CD Duplication Print Options Explained
When it comes to CD duplication, CDROM2GO has the equipment and the experience to get the job done right. However, there’s more to it than simply picking the number of copies you need produced. We find that people often have questions about having their artwork printed on a disc, which is what I am going to talk about today.
Our CD and DVD duplication services are perfect for short runs of 100 to 2,000 discs. Whatever type of disc you need produced, we offer a range of print options to meet your needs. The main types of printing for duplication are thermal, digital, and our own PhotoPro printing. Silkscreen and Offset printing are primarily used when producing “pressed” or replicated discs.
Thermal Disc Printing
Thermal printing is one of the most economical ways to print on a CD or DVD disc. One reason is that the discs do not need any special printable surface coatings. The silver lacquer top or “shiny silver” top of a disc is sufficient for thermal printing. This results in a lower cost because of the less-expensive media used for this type of printing. It is a good choice when you just need a basic, no-frills label on your disc.
Although thermal printing is economical, it has a few drawbacks. First, the prints are monochrome (black only). This type of printing would not be suitable for a full color photo on the disc’s surface. Thermal printing is intended for vector text such as the name or organization of your company. It is also great for vector line art such as logos and designs created with a vector graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator.
Digitally printed CD and DVD discs offer full color printed coverage with accurate colors and crisp text. These discs usually have a glossy sheen to them that is absent on most inkjet-printed discs. For a professional appearance without spending a fortune, digital printing is a great choice for many customers.
PhotoPro is a special type of printing that is exclusively available to CDROM2GO customers. PhotoPro is an excellent combination when paired with our CD duplication services. This type of printing uses a high-resolution 600 DPI print head to produce photo-quality images on the disc surface. It uses a proprietary thermal re-transfer technology to adhere the printed film to the disc using heat and pressure.
PhotoPro printed discs have an outstanding glossy surface that is both waterproof and UV-stable. It really makes the colors in your artwork stand out under any lighting conditions. Best of all, PhotoPro disc printing is included for free with all of our custom CD/DVD duplication orders!
To learn more about the different options available for CD duplication, please visit the Duplication Information page at CDROM2GO. You can also fill out our quote form and get a free price quote for your project!