Archive for December, 2009


CD Duplication- Its The Future!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

CD Duplication is certainly the future for many marketing and promotional activities. The humble CD-R can hold a staggering 700Mb of digital information. This embedded data or information can be anything from photos, videos and audio to spreadsheets, databases and corporate product manuals. When it comes to distribution of information or data, CD/DVD duplication is a no-brainer. The cheap prices of CD duplication make this media format much more affordable than traditional paper printing of marketing material. The CD can hold vast amounts of information and at only 15 grammes in weight postal costs are kept to a minimum. Intelligent advertising and marketing companies now recognise the importance of CD and DVD duplication in todays fast moving media revolution. For distribution of digital information the CD-R is second to none for ease of use and speed of action to fulfil your business needs. UK business’s with the requirement to distribute digital media now account for half of our CD duplication customers and this is growing week to week. Even though the CD format is now around 30 years old there seams no end to its versatility and longetivity. Many digital media formats come and go but it is apparent that the CD and CD-R format is here to stay.

CD Replication Digipak Templates

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

We have had numerous enquiries regarding Digipak templates this week. There are actually dozens of different templates for the ever popular digipak packaging format. The most basic digipak available is a 4 printed page with one clear tray, around 80% of customer’s digipak orders are for this option. The next most popular option seems to be a 4 printed panel digipak with a slit to accommodate standard CD booklets up to 32 pages. The slit is situated on the inside left panel of the digipak and can easily hold standard sized CD booklets from 4 page up to 32 page stapled. Designers and customers should be aware that a standard digipak and a digipak with booklet slit have very different templates for the artwork. The main difference is due to the horizontal fold during manufacture. With a standard digipak the cardboard fold is usually at the top of the printed product. With a digipak slit option the cardboard fold has to be at the bottom of the product to hold the booklet securely. Therefore the 2 different options have very different panel layouts on their respective templates. When making an enquiry regarding digipaks customers should explain their exact requirements so that our Repro department can forward the correct corresponding template. There are also many other options when printing digipacks from 4PP to 6PP to 8PP and above. If in doubt drop us an email for further advice.

CD replication for marketing

Friday, December 18th, 2009

One of the many uses of CD replication is for business marketing and advertising. Many companies now turn to the method of distributing advertising, marketing and corporate information by means of CD replication. Nowadays replicating a CD or DVD is often far more cost effective than printing a glossy brochure or catalogue. A standard CD can carry up to 700 MB of data which is more than enough room to accommodate substantial marketing information and images, usually in PDF file format. The manufacturing process of CD replication can yield thousands of bit for bit copies of a CD master in around 6 days and for as little as 12 pence per disc. Discs can be supplied on shrink wrapped spindles or supplied in a variety of cases with appropriate printed inlays. When compared to paper printing the CD and DVD replication option is cheaper and also the distribution costs of CD/DVD are usually a lot lower. These are the main reasons why many corporate business’s now make the wise decision to use CD/DVD replication or duplication rather than traditional printed matter. So when you are considering your companies next marketing or advertising campaign be sure to consider the option of duplication or replication of discs.

CD Duplication Christmas Deadlines

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

If you are thinking of placing an order for our CD duplication UK services then here are some details for Christmas deadlines. For pre-Christmas delivery our last day for receiving orders and production parts will be Monday 21st of December. This deadline is for CD duplication orders of up to 500 discs. We will require any physical masters to arrive before 1PM on this date and any artwork to be electronically submitted before 10AM on Monday 21st. Any orders that are required to be delivered pre-Christmas must be paid and approved before 6PM on this date. Our last despatch date is Wednesday 23rd December but please be aware that all courier companies will be running a limited delivery service on Christmas Eve. If you are looking for urgent orders of CD and DVD duplication we would strongly advise that you place orders before week ending Friday 18th December. Unfortunately the Christmas deadline for replication of CD or DVD has now passed and any new replication orders cannot be delivered until the first week of January at the earliest. The office will be open for enquiries and submission of new orders between Christmas and New Year but will only be operating between 11AM and 3PM daily. For all important duplication and replication orders with required delivery first week of January we would suggest submitting production parts to reach us before the Christmas holiday.

Artwork For CD Duplication

Friday, December 11th, 2009

For CD duplication orders you will need to forward a CD master and artwork for the disc printing. We have several CD duplication printing methods so your artwork will need to be suitable for the particular type of printing used.

Our most basic form of CD/DVD duplication print is thermal black text print, for this print option we need artwork as black text in a photoshop file or a high resolution PDF. For best print results please do not flatten or rasterise your text in Photoshop, please leave text as editable layers and use bold type where possible. When saving your artwork please save as a photoshop PDF at high quality print setting. Saving artwork as a PDF should embed all fonts within the file therefore eliminating any possible font compatibility issues.

Our next print method is grayscale thermal which is capable of printing high resolution graphics in black and white or grayscale. This option is even capable of printing black and white photo images. Again preferred artwork formats are photoshop or high resolution PDF. All our grayscale print is onto a white Sony CD-R.

The premier option for CD duplication disc print is full colour thermal. This option can yield fantastic photograph quality full colour disc print with a gloss finish. For the best quality presentation of short runs of CD and DVD this print method is for sure the best available. We use a very high quality specialist disc manufactured by Sony DADC for this method of duplication and print.

CD Duplication High Quality Print

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Many companies offer CD duplication with full colour print but only a handful offer high quality Rimage thermal full colour gloss print. When comparing prices and services of various CD duplication companies be sure to find out what CD printing method they use. Some companies advertise full colour gloss print but often this is still poor quality ink jet print onto a gloss disc. Inkjet print may be ideal for home use but for professional printing of CD and DVD media the customer should look for thermal, screenprint or offset disc printing services. At Testa-Rossa we only print discs using the best methods available in the business. For our fast turnaround short run duplication services we offer a choice of thermal black text, black/greyscale high resolution thermal and full colour high resolution thermal gloss. Our thermal printers are all manufactured by the market leader Rimage and we have various machines ranging from the Rimage Prism Plus up to the Rimage Everest thermal re-transfer disc printer. On larger volume orders of 500 and above discs we have a choice of disc printing. Screenprint uses pantone colours for accurate reproduction of colours from the pantone solid coated library and for high resolution full colour we use offset litho CMYK onto a white base. So when you are searching for a CD/DVD duplication and printing supplier be sure to enquire what printing technique the company use.

CD duplication for tight deadlines.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Tight dealines? Get your CD’s burned and printed quickly with our CD duplication UK services. Even though many home printers now have CD printing features you could spend days and pay a fortune for inkjet cartridges trying to print your own CD’s at home or in the Office. Then you have to manually feed each disc into your computer to add your data or audio, all great if you are an insomniac!

Most of our fast turnaround CD and DVD duplication orders can be completed in 24 hours and with a superior on body thermal gloss disc print. So make the wise decision and use a CD duplication company to professionally produce your CD copies. Our prices are usually a lot more cost effective than actually trying to print and burn your own discs. Our duplication prices start from as little as 43 pence per disc for our standard CD and just 49 pence for a high quality Sony CD.

Our speed of service is sometimes invaluable when you need to meet deadlines for music releases, business conferences and corporate distribution of urgent documents. Also as an added bonus we can offer next day courier services and even a next day before 10AM service. We can even despatch direct to your own customers to save time on deliveries.

CD Replication In Time For Christmas

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Christmas is fast approaching and there are only a few days left to submit CD and DVD replication orders for pre-Christmas delivery. Our present leadtimes on replication of CD and DVD bulk supply is 7 working days. For DVD in cases or CD albums the leadtimes are slightly longer at 10 working days.

So, for all our customers looking to receive replication orders before Christmas it is essential we receive all production parts over the next couple of days. As always we require a CD or DVD master to be posted to us whereas artwork can be submitted electronically using our “You Send It” dropbox.

Due to these vert tight Christmas schedules please ensure you check all artwork and masters before submitting your order. The most common delay during replication orders is due to problems with artwork specifications. Please be certain your artwork is to correct specification before submission. Particular issues to check are that the artwork contains 3mm bleed and that the colour mode used is CMYK. Also, please always submit your artwork over our templates and save your artwork as a high resolution PDF with any text turned to outlines, paths or shapes wherever possible. Converting text to outlines avoids any font compatibility issues and ensures crisp text print results.

CD And DVD Duplication Fast Production

Friday, December 4th, 2009

During December we receive numerous enquiries from customers regarding our production and turnaround times for CD and DVD replication. Due to the saturated manufacturing capacity of most plants on the run up to Christmas a faster option could be CD duplication or DVD duplication. Sure, replication is a superior manufacturing process but by using a very high quality Sony discs we are able to duplicate discs that look and perform just like a replicated disc. All our Sony CD-R and DVD-R media is the best quality available on the market and feature a silver underside to the disc to give that replicated disc look.

The manufacture process of producing a replicated CD or DVD is very complex due to the processing required. Many customers ask if replicated discs can be produced any faster than 7 days but unfortunately the answer to this is no. Replication takes considerably longer than duplication and it is not possible to speed up this process. However since duplicated discs have the information burnt to a Sony CD or DVD the process can be extremely fast and our equipment is capable of producing an order of 500 duplicates in justĀ 1 working day.

Customers often ask if these fast produced duplicate discs have the same playback quality as replicated discs and the answer is yes. A duplicated disc will play back at the same quality as a replicated or pressed disc. The only drawback of duplication is that the finished discs are more volatile and over time the data can be damaged by strong light and UV exposure to the disc.

CD Replication For Album Manufacture

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

If you are looking to release a CD music album the CD replication process is the most suitable manufacturing option. All music albums available in high street music stores will have been manufactured using this process. This manufacturing process is most suitable for orders of at least 500 albums, set up costs are relatively high due to the glass mastering and production of metal stampers. For any orders of 1000 units or greater these set up charges are free and therefore larger orders are a lot more cost effective. Replicated or “pressed” discs will have a far longer lifespan than a disc that is burnt by means of duplication. Duplicated discs rely on a photosensitive dye that is sandwiched between 2 layers of plastic. Over time and especially if the duplicated disc is subjected to strong sunlight this sensitive dye can begin to breakdown chemically and the result is a loss of data. Replicated discs do not use this dye technology and are therefore not prone to deterioration by strong light and UV exposure, this is the main reason why replicated discs have a far greater life than duplicated discs. If you are looking to release an album commercially it therefore makes sense to use CD replication.

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