If you regularly burn digital music to either CD or DVD, then it’s good practice to index your compilations in some way in order to easily find what you’re looking for. One of the best ways to do this is to use graphic design software for your compiled CDs and DVDs. As well as making fancy covers, you can also produce inserts and booklets that you can include; with some programs you can also make designs for the discs themselves. This guide showcases some of the best free software on the Web for creating your own customized designs that you can print out and use for your compilations.
In order to use Magix Xtreme Print Studio for more than seven days, you’ll need to register your installation –- this will enable you to use the software for free and receive any updates when they become available. As well as being a flexible program that has a good selection of CD and DVD cover templates, Xtreme Print Studio can also be used to design and print labels, inlays, and booklets. You can add various shapes to your designs, import images, and add text which makes Xtreme Print Studio a very flexible and capable design program.
With its clear and simple interface, EZ Label Xpress Lite makes it easy to produce designs quickly. You can create designs for CD and DVD cases, including the discs themselves. As with most programs of this type, you can import images, but there’s no drawing tools to create your own designs within the software. That said, you can quickly add text which is a useful feature for listing your music tracks. Overall, a good program for quickly printing out designs for your CD and DVD compilations.
Similar to EZ Label Xpress, this CD and DVD cover design program has a user-friendly interface that has various templates to choose from. An interesting option listed in the templates section, is to make paper cases. You can either choose paper sleeves or Origami paper cases - a great option if you want to give someone a CD or a DVD that you have compiled (using material that doesn’t infringe on copyright of course). The program lets you import images using popular formats such as jpg, png, bmp, etc., and adding text is easy for listing the contents of your media. This is another simple program that produces great results.
CDCoverCreator is a design and printing program specifically for CDs. It has a good range of options for creating data and audio CDs. If you intend on creating a data CD, then CDCoverCreator can automatically generate a list of files - negating the need to type them all in by hand. A unique feature that isn’t normally included in cover design software is an Internet album cover search facility. If you have backed up your original purchased CD by either making an audio CD or ripping it to MP3 files, then you can use this option to search for CD cover art via the Internet, which can be included with your design. An excellent program to use for music, photos, or any other type of data.