This seems fairly obvious, but there are a couple of very good reasons why you ought to always design using a template.
1. If you’re printing on a printable CDR or DVDR with an office inkjet printer then you want to carefully measure the printable area of your favorite disc since they can fluctuate wildly in terms of exterior and inside diameter.
2. If you are going to be Supplying your finished CD or DVD art to a professional printing company then they’ll have their very own printable place constraints for the specific brand of CD or DVD that they provide. In certain cases the printer may print directly up into the middle hole of the disk but other printers might prefer not to. Check with them before starting your design work and request a template to be provided.
3. A Template provided by a professional CD and Dvd printing service will be at the appropriate resolution (300dpi to 400dpi) and will specify any additional requirements like inner and outer limits for any text that’s contained in the artwork. There’s often a requirement for text to be at least 3 to 4 mm clear from the outer and inner borders of the disk. Additionally, the acceptable file formats of the completed art will be specified.
4. Always allow for art bleed. If It’s possible to provide an art file for CD or DVD printing which allows an additional 2 or 3mm out of the internal and external printable disc surface diameters then this is best.
The Majority of the artwork supplied
In our experience, most job delays with Art, happen because the designer was not working to the proper printable disc area dimensions or has provided art at a resolution lower than 300dpi which would cause a poor quality printing.
Consider the Suitable CD or DVD Printing Process
Display Printing – If Your design is made up of solid block colors then the very best printing procedure for your CDs or DVDs will be screen printing. Screen printing involves producing fine mesh screens, one for each color in the art, and then using a screen printing system to use UV light sensitive ink in the proper colour. This procedure can only apply up to 6 distinct colours and shouldn’t be used where there is a color gradient; the color should remain solid and consistent.
If You are layout features any specialist ink demands like metallic ink or fluorescent ink, then this will be the procedure used and the remainder of your artwork will have to conform to the requirements for screen printing.
Sheet wrapped round a cylinder to move the ink from a printing Plate to the disk. Litho printing however there are still a few constraints to know about, such as:
Don’t use subtle color gradients (transitions from 1 colour to Another) over large regions. There aren’t enough shades of color to produce a smooth transition from
Don’t use photos taken in bad light conditions, they might look cool Dark figure against a slightly lighter background will probably be Lost if you don’t alter the vulnerability of the photo which will open up
Avoid having large areas of a single, solid color in designs destined for lithographic print. Flawless block color area and you’d most likely get inconsistencies.