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|·||Silkscreen is best for printing line art with Pantone colors. However, we do have the best full-colour silkscreen printing available. Photo printing is best done with offset printing. Contact us for a quote.|
|·||In order to print on CD-Rs or DVD-Rs we require one film positive for each color to be printed. Films and a prepress check are included.|
|·||Notes: See our silkscreening pages for specs and info on silkscreening.|
|·||Exclusive: Offset printing of blank DVD media is available by custom quote!|
|·||All Falcon discs can be photo-printed over the entire surface from 22mm to 116 mm diameter.
|·||Contact us for quotes on silkscreen printing of DVD+R, DVD+R DL, Gold Archival, and Blu-ray discs.|
|·||Turn time: Monday to Friday are counted as business days. Day zero is the day we have your approval of proofs before 10:00 AM EST.|
* We assume you will present a CPCC certificate for your blank CD-R purchases shipped within Canada. It isn't needed for shipments to the USA
We have many print options available. If you add up all the combinations of discs and print modes you will find there are tens of thousands of possible combinations. Some people want quick single-use promo copies today, and others want a permanent silkscreen and don`t mind waiting 5 more days. Here is a description of the different options.
We can print high-quality images in black or full-color using special discs and inkjet technology. The print quality is very high. We have many inkjet disc options:
Standard white production disc, good for economic text&logo and graphics
Falcon Pro white disc with superior print quality, 40 to 100 year expected lifespan of recorded data
Taiyo Yuden / JVC / now called CMC PRO available by special request
Glossy white (low cost generic manufacturer, glossy finish and water resistance)
Silver, hub printable (Falcon)
White glossy Falcon Smart Guard (Best print surface, waterproof, long life)
Silver glossy Falcon Smart Guard (wow! really amazing effect)
CD-R with diamond (silver) bottom colour (looks like a pressed CD)
Automated Inkjet printing options:
A limited amount of BASF Chrome Plus Extra is available for real-time duplication. BASF CPE is the best Chrome tape ever made. Since it is a thinner C-100 tape it has more pre and post-echo than our TDK SA60 or Super Ferro C-60.
Text and logo is ideal for low cost, fast turnaround, and large volumes. We can do thousands per day.
Full-colour graphics mode is ideal for complete graphic coverage where speed and low cost are the main concerns. The print quality is good and you will save money. Heavy ink densities are reduced to allow high-speed production.
Full colour fast draft is for low cost and fast turn. There will be visible banding and poor registration in the printed image. If you need 500 low-cost promos in 1 day this could be an option.
Photo Best: full-colour printing in slow print mode, allows heavy ink coverage and better resolution.
Epson 6 Colour Photo: Super-high-resolution printing reduces the visibility of the ink dots. Great print quality. Gives stunning results with glossy Falcon Smart Guard discs.
SAMPLES: Print samples with your artwork printed in the different modes are available for $30
Direct thermal printing:
Thermal printing prints directly onto the plain CD-R surface. This technology is best for printing text and simple logos in 1 color (black, red, blue, or green). The printing area is 38mm to 114mm diameter.
Thermal transfer photo quality
This process transfers a photo image onto a transfer roll which is then laminated to the disc. It offers high perceived quality but also high cost. Most clients choose inkjet for low cost and fast turntime, or silkscreen for a true permanent image. The main use of thermal printing is in video post production or other small-run niches where a very limited number of copies need to be made NOW, and clients don't mind spending $8 per disc. In the thermal category there are again several options, the most common of which is Everest CMY printing. Note this is only 3 colour printing and lacks a true black. For true photo reproduction a more expensive and slower 4-colour setup is required. Thermal transfer printers also need a special type of disc with a visible orange-peel texture. The main market for this product is for 1 to 10 copies at $5+ each.
Paper labels are not used very often. We recommend to print directly onto the disc instead of applying paper labels. Paper labels tend to peel over time and to cause balance issues in highspeed computer drives.
Silkscreen with solid colors:
This is how most commercial CDs are printed. Vibrant inks are silkscreened directly onto the disc. The disadvantage of this service is that films and screens must be prepared and the silkscreening will take several days. Your artwork is best prepared in Illustrator or Corel Draw using the Pantone Solid PMS color palette (ex: PMS Red 032, Blue 072 CVC, etc...). 1 and 2 colour silkscreen is a good value for quantities over 250 discs and 5+ day turntime.
We can print full-color CMYK images directly onto your CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, or Blu-ray BD-Rs. It is important to understand that the silkscreen process will change the contrast of your image.Silkscreen is best for solid colours, and not photos or gradients. CMYK silkscreen is a good value for quantities over 1000 discs.
Offset print is called for where large quantities of discs need to be printed with a photo image. This service is offered on a custom-quote basis, so please contact us for this service.
Monday to Friday are counted as business days. Day 0 is the day we have master, approved artwork, and all required licenses in hand before 10:30 AM EST. For same-day turn we may need the parts by 9:00 AM, depending on the quantity ordered.
"0 day" turn means same-day service.
"1 day" means we would be ready to ship the next day at 4:30 PM.
We may be able to do better than the stated turntime - please just ask and we'll try to meet your turntime on rush orders.
Send your artwork and payment in advance to avoid delays.
Burn your CD-R master in Disc-at-Once mode. Never use drag-and-drop, packet writing, track-at-once, XA, or multiple-session modes.
Include a track sheet showing the contents of the disc.
Call us in advance at 1-800-777-1927 to advise us if you are sending a rush order - we may have to call in additional help.
A credit application must be filled out in advance, and approved by us, if you want terms or if you want to pay by company check.