How to print CD covers or DVD covers easily in 5 minutes

How to print CD covers or DVD covers – I’m not trying to encourage piracy business or anything here, but sometimes you buy or download stuffs from the net legitimately (music, movies, games, and applications) and want to back them up on a CD or a DVD.

The problem is, you are most likely to write on the media itself, the title of the album or the game/movie/application title with a CD/DVD marker.

If you have a colour printer, wouldn’t it be nice to have the original cover displayed on the front of the case? Or maybe a CD/DVD label on top of the media itself? It’ll look nice on your shelf.

How to print CD covers – The tools you need to print CD covers

Now, to be able to print CD covers easily, you need:

  • The CD/DVD cover image that can be grabbed from CDCovers.cc
  • A free application called Cover XP to print the covers to match your CD/DVD case.

Let’s take an example of a DVD movie that I bought legitimately from a Japanese Anime retail shop in Melbourne, but it didn’t come with the DVD case.

How to print CD Covers – step by step

So here are the steps that I took to print the DVD cover successfully:

  1. Go to CDCovers.cc and search for your CD or DVD title (I searched for “death note movie”).
  2. Matched results will be displayed, based on your keywords search. Simply choose the one that you want from the list.
    selectionYou can also roll-over your mouse on the parts below the result (after you click a title on the list) to see the image cover quickly.
  3. Click on the “front” at the bottom of the list (it might be different, depends on the availability of that part)
  4. On the item page, you’ll see the full image (scaled down) in which you can simply right click on the image and save it to your desktop. Do it.
    How to print CD covers
  5. Now that you’ve got the file, you can’t simply print it. You have to use a CD/DVD cover printing application. CoverXP can print your CD/DVD covers easily and it’s free! So download and install CoverXP from its official site.
  6. Run CoverXP and then go to the “file” menu and point to the cover image that you’ve just downloaded.
    CoverXP
  7. Afterwards, click on the “cover templates” and choose the one that you need. In my example, I chose dvd.keepcase.single.file. You may need to play around and select different options, though.DVD CaseNotice how the caption at the bottom changed from “audio.cd.front” to dvd.keepcase.single.file?
  8. Preview the cover as the final step before you go and print the DVD cover.
    preview
  9. Print and enjoy!

Feel free to share the step-by-step easy tutorial to your friends. This is probably the easiest guide on how to print CD covers or DVD covers that I found (and best of all, it’s free ;))

PS: Depends on your internet connection, reflexes, and printer, this whole process may take more than 5 minutes lol

If you know an easier way on how to print CD covers, share with us here!

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Michael Aulia

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Comments

  1. says

    Interesting. I’ve used illustrator before to physically measure the dimensions of a standard jacket cover, and then reproduce. This seems like a MUCH easier (and faster) way. Very cool…thanks for the share.

  2. says

    My requirement at the moment is find a software that can print a cover on CD.I mean a CD label. not the CD cover. Is there any tools to do that?

    • says

      Hm.. if I was not mistaken, there is an option on the CoverXP application mentioned on this post, to actually print the labels on the CD. You can still get the CD label cover on the site mentioned too.

      Give it a go and let us know how it goes!

  3. Haze says

    Thanks man, very useful stuff. I have a question: do you know what kind of paper is used in most CD covers? Did you use normal paper to print your cover?

    • says

      I do (or did). Still works very well anyway unless if you really want it on a hard paper. It’ll look better but whether it’s unnecessary or not, it’s up to you!

  4. israel says

    Happy New Year!
    Glad we are alive and i pray for those who lost there dear lives. May God find them in his side. In Jesus mighty name. Amen and Amen.
    I am a basketball player and working how to get my video tape, so right now i do not really know how to get the picture on the cd and now to record the video content on the cd also, so it can be played and watched.

    Any one with useful information, please help.

  5. says

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I definitely will, probably this weekend. This would be great for vintage movies that have covers you can only find in the internet. I’m excited to make covers for my vintage movies!

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