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There are a number of methods for CD / DVD surface printing and your selection will depend on your final image requirement, quantity of CD's/DVD's to produce and time frame.

 

The methods used can be,

.  Digital Offset Printing  (suitable for CD and DVD)

.  Screen Printing  (suitable for CD, DVD and CD-R , DVD-/+R media)

.  Thermal Transfer printing.  (CD-R, DVD-/+R media short runs)

.  Inkjet Printing.  (Full colour CD-R , DVD-/+R media short runs)

 

. Digital Offset Printing.

This method used for CD/DVD's and booklet printing, is used for print runs of 500 or more. CD/DVD's and Booklets are printed in full "process" colour. Booklets on gloss art stock (usually 130gsm) with page numbers from 2 to 20 and a tray liner.

We can supply full specification for the imposition if required.

Registration marks are required

Digital Proof is required

Artwork can be supplied in formats listed further down

Art files are best in CMYK if RGB is supplied colours may not be correct. Minimum file resolution should be 300 dpi. Files can be provided on CD-R/DVD+/-R. Always provide fonts or have fonts as outline or curves in the file.

.  Screen Printing

This method uses Ultra Violet cured ink to produce a hard no scratch surface. It can be used to produce single Spot colour to Full colour (CMYK) picture disc. For 1 to 3 colours any PMS colour can be selected but remember that PMS colours are only true if printed on white. As CD's and DVD's are silver some colours may vary from the PMS colour charts. Also when designing the artwork the silver background can also be incorporated into the design.

When you require full process colour you need to produce CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) artwork and a digital Proof. Full colour is generally printed on a white base.

See our Template Download page for specifications.

Specifications for CD Printing.

Laser proof for spot colour.

Colour digital proof for full colour.

Minimum file resolution should be 300 dpi. supplied on CD-R/DVD-/+R. Always provide fonts or have fonts as outline or curves in the file.

Artwork can be supplied in formats listed further down

 

. Thermal Transfer Printing.

This is an ideal method for short run (1 to 1000 ) CD-R/DVD-R 's, as it is a quick method that prints directly onto the CD-R/DVD-R surface from a computer file. The resolution is 300DPI and is Black. This process works best for LINE ART and TEXT. It is a true ink printing process where the ink is transferred to the CD/DVD surface by heat and will not smudge when touched.

Artwork can be supplied in formats listed further down

 

. Inkjet printing.

This is a high resolution printing 600 DPI process and is printed directly from the artwork file. It is printed onto a matte white or matte SilverCD-R. It is suited for low run CD-R production for text, graphics and photographs.

Artwork can be supplied in formats listed further down

 

. Digital Printing.

For short run booklet printing (up to 4 pages) we use our high resolution HP digital printer. Digital printing does not require film and we can print directly from file.

. Artwork Format

You can supply your artwork in the following formats for either Macintosh or Windows

Corel Draw ver. X3 Win & 11 Mac

Photoshop 8 Mac/Win

Illustrator 11.0 Mac/Win

TIF - JPG - EPS - PDF Supplied as CMYK or RGB at a minimum of 300 dpi. Lower resolution will not print correctly.