In the CD and DVD industry, the term label refers to the printed image on a CD or DVD.
There are basically four ways to print a label.
Silkscreen printing is generally regarded as the highest quality method of label printing. Replicated discs are printed using the silkscreen method, which can be set up for Spot (PMS) colors, Full-Color CMYK Process, or Offset. All of these methods are available on Disc Makers replicated discs, and all but Offset are available on Disc Makers silkscreened blank CD-R and DVD-R discs.
**Silk screen printing onto a disc is typically not available to the end user when making discs at your location. You can always order professionally screen printed discs from us!
Thermal printing is a durable, professional label at a rock-bottom per-disc cost of only 4¢ per disc. While the resolution of thermal printing doesn’t offer the same level of detail as other methods, it is an excellent choice for text and line art on silver or white discs. Thermal printing also requires no dry time, and thermally printed images will not smear or peel off.
Inkjet printing is a great way to get high resolution and great color without investing a lot in equipment. This method of printing requires the use of inkjet-compatible blank media (available from Disc Makers). Because ink is being applied to a less absorbent surface than paper, inkjet-printed discs require time to dry, and can smear if exposed to excessive moisture. However, Disc Makers Hydroshield media greatly shortens drying time and lessens the impact of moisture on your finished discs.
Paper Labels are still a favorite for user-friendly application and low cost. Kits like those made by Neato offer the capability to design simple labels, print them on your home printer, and affix them squarely and securely to any CD-R or DVD-R media.