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CD Covers

Continuing from my previous post, I’m coming through by showing samples of the CD Covers I have been making. As many of you know, I don’t give high resolution photo files on CD (for very good reason). I do offer a low resolution file, not suitable for printing, but ideal for sharing images in blogs, Facebook, etc. but charge accordingly because it’s prints I prefer people to enjoy and show off in their homes. A while ago, I had been wanting to create a few CDs with samples of my work to give to a couple friends and a family member. I don’t have a printer that prints directly on CDs (though that would be the ideal and most professional looking), so had contemplated what other options I had for personalizing the CDs.

I decided against the stick on CD labels because they are known to peel and jam up inside CD players or computers. I sure didn’t want that! I found templates for printing out the square labels that slip inside the cover of the plastic jewel cases, but was still hoping for something just a bit nicer. Then someone in one of the photography groups mentioned trying the template at bighugelabs.com for making a personalized CD cover. I checked it out and liked the idea. It also seemed easy enough to do so I thought I’d try it out. It was surprisingly easy to make and all I had to do was create my cover image in Photoshop, upload it to www.bighugelabs.com, print it out using their template, and cut along the edges. It turned out really well. The first ones I only used a single sheet of printer paper and thought it needed a bit more heft so I laminated a second sheet of paper to the back, let it dry, and that greatly improved it. Since then I’ve improved upon them by printing on a lightweight card stock (so I don’t have to monkey around with laminating). My husband LOVES them and thinks I should sell them! Now that’s quite an endorsement (though I have no intention of selling them) because he is so fussy and always looks at things with an eye to quality.


I finally remembered to take photos of a couple of the earlier ones so you can see what they look like. These two are ones I gave to clients as a token of my appreciation — they contain a mini slideshow in pdf format. After cutting it out, the paper is folded in and I sealed it with a custom sticker. I think they would be great gift ideas even if you’re not a photographer. If you take photos of your kids, or pets, or both, it would be a great gift for aunts & uncles, siblings, parents, grandparents, or whoever. Another gift idea would be if you had taken photos of a family or workplace event, or a fun day with friends, to do up a CD of the photos to give to each person who was there as a Christmas gift. With your CD cover you can personalize it, the CD and cover are something you have made (so it’s really appreciated), and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Who wouldn’t want to receive a gift from the heart like this?!


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Marcie - September 18, 2009 - 1:26 pm

You have such wonderful..and oh-so-very creative ideas. Love this!!!

Liss - September 19, 2009 - 4:05 am

these are so much better than stick on labels and make a beautiful personal touch. I’d be very happy if I revived my own portraits in such a beautiful cover.

Roberta - September 19, 2009 - 8:18 am

This is a great idea. I use personalized jewel case inserts for my submissions, but these would be great for more casual CD’s.

Gayle - September 19, 2009 - 10:06 am

Those are wonderful, Diane! What a great idea!