After some perturbations with my artwork, layout is finally finished. I went through way too many versions, created way too many files and at the end, decided to go back to original cover, which includes Underground logo. Whoever is responsible for creating this logo should get some kudos. The “U” is just so intricate and creative, that I think Sony should have keep it on its products.
Read before you print & cut.
Before posting anything, I’ve made sure that everything fits. And fit it does!
From Captain Obvious:
Paper: glossy photo quality paper is best choice. (I used regular paper just for the purpose of presentation)
Straight edge: a good quality ruler is a must. Better if you have a metal one (it seems I’ve misplaced mine somewhere).
Cutting tool: an X-acto knife is good. I prefer an OLFA Stainless Steel Slide-Lock Graphics Knife SAC-1. Been using it for ages for various printing projects and other crafts.
Cutting mat: these are extremely helpful and great for other crafts. If you don’t have one, try investing. They are not that expensive. I use Darice cutting mat 10×16″.
When designing your layout, remember that you need your image a bit bigger from the actual cover to get a nice, clean cut.
Do not cut all the way through the sheet of paper, as you’ll remove the guide lines and will not be able to get dimensions correctly. This is important and will save you a lot of trouble. As you can see, I had printed a blank cover just to make sure all dimensions check out. Once cut, your sheet should look like this:
Cover needs to be folded in the middle. The best way to get a perfect fold, is to make two short cuts above and below the print area on the dotted line. Same applies to folding the spines.
Next, flip the page face down, place the ruler on cut marks you’ve just made and score it with something pointy, but not sharp. A thin, dull knife can come in handy. Remember, do it carefully. We want to make a nice crease to get a perfect fold.
After all said & done, your cover will fit perfectly into your CD jewel case.
So, this is it. Now it’s your turn. PlayStation Jampack cover template files can be downloaded here:
Front: Jampack booklet
Back: Jampack CD inlay
So, that’s all folks. I enjoyed this project and I hope so will you. If you have some questions, suggestions or ideas for other layouts, let me know.