CD Cover Size Specifications for Printing
It’s easy to produce a professional looking CD cover printed inside and out using whatever software tools you have on your computer. You can start from scratch in any layout program including Microsoft Word, Publisher or PowerPoint as well as traditional graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Just use the simple diagram below to size your file and create any needed bleeds.
The finished dimensions for the outside of printed CD covers are 4.724 inches square. Many printed designs include bleed. The “bleed area” is an extra 1/8″ of space for design elements or backgrounds to extend beyond the finished size of your piece. A CD cover with bleeds is printed slightly oversized (4.974 inches square) and then cut down to size, giving the appearance that the printing “bleeds” off the edge of the cover rather than having a white border.