I just purchased a brand new Canon MP620 printer and I use the Acoustica CD & DVD Label Maker software to print out professional-looking jewel case and inserts and CD & DVD labels.
Yesterday I gave my new printer a test run on a project using the Avery 8693 Jewel Case inserts and the 8691 CD Labels. I had picked a fairly bright red background for the back and a red JPEG that I downloaded for the front. I also used the same red background color as the back of the jewel case for the CD label.
I started printing out the back of the jewel case first and I must say, I was less than impressed with the results. The red colors looked washed out, which my gut feeling tells me is because the jewel case paper is rather thick, rough and porous.
The front of the jewel case printed out a little better than the back but the CD label printed out great with the color being almost identical to that which was in the software. I believe that’s because the CD label paper is way thinner and has a coating on it.
But I just think I can get better results for the jewel case inserts either by making some adjustments in the printing preferences of my printer or by trying a different brand of paper jewel case insert.
Both Canon and Avery reps have been no help at all. First of all, Canon tells me that they don’t support any paper other than their own, even though they don’t make a jewel case insert. They also told me to poke around under “Printing Preferences” and “Media Type” where I can choose another type of paper, but it’s not like there are a lot of choices.
Most of them are related to photo paper, but there is an option for Matt Photo Paper and High Resolution Paper that I might try. Canon also said to play around in the “Color/Intensity” settings where I can adjust the brightness and such, but I really don’t think that’s going to make much difference, though I could be wrong.
So who knows…maybe what I printed out for the jewel case inserts is the best I can get, but I’d like to think I can do better. I will be playing around with some of those settings, but not to a point where I use up all my ink and paper in one day trying to get the perfect print!
So I’d be open to hearing some recommendations for different brands/types of paper templates along with any other advice you can give.