Four Ways To Print on a DVD
There are four methods you can use to print your DVD labels and covers. We will work with you to determine which one is best for you.
- Thermal Transfer
- Inkjet Printing
- Silk Screen Printing
- Offset Printing
Thermal transfer is the simplest method of printing; it is available in single and full color.
Single color is best for black text only, but you will have problems seeing small text (below 10 point). Full color thermal transfer offers a surface that doesn’t scratch; it is waterproof. However, small text – similar to single color – will be hard to read below 10 point size font. Thermal transfer is best for covers and labels that use simple logos and large font.
Inkjet printing is a four-color process.It works well for covers or labels with fine detail and many colors; it produces a matte finish. Next to offset printing, inkjet printing produces
the best image with the most vibrant colors; it is also the most time consuming method. For quality and attractiveness, inkjet printing works best for projects under 500 disks.
Silk Screen Printing
When you buy a music CD, the label is usually done by silk screen printing. Silkscreen transfers ink through a fine mesh screen onto the DVD surface and creates an image; giving the disc more of a glossy finish. Silkscreen printing is a fast process; it produces DVDs that are the most scratch resistant. Silk-screening works best for three-color jobs--- and it is also the best method to display metallic and solid inks.
For the highest image quality, use offset printing. Offset printing works best for small text, intricate designs, and vibrant colors that require delicate shades, such as skin tone. It produces a uniformly smooth image to the DVD label. Movie DVD labels are manufactured using offset printing.
Although offset printing is more expensive than silkscreen printing, you might want to use it if you are running off batches of DVDs of 1,000 or more where the costs can become less significant. Everyone has different needs, and we will work with you to determine the best printing method for your labels. In general, thermal transfer and inkjet work best for runs under 500 DVDs and silkscreen and offset printing yield the best results for batches of DVD labels over 500.