Re: DVD Labels

From: alvamel (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Feb 15 2007 - 12:43:40 PST

You might consider switching to ink-jet printable disks made by the same company. Since you won't be printing on paper, the image and text resolution will increase. Inks from ink-jet printers don't have very good dryers, so the ink tends to take some time to harden. There are a few companies that laser print onto clear lables. The imagge quuality is good, however, the toner will wear out with handling.

We burn and print about 20 - 25K disks per year. We were using the silver-back TY disks and placing the lables by hand. We switched to white-back ink-jet printable TY and Riteck disks. We found that for some reason the shelf life increased. We think it was due to the fact that the white, ink-jet print surface provides a barrier against ambient light. Some light sources tend to degrade the recording matrix inside the disk.

For lables and disks media, try Pro Media ( They have good bulk prices.


-----Original Message-----
>From: gyoungblood <email suppressed>
>Sent: Feb 15, 2007 10:55 AM
>To: email suppressed
>Subject: DVD Labels
>Can someone please advise the best way to print text on clear CD/DVD labels? It's for my personal archive, so I print only one label per title, but there are a lot of titles and I want to do this at home. I have good software for designing the labels, so I'm not looking for software recommendations. I use Taiyo Yuden media, I'm happy with them and I don't intend to change. I'm only asking what's the best way to print crisp, vibrant two- or three-color text (not images) on clear labels, or, alternatively, directly on the thermal laquer silver disc.
>1. Which is better for clear labels, inkjet or laser, or does it matter?
>2. What's the best way to affix labels onto the disc? Is there something better than the little stompers at Office Depot?
>3. What's a good online source for high quality clear labels in bulk?
>4. Are labels necessary, or can I print directly on my Taiyo Yuden thermal laquer silver discs? If so, what's the best
> printer for this, and is the quality as good as printing on a clear label (or maybe better)?
>I will appreciate any advice on this...thanks.
>Gene Youngblood
>Department of Moving Image Arts
>The College of Santa Fe
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