How Do I Make a CD Cover on iTunes?
By David Weedmark
Updated February 09, 2017
In iTunes 12, you have several CD cover themes to choose from, including single artwork CDs to go along with the song titles, or a mosaic of every cover from each song. If you want to create your own artwork, you can add that to iTunes as well. Not only will that cover be displayed when you play a song, but you can also print it as your own CD cover.
Printing a CD Cover
Select any album or playlist in iTunes. By default, iTunes downloads artwork automatically. If there is no artwork for a song or album, right-click it and select "Get Album Artwork" from the drop-down menu.
Press "Ctrl-P" or select "Print" from the File menu to open the Print preview window. Select "Jewel Case Insert" to print a CD cover. Click the "Theme" menu to select how you want the CD cover to appear. You can display just text listing the songs and their play order, or display the CD cover art. When you select "Mosaic," all of the covers in a playlist appear as a collage. If the songs are all from the same album, only the single cover appears. Click "OK."
Select your printer and the number of copies you want printed. After the print job is complete, cut out the CD cover using the crop marks on each corner as a guide. You can then fold the cover in half and insert it into an empty CD jewel case.
Print Your Own Artwork
Design your own artwork using any free graphics program like Microsoft Paint, GIMP or Paint.net. For best results, the artwork should be square, but the measurements don't have to be exact, as iTunes will resize it. Save your work as a JPG or PNG file.
Select the first song in the album or iTunes playlist you want to use for the CD. Right-click the song name and select "Get Info." Select the "Artwork" tab, then click the "Add Artwork" button. Navigate to your original artwork and click "OK."
Click "OK" in the song's Get Info window to save the new artwork. Remember that you can later revert the artwork if you wish just by scrolling to the right under the Artwork tab and clicking the original cover.
Press "Ctrl-P" and select "Single Cover" from the Theme menu. ITunes selects the first song's artwork as the CD artwork. Click "OK," then select your printer to begin your print job.
A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses and governments on technology, media and marketing for more than 20 years. He has taught computer science at Algonquin College, has started three successful businesses, and has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines throughout Canada and the United States.