Disc colour modes for CD duplication

When designing artwork there are various colour modes for CD duplication disc print. It is essential to supply artwork in the correct colour mode depending on the type of print used.

For short run orders of less than 500 discs CD duplication is available with a choice of black text, grayscale or full colour thermal print.

For CD black text print artwork should be in grayscale mode with all text as 100% solid black. For best results use of bold fonts is recommended.

If you require shades of black including hi resolution graphics and photos then thermal grayscale print is suitable. CD artwork should be supplied in grayscale mode.

Full colour thermal print for duplication can handle all graphics and photos. Designs must be supplied in CMYK mode. Please ensure designs do not include any RGB images.

Moving on to CD replication for larger orders the two main print options are spot pantone colour and CMYK full colour.

For spot colour screenprint it is essential that all colours are defined correctly within the file as spot pantone separations. CMYK designs are not suitable for spot colour screenprint. To check if your colours are defined correctly use the output preview tool in acrobat to view the colour separations. All colours should be pantone solid coated and there should be no CMYK content in the output preview window.

For CD replication with full colour print we usually use white base + CMYK offset litho print. Offset litho can reproduce all high resolution graphics and photographs containing full colour. Again all content of the design must be CMYK. Acrobat output preview can be used to check that the artwork is entirely CMYK and that no content is in RGB.

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