Questions And Answers – Can I supply JPEG Artwork For CD Duplication?

Question,
I am about to submit an order for CD duplication, can I supply the artwork as JPEG?

Answer,
Ideally the answer is no. JPEG is a format generally used for digital cameras and computer based photographs. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, this is the organisation that developed this format. JPEGS are not generally suitable for commercial print although artwork can contain JPEG elements. For CD duplication on body and paper parts print we would always recommend you supply artwork in either photoshop .psd or ideally print ready high quality .pdf.

One of the problems with JPEGs is that images are compressed and text is converted into pixel information. This pixel information can print clearly if the resolution is high enough, at least 300 pixel per inch or preferably 600 pixel per inch. Although, with small fine text, a resolution of 300 pixels per inch can still give poor print results where the text will appear jagged or pixilated and often illegible. For CD duplication print it is often necessary to use small text and therefore JPEGs do prove problematic.

For best CD duplication print results the text content of artwork should be supplied in vector format. This can be achieved by converting all text to outlines, paths or shapes. It is not possible to embed text as vector within a JPEG file which makes the JPEG format problematic for high quality commercial CD printing.

Another problem with JPEGs is that they are usually in RGB colour format. RGB colour is not suitable for print so any JPEG artwork would need to be converted to CMYK. If you are working with RGB colour JPEGs they should all be turned into CMYK colour within your design application and then ideally the compiled artwork should be output as a .pdf file in CMYK high resolution.

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