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:
- Go to CDCovers.cc and search for your CD or DVD title (I searched for “death note movie”).
- Matched results will be displayed, based on your keywords search. Simply choose the one that you want from the list.
You 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.
- Click on the “front” at the bottom of the list (it might be different, depends on the availability of that part)
- 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.
- 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.
- Run CoverXP and then go to the “file” menu and point to the cover image that you’ve just downloaded.
- 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.Notice how the caption at the bottom changed from “audio.cd.front” to dvd.keepcase.single.file?
- Preview the cover as the final step before you go and print the DVD cover.
- 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