Jewel Case Inserts

Jewel case inserts are the informational or promotional material that rests behind the plastic tabs inside the jewel case of a Compact Disc (CD) or Digital Versatile Disc (DVD). The inserts typically contain up to four panels, which are equivalent to up to 8 sheets. The number of pages is important to consider for slim line jewel cases, which hold less than the standard version. Front and back jewel case tray cards are also included under this classification. These inserts can be likened to a scrapbook that visually conveys the contents of the disc.

Jewel case inserts are comprised of a matte or glossy card stock or other paper. Other finishes exist, including those that are compatible with laser and inkjet printers. The dimensions of an insert are approximately twelve square centimeters. An inlay of 15 cm by 11.8cm with 6mm used at the ends can be used for an insert plus spine label.

A finished jewel case insert will take one of two routes-sold blank and printed by the at-home consumer or by a duplication/printing service that custom prints the insert materials for a media project.

For do-it-yourself jewel case inserts, one must be careful with each choice to ensure compatibility with software, printing, etc. One will choose a paper finish, the number of pages required for the specified insert and use design software for custom artwork (software widely available in free online downloads). Following the instructions, one can create background images, a table of contents or playlists.

When dealing with duplication or printing services, the average turn time for multiple jewel case inserts will be approximately three to five days and some services may accommodate rush jobs in one to two days. A professional service may save time and headaches and allow one to achieve a high caliber of quality. These services also allow the customer to pick and choose every aspect of the jewel case insert including paper and printing methods as well as the artwork design.

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