PI8 Printed CD Label

It's easy to use your own custom images to print CD labels right in the PI8 work space.

custom printed cd label

This tutorial is part of a series that shows how to use Print Multiple in useful printed projects. Other tuts in this series include: Printed Note Card, Printed Valentine Card and Printed Business Card.

The EasyPalette's Template Library contains five CD templates.

cd templates

If all you want to do is use the graphics on the templates, just double click on a thumbnail or drag from a thumbnail to an empty area in the work space. Select the text, right click and Edit Text, then replace the default text with your own. This is a very quick and easy way to make a CD label. Just skip to the bottom of this tutorial to learn how to print it out.

However, suppose you want to fill the template with a different image. Look at the template objects in the Layer Manager, and you'll see that there is no way to select the CD label itself so you can replace the image displayed on it. Selecting the first thumbnail only selects an object that is the inverse of the CD label.

can't select CD label itself

If you want to make a CD label with your own image on it, you can download my CD label objects. Unzip and open the template in the work space. If any objects are active, hit Enter to deactivate them.

cd label in work space

With the Pick tool, select the black CD label object to make it active. To fill with a custom image, choose Edit, Fill (Ctrl+F) to open the Fill dialog box. Click the Image tab and select "File." If the image you want to fill with is smaller than the CD label, choose the "Fit the image" option, otherwise the image will be tiled.

image tab

Click Preview to see how the image fill looks on the CD. If you like it, click OK to fill. I've filled my label with a photo of a gardenia that I turned into a painting.

cd label filled with image

To edit the default text on the CD label, click on each text object to make it active. Right click, Select All. This will highlight the text and the Text tool will be selected automatically. Type over the highlighted text to change it. Click anywhere to end the text. If you wish to do so, reformat by selecting a different font, font size or font color from the Attributes toolbar or the Text Panel. For example, I've edited my text and changed the font to Kristen ITC, Size=80 on the main part of the label.

edited default text

Add any other identifying text you need. You can select and edit the curved copyright statement at the bottom of the label too, and it will remain in a curved line. Alternatively, delete it or replace it with your own text. You don't have to merge your objects with the base image. This is very handy, because you'll be able to move things around if need be in the next step.

Once you have edited the label to your satisfaction, it's time to print it. Choose File, More Print Function, Print Multiple (Crl+Shift+P). Doing so will open the Print Styles screen. Choose a Paper Layout. I'm using the Avery J8760 CD label layout. It you only want to print one label, select the second label and hit Delete to get rid of it. Click the 1:1 button and take a good look at the label to make sure all the text will fit within the printed area. You can cheat a little by moving the label around to make it fit, but be careful or you'll end up with bare areas on your printed CD label. If the text doesn't all fit, it's best to close the Print Styles screen, edit the objects on the label in the work space, and try again.

print styles screen

When you're happy with the way your label looks in the Print Styles screen, choose File, Print. Apply your label to your CD and you're done.

This tutorial uploaded 2/7/03

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