Post # 1
I just got a Gocco and haven’t ued it yet, but I was wondering if anyone has ever Gocco’d on a CD? It doesn’t seem like the ink would dry properly, yet in researching how real CDs are printed with artwork on them, I found that they’re all done by screenprinting. If anyone has any experiences to share, I’d love to hear…. if it worked, did you buy a certain type of blank CD that could take the ink better than others? I just think this would create a much nicer result than printing CD labels (if it’s possible!) and thought I’d ask before I try it out
Post # 3
Im not sure how it would turn out, but i do know that they make special cd’s that are made to take printing. I think the ones my DJ fiance get are by memorex and have a teal blue band around the spindle. I know he gets them anywhere (office depot, wal-mart, wherever) they may work if you try that route!
Post # 4
I don’t know if you can, but if you could, you’d pro’lly need to get the special kind that goes in inkjet printers. I think there are some computers now that can laser your designs, but the CDs you’d use for that pro’lly wouldn’t take the ink well.
Another option is to order them custom printed. I did a lot of research on that, and we ended up going with CDROM2GO. They had awesome customer service, were very quick, and were the most affordable. (There are others that are cheaper for massive quantities, but we only wanted 100 of 2 different designs…it’s hard to find places that will do small quantities for "cheap.") The quality was awesome, and I was *so* pleased with how our CDs came out. They have a new process called PhotoPro, which, as you might guess, allows for great reproduction of photographs. It’s a digital process, so my understanding is that it’s not a screenprint. They have all kinds of options to print cases, etc. We were on a budget, so I DIY’d mine instead.
Post # 5
That’s a great site, princesskittyHI! which printing method did you go with? The PhotoPro?
Post # 6
Yes, I did the PhotoPro. It was AWESOME! The CDs came out very professional looking — just like a "real" CD or DVD you’d buy at the store. Everyone was really impressed. (Not to sound like I’m tooting my own horn…it really was the quality of the print job that made it so impressive. I tried a local shop that used a heat transfer ribbon(?) process, and that was not nearly as nice — it was very pixellated and not good for photos, which they did advise me.) I really didn’t want to use stick-on labels (sometimes they get stuck in car CD players) and I had my heart set on pro-looking CDs (tho’ I believe the new printers that are CD print capabable are getting pretty sophist! We don’t have one, and I couldn’t justify the $ or space to buy one since we bought a new printer like 2 months before my little project started.)
You can email them and ask about their services — they were kind enough to send me a sample pack that showed a PhotoPro disc. The one thing you should watch out for is if you decide you want silver writing (or designs) — they can go pretty thin, but if you go too thin, you run the risk of the inks not registering (lining up) properly, and then your lines will not come out clearly. (They leave "holes" in your design where you want the silver of the disc to show thru.)