There’s many different types of inkjet printable media,both cd and dvd:
- Full hub-prints to edge of center hole.More surface to print on,and I highly recommend them.
Settings on your program will be around 20 mms on the inner…
- Regular hub-approx 20 mms from the dead center of the hole. Your software settings sould be set around 40 mms. I use epson print cd software.These have less surface to print on,just like LS media.
Outer settings will be around 120mms. That’s the same size as a regular dvd/cd.
That’ll clear up the hubs… Then there’s the following:
White inkjet printable-mostly will be a dull matte finish. Japanese maxell,Verbatim,Ritek,and Taiyo Yuden. Avoid prodisc,imation,and taiwanese maxell.
Shiny inkjet printable-They give a very distinct cover,along with a goldish/silverish background. I advise full hubs,but they cost more. Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim. These are harder to find,and mostly purchased from the net stores.
Waterproof glossy: These will yield a glossy look and look the best-IMHO. Moserbauer makes the aquaguards,MBI and not one of the better manufacturers,at least for dvds. Taiyo Yuden Watershields are very good and covers look better than original…
Glossy/non waterproof: Verbatim.Come’s individually packed in their own case because they stick together.Most likely not full hub?
Then you got the Lightscribe,which is mediocre,but can’t compare to the watershield or shiny covers.
Because of the many different types of inkjetprintable media,the quality of your covers will vary. Here’s a pic of a couple of mine,using generic epson ink:
Species is on a Full Hub Taiyo Yuden watershield.The Ty Watershield covers are the finest quality covers in my collection .
Live Free/Die Hard in on a full hub matte hitachi Maxell .
You’ll see a huge quality difference in the pic, between the 2.
That pic is 10x worse than looking at them in my hand. The one on the right is actually pretty decent. The one on left is better than the original!!!
Another thing is the covers you are using. For me with white matte,lighter covers turn out very poor.Darker colors turn out better.Both look great with the ty watershields.
The only inkjet printable cd media that I have is some Dollar General Imation matte full hubs. Same settings as any of my other full hubs. 20 inner,120 outer. Print quality is the same as the hitachi maxell and verbatim matte. Any future cd’s, I’ll get the Ty watershields as well.