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- March 13, 2011 at 8:34 PM #47310
I am getting into my 2nd full year now of weddings, and am trying to start really improving every detail of what I am doing. I just upgraded my DVD printer to something with much more creative control in the design software, and ordered up some glossy discs. The end results blow me away, and now cringe when I think of what I was handing to couples last year.
Now that I have the discs looking much more professional, I want to start getting into improving the case design. I have been using a slightly modified template feom Sure Thing, but tobe honest the end result looks pretty basic and cheesy and is not cutting it. Almost to the point where I would rather just hand the couple discs in the white envelopes (which is how our own wedding was handed to us and we paid over $4000 for our video). Does anyone have in mind any great DVD case ideas/software etc?
Or does anyone use any cases other than the standard black DVD case? I know there are some pretty decorative cases out there, but they come at a premium and would almost rather sell that to the couple straight up as a separate cost. But are there any other formats anyone might use for distributing the discs?
Doublehamm, Two programs come to mind, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You can do some amazing things with these two programs but they are a little costly for stand alones and there will be a learning curve. Personally, I would take a great still shot of the happy couple and put it on the front and back with their names and date on the front and add some vines or something that you would wish to give it a boarder. On the back I would give a little more information about the wedding and your contact information so they can get duplicate copies. Other than your disk printer, do you have a high quality paper printer? this matters a lot. Also, you would have to trim the cover to fit. If you have Illustrator and photoshop, I can always build a template for you as I do have a degree in graphic design but it would have to be in the CS family. Currently I am using CS4 but I can down convert it to any of the lower CS formats.
I use these and others. Avery provides free template software that allows me to add photos and text. You lay it out by drag and drop however you want and send it to the printer.
There are several companies thathave similar formated paper as well.
Well I may have to buck up and get some Adobe software. My wife can get a student discount, but not sure of all the legalaties of all that? (ie can it be used for my business even if it is a legally purchased version by student?). Do they actually have DVD insert settings? I have used DVD inserts from Memorex and Avery as Crafters has suggested, my issue is making the cover look great. I can make my videos look good, but when it comes to print/graphic design I am horrible in that area. I would be willing to pay for a nice template for an insert! If I did get it I am sure it would be CS5, but I would guess your CS4 version should cause few issues.
I downloaded the trial for CS5 and followed a tutorial for adding an alpha layer on one of the graphics I have been using. Seems there is a lot to learn and I probably would have to read the tutorial again to do it again – but it worked! It seems there are a lot of youtube and blog tutorials out there to do specific things with photoshop free for the viewing so I don’t know that learning it – or pretending to learn it – will be all that difficult.
If you could tell me what I need to do about getting the template, it would be appreciated.
If you’re willing to shell out some $$$ up front, these are the nicest folder’s I’ve seen. I know of at least one WEVA guy that uses them (Marc Percy – http://www.visuallyremember.com/). Folders: http://www.mixedmediadirect.com/ – They will work with you if you cannot come up with you’re own design.