How to print labels directly on recordable CDs and DVDs
Products needed: PC; CD/DVD-compatible printer; label-design software; printable CD and/or DVD recording media.
CD and DVD burners have revolutionized the ways that we share all types of content, from camcorder footage to family photos, music, and business files. Today, we'll show you how to take your home-brewed recordings to the next level by using a CD- and DVD-compatible printer to print custom labels directly on printable discs.
Step 1: Set up the printer.
To get started, you'll need to connect the printer to your PC, then turn on the printer, install the ink cartridges, turn on the PC, and install the included software. Once your printer has been fully set up, you're good to go.
Step 2: Record the CD or DVD.
To help ensure error-free performance, it's important to record your disc before printing on it. After the disc has been recorded, insert it into the printer's CD/DVD tray and load the tray into the printer.
Step 3: Design the disc label.
To start designing your first CD or DVD label, run the software that came with your printer or another label-design application. Now, select a background for your disc label. You can use the software's clip art or import a digital photo from your hard drive. Next, add text to your label, and arrange it as desired. When you've finished designing the label, save it.
Step 4: Check the printer settings, then print.
In the label-design software, open the Printer Settings menu and verify that your disc printer is selected and configured to print on CD and DVD media. Open the file menu, select Print, click OK, and wait while your disc is printed. If your disc printer is an inkjet model, be sure to allow the ink to dry for 24 hours before using the disc.