How Do I Size CD Covers to Print Right?

By James Clark

CD jewel cases contain a plastic lip on the inside to hold the cover art, artist information and track listings in place. Jewel cases are a universal size, so all CD covers are the same dimensions. With the popularity of mixing and burning CDs on personal computers, music enthusiasts may want to design and print their own CD covers to slip inside a jewel case. Getting the size just right requires digital imaging software that allows the user to enter the precise dimensions for printing.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with digital imaging software such as Photoshop
  • Printer connected to the computer

Step 1

Open the imaging software on the computer by double-clicking the name of the program.

Step 2

Open an image of a CD cover by clicking the "File" tab, selecting "Open" and clicking the folder that contains the image. Capture a new CD cover by right-clicking with the mouse on any image, selecting "Copy" and then clicking "Paste" in the imaging software to place a copy of the image on the work area. (On some software, it may be necessary to click "File," then "New" to create a new workspace before pasting the copied CD cover.)

Step 3

Click the "Image" tab at the top of the screen and select "Image Size" from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Enter 4.95 for the width and height in the two boxes labeled "inches," then click "OK." This is slightly smaller than the 5-by-5-inch dimensions of the CD jewel case, so it will not be necessary to cut the image to fit the case. If the measurements are in centimeters, set the width and height each to 12.573 centimeters (which is the same as 4.95 inches), then click "OK."The height and width measurements must be the same because the compartment for cover art in a CD jewel case is a perfect square.

Step 5

Turn the printer on. Click the "File" tab and select "Print."

Tips & Warnings

  • All CD jewel cases measure 5 inches by 5 inches. Printing the cover slightly smaller can reduce the need to trim the printout with scissors.