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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Question DVD Covers Cut off

OK , I was using CoverXP and the cover keeps getting cut off, I'm using normal white 8 1/2 x 11 paper, are there any other new programs I can use? I would really like to use covers for my DVDs instead of just plain sharpie labels. Thanks.
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Re: DVD Covers Cut off

I've always made my DVD covers in Gimp/Photoshop. It's a lot of fucking around to get the template right, but when you do it's well worth it IMO. I've never used any of the fancy cover designing programs.



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Re: DVD Covers Cut off

Well does anyone know the proper measurements of a cover including the spine so I can just make them myself?
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Re: DVD Covers Cut off

With mine, the front and back covers are 1019x1450, and the spine is 63x1450, but I use small (7mm) DVD cases, and depending on your printer, you may need different. You could try them as a start, but just do the linework (as I talk about below) and try 126x1450 for the spine (Assuming you're using a standard DVD case)


*Some of this may or may not make sense, depending on your knowledge of graphic designing)
What I did was I took a piece of cardboard and traced out a DVD case (including notches/bends where the edges of the spine are), then I scanned that onto my computer. Then, I opened that scan in Gimp(My personal preference to Photoshop) and went over those lines properly on a new layer. Then I deleted the original scan layer and saved the new lines as a .PNG. I then put those lines on a blank canvas, which was 2147x1595 (The size of a standard 8x11 piece of paper. When I set it in Gimp it only comes out to be a relatively small image), and printed it and cut it out to see if it fit. It was trial and error really. Probably a lot more work than necessary, but at least at a huge image size, it prints as you see and isn't stretched and pixelated. There could be printer settings that you need to change too. (For example, with my printer, I need to uncheck a box that says "Fit to Page" when I print).




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Re: DVD Covers Cut off

Thanks, and yes I have knowledge, been using photoshop since 03.
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Re: DVD Covers Cut off

Well, I've designed thousands of coversr, using the same frame and sometimes got a shock: If you don't buy exactly the same cases every time, the width of front and back is various very often!
First I took the size of a cover printing programm, and it fitted the cases very well. But sometimes I have to cut off a little bit of the borders, sometimes there remains (too) much space!
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