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Illustrator comes with a predefined set of artworks of this called "templates" with the rigth sizes
1. From Illustrator go to New/New from template
3. Look inside Basic or inspiration folders and you will find many diferent templates to start with.
This is helpful but its really about the printing that i have the problem with.
I have used one of the templates and printed it but it was the wrong size so its really about how to get your image to the exact size of what you want to print onto...
I have a DVD case which is 27cm wide and 18.5cm high... In the middle is 0.6mm and so both sides are 13.2cm. How do i get these exact measurements in illustrator.
It would help if i could get an A4 Landscape background to start with. Any ideas on that from within the program?
Thanks again, Benji
I've done CD prints myself on my inkjet proofer:
1.) In Illustrator, do a Command > N ( new ) and select Letter > Landscape as your page setup and doumnet layout.
2.) Select View > Show Page Tiling. You should see your printer's page setup.
3.) Turn rulers on: Command > R.
4.) This part you might not like, but I physically measured the score in the label page. I wrote down all X and Y coordinates and measured the actual "circle(s)" of the print areas. Remember which direction the page will be entering the printer and recreate the entire setup in your document. Odds are the circles are not centered exactly, that's why you have to focus on the print direction. When I did mine, I printed the document strokes and placed it over the label page on a lightbox to see how it lines up.
5.) If it matches, you can use the Illustrator document as a template for that particular label sheet ( 1 of 100 ) manufacturer. If it does not match, it shouldn't be difficult to make adjustments and repeat the process until it lands dead-on with the sheet. Then, it's just a matter of placing your artwork and print.