Rough printable surface

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#1

hi all

my first post as i found the forum through trying to figure out what to buy in my introduction to dvd burning and printing… i hoped you guys might be able to help me out a little…

ive already had a bunch of dvd’s burnt of my showreel (with black type printed on silver disks)… they looked pretty great but to get more its gonna cost me at least £3.50 per disk… i thought i might be able to do it myself for cheaper…

i figured out that they are Taiyo Yuden disks (and that this brand is thought of as the best) and were probably printed using a thermal printer because the type is matt and slightly raised but the rest of the disk (that wasn’t printed on) is shiny as though it were a normal balnk disk…

what i’d love is to create my own dvd’s that look and perform the same way as the ones i paid a pro company to do… (i only need to do a few at a time so there’s no need for bulk burning or printing)…

i was going to get a canon ip4000 printer and taiyo yuden silver printable dvd-r’s… but ive heard talk of the TY printable disks having a particularly rough surface and the colours looking a little washed out… can anyone tell me just how different they’ll look to printing with a thermal printer… im worried that they’ll look very amatuer and i’ll be disapointed with the washed out black type and the rough surface area…

i heard that other brands have a smother surface and less washed out look, is this true?

the only other option i can see is to get a thermal printer and suitable disks to give that pro look… but it means more expense and i wont get the other advantages of the canon printer…

sorry to be babbling, this whole thing has got way more complicated than i thought it would… anyone got any tips?


#2

Would the Lightscribe method of burning the image onto the disc suit you better appearance-wise ??
Although, this would mean bying a new burner, presumably, but might be more of the effect that you were looking for.


#3

TDK just released their photo inkjet printable discs, I dont know which retailers carry them, verbatim inkjet printable also has nice printing surface, you should check those out


#4

I believe they are made by Ritek now. I have the Canon IP3000 and the Ritek come up brilliant!


#5

You could always try an Epson R200 as it prints slightly darker than the Canon.

Also you could try fixing the printed discs with a spray http://www.medeainternational.com/acatalog/pressitaccessories.html as this can improve the impact of the colours on a disc.