Printing DVD cover inserts?

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Stan Brown, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Guest

    Anyone know of a program, or even a MS-Word template, for printing
    inserts for slim DVD cases? I could measure everything and tweak
    fonts, but if someone else has already done all that I'd like to
    avoid reinventing the wheel,

    These are DVDs I burned myself, making copies of VHS tapes. I don't
    care about cover art, since I have a B&W laser printer -- I just want
    to print something that will show the title on the narrow spine and
    title plus additional text on the front.
    Stan Brown, Sep 2, 2006
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    Mikey Guest

    Mikey, Sep 2, 2006
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  3. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Guest

    Thanks for the response, Mikey. But the forum mentions problems with
    printing spines, and the spine is the most important part to me. (I
    don't care at all about cover art.) Also I'm a bit nervous about teh

    Anyone? Even a MS-Word template would do -- what I want mainly is
    something that will let me see from the spine which DVD is which,
    without pulling the care off the shelf. Bear in mind that these are
    slim-style cases.
    Stan Brown, Sep 3, 2006
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    xeaglecrest Guest

    I use MS Excel.
    xeaglecrest, Sep 3, 2006
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    GMAN Guest

    Free is here

    Here is the direct link
    GMAN, Sep 3, 2006
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    John Howells Guest

    Ditto. I tried Word but found Excel much easier.

    John Howells
    John Howells, Sep 3, 2006

  7. i dont know what sw u use for your drive, but I have Nero, and part of it is
    printing covers, cd's, and inserts. Prints on to A4.

    To print direct to cd using a suitable printer, its better to use the
    printer software to print on cd.

    Neil - Usenet, Sep 3, 2006
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    Galley Guest

    I have a hard time believing that neither Neato or Memorex has produced
    blank slimline covers. I've got a simple template that I use with
    Galley, Sep 4, 2006
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    Gary Guest

    Try the program cdrLabel...I print slimline inserts all the time.
    Gary, Sep 4, 2006
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    Stan Brown Guest

    Stan Brown, Sep 4, 2006
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    Stan Brown Guest

    Sun, 3 Sep 2006 17:49:20 +0100 from John Howells <[email protected]>:
    Would you care to share a sample file? Maybe I'm just stupid today,
    but I can't see how to do the formatting comfortably in Excel.
    Stan Brown, Sep 4, 2006
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    John Howells Guest

    I tried to add an example here, but I don't think it got through.

    Anyway, in this case the printable area is set for rows 1 to 42 and columns
    A to O, with the row height at 12.5 and the column width at 8.71, except for
    column H which is the spine, and 5.86 wide. For column H you select all the
    cells in the printable area and "merge" them, and in "format cells" you set
    the text rotation to -90 degrees, so that whatever goes in the spine area is
    automatically printed vertically.

    In my case got cells I10 to O20 merged to form a title space on the front
    cover, with a 16pt font, and cells I28 to O33 merged for any other relevant
    information, such as the original source, with a 12pt font. If I've got more
    than one episode column B contains the episode number and column D contains
    the title, which will automatically flow into columns E to G. I can make
    column C narrower as long as another cell on the left of the spine area is
    widened to compensate.

    After that you've got the myriad options to handle cells available to
    produce whatever format you want, within the limits that Excel allows. Of
    course, you could not produce professional grade covers this way, but it
    more than fits the OP's requirements.

    John Howells
    John Howells, Sep 4, 2006
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    Stan Brown Guest

    Mon, 4 Sep 2006 19:52:46 +0100 from John Howells <[email protected]>:
    Sorry -- I had assumed you'd email it. But your directions were clear
    and easy to follow.

    Thanks very much!
    Stan Brown, Sep 4, 2006
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    John Howells Guest

    P.S. If I had been able to post the file you would have also seen that I
    selected the whole printable area and then enabled the "border" with a light
    grey dotted line to provide crop marks when printed.

    John Howells
    John Howells, Sep 5, 2006
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    GMAN Guest

    Yup, just tried it myself. What a useless template that is!!!!
    GMAN, Sep 5, 2006
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    Stan Brown Guest

    Tue, 5 Sep 2006 01:50:59 +0100 from John Howells <[email protected]>:
    Yep, I figured that out on my own. Great minds, and all that... :)
    Stan Brown, Sep 5, 2006
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    Stan Brown Guest

    Thanks for the confirmation. Luckily John Howells posted clear
    directions to create an Excel printable one.
    Stan Brown, Sep 5, 2006
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    Sam Lowry Guest

    I would avoid using Word, it is a word-processor NOT layout software.

    I use Adobe InDesign myself but even PhotoShop would be a better choice
    than Word.

    I don't like the slim cases myself so can't offer to mail one of my
    templates but here are good places to look:
    and the Adobe site, but I cant find a direct link in my bookmarks for

    Sam Lowry, Sep 7, 2006
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    Ron Palmer Guest

    Acoustica CD Label Maker is just what u want
    Ron Palmer, Sep 9, 2006
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    Stan Brown Guest

    The original has fallen off the edge of the server, so I can't follow
    up to it directly, but I'd like to say another thank-you to John
    Howells for responding to my original query.

    With his hints, I made a basic template. Today I finally had time to
    tweak it a bit and start printing some inserts. You saved me a lot of
    time, John; thanks!
    Stan Brown, Sep 17, 2006
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