Printing & Packaging
Packaging options are vast, and sometime attempting to make a decision on this critical component of your project can be confusing and difficult. We're here to help. We've put together the most commonly used 5 pieces in an effort to simplify.
CD Jewel Case
We all have lots of these at home. The Jewel case is the most commonly used and recognizable CD case in the market. Most musicians choose the standard jewel case in either clear or black tray format for their record. Being so popular, it has the retail look, and usually addresses most artists' requirements. CD Jewel Cases can house a variety of tray card, booklet, and insert print, and come in different styles and colors.
DVD Amary Case
The most commonly used and recognizable DVD case in the market is the Amary case. It opens like a book and it is the standard for most live concert and entertainment DVDs. This is a popular selection for DVD projects, especially if you want it to have the "retail" look. The Amary case can also house a variety of print, namely, the DVD trap sheet, which is the piece of print that sits on the exterior of the case and shows what's inside. You can include multiple or single panel rectangular inserts inside the case, and there are many variations that house multiple DVDs.
Printed Mini Jacket
A popular choice for singles in the music industry, these slim printed pieces are ideal for media campaigns, press kit add ins, and music samplers on disc. The benefit of using a printed mailer is the additional design space that you have to work. Small, compact, and ideal for the preservation of the disc media inside, printed mailers are common in the industry. As an important added bonus, a printed mailer is an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic based packaging.
Digipacks (CD and DVD)
The standard digipak, for both CD and DVD, continues to be the packaging option that best creates a compromise on the benefits of a jewel case, and printed mailer. With lots of surface area for printing and ample room for the inclusion of an attractive design, digipaks significantly add to the look of a software piece or communications oriented project. Housing a glued plastic tray, it has the feel of a jewel case, but the look of a hard cover book. These items enjoy a very growing popularity in the music and entertainment industry, and have become the choice for corporate marketing related projects. They are increasingly one of the most attractive and economical ways of creating a visually captivating CD or DVD piece.
Printed CD Wallets
In a nutshell, these are board stock jewel boxes. They enjoy the benefits of a printed mailer, but have two panels, and a single insert sleeve. They have a wealth of surface area for printing and the inclusion of an attractive design, and are compact and open like a book. With no plastic, they are also a considered an environmentally friendly choice. These pieces are also very popular in the music and advertising industries.
Standard Paper and Plastic Sleeves
Basic and economical, standard paper and plastic sleeves can have windows and flaps, and rely on the face of the disc to tell the user or customer what your project is all about. Sometimes the best solution for a project is nothing fancy at all, and this packaging option is available for standard sized CD and DVDs, as well as shaped CDs, and Mini CDs.