Looking for 2-up CD label software or template

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by M.L., May 27, 2007.

  1. M.L.

    M.L. Guest

    I'm looking for a CD label-making program that can do the following 4
    tasks:

    1.) Allow insertion of background image into the template and allows one
    to resize and position the label over the CD/DVD template with WYSIWYG
    view.

    2.) Rulers/Guides that allow one to position images exactly to the
    center or elsewhere on the template.

    3.) Can print 2 labels on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper (Avery, Fellowes,
    Memorex template papers, etc.)

    4.) Allows printing over the donut-hole on the CD/DVD.

    The following features would be nice too, but are not critical:

    5.) Allows writing text onto the CD/DVD label.

    6.) Supports adding drop-shadows onto text and objects.

    7.) Allows import of transparent png images as overlays, and allows
    setting z-order of those images.

    8.) Export label to jpg, png, or bmp (as a square image without the
    center hole).

    I know that PhotoShop can do those tasks but I can't find a PhotoShop
    template that prints 2 labels to a page.

    Finally, links to CD/DVD label templates with high-style graphics (like
    those with Ulead PhotoImpact) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
    M.L., May 27, 2007
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  3. M.L.

    M.L. Guest

    I'm looking for a CD label-making program that can do the following 4
    Thanks for your prompt response. I'm looking over it at the website
    http://www.surething.com/ST/ right now.
     
    M.L., May 28, 2007
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  4. M.L.

    Dan G Guest

    If you're putting labels on CDs, you're risking problems.

    If you're putting labels on DVD's, you could well be throwing your discs
    away.

    Inkjet printable discs is the way to go. The media costs a bit more, but the
    printing is cheaper cause you don't have to buy labels. And, the results are
    stunning with the right media.
     
    Dan G, May 28, 2007
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  5. M.L.

    Talker Guest


    Years ago I used a similar program to make labels for CDs, and I
    found them to be expensive and they peeled off easily. Of course that
    was years ago, so maybe things have changed. I do remember that it
    was not recommended to apply a label to a DVD, since it would
    unbalance it and make the DVD unreadable.
    Just a thought M.L., but have you considered a CD/DVD printer?
    Epson makes the R260 which replaces the R220 (my printer) and they go
    for $90.
    I have been using my R220 now for over a year, and I love it. It
    prints on printable CD/DVDs, and they cost a few cents more than a
    regular blank disk. I use the better quality blank media....Verbatim
    DataLife Plus printable disks, and I just ordered some single layer
    DVDs from Meritline for 41¢ a piece.
    These blank disks have a special top coating that allows
    printing, and the coatings have never come off on me. The self stick
    labels I used to print would come off over time, making the disk
    unreadable. At 18¢ per self stick label, it's cheaper to buy the
    printable disks and print on them as opposed to buying the labels,
    printing on them, and sticking them on and hoping they don't come
    off.
    Also, the R260 comes with software that allows you to design your
    own label, including importing your own images. It perfectly aligns
    the template with the disk, so you rarely have an alignment problem.
    Anyway, I just thought I'd mention it.

    Talker
     
    Talker, May 28, 2007
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    simmo Guest

    If you insist on labels, try Fellowes Mediaface software. Otherwise,
    prob safer to go for a printer able to print onto disc surface ... I
    think most manufacturers would make a suitable printer.
    Me ?? I love my Canon 4000R ..
     
    simmo, May 28, 2007
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  7. M.L.

    Dave Guest

    And you are saying this with an attitude as if you know what you are
    talking. What if people are stupid enough to believe you?

    Dave
     
    Dave, May 28, 2007
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  8. M.L.

    Dave Guest

    There is a 'Top Post Virus' on your hard drive.
    Use your virus killer on it - this is not the way to do it.
    We do not read from the bottom to the top
    but from the top downwards.

    Dave

    A. Because it breaks the logical sequence of discussion
    Q. Why is top posting bad ?
     
    Dave, May 28, 2007
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  9. M.L.

    Harry Limey Guest

    Subtle!! LOL
     
    Harry Limey, May 28, 2007
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  10. M.L.

    Allen Guest

    Oh, well, I guess I should throw away all the CDs I've put labels on for
    the past six plus years, even if every one of them still plays without
    any problem. However, I have ruined _unlabeled_ CD-Rs by accidentally
    scratching the surface that would have been protected by a label. C'est
    la vie.
    Allen
     
    Allen, May 28, 2007
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  11. M.L.

    Dave Guest


    .... at least somebody appreciate a bit of humour:)))

    Dave
     
    Dave, May 28, 2007
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  12. M.L.

    Dave Guest


    The truth is, Allen, I am using
    1. LightScribe labeling (installed yesterday my 2nd LG_LS writer)
    2. Inkjet Printable
    3. Stick_on labels
    4. Marking Pen (most handy)
    and all of them are use full. LightScribe is quite nice
    and I doubt whether it is cheaper than printable
    because the disks are more expensive.
    Therefore, most disks get labeled by marking pen:)

    Dave
     
    Dave, May 28, 2007
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    Worldlabel Guest

    Looking for 2-up CD label software or template

    Hope this helps: http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/cd-labels-dvd-labels-templates/cd-dvd-labels-printing.html


    Hi
     
    Worldlabel, May 29, 2007
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  14. M.L.

    M.L. Guest

    Looking for 2-up CD label software or template Thanks to everyone who responded. I decided to download some
    PhotoShop-compatible templates for my occasional use of that program.
    But it's good to know that there are some user-friendly programs
    designed specifically for CD/DVD labeling. However, after my original
    post I learned how to use PhotoImpact for the labels, so I'll be using
    that app, or PhotoShop - or my Sharpie :)
     
    M.L., May 29, 2007
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  15. SCAN in your sheet of labels, add a layer with necessary 'guides'. Make one,
    SAVE AS, then merge down short of the base and guides, copy and paste over
    2nd. Save again if you don't ever plan to re-edit that disc.

    FWIW, I don't show the base and guides when I print.
     
    Sir F. A. Rien, May 29, 2007
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    Noik Guest

    It has been widely reported that labels can ruin burned CDs, and I
    can add personal experience making those reports even wider. 3+ years
    ago my brother used labels on some burned CD Audio disks. They all
    shit the bed recently. Well, some were worse than others, and some
    hadn't showed symptoms yet, but the error rates were through the roof,
    it was just a matter of time. I know that his burner/media combination
    yielded excellent burn quality, and I know that unlabeled disks
    exposed to the exact same conditions are still in excellent shape.
    There's absolutely *no* doubt in my mind that the labels killed those
    disks.
    It's said that something in the adhesive eats through the protective
    layer and attacks the underlying data structure. But I'd think that
    things would stabilize after a year or two. These disks were well
    used, I was thinking maybe the forces on the label from the high
    rotation speeds might cause purely mechanical degradation. Especially
    since my brother kinda thought that maybe the most used disks showed
    the most problems. Then again, I've read accounts of little used disks
    that were labeled going bad, while disks stored uoder the exact same
    conditions were fine. I think the bit about the adhesive rotting
    things must be what is really going on; some label adhesives will rot
    your disks, others won't. I've never heard about any standard for a
    safe adhesive, so I think putting on labels is a total crapshoot.
    Labels shouldn't be a problem for DVDs unless the sucker comes off
    and causes damage to drive, etc. The data is in the middle of a DVD,
    so if a label gets grungy/whatever it should be possible to find a
    solvent that will safely remove the label and clean things up.
     
    Noik, May 30, 2007
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  17. M.L.

    Dave Guest

    and, your real important data should be duplicated on more than one
    DVD. Thanks for this friendly explanation, Noik.
    Never mind DVD's, my hard drive is going, I think. I'll format and
    see, but maybe I need a new HD.

    Dave
     
    Dave, May 30, 2007
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  18. M.L.

    Dave Guest

    Nope, nothing wrong. Only needed a new Windows installation:)

    Dave
     
    Dave, May 30, 2007
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  19. M.L.

    Talker Guest


    Same experience here Noik. Years ago when I got my first CD
    burner, I used several different brands of labels. I also used (and
    still have) the CD Label Stomper, that accurately places the label on
    the CD. After running through several packs of labels,(I guess maybe
    100), I began having trouble with the labels bubbling up off of the
    CDs, making them unplayable.
    I thought that the labels might have been defective, so I threw
    them out and bought some new ones (a different brand), and used them.
    I even tried using a glue stick to apply extra glue to the CD before
    applying the self sticking labels, but they still bubbled up after 6
    months
    I decided to stop using self sticking labels, because I never
    knew if they would stay put after 6 months, especially since I would
    give CDs to people as gifts.
    At that time, DVD burners were being introduced, and in numerous
    articles posted around the Net and in magazines, they strongly advised
    against using stick on labels on DVDs, because as another poster
    mentioned, they made them unreadable do to unbalancing them.
    That was some years ago, and I don't know what the consensus is
    today, but I would still think that applies. While you may get away
    with using them on DVDs today, I'd rather not take a chance and have
    those DVDs become coasters somewhere down the road.

    Talker
     
    Talker, May 31, 2007
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