It doesn't matter if
you're designing a CD manufacturing or CD duplication
project - you're in the realm of commercial printing, and
that's different than designing for the internet.
When clients are using
Photoshop for commercial printing, two of the most common
problems that we face are (a) low-resolution artwork, and
(b) incorrect colour mode.
Internet colour mode: RGB
printing colour mode: CMYK
resolution: 72 dpi (or ppi)
printing resolution: 300 dpi (or ppi)
Whether you are
importing or opening a file in Photoshop, or you are opening
a new page to begin designing from scratch, you need to set
your design page properties appropriately.
When you import/open
or begin a new design from scratch the "New" design page
dialogue window (as shown above, or similar to) should
The name, width and
height of your page properties can be left up to you as it
will depend on which particular item you're designing, but
make sure the resolution is set to 300 pixels/inch and the
colour mode is CMYK.
In the event the "New"
dialogue window does not present itself, you can still edit
the settings by going to the top of your screen and
selecting the following:
Image > Mode > "CMYK"
Image > Image Size > 300
This should get you
started with your design on the right footing!