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CD Cover Design Template v2 by mach5 CD Cover Design Template v2 by mach5
CD Cover Design Template v2.0


Original Creation Date: 8/28/2002

Version 2 release: 5/18/2003

Size: 2.96 megabytes unzipped


Congrats! You're on your way to creating professional-looking CD covers, then displaying them online for others to enjoy!

This template is fairly simple, yet I find it indespensible. It truly simplifies the CD cover creation process.

Here's the method which I use for creation of CD covers.


1. Determine what resolution you want to work in. This template is 300 dpi, and 300 dpi is sufficient for 90% of all print work.

I, being insane, prefer to work at 600 dpi. If you're like me, you'll want to up the dpi of this piece. Save the template as you like it for future use.

2. Make a copy of the template file. Delete all of the layers, leaving the "CD Actual" Layer.

3. The "CD Bleed" layer is basically a black mask. This shows the total size of the CD. The inner groove of the layer shows the very edge of the CD label.

As with any printing process, there must be a certain amount of "bleed", so you'll want to design past the groove to the edge of the black mask. The area between the black mask and the groove is shaded a bit, so you get a good idea what you won't end up seeing.

At this point, you are ready to begin designing. I prefer to do the base design with the "CD Bleed" layer hidden, so that the final product can be tweaked for use as the booklet cover and such. Once you've got the base design down, you can go ahead and show the mask, allowing you to properly position the text, logos, what have you.

4. Once you're satisfied with how the CD cover looks, hide the mask once again, and make sure to save your work.

5. Save a copy of the cover as a bitmap or tiff; anything non-lossy will do. Go ahead and close the CD cover file.

6. Open the original template file. Feel free to delete the "CD Bleed" layer in this one, you won't need it.

7. Open the bitmap copy of the CD cover. Now, select all, and paste it into the "CD Cover" layer in the template file. It's grouped with the white "CD Cover Mask," which will cause everything beyond the bleed points to be excluded, giving you a damn fine looking CD!

This can then be saved as a bitmap, resized, and exported for web use, or submission to DeviantArt.

Make sure to SAVE AS once you've done this - Otherwise, you'll end up having deleted layers from your only copy of the template, and then you'll have to download it again!

8. The CD cover bitmap/tiff/whatever copy can then be pasted into your Mediaface software, or your Illustrator label template, or whatnot, allowing you to easily print this label for use on a CD.


Hope this is of some use to you. The template is free to use, but if you do use it to post art somewhere, I would appreciate credit for it. Please link to my Deviant homepage and the Deviation when giving credit, i.e.:

CD Cover template courtesy of Mach5

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marcelaseyde Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  New Deviant
thank you
Katsumi-Hibiku Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student Artist
When you finish the design, you print it and paste it in the CD but, it look well? It not take off? Or you need a special glue or something?
Shi-Yin Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
josephine12cute Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this!
MajorAwesomeness Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Thanx I can now have people look at mu UTAU CD cover!
kyttasama Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
So many thanks
MaskdArlequin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome template and info. Thanks
djalfre Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Very Good Image My Friend,thanks.
EPIllustrations Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hello i used here [link]
thank you so much for the beautiful stock :heart:
yemedeyanindayat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ty so much
peterjesus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gracias por el diseņo...Thnx and additionally 4 the tutorial...
unfinishedtears Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're a life saver. :)
F1L1P Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
joscardozo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I used you template for my personal use...thanks so much
victoria0610 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
yanito Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
MondoArt Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omg thanks!
leqrom Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
woiyyyooooo maa,,, nice nice nice
Gitchgitch Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank you...I'll let you know my design using this later ;)
Eventer4Ever-Ali Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I used it for three Multi Media assignments and uploaded them here at dA.
aliimran-mukarram Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Thanks a bunch man
Alaxr274 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ArceusHero Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
mmm, good
TheWanderingChild Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Question! I've been commissioned to do album art and I wanted to ask, what are the exact dimensions to use? I've looked about the internet and i keep getting different answers, like 4.75" w x 4.715" h or 4.974" x 4.974" square or 4.724 inches square.
Can you help a poor little newbie out?
Reinohikari Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
wanna use :L
emabee11 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
And credit to you
emabee11 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Can I use it for a contest on Howrse?
Miss-Machi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow ! very useful
cuz sometimes i make CD covers
thank u :)
Hellster2006 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
thanx :)
Thank you, come in handy for sure!
carlsilver Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Excellent. Thanks :)
NezGraph Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It works perfectly. Its great.
Denzuko Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks mate, I really needed that.
TheAwesomeMunch Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
This is awesome, I'll have to use this sometime
Danni-Marie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
This template is awesome! Definitely what I was looking for! Thank you! :hug:
Darkgale Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009   Digital Artist
hey Mach5, thanks for the template, used it to create a cd sticker for a friends assignment, i linked you back (i think? i dunno how i do that properly??) anyway.. just checkout EXODUS if you have the time from my profile!
chrisancis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student General Artist
thank you.
thefansavior Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009   Photographer
featured: [link]
xMixTapex Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
thanks mate, havent used it yet but the package looks great
davlet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wish i could remove the grey background =(

but it's not layered
MissTuck Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
This looks great, but I've never used a template on PS, just brushes and actions. Where do I save it to?
the-hash-86 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
Nice! Thanks for the template! :)
nostra87 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
wow ! XD

ward0004 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
Davirus Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
file not found?? why why??? cmn men upload it again
srap Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
file not found?? why why??? cmn men upload it again
GraceBuckley Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
to download the file don't click on 'Download', you must to do 'Save file as'
opridai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
could you please help me download the psd
fourte3n Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
3rd 'file not found' that i've come across in 24 hours. I feel jinxed
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