Designing a CD Cover

with Nigel French
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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, and we'll make sure that our files are print-ready, and take 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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