CD DVD Jackets with Spine: Options & Different Widths
4pp 4panel, 6pp 6panel, 8pp 8panel


Unless you are producing something that's meant to be viewed and disposed of, you will probably want it to have a printed spine.

  • The Number of Printed Nonexchangeable 4pp, 6pp, 8pp, etc!

    Number of Panels

    This means how many printed panels, front and back. So count the panels on the inside and double it. On a 4pp jacket, there are 4 printed panels, two outside and two inside.
    4 panels = a bi-fold, 6panels = a tri-fold, 8panel, 10panel, etc….

    These are all examples of 4pp jackets, but you’ll see how they vary:

    cd 4 panel bi flod jacket recycled textured matte finish pocket
    4 panel bifolding cd jacket packaging
    dvd 4panel jacket spine uncoated eco recycled
    4 panel cd miniLP jacket with inner sleeve, matte aqueous finish
    4 panel bifloding cd jacket recycled fiberboard with mini LP pocket 2 disc endPocket
    4 pp fiberboard cd jacket hub 8 panel poster custom diecut
    4 panel bifolding cd jacket fiberboard hub spot white
    4 panel cd jacket with booklet custom diecut
    cd jacket booklet custom diecut
    cd jacket packaging 4 panel recycled uncoated stencil booklet, embossing vintage
    molly zenobia2 4pp jacket recycled uncoated spine RIP closeup, embossing vintage
    fiberboard cd jacket printed fiberboard pantone disc knockout
    fiberboard cd packaging 4 panel jacket recycled pantone disc knockout
    4 pp cd jacket glued in booklet debossing glued in swinging disc sleeve, miniLP vintage
    cd jacket book like packaging glued in booklet debossing miniLP vintage
    4pp jacket 2 pockets booklet
    custom 4pp cd dvd jacket

    This is a 6panel jacket and a few more examples of 6pp jackets following:

    6pp cd minilp jacket trifolding mailer sleeve uncoated
    6 panel minilp cd jacket mailer sleeve uncoated
    Dax2 6pp minilp jacket mailer pips sleeve, 6pp, jacket, mailer, miniLP, NOTH, uncoated
    6panel cd jacket miniLP trifolding 2 pockets
    6 panel cd jacket uncoated minilp pockets
    6pane cd LP jacket spot gloss matte lammination spot UV
    6panel recycled jacket disc hub foam hub
    6panel cd Hub Jacket foam hub recycled
    6panel trifolding cd jacket thumb hole vintage

    These are 8panel jackets:

    8panel jacket 4cd set 4disc hourglass pockets
    8panel jacket 4cd set 4disc hourglass pockets
    8panel 4 disc jacket gatefold 4cd set hourglass pockets
    8panel 2 disc gatefold Jacket 2CDs foam disc hubs recycled
    8panel cd jacket diecut 2disc gatefold printed recycled paper
    8panel cd jacket with custom diecut disc hub and recycled stock
    8panel cd jacket gate fold with disc hub
    cd jacket disc hub 8panel gatefold packaging with spine
    8 panel cd jacket with spine custom slipcase diecut

    And so forth….just count the panels on the inside and multiple by 2.

    Not to make things complex (when we were doing so well keeping it simple too!) but we can also do tear-off panels. These are perforated panels often used for business reply cards or if they are wide, postcards. These tear off panels are often single panel, in contrast to the rest of the panels which are double walled. Oops, complex again, but do do need to know about that too as it affects the look. Back to tear-off panels – these we might denote as a 4pp jacket + a tear off, because it’s a bit different.

    cd mailer with tear off postcard

    We just can't leave the options alone, can we? If we create a package with partial panels, that also counts. Note the two partial panels on the top of this nifty jacket that folds up into a house /church building shape.
    cd jacket packaging house church shape pop up panels

  • Printable Spines Double Wall Construction

    Jacket Printable Spines

    The vast majority of our jackets, wallets, sleeves or whatever you want to call them, do have spines. And as you probably guessed, we have a variety of spine widths too. Considerations might be the thickness of the paper (like fiberboard is really thick) and if you have a foam hub or a booklet inside.
    CD Jacket with Spine

  • Printing the Inside Spines and Pockets (the REVERSE side of the Stock)

    PIPS - Printed Inside Pockets and Spines

    Jackets are generally printed one one side of the paper. When that paper is folded up & glued, it forms the inside panels. So what you see on the inside of the spines and pockets is the reverse side of the paper. We do a special trick called PIPS – Printed inside Pockets and Spines. We thought of LIPS, lovely inside pockets and spines, but it was voted out. The other name for it is RIP, reverse inside printing, which is an accurate term but 1) has an unfortunate acronym, and 2) means a lot of other things in the printing world. So…PIPS. This needs to be added to jackets if you want to have that area between the spines, and under the pockets printed. This is something we can help you with on the template.
    cd jacket with reverse side of paper printedcd jacket with inside pocket printing

    Note- our digipaks come with PIPS , but jackets do not.


  • Double Wall Construction Jackets- Folded over Panels

    Double Walled Construction
    What does Double walled mean? In a nutshell, it means that the panels are made by folding over the panels of paper which means you get nice, thick, well folded panels with no rough edges. It's what clients generally want.

    The opposite approach is single walled, which isn’t something we normally do, unless there’s a special need. For example, on this title, the church really needed the creative die cut and the best way to achieve this on this die cut was with a single wall.
    Single wall construction versus double wall construction cd jacketscd die cut jacket with lettering knock out

  • Just how many die variations do we have for cd & dvd jackets?

    For 4pp jackets alone, we must have between 50 and 200 dies. There is almost nothing you can’t customize on our jackets. We’ll try to cover some of the most popular options. Please understand that we do not have part numbers and you absolutely do not have to be confined to something you see on our site. Although if you don’t see it here. It probably defies some laws of physics.

    If you'd like to learn more about dies, please check out our page on how we make dies for custom shape disc jackets!

  • Pocket Styles – infinite variety?

    Wow, where to start. Discs generally go in a pocket or on a foam hub, and booklets in a pocket. But don’t think for a minute that you are limited to one style of pocket. Oh noo. We have an almost infinite variety of pockets; Slot, Slit, Thumbhole, Thumbhole Wide, Thumbhole Deep, Thumbhole Extra Deep, Wide Slot, Half Moon, Diagonal Literature Pocket, Steep Diagonal Literature Pocket, Tube Pocket , Rounded Pockets, Invisible Pockets, Vertical Pockets, (stopping here but there are LOTS more). And they can open out or in or up or down. And the booklets can be glued too.

    We don’t mind what you call the pocket style - it’s almost easily to show a sketch or photo. Just how many hourglass & thumbholes & wide thingies can one have? We’ve been tempted to call them sitting crane, and striking serpent and so forth. Let us know and we can do it.

  • Jacket Width & Height

    The most common height is roughly 5 inch tall, and roughly 5 inch wide. You know without asking that we have umpteen zillion variations on this. We also have some other distinguishable widths and heights.

    5inch tall, but extra wide:

    These are so often used for mailers (perfect postcard width), so SEE OUR MAILER PAGE if you want to explore this one in more detail.

    ~7 inch tall:

    SEE TALL JACKETS page to explore more examples

    ~3 inch Tall – these are especially for mini Discs. And yes, we can make wee little booklets to match. SEE OUR MINI DISC FOLDERS PAGE for more examples

    Special Portfolio Size – to hold 8.5 x 11 literature SEE PORTFOLIO PAGE

    ~10 inch Tall – you might want to check out our MegaTall digipaks (SEE MEGA TALL PAGE) to see what these look like. We can make these without trays if you like.

    Unusual folding – same with these. The Cross and Plus shapes are most often done with trays but can be done with pockets too. Be sure to read about that pesky center panel.

  • Foam Hubs

    Foam Hubs are another fun way to hold discs. We can do them in black or white foam. You can have some good fun with these:

  • Mailers – What makes it mailable?

    Well, the USPS likes to make sure packages are firmly sealed. You can either put shrinkwrap on a jacket, or you can consider using a zipper strip. SEE our MAILER PAGE for more examples.
    Some key considerations for you are – how will you be doing the addresses?
    Handwritten? On sticker or on jacket?
    Ink jetted Printed directly on jackets? Or printed labels?
    Let us know so we can guide you on the details and help you as much as possible.

    We tend to call jackets that have a special zipper pull, mailers. These too come in all kinds of shapes and sizes:

  • Booklets Glued, Attached to Spine, Posters, and Perfect Bound Books

    Most people are familiar with booklets. Ours are generally full color 4C/4C , they can be stapled or gatefolded, or poster style. And they can be attached in many different ways. You are familiar with regular pockets no doubt, but here are some other ways:

    Tube Pockets:
    tube pocket for booklet cd packaging

    Glued Booklets:
    cd jacket with glued booklet

    Booklets attached to spine:
    cd jacket with booklet attached to spine

    Poster Examples:

    CD jacket with folded posterCD jacket with booklet folded and glued


    Perfect Bound Book Examples – 28+ pages. These have thicker cover stock
    and are perfect bound books:
    .Perfect bound book

  • Paper Stocks –yet more varieties

    Do you have your variety jones satiated yet? We have more variety to throw at you.
    Our standard paper stock – contains, 20% recycled content. Recommend for special effects printing.
    Our Truly Eco paper stock – contains 70-80% recycled content and post consumer waste. A bit softer.
    Our fiberboard – lovely unbleached , brownish material, slightly fuzzy texture, uses end of chain material/pulp so very Eco.
    Uncoated Papers – for that matte, feel me touch me look.
    And we can do all kinds of thickness too. If you need additional choices, ask, but these cover just about everything you might want to create. What do en’t we use? We don’t use individual sheets of paper that you might pick up in a stationary store, for example. We use big rolls of paper.


    People often ask us about barcodes. We can create a barcode for you. There is a small charge for this. We purchase a block of barcodes from the United Bar Code Council – about 1000 of them – every year. The codes are then ours to distribute to clients. The bar code’s purpose in life is to provide your title with a unique number. That’s really all. It does start with our name as we purchased it, but when you submit your title for sales in a retail store or online like at Amazon, they’ll take that unique number and have you apply all of your information (and their required info) to it. Our info goes away.


    We have some fun suggestions for bar code artwork – they need not be boring. See this site for some fun ideas: Barcode Art from Japan -
    And here’s a creative one our own client did on their beautiful Uncoated Paper Stock Digipak:

    creative carcode for cd packaging
     uncoated paper cd digipak packaging
    Uncoated stock cd digipak

    We can also do spine tabs, but keep in mind this is not on the artwork so there’s a minor additional charge per unit for the sticker & application.Spine tab cd packagingSpine tab sticker for cd

  • Media – Discs galore

    We can do cd, dvd5, dvd9, dvd10, clear substrate discs, vinyl discs, recordables, mini discs, and even flexible dvds!

    We generally do not like to do packaging without the discs, and in general, cringe when asked to do an incomplete packages (without some component). It’s a bit like being your own General Contractor – all the liability falls on you. We really prefer to see it all the way though so we can make sure everything works well together. But if you have a special need, let us know and we’ll try to accommodate as best we can.

  • Slipcases

    Wow can we do slipcases. We can make them any height or width or top loading or side or tube or box…..and slipcases are like icing on a cake

    Let’s refer you to some other pages for that if you want to see more.

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