Printing CD Labels
When you burn your favorite songs onto a CD, you then have two options on how to identify that CD later. You can either write directly on the CD with a quick, made up title or, with printer ink and your home printer, you can fashion a great-looking CD label.
CD labels are a great way to personalize your CDs, make them easier to identify, and give them a much more professional look than the typical scribbled on handwriting (since it is difficult to make handwriting look good when scrawling on a CD). CD labels are easy to make can you can do virtually anything you want to them before you print. Having a color printer will make them pop even more because you can then add backgrounds and bright graphics to the label.
CD labels can easily be found just about anywhere on the internet. Free CD label templates are virtually everywhere. In fact, many CD burning software packages actually come with CD label making software, which can save you time in finding the templates or software. The software you have may determine what you are able to do to the label though. Some software is essentially a bare bones version, giving you the ability to add text to the label and nothing more. If this isn't what you want, you will have to find a better method of creating labels and may need new software. Take your time and look around for one that will allow you to do exactly what you want.
Once you have the templates and the software, you will need the labels themselves. You can find CD self-adhesive labels at most office supply stores. There's no need to worry about finding the correct size-all CDs are the same size. Know which way to feed these labels into your printer so you print on the correct side. Make sure the labels will feed in straight as well. CD labels are circular, so you will want to try and ensure that the image you create prints as directly onto the label as possible. It may end up off by a tiny bit, but don't let that bother you. You aren't likely to notice it once you put it on the CD.
After you have the labels, templates and/or software, you can start making your design. Once you have finished, simply print it out. Depending upon your printer, it may take a bit of time for the ink to dry. This can be especially true if you used a great deal of color ink and covered the entire label. Let the labels sit for a while to be certain that the ink will be dry by the time you handle them. After that, it is simply a matter of adhering the label to the CD. It can be a little tricky given the shape, so take your time and gently press the label onto the CD surface. Wiping may smear any ink that still has not dried.
Now you can have a case full of burned CDs, all of which are easy to identify and great to look at.
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