The Ultimate Guide to File Formats and Artwork Specifications for CD/DVD Printing

Summary: Discover the essential file formats and artwork specifications for CD/DVD printing and packaging. Learn about the most commonly accepted formats, the importance of resolution and color settings, and tips to avoid common pitfalls. Ensure your designs are print-ready and professional with this comprehensive guide.


Commonly Accepted File Formats

When preparing artwork for CD/DVD printing, it’s crucial to use the correct file formats. Nearly alle printers accept high-resolution PDFs, which can be created using Adobe Acrobat. Ensure that fonts are embedded to avoid any issues during the printing process.

Native File Formats

The most commonly accepted native file formats include:

  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • CorelDRAW

Image File Formats

For photos or images, the following formats are best suited:

  • TIFF (.tif)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • Illustrator EPS (.eps)
  • Windows Bitmaps (.bmp)
  • Corel Photo-Paint (.cpt)
  • JPEG (.jpg)

Important Considerations

Avoiding Certain Programs

While Adobe Photoshop is excellent for editing photos and adding effects, it is not recommended for creating artwork from scratch. Similarly, avoid using Microsoft Publisher and Word for artwork creation, as these formats often require conversion to print-ready files, which can incur additional costs.


Resolution and Color Settings

Ensure your files are created in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) color mode and at a resolution of 300dpi. Lower resolutions can result in poor-quality prints. Printers can only produce high-quality results from properly prepared artwork.

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