Some programs that enable users to design custom CD or DVD labels are Ronyasoft's CD DVD Label Maker, CyberLink's LabelPrint 2.5 and Createspace's Cover Creator. As of 2015, these label-making applications are available for free download, though CyberLink's LabelPrint 2.5 is only available as a limited free trial.

All of these label-making applications format images and text for disc labels or covers and provide templates and clip art. Users can upload original artwork or photographs created in image editors like Adobe Photoshop or Gimp, though using the application's existing templates and clip art generally speeds up the design process. These applications also allow users to place text layout templates over original images.