There are many places on the Internet where you can find free CD cover templates. Depending on what sort of computer operating system- whether it is Windows XP or Windows 7- that you have, you should be able to download the template easily.
Why Use A Template?
One of the main reasons for downloading free templates is that it can definitely be cost effective. You can choose from a variety of templates. The beauty of using a free template is that most of them are already pre-formatted to meet the requirements of your operating system. Since it is a CD template, it takes the hassle out sitting back and brainstorming for an attractive template.
Sometimes when you are in a bind, it is much easier to download a pre-made template, in the color scheme that you need. Using a template means that the only thing that you have to do is fill in the blanks where the words should go. It is a completely user-friendly way to get what you need effectively completed when you are in a bind.
Where To Find Free CD Cover Templates
Free CD cover templates are available on several websites to better meet your needs. One of the first things that you need to determine prior surfing the web for CD templates is whether you are looking for a jewel case cover insert or an actual label for a CD. The difference, of course, lay in the dimensions of both the CD and the jewel case insert. You can then find a template that meets those needs.
There are several reliable websites where you can download CD cover templates.
If you have Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 you probably have Microsoft Word. Believe it or not Microsoft Word has many free templates for CDs available. You can download these at the Microsoft Word website. The templates ranges from blank, to technology themed, premade music themed, business designs and a host of others.)
Additionally, the Adobe website offers an array of options at your disposal for creating CD covers. If you have access to Adobe InDesign, it will seem as if the world is at your fingertips when creating CD covers. There is even a software package available called CD Cover Template Pro available on the Adobe Photoshop site free download. This program is compatible for both Windows and MacIntosh users. Because it is a Photoshop CS compatible program, you could definitely use it to make unique CD covers. Complete with a guide, you will come to find that this program is quite user friendly and takes the hassle out of making CD covers.
If you do not have access to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher or Adobe Photoshop (and InDesign), you can always free CD label templates at WorldLabel.com. This software, although geared towards MS Word, will also work on the free word processing software by Open Office.
Using the Templates
Most of the time, using free templates is a cinch. However, there may be times when certain rules must be adhered to.
Once you have found your perfect template, in order to use it you will need to download it to your computer’s hard drive. Usually this will require that you unzip or un-stuff a compressed file and download the contents to your computer. The contents of the zip file may include a GIF or JPG image. This image will need to imported to your desired graphics software (Word, Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.
Once the file is saved, you should be able to open it promptly and begin your designing efforts. Rarely, should you have any problems after the download. Most websites that house the templates have a user's guide that you can refer to as a desk reference.
Printing Your CD Covers
More often than not, CD templates have a 72-dpi resolution. When you are ready to print, you can feel free to set up your graphics software to print at a higher resolution without being worried about distorting the image on your template.