Gone are the days of sticking printed labels onto discs. Quality CD/DVD duplication and replication companies now print directly onto the face of CDs and DVDs with a range of high-quality solutions available for projects of varying size.
Inkjet-print technology is now so advanced that professional results can be produced with ease and at a low cost for short-run projects. CMYK ink is laid onto CD-R and DVD-R discs which are coated specifically to allow for the absorption of the ink. High standard printable discs are available but budget discs can also be used if necessary as both produce professional results. For large volume jobs, a more cost-effective option is to opt for silk screen or lithographic print.
For large volume projects, generally those above 500 units, silk-screen is one of the most cost-effective print methods and produces visually stunning results. Each individual colour, up to 5 being printed in total, is applied using a separate film. For designs that utilize large areas of block colour, silk-screen is the ideal solution as spot/pantone colours can be applied and produce glossy, solid results. Pantone colours also allow for an exact colour match.
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black) are printed onto the disc using rollers. Smaller text, detailed photographic images and gradients are printed much more effectively with this method. Lithographic print is available at 150-175lpi (lines per inch), in contrast to silk screen which is usually at 85-100lpi. Both methods are industry standard.
wewow always advise customers on the most appropriate print option for their project and are on hand to provide explanations and guidance of the various print options that are available.