CD And DVD Artwork Specifications

Some of the most common questions we are asked by customers are regarding artwork specifications for CD duplication The easier way to supply suitable artwork is to download our templates for your specific CD or DVD packaging and follow guidelines on the website.

The most widely accepted file format is PDF, many software design applications have the ability to output designs using the PDF format. Best results are achieved if you use the highest quality PDF output settings and where possible output all your text as vector information or convert all text to outlines/shapes/paths first. This method of outputting text gives the sharpest/crispest print results possible. Many designers make the error of flattening text down to pixel information which can then look blurred or pixilated when printed especially if the font size is small or the font style is thin.

Another common error is for designers to supply artwork in RGB colour mode. Since all commercial print uses a CMYK process it is essential to supply all artwork in CMYK mode and not RGB. Testa-Rossa and its print suppliers will not accept RGB artwork and there may be artwork re-supply charges for customers who have to re-submit their artwork due to RGB issues. One failsafe way to check for RGB is using the output preview in Adobe Acrobat and select RGB, any parts of artwork in RGB mode will be shown on screen.

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