CQ has a number of different methods of printing onto CDs. The templates below are for short run adhesive labels or for inkjet printable CDs. If you are preparing a label for mass produced CDs and the label will be silk screen printed onto the surface, then we will supply specifications for this type of label.
CD's with an inkjet printable surface are now widely available and is the preferred method of labelling CD's. Please supply your file in high resolution jpeg, tiff or pdf format 120mm x 120mm. If fonts are used, they need to be converted to curves. No need to include the dyeline, bleed or hole in the centre in the final artwork, since this is done by the labelling software, however you should keep it in mind for designing purposes. Alternatively a HIGH RES tiff or JPEG will work, but pdfs guarantee better text quality. We suggest you avoid putting important information closer than 3mm to the edge of the image. We also now have new Watershield CD's available if you prefer a smooth glossy look.
Adhesive CD labels are supplied 2up on an A4 sheet of adhesive stock. As they have been die cut you need to be careful to follow the template to ensure that your print is on the label. Due to the potential for mis-registration to occur we suggest that you design with a minimum of 4mm bleed and avoid anything being closer than 3mm to the edge of the label.