Designers! Pulling my hair out w/simple design project! Tips?

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Hi Warriors,

I need Speaker Fulfillment Services to put a teleseminar I'm doing on CD. Which means I need to design the CD label.

I'm NOT a designer and am having such trouble with this...

I downloaded a CD label template and am using GIMP to do this. SFS tells me that the CD label needs to be 5.188" x 5.188" and 300 DPI.

In GIMP, if I change the DPI, it, I can't make it exactly 5.188" x 5.188" It will go to 4.72"

I have NO idea how to make it do what I need it to do and it's driving me CRAZY! I've seen good reviews of GIMP online when I've done searches for help on this issue, but I can't seem to make it work for me. I'm sure it's my incompetence, but I have no idea how to meet their requirements.

Can someone please tell me how to do this? I'm close, but no cigar and I can't turn this in to SFS until it meets their requirements. (And the design is super simple. Nothing fancy. But the size and resolution are still creating a problem for me!)

I'd appreciate any help you anyone might be able to give me.



P.S. I know DPI means dots per inch, which translates into pixels per inch (PPI), correct? I hope I'm doing this right!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Does SFS allow for bleed?
    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      Does SFS allow for bleed?
      Yes. The bleed is 1/4"

      As I said, I'm a writer, NOT a designer. However, I figured I could do this pretty simple because I have a template. The label is a background color, some text (the title of the teleseminar and my URL) and my logo. That's it!

      Very simple.

      I edited it again, thinking I had it correct and sent it off again to SFS. The woman there told me that the resolution was correct, but the size was incorrect.

      The template displays as 472 x 472 (in pixels) and 100.000 pixels/inch resolution when I open it in GIMP. As I said, I was able to change the resolution successfully, but I haven't been able to change the size of the whole image.

      The image properties gives me this info:

      Pixel dimensions: 5188 x 5188 pixels
      Print size: 439.25 x 439.25 millimeters
      Resolution: 300 x 300 ppi


  • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
    BTW I have to go pick up my niece from school at 2:50 but I'll be back in about 30 minutes.
  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    This isn't any direct help, just a stray comment. I Haven't done exactly what you are trying to do so might not even know how.

    Their on site help is the most difficult to decipher of any program I've used. When I am trying to do something with it for the first time, I usually find out how about 2 months later while looking for a way to do something else with it. While doing that I run across a clue about the first problem.

    Almost always the clues do not come from the Gimp site, but from other sites in the search results. So just trying to say, at least don't worry that you are deficient, it's them
    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      Thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate it.

      Something just occurred to me: is it because I'm taking a small image and making it bigger??? It's the only thing I can think of.

      What boggles my mind is that somehow, I did it earlier today and sent SFS the good copy. There was a small problem with the text on the label though, so I set out to correct it by creating a new one and I can't get it to the correct size to save my soul!

      I REALLY wish I knew what the issue was.


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