what kind of paper + settings are used to print dvd covers

Posted on 2009-04-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I am going to produce a dvd that will be in a normal movie sized dvd box and want to know -
What size paper is used for the cover and what type of paper is used (by movie / production companies) Also what kind of print settings to get that pro feel.
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Hi nathan1038

Interesting enough this is the industry in which I work.

The standard size of a wrapper is 272mm x 183mm, a good supplier will give you a keyline, otherwise simply set one up in whatever design programme you are using. You should also allow for at least 3mm bleed, although 5mm may be required by the printer.

As for the colours, this will be litho printed so the colour space needs to be CMYK. ideally you best specify all your colours in that spectrum and ensure that all components such as pictures are in CMYK too. If you add special colours the likelihood is that your cost will increase disproportionally if you have a short run requirement.

The artwork should be supplied as print ready PDF with all fonts and pictures embedded so you should either ask for job option files from your pressing house or use the press quality settings with all fonts embedded on your Acrobat PDF Distiller settings. Most artwork studios accept source files also as long as they have all fonts either embedded or outlined.

The paper is usually between 135-150gsm depending on the presser you use. let your pressing house do all this and don't sub it out to a printer as you may run into trouble if there is a problem and one side blames the other.

The minimum run length is usually 1000 for printed parts but you may get a 500 run but pricing is usually based on 1000.

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Forgot to mention that all images need to be at least 300dpi and should not be scaled up more than 25% to keep a crisp look.


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Thanks for all that captainreiss. I am a Photoshop user - So when i open up a new document
I should select

300 dpi

and the size

272mm x 183mm.

Is that right !

On that size - do you know where I should bring the ruler in for the first fold and then the second fold (so i can design the front, back and shelf seen part (sorry could not remember the name of that section)

I may print 10 or so on my own home printer for testing, is there a home user paper you suggest - and should any of the settings change for home use.

Also How do i go from Adobe Photoshop psd to PDF (is that the way you should do it even at home)

P.s. Do you do big films, or computer games or is it your own business for small users (im just curious)
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I would not suggest using Photoshop if you can avoid it. Use Illustrator instead.

but if you have to use PS, set your size at 282x193 to allow for the 5mm bleed around the edges. Use guides from the ruler to mark out the 5mm bleed and the spine (shelf seen part ) which is approx 10mm in the centre.

Not many DVD products have a 'hard' spine, where the spine has a edge to the front or back. I guess this is due to the design would look odd if it wraps around the front or back as the sleeve has slight movement in the case.

If you print 10 at home use a gloss or silk photo paper, I would not change any settings as you don't get true results on an inkjet or laser printer anyway so I would only check for look and feel and positioning not colour matching.

If you use PS you could save as a Photoshop PDF, there is a Adobe PDF dialog when you choose this, again select Press Quality from the dropdown box and you be fine.

As regards to the company I work for, I part own the business and we are one of the biggest DVD/CD brokers in the UK. We deal with all size clients from 500 runs to 10million.


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