Post # 1
So, I ordered jewelboxing cds for our cd favors and am now completely frustrated. After the fact, I realized I would need design software to design the actual inserts for the CD (templates are provided, so it can’t be that bad, right?) – I’m having the HARDEST time. When I open the templates there are outlines (for where the disc labels or inserts would be) but I can’t select those to fill them with colors or images. When I try selecting the area around them and filling them I still have problems. I think I’m way over my head here. Does anyone have any tips or pointers? At this point I might just draw on them instead of designing something on my computer and printing them. I’m that frustrated 🙁
Post # 3
The lines are either “guides” or are on a separate locked layer. Go to your layers palette, and see if there is a lock next to it. Unlock it if you want to. The company made these immovable so that you don’t accidentally delete or move them and then they don’t line up on your paper.
What I would do is use the guides to make boxes and fill those with the colors/text you want. Think of it like you’re coloring inside the lines.
Post # 4
Punkrockgirl is right.
Look in your layers window – there should be something called “guides” or something like that. If there is only one layer click on the icon with the little turned up page corner (I highlighted it in the pic above) and that will create a new layer – you can draw your artwork on this layer.
When you print you can either – leave the guide layer “turned on” – the “eye” icon by the layer will be selected (it’s highlighted here) – and the lines will show up. Or you can turn it off (just click the eye and it will go away) and it will only print your art – you’ll have to cut it to fit the case.
I’d recommend just printing a page with the guide and trimming it out. Then printing your art without the guides and then using your paper template to trim it out so you don’t end up with guide lines on your artwork.
Post # 5
this is all very helpful. I love you both!
Post # 6
Oh gosh thank you for asking this! I’ve been trying to learn indesign as well!!