Do I need a white flood coat when screen printing in 4
That’s up to you. Printing on plastic is a little tough to begin with and
tends to dull four color process screen print work.
Most folks prefer adding the white flood on CDs and DVDs
when screen printing four color process. This tends to
make the process colors richer. However, there are some
folks looking for a cool “futuristic look” that opt out
of putting the white flood. They take advantage of the
natural finish (silver on the CD and mirror silver on
the DVD). When in doubt…add a white flood.
How much data does a CD hold?
CD-R will hold up to 700MB of data (or about 80 minutes
The standard CD-ROM will hold 654 MB of Data (or about
74 minutes of audio). We can replicate larger capacity
masters if a waiver is provided. The waiver basically
acknowledges that there are some target CD drives in
which the larger replicated CD may not work.
How much data / video does a DVD hold?
There are two basic capacities for DVD Recordable
media. 4.7GB and 8.5GB. Currently, the 4.7GB is the
only format supported for DVD-R duplication.
There are four types available for DVD-ROM:
DVD-5 (single layer) which holds 4.7GB or
approximately 130 minutes of video.
DVD-9 (dual layer) which holds 8.5GB or
approximately 240 minutes of video.
DVD-10 (single layer / double sided)
9.4GB or approximately 260 minutes of video.
(Remember this will require a hub screen-print only)
(dual layer / double sided) which holds 17GB or
approximately 480 minutes of video.
(Remember this will require a hub screen-print only)
What is the difference between production of CD-Rs and
CD-Rs are duplicated and are well suited for
quick-turn around projects or projects requiring lower
volume production. They are also excellent for
publishing projects that require high quantity
production of individualized data. We receive CD-Rs
from our manufacturers as blank media. The data is
written to the CD-Rs using a CD-R drive
(writer/burner). We have the capacity to produce
several thousand completed CD-Rs per day. At Saunders,
all CD-Rs are recorded and fully verified.
CD-ROMs are perfect for projects requiring large
quantities of CDs with identical information. From
your master CD-ROM, a stamper is created. The stamper
is then used to injection mold the CD-ROMs from beads of
plastic. The CD-ROMs are then metalized, coated, and
screen printed. This is a true manufacturing process.
Typical turnaround times for this process are 10-14 days
from workable master, artwork, and IRMA. Turnaround
times quicker than 10 days are available for an
How should I master my CD-ROM?
For all data CDs, please master using the single session
Mode 1 (closed) or (disc at once) option. This will
avoid any gaps in the writing (which can create
errors). Creating your master (and subsequently
distributing your project) as Mode 1 disc will give it
the highest probability of being read in nearly all CD
drives and on any system.
Please be sure to use a NEW CD-R for creation of your
master. CD-RWs are not a good idea to use for masters
and should be avoided.
What is the difference between Thermal Transfer, Photo
Realistic, Screen Print, and Offset Printing?
First off, ALL are excellent methods for putting surface
artwork on your media; BUT some methods are better
suited for certain artwork than others.
Thermal Transfer printed CDs and DVDs: This is
the quickest and most cost effective method for printing
directly on the surface of the CD or DVD. However,
there are limits to this type of printing. This type of
printing will print in single colors only; Black
(default), Red, Blue.
Thermal transfer printing works best with text
and limited graphics (line-art). It does well with simple
logos and designs/graphics. It also does well for a CD
that requires sequential serial numbers or unique
identification. It does not work well with gradient
artwork, artwork with small/complex logos, and artwork
that prints in full coverage.
Photo Realistic printed CDs and DVDs: This is an
excellent way to print high quality four color process
artwork directly on the surface of DVDs and CDs. With
this type of on-demand printing, there are no setup
costs or film charges. This process works well with
artwork containing photos, text, gradients and variety
of colors. This print process can be used to print in
black and grey scale as well. However; solid, one color
coverage discs printed using this method typically do
not work as well. For solid colors needing to match a
specific PMS color, screen-print is best.
Screen Printed CDs and DVDs: This method of
printing is the best for large quantity production runs
or projects requiring a specific PMS color or colors.
With screen-printing, we can print using a four color
process print or print using up six different PMS colors
on the surface of the CD. If possible, it is ALWAYS
best to print in solid PMS colors – this will yield a
richer and truer print. For instance, if artwork is
setup as four color process but contains only five solid
colors, it is much better to convert to PMS colors for
printing than to print as a four color process job – the
colors will be more vibrant. Also, it is better to
print as a solid PMS color than a percentage of PMS
color. Screen printing as percentages of PMS colors can
lead to patterned artwork and unintended dot gain or
loss. It is up to you to provide us with the proper PMS
colors. If in doubt, please check with your corporate
Offset Printed DVDs: This method is the best for
large quantity production runs or projects requiring
four color process printing on DVDs (sorry not available
for CDs). Photos, gradients, text all look great with
Please provide vector based artwork. Illustrator files
are preferred (with fonts created as outlines), however,
we can work with other high resolution files. Remember,
if it doesn’t look good on your screen or outputted on
your printer, it will most likely not look any better
when we output it.
Can I e-mail you my master?
We would prefer to receive a physical master
CD-ROM from you. The advantage of receiving the physical
Master CD-ROM over electronics files is that we can be sure
that you have proofed not only the content of the CD-ROM but
it’s functionality. When submitting the master CD-ROM,
you should not have anything on it that you do not want
distributed. If you are submitting artwork, please
provide it on a separate CD, diskette, or via e-mail. If
you do not have the capability to burn a master CD-ROM, we can
create a master for you. Please know that if we
create the master CD, we will provide you a proof for sign off and approval prior to
duplication or replication.
Is the brand of CD-R and DVD-R important?
No, the BRAND of CD-R
and DVD-R is not necessarily important; BUT, the quality
of the media sure is. And, like most other things, you
do pay a little bit more for quality. At Saunders we
have a highly professional staff and use only the finest
equipment and media. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
striving to produce a zero defect product, it’s
imperative that you settle for nothing but the best.
What Types of CDs and DVDs can you copy?
We can pretty much copy anything that you have created and
you or your organization own rights to. (This
does not include making back-up copies of software
packages). While we can produce CDs and DVDs that
contain licensed material, we do require a copy of the
distribution license agreement(s) between you and the
organization. In addition, we require a completed (RRF)
form. We will produce CDs and DVDs that are identical to your master. Please be sure to proof all masters
prior to releasing them for production.
Does the Photo
Realistic printing on CDs run or bleed when exposed to
humidity or water?
No, the Photo Realistic print is
great! This is way better than ink jet printing. It will not
run or bleed when things are spilled on it. In fact, go ahead
and fill a sink, throw a CD in and come back in two weeks. The
print is still intact, good as it came out.
What is the minimum order you will accept?
We can do orders as
small as 1 to as large a 1 million (actually even more
per unit price we charge for 1 unit will be far greater
than the per unit charge for 1,000,000. Please give us
a call – we are here to help.