Tutorial for Nero Cover Designer

Nero Ultra Edition is primarily a suite of programs to allow you to rip and burn all sorts of media disks. It includes Nero CoverDesigner, which lets you quickly create insert cards, booklets and disc labels for just about any kind of disc packaging. It uses an intuitive information tree design to let you enter information on the album or project you're burning, and then automatically places that text in any disk package template you choose. Then it's just a matter of tweaking the design if you want to, and printing it on your cover stock.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • CD or DVD disk for packaging
  • Nero CoverDesigner
  • Printer
  • CD or DVD label stock

Instructions

    • 1

      Open Nero CoverDesigner.

    • 2

      Select the type of media cover you would like to design in the New Document dialog box. You can select one of the basic package templates in the left-hand column, or get more specific by clicking on the "Audio," "Data, Audio + Data" or "Video" tabs in the left-hand column and selecting one of the templates in that category. Click on the "OK" button to start using the template.

    • 3

      Click on the "Document" level on the left-hand side of the Document Data dialog box. Enter the title of your disk (e.g., the album title), the year of the release, and the artist or publisher. If all the tracks on your disk are from the same artist, click the "Apply to all Subitems" button.

    • 4

      Click on the "Audio/Chapter" level under Disc 1 on the left-hand side of the Document Data dialog box. Click the "Add Track" button to create a new track listing for the disk, which will appear on the left-hand side of the box. Repeat this until you have a line for every track on your disc.

    • 5

      Click on the "Track/Chapter 01" level on the left-hand side of the Document Data dialog box. On the right-hand side of the box, fill in the information for that track. Then click on the "Track/Chapter 02" level and complete the information there. As you complete the information, it appears in the left-hand side of the dialog box. Continue this procedure until you have filled in information for all your tracks. Click "OK" to go on to the cover design screen.

    • 6

      Make any modifications you would like in the cover design screen. In this screen you will see the information you've entered automatically displayed in the proper position in the template you selected. At the bottom of this screen, you'll see tabs for each of the elements in the package template. By clicking on the tabs you can edit that specific element.

    • 7

      Revise text by clicking on it. You can change the position of the text by clicking on it and dragging the frame that appears to a new location. You can revise the size and font of the text by changing the settings in the font and size menus in the left-hand corner of the window. You can edit the text by clicking on the "Text Box" tool on the left-hand side of the window.

    • 8

      Add images by clicking on the "Image Tool" on the left-hand side of the window and selecting the image you want to add from the Open dialog box. Click in the area where you'd like to add the image, then size the image by clicking and dragging one of the frame handles. If you need the text for your design to appear on top of the image, click the image and select the "Arrange to Bottom" icon on the top of the window.

    • 9

      Prepare your project for printing paper menu in the upper-right corner of the menu and selecting the kind of label stock you are using.

    • 10

      Click the "Print" icon in the upper-right corner. In the dialog box that appears, select the "General" tab and enter the printer information. Then select the "Elements" tab to choose which elements from your template you'd like to print. Click "OK" to begin printing your label.

Tips & Warnings

  • The fastest way to use CoverDesigner is immediately after you've burned a disk with Nero. Once the burn job is complete, Nero asks whether you want to start CoverDesigner; if you select this option, it opens the design project with all your disk information already entered.
  • If you're copying a commercial disk and you have access to a scanner, all you need to do is scan the packaging and insert the scan files using the Image Tool in CoverDesigner. Then there's no need to manually enter any text.
  • Don't forget to select the package format you're designing for before you begin entering disk information. If you use the default template, you may wind up entering information for elements you're not going to need.
  • Always check the "Elements" tab in the Print dialog box before you start printing. CoverDesigner's default is to print all the elements in the template; if you want to print, for example, just the disk label, you can wind up wasting stock by not deselecting the rest of the elements.
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