In our article “Labeling Scrapbook Photo CDs” we discuss various processes you can use to label your scrapbook photo CDs. Most of us use a marker to write on the CD. There are, however, other ways to accomplish this important task . . . including printing them using your computer is a nice clean neat way to get the job done.
Thank goodness for many of the manufacturers of CDs and CD labeling systems. They have available labeling software applications. These are in addition to the media-burning software that will allow you to print adhesive backed labels that come with many DVD drives. Many of these software systems will also provide the printing on standard-sized jewel cases.
Caution needs to be stressed here when applying your printed adhesive backed labels. They need to be applied carefully, evenly and with no air bubbles. Otherwise the improperly attached label can cause problems with the embalance they can cause. This embalance is amplified when the disc is spun in the disc drive at super high speeds, and can cause disc damage, or even disc drive damage–neither of which you want to have. There are some devices on the market to help you appropriately apply these labels.
There are a number of ink jet printers you can purchase that will get your printing done:
- DYMO DiscPainter
- HP Photosmart
- Epson Stylus Photo
There are others, and the price range varies. You’ll need to do some research of your own to see which model meets your needs and pocket book.
You may be well served to use printable discs available from Maxell, Memorex and Verbatim.
Another printer option, but more on the expensive side, are thermal printers. These are high end professional looking print printers. Unless you plan on duplicating a significant number of CDs, this option may not be for you. Some of the thermal printers are:
- Supermediastore/Stampa(STDP 1) Thermal DVD/CD Disc Printer
- Tascam P-11 Single Color Thermal CD/ DVD Disc Printer
- U-Print Thermal CD/DVD Disc Printer
- Stampa Thermal CD/DVD Disc Printer
- Casio Thermal CD/DVD Disc Printer
- Primera Bravo CD/DVD Disc Printer
- Rimage Thermal CD/DVD Disc Printer
Here again, we highly recommend you do some personal research on these products because of their price and professional quality printing–you may not require this level of quality.
The latest in duplicating and labeling systems comes from LightScribe. This is what they have to say about their inovative system:
” . . . an innovative technology that uses a special disc drive, special media, and label making software to burn labels directly onto CDs and DVDs.
Because the labels are laser-etched-not printed-there’s no ink, no smudging, and no peeling.
Your labels can be whatever you want them to be. Create one-of-a-kind designs with your own photos, text, and artwork using your label-making software. Or choose from the many free backgrounds the software provides. . . “
HP and LaCie are both users of this technology.
These are some of the options you have availabe to help keep, reproduce and organize your treasured photographs. Keeping organized is important in your scrapbook efforts.
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