Assignment: Design and Produce a CD Cover for your Class Documents (CD...get it?)
Goals: Design and produce a CD cover using Adobe Photoshop
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
For this project Rough Draft, use an actual CD cover of yours or from the internet to rough out a design as your guide. it should include 1) What pictures you will use 2) Locations of the various text on both the front and the back including 8 titles of class projects. This is worth 100 points. Your final CD does NOT have to look like your sample...but you will use it as a guide.
1. Open Photoshop and create a new document with the following specifications: Name: CD Cover, Width: 9.5" (make sure the unit is inches...not pixels), Height: 4.75". Resolution: 300, Mode: RGB Color 8 bit
2. Turn on Rulers, Ctrl + R. Drag from INSIDE the left ruler (vertical) a guide wire to the halfway point at 4.75. (Be sure to click in the dark gray area of the ruler...NOT on the edge of the ruler.)
PART 2: Design
If using a white background (front and/or back) consider putting a black border around it for trimming purposes (see "The Regaldo" below). Also, make sure that the front art does not cross the center guide. If it does, you can either trim it with a selection tool (or use an eraser) or cover it with a white box.
PART 3: Final CD Cover Assessment:
You will need to bring in a blank CD and an empty jewel case, or purchase one from me. You will then print your CD jewel case cover, fold, and turn in for your grade. The CD and Cover will need to be kept here until we burn your CD at the end of the year. You will also enter your CD into the Year End Contest at ParkDale Mall (if finished).
Printing your CD Cover
Drop your finished JPEG into the Project Folder on the Data Drive
Print with Preview (ALWAYS print with preview from Photoshop) Change the page setup, if necessary, to landscape. Do NOT scale to fit media.
Steps for Burning your CD:
1. Make sure you know where everything is on your computer and that the windows are visible on your screen (i.e. open).
2. Insert your blank disk and wait for the wizard appear. Choose the option "Open writable CD folder using Windows Explorer".
3. Drag the contents of your windows (Ctrl + A) to the CD Drive Window (the empty window). You may have to move windows around if you have saved work to different places.
4. Then click "Write these files to CD".
Note...the front cover must consist of some variation of your name, the class name, and the year.
*I like the front of this...and I like the ART on the back, but the text should have been some other design.*
Commercial CD Samples: