Download Label Template (option-click (MAC), right mouse-click (WIN)

Trouble printing with OS X?

Download the template from the link at the left. Open it with Macromedia Freehand and look at it. For this assignment, you will create your own template based on the measurement you make on the inkjet labels in class.

SAVE EARLY-SAVE OFTEN!!!

Draw the CD label guides:
Measure an inkjet label for the required size of the inner and outer circles in the upper left corner of the page. Also measure the distance to the top and left edges of the paper. Using Freehand, create a new file; view and set the ruler to inches. In Page Setup (File menu), set the document to Portrait; format for the printer you intend to use; and paper size for US letter. Draw the outer circle (hold shift key to keep round) and enter the dimensions in the Object Inspector. Repeat above for the inner circle. Use the align tools in the Align Panel. Group the two circles and postion them the measured distance from the top and left edge of the paper (use the ruler); click the Guides Layer in the Layers Panel. Lock the Guides Layer and save your page as a Template from the File Menu. Name the template "cd_label.ft10" on your disk in a folder called "jewel_case."

Use your template to design the label artwork:
Use any graphics/fonts you wish, but don't spent a lot of time. Remember that Freehand is a vector program and does not support transparency! Save as "print_cd_label.ft10" on your disk in a folder called "jewel_case." Print on the laserjet to check for fit against the actual label before you use it in the color inkjet. Make sure all layers--including Guides--that you do not wish to print are dragged below the print line in the Layers Panel.

Use separate layers in FreeHand for your logo, name, playlist, additional graphics, etc. LOCK EACH LAYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

For maximum points, I will be looking for the following anywhere on either the cover, tray, or label: demonstration of understanding drawing techniques, correct playlist/time, your name, and graphics which demonstrate an understanding of resolution. Of course, creativity will be generously rewarded.

Don't spend too much time--there are other, more interesting assignments ahead!


PRINTING

YOU MUST PRINT IN PORTRAIT ORIENTATION.

Please read Trouble printing with OS X?

PLEASE "TEST PRINT" YOUR LABEL ON PLAIN PAPER --ON A LASER PRINTER (NO COLOR), TO SEE IF IT LINES UP CORRECTLY WITH THE LABEL BEFORE YOU PRINT IN COLOR ON THE DESKJET PRINTER.

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