CD LP Jackets- Retro Vinyl Style Disc Packaging
Authentic Vintage Album Construction Packages

 
 
  • Examples of CD LP Jackets

    CD LP Book Binding with inner sleeveCD Book Packaging LP styleCD Jacket with vinyl cdcd jacket with cork hub inner pages stapled booklet attached to spineLP cd jacket with inner sleeveCD LP Jacket with cork hub
    Custom CD LP Jacket tuck envelopeCD LP custom 2pp jacket oversized with inner sleeve
    CD jacket with swinging sleeve LPCD LP fiberboard stock jacket with spine

     
  • How do I make a Vintage Style LP Album for CDs?
    Authentic Construction - Book Binding, Double Wall, Single Wall

    What is it about old LPs that make them LP covers? How does one apply that look to make discs look like vintage LPs? Much of the LP look is in the construction technique.

    BookBinding Style - this was the construction technique used on the original vinyl LP albums. It’s made by gluing a printed sheet (4C wrap) over a thick piece of cardboard (chipboard). The back panel (or inner panel for 4pp jackets) is covered by a sheet that extends past the edges of the outer wrap , similar to the end paper in a traditional hard bound book. The result is a very thick cover with beautiful printing effects, with those vintage hospital corners. The wrap and inner sheet use either matte or gloss lamination, but most clients prefer matte, or matte with spot gloss. Bookbinding style is the absolute favorite of clients wanting an authentic, vintage mini LP feel to a project. It is however, not for every budget.
    BookBinding Closeup

    Double Wall Construction versus Single Wall Construction

    The alternative to doing bookbinding style is to use an approach that is more traditional among CD Jackets; double wall or single wall construction. Double wall construction is done by folding over the paper stock to create the panels. Each wall or panel is a double thickness. The edges on double wall constructed jackets are very neat. If you want a continuous art spread across the inside of the LP jacket, you need to have us print the reverse side of the paper. PIPS (printed Inner pockets and Spines) will give you that effect. Book binding can be simulated in the art. Here is an example using PIPS, and double wall construction with simulated distressed paper and book binding:
    vintage, distressed paper
    See also Molly's Featured Title to see how she did vintage.

    Single Wall Construction is done using one-thickness of paper (sometimes called "slabs"), rather than folded over panels. The edges do tend to be a little rough, however it is less cost to manufacture. Another benefit is that one can not have unprinted inner spines as it is a slab and not folded over.
    Single wall construction is not typically used here unless there is a special die cut feature that would require that technique, such as this title:die cut knock out, single wall construction


    Inner Sleeves are a great LP touch. They can be unprinted white (with or white a window), a solid colors, or we can print them 1C or 4C. Uncoated /matte paper stock is popular for these inner sleeves. We can also do vellum sleeves.
    LP style jacket, inner sleeve 1C

    Mini LP CD jacket, 2pp, sleeve with lyrics printed 1C LP Style jacket with inner sleeve printed 1C Mini LP jacket, 2panel, for cd with inner sleeve 2pp fiberboard cd minijacket LP style spot white 2pp jacket spine terrykit3 Vinyl CD, 45 style, cd record album sleeveVinyl cd, Parchment color inner sleeve for CD LP jacket, vinyl discLP style jacket, uncoated stock, inner sleeve, white 0CFiberboard box set, vellum sleeves

    Outward opening pockets are the number one most popular feature of an LP style jacket, but consider also inward sleeve openings or even top opening!

    nick tremulis 4pp jacket outside opening pocket booklet molly zenobia10 4pp jacket recycled uncoated bookletPhoto of 4pp LP Style Jacket, pocket facing outward, matte aqueous finishPhoto of 4pp jacket glued booklet recycled mattetop loading sleeve, LP jacket

    Swinging sleeves or a vertical pocket glued to the back are also a nice vintage touch.
    Swinging sleeve, 2 cd, custom album cover
    Swinging style sleeve, 78 style
    Check out
    Featured Title OriaBlue to see some more of this swinging sleeve style and look at the full spec.

    Vinyl discs are another great feature to add to a LP look.
    disc face simulated LP 45 single hopejoy cd face lp style sinclair
    Our Art Department has some special info on disc printing

     
  • Vintage CD LP Jacket with Book Binding - Spec for Quoting

    N eed to get a quote for your project? We'll need to know specifics about your project. Here is what we need to go over:

    Qty: 500+
    Disc: cd?
    includes full color offset printing or silkscreening on disc, up to 5C
    Packaging: 4pp LP Style Jacket, 5x5", BOOK BINDING CONSTRUCTION
    Spine 3/16"
    Pocket- one opening outward or two?
    Paper weight / Printing: 10 oz chipboard core
    150 gsm paper outer and inner wrap
    Lamination: includes a lamination to finish the process - matte lamination is very popular, glossy lamination is also popular
    Special Printing Effects: spot gloss, foil, embossing, etc
    Inner Sleeve: 0C white unprinted, solid color unprinted,
    1C printed, 4C printed
    Booklet: how many pages?
    Printing: 4C/4C
    Stock: uncoated or matte aqueous are popular
    Assembly: insertion of disc & shrinkwrap (or discs, booklet)
    Shipping: we'll include in the quote, let us know where to
    International is not a problem, we work worldwide.
    Proofing: we start with PDFs and progress to a test disc (glass mastered & printed) and color matchprints for the printed paper items.
    Schedule: when do you plan to manufacture / when do you need these by?

    Email to hello@megalodon.com. If you have preliminary artwork, we would happy to take a look and make suggestions.

     
  • LP Style Jacket with Inner Sleeve - Spec for Quote

    Here's an example of a 4pp LP Style jacket with reverse inside printing or PIPS (printed inside pockets & spine). Construction technique is double wall. Inner Sleeve is 1C. Paper stock / finish is matte.
    Photo of LP Jacket for CD, frontPhoto of CD LP Jacket, inside view showing inner sleeve 1CPhoto of CD in inner sleeve, 4pp LP Jacket pocket facing outwardPhoto of  LP jacket pocket, inside printing, close up view
    Featured Title 4pp LP Style Jacket.

    Do you need to get a quote for your project? Here is what we'll need to know:

    Qty: 500+
    Disc: cd?
    includes full color offset printing or silkscreening on disc, up to 5C
    Packaging: 4pp LP Style Jacket, DOUBLE WALL CONSTRUCTION
    Pocket: one pocket opening outward or two?
    Printing: 4C/0C or 4C/4C (with PIPS)
    Stock: Uncoated /matte is very popular, 15/16pt
    ( also available coated, recycled 20-30%, recycled 70-80% , and recycled fiberboard)
    Printing Effects or special finishes: spot gloss/matte lamination, foil, embossing, etc ?
    Inner Sleeve:
    unprinted white, unprinted solid color,
    1C printed, 4C printed
    Booklet:
    how many pages?
    Printing: 4C/4C
    Stock: uncoated or matte aqueous are popular
    Assembly: insertion of disc & shrinkwrap (or discs, booklet)
    Shipping: we'll include in the quote, let us know where to
    International shipping is not a problem.
    Proofing: we start with PDFs and progress to a test disc (glass mastered & printed) and color matchprints for the printed paper items.
    Schedule: when do you plan to manufacture / when do you need these by?

    Email to hello@megalodon.com

     
  • Inner Sleeves - Uncoated White, Colored Paper Stock or Printed

    We can make CD sized inner sleeves to go with your LP packages. These can be uncoated white paper, or a colored paper stock, or printed 1C or 4C. We have several sizes and make them to fit the LPs.
    CD LP Inner Sleeve 1C

    Inner Sleeve CD LP

    Full Color CD LP Inner Sleeve

     
  • Double CD or 2 Pocket Vinyl LP Jackets

    Putting out a double album? Choose a double vinyl LP style package that fits in with regular tray or jewelcase packaging.

    atticusV2 4pp double album miniLP 2cd set booklet
    Double CD Vinyl LP - Atticus V
    RileyBunn8 4pp jacket fiberboard 2disc miniLP
    Double Vinyl LP Style in Fiberboard

    Just one disc? Add a standard sized booklet!

     
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  • Vintage Albums- Making Retro Disc Packaging

    Taking a look at some vintage albums can help you build up your spec. Two very good features to include are the pocket opening outward along with an inner sleeve. Thick paper stock, often combined with book binding (using chipboard type material/board stock wrapped with a 4C printed paper of about 150 gsm) is another good addition, although somewhat expensive. Oversized is attention catching, but not ideal for retail areas where the LP has to be the typical 5inch packaging.
    Photo of vintage Liberace album 45 recordClose up photo of Liberace Album constructionPhoto of vintage album, 45 record, Liberace

    For some ideas of making projects look vintage or retro, check out these pages- each has a slightly different "flavor" :
    Retro Disc Packaging Slideshow
    Vintage CD Covers Slideshow

     
  • Conceptual Drawings of LP Jacket Features

    Some of these features get a little hard to describe and see, so here are a few sketches to help clarify. Remember that everything we do is custom, so any feature can be adjusted to your whim.

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  • Paper Stocks, ESPECIALLY Uncoated Matte

    Our most requested special paper stock is matte uncoated, for that touch me feel me look.
    Uncoated paper stock, matte

    Recycled content is 20-30% recycled, post consumer waste content.

    Our Truly Eco paper stock – contains 70-80% recycled content and post consumer waste, FSC. It is a bit softer to the touch as the recycled content is higher. This stock meets & exceeds EPA's definition of recycled paper.

    2pp fiberboard cd minijacket LP style spot white ECOseeds3

    Our fiberboard – lovely unbleached , brownish material, slightly fuzzy texture, , uses end of chain pulp material that otherwise would have been discarded. It is very eco friendly.

    Coated Papers – we do that too, of course. Some artwork is not suited to uncoated stocks, or to fiberboard, so starting with a coated paper stock is a good approach. We can help guide you on that when we see your artwork.

    Be sure to visit our Art Department- special paper stocks for cd / dvd packaging page.

    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 don’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. If you need help with thicknesses for your spec, this page will help you with pt stock and gsm conversions: Paper thickness / weight.

     
  • Vinyl CDs and LP Style Jackets—They're made for each other!

    So, you've gone with a retro look in your CD packaging. How about the CD itself? Well, with the right art tweak, you can make your CD (or DVD) look like an old fashioned (albeit, little) vinyl LP or 45'!
    See: Vinyl Disc Record-LP-Style Disc Printing

    Vinyl CD LP 45, record album disc
     
     
  • OBI Strip, Japanese Style CD LP Packaging & Resealable Bag

    If you're making your mini LP for sale in Japan, or for collectors, you might want to add an obi strip. These are great for adding marketing in another language, or is meant to be discarded. These are usually placed ove the spine, and extend an inch or so onto the front and back panel. AN obi is also a good place to put your bar code.
    An alternative to a traditional OBI is a belly band or sash, which completely encircles the mini LP. We use belly bands for other formats, too.

    LP Obi Strip

    CD LP Obi Strip

    Obi for CD LP Jacket
    Japanese style jackets (usually oversized, thick paper stock, OBI strips and resealable bags) have become a popular version of 2pp Jackets. Be sure to check out our page on releasing your Japanese LP style title :Japanese-LPs-CD-Jacket-OBI-Packaging

     
  • With Every Project

    Template Creation
    Templates are created and sent out when an order is officially placed and the job is set up. Custom Dies take us a little longer.

    Disc Manufacturing & Packaging

    Disc replication projects include CD or DVD glass master manufacturing, full color disc printing, packaging, assembly, and shipping. Projects do not have overrun charges. Printed packaging is generally full color/cmyk unless special pantone inks are being used.

    Test Disc & Color Matchprint — Proofing starts with pdf softproofs and progresses to hardcopy proofsets with a glass mastered test disc and color matchprint.
    Additional options: Unprinted Mockups and Press Proofs. Be sure to check out our proofing process page!

    MINIMUM QTY ORDER IS 300 / 500 UNITS
    If you need a small quantity order of packaging only, you might check out our Surplus Unprinted Packaging Page


     
     

 

CD and DVD replication and packaging
 

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