Compact disc (CD) and digital versatile disc (DVD) labels are most easily made with CD labeling software, self-adhesive label sheets, and an inkjet printer. The software allows labels to be designed and printed from a home computer, while the pre-cut, self-adhesive labels and the finish produced by a printer create an attractive, professional look. The choice of software will depend on how an individual wants the finished product to look.
There are many different software programs available for making labels, ranging from free programs available online and in packages of label sheets to the professional-grade software available for purchase. Although the free versions of the software create professional-looking CD and DVD labels, professional software often allows the user to create more elaborate effects.
There are also several different choices of pre-cut, self-adhesive labels available. They are sold in sheets the size of a standard piece of paper, to allow them to pass easily through a printer. Each manufacturer has its own layout on the sheet, so the software needs to be compatible with the brand of labels that the user chooses. The labels also come in different finishes, such as glossy or matte. Colored, metallic, or other fun label designs are also sometimes available.
CD and DVD labels are a great way to organize a collection of burned discs. They also allow people to quickly and easily differentiate between file backup, music CDs, home video DVDs, and other data storage. Homemade labels can also offer a fun way to customize the appearance of your discs with text and images.
Packages of labels are available for purchase at office supply stores and other places that sell paper and computer labels. Software sometimes comes inside packages of label sheets, and free programs is also available online. Expanded versions of CD labeling software are available for purchase in office supply and computer stores, as well as via the Internet.