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jeremyjuicewah

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Does anyone know a good and cheap way of printing a photo or image onto a cd? I have read up a bit and it seems cheapy printers around 80/90 pounds are available, but I have read that some of them affect the cds sometimes so that they won´t pick up properly in the player. Its purely a vanity thing that I want, to dress my own work up a bit, so quantity wise I might only print 20 discs a year of all my stuff. Its not a viable proposition for commercial printing but I know that other people do do it, buskers and so on and other people like me, so how do they do it?

Any ideas?
Mike
 

Two Voices

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I use a Primra Signature Z1 Thermal Printer with an old XP Laptop as I can’t get it to work on my Vista machines. Great quality for low volume stuff!

I think Thermal Printing looks more professional than Inkjet :cool: Look at your CD collection and tell me how many are Inkjet Printed and how many are Thermal Printed! You'll see what I mean!

The software is easy to use and cartridges easy to obtain from the same supplier. If you don't have an XP machine kicking around the software is dirt cheap and you probably got an old machine you can load it on!
 
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jeremyjuicewah

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That´ll do. 93-00 quid on Amazon. Thanks, I was worried about the disc pick up thing but if it works for you I guess with a bit of a kicking it´ll work for me. Thanks Paul
Mike
 

rhysonsax

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My Canon inkjet (MP640) was about £160 from Argos and does a very good job printing directly onto CDs. The previous inkjet I had was aboput five years old and left very distinct stripes on everything it printed, but the Canon produces very even, smooth and colourful results. The software it came with is easy to understand and you can do lots of effects with text, pictures, logos, colour schemes etc.

Printing directly onto the CD (special printable CDs aren't vey expensive these days) is miles better than struggling with sticky labels. I could never get them properly centred and they would sometimes bubble up.

If you are only doing a few, you might be able to do the design work yourself and then find a friend with the right sort of printer or a specialist company. But if you need to buy a new printer anyway, there are quite a few that can print onto CDs.

Rhys
 

Pete Thomas

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I've used a few over the years, the best for me so far is the Epson PX720WD

All CD printers obviously have a dedicated CD tray, some of these are really fiddly.
 

kevgermany

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Lightscribe is great, but single colour only.

I use my old Epson 2100. Works well, but like most of these systems, you need good printable CDs..

Another alternative is to get CD shaped printable labels. These work in pretty much any printer and don't need special CDs.
 

jeremyjuicewah

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I had no idea

that there was so much available. I also had no idea that the discs need to be special ones. I can see that they need to have no logo or other print on them. I cant spend 160 pounds on it but there seems to be lots of choice within budget. Thanks all,
Mike
 

kevgermany

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Mike, just in case it's not clear, lightscribe also needs special discs. The discs defines the colour of the image. There's a laser sensitive layer on the disc. When it comes time to print the image, you put the disc in upside down and the laser in the writer burns the image into the coating.

Printable CDs/DVDs have an absorbent coating which takes the ink, just like paper does. Otherwise the ink just sits on the standard CD and smudges/doesn't dy.

One thing to watch out for is software, you need something to get the image in the right shape/place for printing on the CD or label.
 

jeremyjuicewah

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I can see that that makes sense. I also see that I need to read up some more. Unfortuneatly, and I know my d.o.b. should not be an excuse, but when I see the word software, my heart sinks. I will get to grips with it though, its something I would like to do. Thanks for the info.
Mike
 

jasckluis

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It's easy to capture and preserve memories as digital snapshots with Windows seven and Windows Vista and so is turning them into stunning scrapbooks or photo albums.
 
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