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One of the highlights of my childhood was creating mix CDs for friends and family. After carefully arranging the songs in the perfect order, I’d then create customized art for each case. As I got older and started becoming serious about being a musician, I of course wanted to learn how to take a more professional approach to CDs. In this three-part Ultimate DIY CD Guide series, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of manufacturing, packaging, obtaining a UPC barcode, album art design, distribution, and – finally – selling your CD. While there are certainly many ways you could go about each of these steps, we feel this offers the most professional outcome while still having a variety of budget options. So let's get started!