD insert can be printed on a letter size paper. You will need to import the template into your design software (e.g. Photoshop). For the rest of the cover design, it will be your job to get it done.
Posted by Paul on 8/2/2012 11:24:00 AM Thanks for turning me on to Taiyo Yuden watershield DVDs, they are superb! And thanks for providing the templates, they are a huge help. :)

Replied by LA Color Pros Paul, that's great we can help. And when you are ready for BluRay, try the Falcon BD media. http://lacolorPros.com/blog/?10217-Falcon-Media-Pro-Watershield-Glossy-BD-R-Media
Posted by Zia on 9/15/2012 9:34:00 PM thanks a lot for putting these templates together. it is really helpful!

Replied by LA Color Pros Zia, thanks for your kind comment. I'm glad you are able to make good use of these templates.
Posted by Paul on 11/4/2012 10:04:00 PM Using the Taiyo Yuden watershields on another project and I just have to comment again on how much I appreciate the heads up on these fantastic DVDs. The colors are beautifully saturated and the final product is absolutely professional looking. Out of a cheap inkjet printer. Would never have heard of these DVDs if not for you. Hope your business is doing great! Thanks again!!

Replied by LA Color Pros Hi Paul, that's great! It's difficult to post picture or take photos to show the difference of regular inkjet printable DVD than the Taiyo Yuden glossy DVD unless to see it in person. Taiyo Yuden is not being acquired by JVC. Thus, they are not some unknown brand anymore :)
Posted by Mark on 1/27/2013 12:03:00 PM Great template!
Would be great of you give people like me some info on how to create your own with this template, like how to change color of the spine, how to put images into te front and cover, I just have photoshop cs5, but it is all very difficult for me, could you please help and give some intructions?

Replied by LA Color Pros Hi Mark, the template here is just to provide accurate measurement for you to design for DVD and BluRay insert. You will still need photoshop skills and your own design talent to get the join done :)
Posted by Quincy on 2/10/2013 2:07:00 PM looks great but I cant get the size to print properly as is, I am not sure what to do..

Replied by LA Color Pros Hi Quincy, the template is designed to be printed with Epson printer with Borderless printing option turn on. Thanks
Posted by luilui on 6/14/2013 1:15:00 AM amazing
Posted by Derrek on 3/27/2014 10:07:00 AM Works great, thank you!
Posted by Sam on 11/5/2015 1:16:00 PM Thanks, they are brilliant and helpful.

Replied by LA Color Pros Glad we can help.
Posted by jeffsandrini on 2/11/2016 6:33:00 AM Incredible!! The blog you shared marvelous. i get to know more about DVD cover printing. Top Tips!! :)

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Posted by jeffsandrini on 2/11/2016 6:41:00 AM Excellent blog!! god bless to couple. It is very informative post about DVD cover printing.

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Posted by Nigel on 4/26/2016 11:37:00 PM Re your DVD psd template:
I'm confused re the "After the design is done, flatten the layers then copy and paste to Epson Print CD software." bit.
I've inserted my pic & text into Photoshop Elements 12, flattened but if I copy n paste or save then import it as a picture in "Epson Print CD v 2.42.00E" it is too small and the outside and inside of the circle which is transparent is Photoshop is BLACK in Epson Print CD.
Can you elaborate on the steps you use or point out what I'm doing wrong?

Replied by LA Color Pros I am using an older version of Print CD that allows me to select Edit, Paste, From Clipboard. If you cannot, you can save your design in Photoshop as JPG. Then import to Print CD.
Posted by Some Visitor on 5/29/2016 1:44:00 AM Very helpful, thanks.
Now I just need someone or somewhere with a printer that works with discs.

Replied by LA Color Pros Many Epson printers can print on DVD directly. Epson XP-630 is less than a $100.
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