A New CD DVD Design Project Using Photoshop
doesn't matter if you're designing a CD
manufacturing or CD duplication project - you're in
the realm of commercial printing, and that's
different than designing for the internet.
When clients are using Photoshop for commercial
printing, two of the most common problems that we
face are (a) low-resolution artwork, and (b)
incorrect colour mode.
Internet colour mode: RGB
Typical commercial printing colour mode: CMYK
Typical internet resolution: 72 dpi (or ppi)
Typical commercial printing resolution: 300 dpi (or
Whether you are importing/opening a file in
Photoshop or you are opening a new page to begin
designing from scratch, you need to set your design
page properties appropriately.
When you import/open or begin a new design from
scratch the "New" design page dialogue window (as
shown below, or similar to) should appear first.
name, width and height of your page properties can
be left up to you as it will depend on which
particular item you're designing, but make sure the
resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch and the colour
mode is CMYK.
In the event the "New" dialogue window does not
present itself, you can still edit the settings by
going to the top of your screen and selecting the
Image > Mode > "CMYK"
Image > Image Size > 300 pixels/inch
This should get you started with your design on the