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Photoshop Text Tutorial

I am a vector geek. When it comes to printing, vector graphics are the best. Nothing looks better to me than crisp clean printed type. As a vector geek, one of my pet peeves is type set in Photoshop.

When type is set in Photoshop, more often than not, the files that get sent to the printer are flattened (no layers) 300dpi TIFF files. This is absolutely perfect for images, but for text? No!

The thing is, when you set a line of type in Illustrator or InDesign and it gets output to any device- office printer, inkjet, platemaker etc. vector data (text) is output at the highest resolution possible by the imaging device. This means that for most office laser printers, your text is 600dpi. In the printing world, you text is being output anywhere from 1600dpi-3600dpi! These nice sharp solids are now being output at only 300dpi; in the case of most printing companies, that is about 1/3 of the standard resolution!
photoshop text tutorial

The worst part is that when Photoshop rasterizes type, it is no longer solid! Look at this image. This is 14pt Gil Sans at 200% zoom in Photoshop. You can see that the edges are less than solid black. This means that when it is printed for press, the edges will have halftone dots! Basically, it will look like there are teeth on the edges of the text.
photoshop text tutorial
Now look at the same text set in Illustrator. These were captured at the same magnification. Look at the difference in clarity between the two samples.
Illustrator, InDesign and any other piece of software that can edit type will automatically output vector text. Photoshop will not do this automatically.
To output vector type from Photoshop is easier than I am making it seem- I just wanted to underscore why I think it is so important. Really all you need to do is save your file in a format that will send the text to a vector layer- and remember not to rasterize your text layers!

Artwork for CD

You should see the little “T” symbol in your layers palette; this signifies that there is ‘live’ type on that layer.

Just save as a Photoshop PDF and your text will be saved as vector shapes! I have to warn you though, this will not work if you have applied lots of effects to the text. Gradients, inner glows, beveling and the like will always convert the text to raster on output because many of these effects are raster only.

If you are struggling with your artwork – you know what you want but are uncertain concerning your skills to get yourself there with your sanity and your release day intact, contact CDMaker CD Duplication, 512-388-1998 or 800-678-1998 – we can help you get from where you are to where you need to be in an affordable way.

posted by Cassie McDavid in Artwork Layout,Jewel Case Printing,Templates and Specifications and have No Comments

CD Replication at 500 Quantity

We did it! We know that for a long time its been desirable for us to provide replicated CDs in a quantity of 500.

CD Replication 500

CDMaker is now offering CD Replication 500 packages – up to now we’ve had to price them almost the same as doing 1000 pieces but with refined glass mastering and digital printing options in place and working great, you can save a lot more money than you used to when replicating 500 CDs.

4-panel jewel case insert full color on outer panels, black white on inside panels

Full color on disc face

500 units $799.00 plus any applicable sales or shipping (if not picking up from our office)

What do you have to provide for CD Replication in 500 quantity?

You must provide your own workable artwork files within CDMaker specifications.

You must provide a physical audio master with the songs already in the order to match your artwork.

What do you get for CD Replication in 500 quantity?

With the proper sources for artwork and master, you get 500 replicated (glass master and stamper produced) audio CDs that are packaged inside a plastic jewel case with the traycard and the front insert assembled. Each unit comes wrapped and is retail ready. You don’t have to do anything but get ready to go the gig!

And don’t forget, CDMaker projects always come with an offer of a free UPC barcode. You just leave a white box on your traycard artwork and make sure one is in the PDF proof you receive and must approve before we will take any order into production.

CD Replication 500

You’ll need to use templates for the 4-panel and traycard inserts and provide unflattened native files.

And we can do more than a 4-panel – if you need a booklet, a cardboard wallet something like an eco package, or even a digipak -we do those too. Just call 800-678-1998 or contact us here and we’ll get an estimate out to you for your particular needs.

posted by Carolyn Holzman in CD Pricing,Jewel Case Printing and have No Comments

Printer Spreads

printer spreads

What’s the Diff between Reader and Printer Spreads?

Often times when cd duplication is needed the artwork that goes into the jewel case is a booklet that is printed folded and stapled. Putting together the artwork for this is sometimes harder than anticipated these days since many graphic designers do not have as much if any experience with ink hitting paper. So how a booklet fits together on a press is not as pressing a concern.

But as long as jewel case inserts are needed some are going to be booklets.

The smaller number of pages in a booklet is 8. An 8 page booklet is two 4-panel inserts, one nested inside the other and stapled down the fold. Usually these are available only on replication runs but depending on who provides your CD duplication, they may be able to do a booklet in short runs. Don’t assume that because you need it that a cd dvd production service can provide it.

So getting back to the booklet – they come in 8 pages and the next size up is 12 pages. Then 16 pages and then 20 pages and on up would constitute types of booklets for CDs. One time we did a 32 page booklet for NASA on the effect of zero gravity on hearing. Oh, yeah, we do that too!

Each booklet requires another 4-panel insert –

Take an 8 page booklet and add a third 4-panel and that brings you up to 12 pages – see the pattern?

So when you plan your artwork and you know you want a booklet – think in patterns of 4 – assuming the cover is an image that would leave you with 7 pages of content for an 8 page booklet.

For more information, give us a call if you need to know anything about printer spreads.

posted by Carolyn Holzman in 8 page booklet,Artwork Layout,Jewel Case Printing,Templates and Specifications and have No Comments

CD Templates Free – A Miracle will Cost You

CDMaker’s CD templates are free but they won’t help you if you’re trying to reprint a CD or DVD where you only have a printed sample and not the digital files. It’s really sad when we hear the stories about WHY it all happened that way. Whether the designer is friend now or not or whether it was just benign negligence or assumption that someone else was supposed to keep track of it, you still need to have something to print.

What are your options?

Then can be a difference between what you CAN do and what you SHOULD do. If your budget is healthy and you have the original pictures or original digital images that were used, it can be as simple as recreating what you have but to do so mean starting from scratch. This means someone will need to take those digital images and your printed sample and literally place them in a new set of artwork files. Yes, it does mean doing it all over again. You pay for someone to recreate it and you need to reproof it again – make no assumptions.

The advantage to this is the resolution ((how clear the photos and text are) is the best. So you’ll get the best result that will look closest to your original print.

Another option is to scan the printed piece – this is usually where everyone in their mind starts – but its less than desirable.

Why can’t I just scan my printed piece? Its the artwork, right?

A printed piece is a representation of your artwork. Technically, when you’re re-printing your artwork – the digital artwork files are what printers mean when they ask for your artwork. They have to have something that tells the press exactly how much ink to place in specific places. If you look at the printed piece in your hand, its helpful to ask yourself, “how will this piece of paper tell the press where to put the ink?”

It can’t.

So then scanning is the answer if I want to save money and not start all over.

Well, it can be.

Look at an example of what a printed piece looks like close up.

CD Templates Free - Rosette example

Do you see the little circles within circles? Those are often referred to as rosettes.

If you look closely at your printed piece that was printed by a press, you will see that your photo is made up of little dots in combination and they either look blue, red, yellow or black or some combination of two or more.

So how do you think this will impact your reprinting if you are scanning this printed piece with all the dots?

But a scan will be of the picture not these little circles – – right?

It would nice, wouldn’t it? But alas, no. A scan picks up everything – it even picks up the texture of the paper that was used in the printing.

Well how bad can it get?

Here’s a comparison of a high resolution print from a high resolution digital image and a high resolution print from a scanned offset printed image.

Original versus scan of printed piece

Original and Scan comparison


digital image and moire scan sample

This visual pattern that you see in the scan is referred to as “moire” – pronounced – MORE – RAY.

And this isn’t just for images – moire affects any text that is on the same page as an image. So not only do you lose image quality, you lose readability on the text.

Isn’t there some software filter that will get rid of this?

Well, yes and no. But what ends up happening is a LOT of time is spent to get a scanned image as close as possible to the original and that costs time which costs you money. And even spending all that money may not get you significantly closer.

In short, you might find that after all reasonable efforts and time have been spent, you still don’t have the same quality in your digital file that you had in your original digital files that you first used to print.

So what can I do?

If you really don’t have original digital files, and your previously offset printed insert is truly your only source, then a combination of the two techniques might be in order. It really depends on your specific artwork – an image with no overlaying text for example might sucessfully scan and then the text can be re-typeset in a new file and the two merged together.

Either way, you’re looking at additional budget. Do not make the mistake and assume that something can be reprinted if it was ever printed previously. Make a backup of your artwork and take full responsibility for keeping it in your possession. Just because you don’t have the applications used isn’t a reason to assume that you can not benefit in the future by having it.

All CDmaker clients can have a backup upon request during their project for $10 plus postage if pick up is not an option. After the job is completed, back ups can be requested for $25 plus postage which includes a $15 archival research fee for the time for someone to go through all the hard drives for that period.

posted by Carolyn Holzman in Jewel Case Printing and have No Comments