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there are printer that print directly on cd-dvd (printable ones). for the ones that dont print them directly there are printable cd-dvd stickers,they are on a4 paper, you print them like any paper and you remove the pre-cutted stiker and put it on your cd.
It means that in addition to the "bottom" of the disk being capable of being "burned" by a CD/DVD writer, that the "top" of the disk is capable of absorbing ink, if you put the disk (instead of a sheet of paper) through an inkjet printer, and print some images/text onto the surface, to create a professional-looking label on your disk.
Find a printer that prints directly on a CD;
this is becoming a popular feature and these printers are getting more
Buy some printable media. Printable media is a bit harder to
find and a bit more expensive but you need a special surface that will
absorb the ink. They will be marketed as "inkjet printable" discs. Look
for them online or at your electronics store.
Set up your printer for CD-R printing. Chances are your
printer can print on paper and CDs, so you'll have to let your printer
know what you are up to. In your printer properties, select CD or DVD as your media
type. You can do this from the print dialog right before you print.
Clean the rollers. You can do this by running a clean sheet
of paper through the printer without printing anything. Load up several
sheets of paper and press the cancel button to feed it through. Do this a
Pull out the tray. This may be a separate part of your
printer or built-in. Read the manual and learn how to pull it out
properly before you go yanking at random and breaking things.
Place the CD in the tray. Make sure there is no dust or paper
scraps on the tray and place the CD on the tray so it lies flat and the
printable side is facing up. For smaller CDs, place the adapter first
and then put the CD down.
Insert the CD tray into the printer. If the tray was attached
to the printer, put it back where it came from. For separate trays you
may need to wait until you are ready to print and load it into the
Design your label. Your printer will have come with label
designing software. Take some time. Make it pretty.
Print. Double check your print settings and print directly
onto your CD. Choose "File" then "Print" and click "Okay." If you are
loading manually, now is the time. Manual loading slots are usually on
Allow your CD to dry. It is recommended to let it sit for 24
hours. There is a lot of ink on there and you do not want to ruin it
your printer does not support CD label orinting. though you can still print CD labels but with some softwares. there are HP printers that prints CD labels. Check them out.
HP Lightscribe Use LightScribe technology to label CDs and DVDs.
HP Photosmart D5460, D5463, D5468, and D7560 Printers - Printing Directly onto a Printable CD or DVD in HP Solution Center ... On a computer running Windows, print directly onto a CD or DVD using the HP Solution Center software.
HP Photosmart Premium C309a, C309c, C309g, and C309n All-in-One Printers - Printing Directly onto a CD or DVD - c01622666 Review steps for printing directly to a CD or DVD.
HP Deskjet 900C series printers - CD Label.
These printers comes with a special software that enables them print on CD labels. Also try to get their softwares and see if you can interface them with your own printer and them print. Else you may have to get one of these printers that support CD labelling. Cheers!
FIRST YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PURCHASED THE CORRECT WHIT PRINTABLE DISKS.
YOUR PRINTER WOULD HAVE CAME WITH THE NECESSARY SFTWARE CALLED CD PRINT.
OPEN THE PROGRAM AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO CREATE THE IMMAGE ON THE CD/DVD.
YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH AN IMAGE OF A BLANK WHITE DISK, AND WHAT EVER YOU DO THERE WILL BE PRINTED ON YOUR REAL DISK.
YOUR CANNON PRINTER WILL HAVE AN OPENING IN FRONT WHERE YOU WILL HAVE TO INSERT THE DISK WITH THE PROVIDED TRAY ( A BLACK RECTANGLE WHICH THE CD/DVD WILL FIT ON).
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE PC AND YOU CANNOT GO WRONG
Disconnect the printer from the computer. Turn it off & make sure the CD/DVD tray is closed then turn it back on.
Here's generic instruction for you:
If you are receiving an error pertaining to the CD TRAY NOT BEING INSERTED CORRECTLY, please do the following:
Recommendations: -Don't force the CD/DVD tray into the printer. -Make sure your printer is powered on, and the output tray is in the upper position. -Please ensure there is at least 3 inches of space behind the printer, or the CD tray may eject.
Included, are the correct CD/DVD loading instructions. Please follow the instructions below:
CD/DVD LOADING: 1. Ensure the printer is powered on. Remove any paper from the sheet feeder. 2. Push in the paper support extension on the printer, and close the paper support. 3. Push in the output tray extensions, but leave the tray open. 4. Lift the output tray. Place one hand on the top of the printer, and pull up on the output tray until it stops. Lay the tray down in the upper position. 5. Place the CD or DVD into the CD TRAY with the white (or printable) side facing up. Note: To print on small 8cm CDs, please place the small CD ring on the tray first, then place the CD inside the ring. 6. Slide the tray into the tray guides located in the output tray. Push in the guide until the arrow on the tray matches up to the arrow on the tray guide. 7. Press the PAPER button to load the CD/DVD into the printing position. The CD is correctly loaded when the printer's POWER button stops flashing.
General tips for CD and DVD printing: -Burn data/video/images onto CDs or DVDs before attempting to print on them. -Do not use thermal-printable or regular CDs or DVDs in the printer. -Moisture or fingerprints on the printable surface of the CD may cause marks or smearing to appear after printing. -All printable inkjet media is different. Some surfaces will absorb ink better than others. If output appears banded, faded, or streaky, print a Nozzle Check pattern to confirm that all colors of ink are printing completely. If the ink does not completely dry or smears after 24 hours curing time, you may need to use the Epson Print CD tools to adjust (lower) the print density. -The only supported resolution for CD/DVD printing is 1440 dpi (aka "Photo") -Borderless printing and printing on the "inner circle" (plastic around central hole) of CDs is not supported. -Do not use the "print preview" feature provided by the Epson printer driver as it will only show the image on a blank field and does not offer a clear indicator of where the image will print. -The Epson Print CD software works best with JPG images and may not import some TIFF images.
1) buy a printer with cd/dvd print tray - like canon 4500, it prints on printable dvd only (printable dvd's have a special white coat to absorb the ink).
2) buy a dvd burner that supports lightscribe like asus drw-1814bl (it prints black only on special coated "lightscribe dvd's"
3) NOT RECOMENDED but also possible, buy cd/dvd labels print on any printer and adhere to cd/dvd, usually over time the glue will destroy cd's and trapped air will make bubbles when the cd/dvd is hot (air expands in hot environment).