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  • Page 1 Manual Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 2 This document and all of its contents are protected by copyright and are the property of Nero AG. All rights reserved. In addition, this document contains material that is protected by internationally valid copyright. This document may not be reproduced, transmitted, or transcribed in whole or in part without the express written permission of Nero AG.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    4.10 Biz Card Envelope Document Type 4.11 LightScribe Document Type Creating a New Document Creating a Nero Digital Document Creating a New Document or Image Document Editing a Document Adding a Cover Element Modifying the Template Later on Assigning a Paper Stock...
  • Page 4 Align Elements Window Design Tools 12.1 Grid 12.2 Guidelines Creating And Editing a Template 13.1 Creating a Template 13.2 Modifying a Template Saving a Document Storing a Cover in a Nero Digital File Printing the Document 16.1 Print Window Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 5 LightScribe Print Properties Window Printing Labelflash Label 19.1 Labelflash Print Properties Window Program Settings 20.1 Application Preferences Window 20.2 Specifying Default Settings For Objects Technical Information 21.1 System Requirements 21.2 Image Formats 21.3 Formats For Playlists Index Contact Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 6: Start Successfully

    Start Successfully About the Manual This manual is intended for all users who want to learn how to use Nero CoverDesigner. It is process-based and explains how to achieve a specific objective on a step-by-step basis. To make best use of this documentation, please note the following conventions: Indicates warnings, preconditions or instructions that have to be pre- cisely followed.
  • Page 7: Working With Nero Coverdesigner

    Start Successfully Working With Nero CoverDesigner If you want to design a cover with Nero CoverDesigner, you must create a new document first. If the document should contain a tracklist, directory, and/or fields, enter the document data. You can now design the document as desired. You can: ...
  • Page 8: Starting The Program

    Starting The Program Starting The Program To start Nero CoverDesigner via Nero StartSmart, proceed as follows: Click the StartSmart icon.  The Nero StartSmart window opens. Click the button.  The list of Nero applications appears. Nero StartSmart window Select the Nero CoverDesigner entry in the selection list.
  • Page 9: Main Screen

    Main Screen Main Screen The main screen is the starting point for all actions that can be performed using Nero Co- verDesigner. The screen consists of a menu bar, several toolbars, and a drawing area. Nero CoverDesigner Main Screen Menu Bar...
  • Page 10: Toolbars

    The following icons are available in the Standard toolbar: Opens the New Document window where you can select the document type and template for a new document. Opens an existing Nero CoverDesigner document or a Nero CoverDesigner tem- plate. Saves the current Nero CoverDesigner document.
  • Page 11: View Toolbar

    Applies the properties of one object to another. Undoes the last editing step. Restores an editing step that has been undone. Opens the About Nero CoverDesigner window, where you can view the version number, for example. Opens the integrated online help.
  • Page 12: Text Toolbar

    The following icons are available in the Tool toolbar: Activates the selection tool, used to select objects. Activates the line tool, which you can use to insert a line. Activates the rectangle tool, which you can use to insert a rectangle. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 13: Align Toolbar

    Aligns the object to the top margin. Centers the object vertically. Aligns the object to the bottom margin. Opens the Align elements window. Here you can align the object relative to another object. See also:  Align Elements Window 50 Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 14: Floating Toolbar

    Window 70). Objects An object in Nero CoverDesigner is a design element that can be placed in the drawing area. Objects can be inserted, duplicated, moved, their size, shape, and appearance modified, and edited. The following objects are available in Nero CoverDesigner: ...
  • Page 15: Dynamic Objects

    In addi- tion, information about the save or print date and a user-defined text en- try can be displayed as well. See also:  Document Data Window 31 Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 16: New Document Window

    New Document Window New Document Window When you start Nero CoverDesigner, the New Document window is automatically opened along with the main screen. This window is your starting point for creating a new document. You can also open the window with the icon on the toolbar in the main screen.
  • Page 17: Document Type

    Creates a new document and closes the window. Cancel Cancels the procedure and closes the window. Document Type With Nero CoverDesigner, you can select different document types. Each document type contains predefined cover elements that you can design. The following cover elements are available: Booklet Insert in the interior of the CD or DVD case as a booklet or indi- vidual sheet.
  • Page 18: Dvd Case Document Type

    There is space for the booklet behind the front piece. The tray holds the CD inside. The tray can be removed. There is room for the inlay under the tray. The following elements can be designed with Nero CoverDesigner: CD Booklet (Front)
  • Page 19: Maxi Document Type

    The tray that contains the CD is integrated in the case and cannot be removed. The following elements can be designed with Nero CoverDesigner: Maxi Inlay...
  • Page 20: Biz Card Document Type

    If you have a LightScribe recorder, you can print the label side of a LightScribe CD/DVD with Nero CoverDesigner. The label side of the disc has a special color or thermal layer which is heated by the laser in the recorder so that pictures and text are printed.
  • Page 21: Creating A New Document

    Creating a Nero Digital Document With Nero CoverDesigner, an album cover that has been stored in a Nero Digital file can be extracted and then used as the basis for a Nero CoverDesigner document. To create a Nero Digital document, proceed as follows: Click the File >...
  • Page 22  You have created a new document and can now finish the design. See also:  Document Type 17  Designing The Cover Element 25 Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 23: Editing A Document

    Click the Edit > Change Template menu in the main screen.  The Choose New Template window is opened. Select a new template from the right selection list.  The Choose New Template window is closed.  The document appears with the design of the selected template. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 24: Assigning A Paper Stock

     The drop-down menu is opened. Select a paper stock.  The drop-down menu is closed and the selected paper stock is assigned to the cover element. The size, dimensions, and/or position of the cover element may change. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 25: Designing The Cover Element

    Designing The Cover Element Inserting an Object In Nero CoverDesigner, you can insert objects in order to design cover elements for a docu- ment. An inserted object is automatically selected and can be edited. To design a cover element, you can insert objects in the drawing area. Proceed as follows:...
  • Page 26: Editing An Object

    The inserted object is automatically selected and displays a frame with the anchor points of the frame and a rotation arrow. Editing an Object You can edit an inserted object with Nero CoverDesigner. You can modify the size, shape, position, and, if desired, color. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 27 Click the anchor point and pull it in the desired direction.  The object becomes larger or smaller. To change the rotation of an object manually: Move the mouse pointer over the rotation arrow of the frame.  The mouse pointer changes to a rotation arrow. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 28: Converting Artistic Text

     You have edited the object. Converting Artistic Text With Nero CoverDesigner, you can convert artistic text to a graphic element. The text proper- ties can no longer be edited after the conversion. To convert artistic text, proceed as follows: Click the icon (selection tool) on the toolbar.
  • Page 29: Inserting And Editing A Background

     Image Effects 42 Inserting And Editing a Background With Nero CoverDesigner, you can insert and edit a background. You can insert or edit the backgrounds for all the cover elements of a document at the same time or insert or edit the background of a cover element separately.
  • Page 30 In the Stretch Mode area, specify how the background image is scaled. Apply any desired effects to the picture. Click the OK button.  The background is displayed according to your settings. See also:  Image Tab 41  Image Effects 42 Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 31: Document Data Window

    When you launch from another Nero application, the document data is auto- matically filled in with the information from the disc, if possible. You can import data from a Nero Digital file into the document data by selecting File > Import from Nero Digital.
  • Page 32: Document

    Adds a disc to the document data. Up to four discs can Add Disc be added. The corresponding tabs from Disc 1 to Disc 4 with the new cover element for the disc label are added to the document. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 33: Disc

    The following buttons are available: Add Files Opens the Select the Files You Want to Add to the Disc window so that you can select a file. A new entry is added to the data and the file information is applied. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 34: Video/Picture Data

    Displays the Open window so that you can select an image. A new en- try is added to the data and the file information is automatically applied; ture the image is stored in the Nero CoverDesigner document. Delete All Deletes all file entries from the data.
  • Page 35: File Information

    Specifies the title of the file. Erase Deletes the file entry. 8.6.3 Picture For the Picture File data entry, the following input options are available in the area on the right: Title Specifies the title of the picture. Erase Deletes the picture entry. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 36: Properties And Background Properties Window

    For example, here you can determine whether a preview picture is auto- matically displayed when you start Nero CoverDesigner by way of Nero Burning ROM and have created a compilation with the Audio Book CD disc format there.
  • Page 37: Pen Tab

    This feature is particularly useful for creating templates for Audio Book CDs. This function is only performed when you start Nero CoverDesigner from Nero Burning ROM and have created a compilation with the Audio Book CD disc format. This tab is available for the text box object.
  • Page 38: Brush Tab

    (brightness 0), white (brightness 255), or gray (brightness value between 0 and 255). Brush Tab The Brush tab provides configuration options for the object outline. Brush tab The following setting options are available: Activates filling. When the brush option is deactivated, the background of the object is transparent. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 39 Defines the green component of the color. You can enter a value between 0 and 255. 255 being completely green. Blue Defines the blue component of the color. You can enter a va- lue between 0 and 255. 255 being completely blue. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 40: Text Tab

    This option is particularly useful when you are creating templates. See also:  Creating a Template 52 Bend Tab The following check boxes are available on the Bend tab: Bend object Bends the text with the lower edge around a midpoint. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 41: Image Tab

    The following configuration options are available in the Picture Source area: Button Displays the Open window, where a picture file can be selected. File Button Scans an image. This feature is only offered if you have a scanner installed. TWAIN Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 42: Image Effects

    The shortest side determines how the image is resized. Image Effects There are several effects for pictures available in Nero CoverDesigner. Color Adjustment effect: Brightness Opens the Brightness window with before and after views of the pic- ture.
  • Page 43 Swirl slider right or left to swirl the image to the right or left. Rotate Opens the Rotate window with before and after views of the image. Move the Rotate slider to the right to rotate the image 90°, 180° or 270°. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 44: Import Picture Tab

    Video/Picture Data entry in the document data. You can determine which picture is imported with the Disc Number and Picture Number fields. CoverArt: Imports an image from a Nero Digital file (if it is technically possible). Import Original Picture Imports the specified image.
  • Page 45 Use: The field is visible in the track list / folder. If the check box is not selected, the field is not visible in the track list/folder. Column: Indicates the column that the field will be displayed in. Field Type: Indicates the field type, e.g., track number or title. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 46: Field Tab

    The following setting options are generally available: Field type Specifies the field type. The following field types are available: Title, Artist, Disc Type, Year, Disc Title, Disc Artist, Tracks, Total Playing Time, Total Size, Last Save Date, Print Date,and Custom Text. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 47 Specifies the text that should appear after the selected field type. Trailing Text The field type that you select in the Field Type selection list is applied to the in- serted field even if you assigned a different field type beforehand. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 48: Geometry Window

    For bent objects, the position of the center and the position of the object in terms of the cen- ter are specified in the Geometry window. You can open the window by clicking the Object > Geometry menu. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 49 0 degrees is on the right at the height of the midpoint and the units progress in a counterclockwise direction. Specifies the arc to apply to the text. Selecting 180 degress, for example, bends the text in a semicircle. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 50: Align Elements Window

    This feature is useful for positioning two objects on top of one another, e.g., text on a picture. Option button Aligns the object to the page, i.e., to the editable area. Page Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 51: Design Tools

    Design Tools 12.1 Grid A grid can be used to position objects. In Nero CoverDesigner, the grid is displayed as a se- ries of dots with equal horizontal and vertical spacing. The following options are available in the View menu of Nero CoverDesigner: Show Grid Displays the grid.
  • Page 52: Creating And Editing A Template

    The size of the template file will be smaller. Compres- sion can reduce the picture quality in some cases, however. If the My Documents folder is displayed, select the Nero CoverDesigner Templates folder from the Save In drop-down menu.
  • Page 53: Modifying A Template

    Click the File > Open menu.  A browser window is opened. Select the desired Nero CoverDesigner template file (*.nct) from the Nero CoverDesigner Templates folder and then click the Open button.  The browser window is closed. A window asking if you want to edit the template is ope- ned.
  • Page 54: Saving A Document

    Saving a Document Saving a Document You can save a document that you have created in Nero CoverDesigner.This saves all of the document's cover elements and any document data that you have entered. You can save the document in compressed or uncompressed form. Compressing a document primarily compresses the pictures in the document.
  • Page 55: Storing A Cover In A Nero Digital File

    Storing a Cover in a Nero Digital File With Nero CoverDesigner, you can save an album cover in a Nero Digital file. Nero Digital is an MPEG-4 storage format for audio and video files that can contain additional information. It was developed by Nero AG.
  • Page 56: Printing The Document

    You set the print options for the document in the Print window prior to printing. The window consists of three tabs: General Allows you to select a printer. Properties Provides setting options for printing paper borders and crop marks as well as for bleeding. Elements Selects the cover elements for printing. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 57: Properties Tab

    Prints borders on normal paper stock only. On normal paper on- Option button Never prints paper borders. Never The following configuration options are available in the Print Crop Marks area: Option button Prints crop marks for all paper stocks. On all paper stocks Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 58: Elements Tab

    The paper stock that the currently displayed cover elements will be printed on is dis- played below the preview area. Cover elements that will be printed are displayed in blue - cover elements that will not be printed are displayed in gray. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 59 Copies of the Element Check box Prints the selected cover element on normal paper. This check box is only available if the normal paper stock Print on normal paper has not been assigned to the cover element. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 60: Print Settings And Paper Stocks

    Print Settings And Paper Stocks Print Settings And Paper Stocks 17.1 Printer Calibration With Nero CoverDesigner, you can calibrate your printer to ensure precise print alignments. We recommend that you calibrate your printer once after you have selected the paper stock and printer.
  • Page 61 The selected cover element is added to the paper stock. Delete Stock Deletes the current paper stock. The following configuration options are available in the item / cover element entry: Width/Height Specifies the width and height. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 62 Specifies the inner radius and therefore the size of the unprintable area (disc hole). This field is available for the disc and mini CD cover ele- ments. Position X/Y Specifies the postion of the cover element on the paper that was defined in the paper stock profile. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 63: Creating A Paper Stock Profile

    Print Settings And Paper Stocks 17.3 Creating a Paper Stock Profile With Nero CoverDesigner, you can create your own custom paper stocks. User-defined pa- per stocks are available in the main screen area for cover elements that have been added as labels to the paper stock.
  • Page 64: Default Paper Stock Settings

    Print window manually before you print. Check box Displays the normal disc size when you assign a paper stock with a radius that deviates from the Show default label metrics standard value to a cover element. Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 65: Printing Lightscribe Label

    If you have a LightScribe recorder connected, you can also print the label side of a Light- Scribe CD/DVD with Nero CoverDesigner. The label side of the disc has a special color or thermal layer which is heated by the laser in the recorder so that pictures and text are prin- ted.
  • Page 66: Lightscribe Print Properties Window

    Shuts down the computer after the label has been printed (if possible). Automatically shut down the PC when done Button Starts printing the label. Print Button Opens the LightScribe Print Preview dialog box. A print preview of the label is displayed here. Preview Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 67: Printing Labelflash Label

    Printing Labelflash Label Printing Labelflash Label You can print a label on the label and/or data side of a Labelflash DVD with Nero CoverD- esigner. This function is only available in the full version. You can always upgrade your Essentials version at www.nero.com...
  • Page 68: Labelflash Print Properties Window

    Specifies that the data side should be printed on by default. Data Side Option button Specifies that the label side should be printed on by de- fault. Labels Option button Specifies that both sides should be printed on by default. Both Sides Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 69 Labelflash Print Preview DVD. Check box Ejects the disc after printing is complete. Eject disc after printing Button Starts the print process. Burn (is displayed instead of the OK button) Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 70: Program Settings

    Program Settings Program Settings 20.1 Application Preferences Window You can make settings that determine the general appearance and behavior of Nero Cover- Designer in the Application Preferences window. You can open the window by clicking the File > Preferences menu.
  • Page 71: Specifying Default Settings For Objects

    Program Settings 20.2 Specifying Default Settings For Objects In Nero CoverDesigner, you can specify default settings for objects. The default settings de- termine the entries in the tabs of the Properties window for an object. Default settings cannot be configured for pictures.
  • Page 72: Technical Information

    Technical Information Technical Information 21.1 System Requirements Nero CoverDesigner is installed along with its suite. Its system requirements are the same. You can find more detailed information on the system requirements under www.nero.com.  In addition, the following requirements apply: ...
  • Page 73: Index

    Convex View ......... 43 Flip ............43 Cover Art ..........55 Folder ........13, 15, 26 Cover Element Font ............36 Add ..............17 Booklet............. 17 Disc..............17 Geometric Object ........14 Inlay ..............17 Creating an Image Document ....21 Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 74 Nero Digital System requirements ......72 Exporting a Cover..........55 Importing............31 Saving the Cover ..........55 Template Nero Digital Cover Extracting....21 Generate ............17 Save..............52 Select ............16, 22 Object..........10, 14 Text ........... 13, 25, 36 Bend ..............
  • Page 75 Index Text Line Break ........25 Tracklist........... 13, 15 Vertically Flip ..............43 Tracks ........... 37 View ............9 Transfer properties........ 11 TWAIN........... 10 Watercolor..........43 Window ..........10 Undo..........11, 29 Nero CoverDesigner...
  • Page 76: Contact

    Glendale, CA 91203-2335 Help: http://support.nero.com (818) 956 7094 Fax: E-mail: US-CustomerSupport@nero.com Nero KK Rover Center-kita 8F-B, 1-2-2 Internet: www.nero.com Nakagawa-chuou Tsuzuki-ku Yokohama, Kanagawa Help: http://support.nero.com Japan 224-0003 Copyright © 2009 Nero AG and its licensors. All rights reserved. Nero CoverDesigner...