Getting Started with Inkjet Printable CD & DVD Media
Looking for a way to energize your CDs and DVDs? Maybe you're making movies for your family, discs of your band for promotion, or catalogs for your business. Inkjet printable CD-R and DVD media offers you a great way to personalize and customize your creations.
Printing directly to your media offers certain advantages over using labels:
It's generally cheaper to buy printable inkjet media than to buy both media and labels. While the printer might represent an additional expense, you need a printer to print labels anyway; a media-capable printer costs about the same as a better inkjet printer.
It's easier than placing labels on many discs, as most printers have easy-to-use disc alignment.
Labels can peel and cause damage to drive and player mechanisms; because the inkjet surface is part of the media, drive damage is less likely, regardless of storage conditions. Inkjet media is also safer in slot-loaded optical drives.
Buying a Printer to Print Optical Media
Until recently, printing directly to CDs and DVDs wasn't something to do in your home or home office: equipment was costly for anyone printing in low volumes, and the printers were highly specialized. Now, companies like Canon, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Primera, Rimage, and Solstice offer printers designed to print on ink jet printable media. These printers are available in a wide range of prices (starting at about £70) and are designed for either home or commercial use. Most can be used for more than just printing media, they'll print digital images, presentations, cards, and other projects. Some specialized units feature automated burning and printing for multiple Discs.
Look for printers with easy-to-load CD/DVD trays, and consider the costs of the ink refill cartridges as part of your purchase if you plan to use the printer regularly. Be sure it includes the software required to print the media, and that the software is compatible with the computer system you operate. If you'll need to print several discs at a time, look for a unit that will accept multiple discs per print job
Inkjet Printable CDs & DVDs
Inkjet printable CDs and DVDs come in two base colors: silver and white. White is great for most applications, although some people prefer a silver base to print digital photos and other images to disc. When printing to disc, be sure to use only media specifically designed for the purpose, as 'regular' media isn't designed to accept the ink and can make a mess!