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Designing a CD Cover

with Nigel French

Video: Welcome

Shows how to design a CD package using a combination of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, and Acrobat.
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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 18s
  2. 10m 16s
    1. The project brief
      1m 32s
    2. Research and inspiration
      2m 9s
    3. CD packages and parts
      1m 8s
    4. Working with templates
      5m 27s
  3. 23m 21s
    1. Preparing the cutout
      5m 53s
    2. Arranging around a circular grid
      5m 17s
    3. Rotating and positioning
      5m 14s
    4. Coloring the artwork
      6m 57s
  4. 14m 38s
    1. Stylizing the images
      7m 33s
    2. Choosing the type and placing the images
      7m 5s
  5. 15m 4s
    1. Selecting the images in Bridge
      2m 40s
    2. Preparing the grid and setting up fitting options
      8m 35s
    3. Cropping the images and preparing the type
      3m 49s
  6. 12m 50s
    1. Getting inspiration from Op Art
      1m 55s
    2. Making the blend
      10m 55s
  7. 12m 38s
    1. Experimenting with color and transparency
      8m 12s
    2. Creating the spirals with Transform
      4m 26s
  8. 50m 52s
    1. Choosing the design
      1m 57s
    2. Finessing the front cover
      9m 7s
    3. Preparing the images for the back cover with Photoshop action
      7m 1s
    4. Creating a grid, setting up frame-fitting options, and using Mini-Bridge to create the back cover layout
      7m 12s
    5. Creating the background for the inside spread using Photoshop blending options and InDesign object layer options
      11m 22s
    6. Placing and formatting text and using the Story Editor
      6m 55s
    7. Finessing text using paragraph styles and GREP
      7m 18s
  9. 27m 33s
    1. Preparing the image for the inlay card
      3m 36s
    2. Adding and positioning the title, logo, and barcode
      3m 22s
    3. Laying out the track listing
      5m 19s
    4. Designing the spine
      7m 6s
    5. Designing the inside inlay cards
      3m 2s
    6. Designing the disc
      5m 8s
  10. 20m 19s
    1. Preflighting
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a package
      2m 54s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 23s
    4. Taking account of object layer options
      1m 10s
    5. Making a PDF
      4m 44s
  11. 10s
    1. Goodbye

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Designing a CD Cover
Video duration: 0s 3h 10m Intermediate


Designing a CD Cover with author Nigel French shows how to design a CD package using a combination of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, and Acrobat. This course looks at the range of CD package formats available, surveys some of the most successful CD and record covers of all time, and provides hands-on practical information for how to set up the project, and ultimately, how to get it printed. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with templates
  • Combining type and images
  • Selecting and preparing images
  • Experimenting with color and transparency
  • Designing with a grid
  • Applying consistent formatting with paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Laying out the track listing
  • Creating a logo
  • Making a print-ready PDF
Audio + Music Design
Illustrator InDesign Photoshop


Hi! I'm Nigel French, and welcome to Designing a CD Cover. Designing record covers and CD covers is what got many graphic designers hooked on their profession. Even though MP3 downloads have surpassed CD sales, a short browse in any music store is enough to tell you that there are a lot of CDs out there, and they all need designing. CD package design is one of the most fun things to do as a graphic designer. In this course, we'll start with examples of good album cover design, then brainstorm ideas, and create designs using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator in a variety of different styles.

This is a real project for a real band. We'll see how to develop our design ideas across the different elements of the CD package, the booklet, the inside and outside of the inlay card, and of course, the disc itself. We'll make sure that our files are print ready, and tick all the boxes required by our commercial printer. So if you're ready, let's get started with Designing a CD.

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