The Most Suitable Artwork For DVD Duplication

So, you are ready to submit an order for discs but what is the most suitable artwork for DVD duplication?
Many customers ask how artwork should be supplied and in what particular file format or resolution.

This article should guide the customer through supplying most suitable artwork for DVD duplication. The main thing to remember is that the disc print can only ever be as good as the artwork supplied. If poor artwork is supplied then print results will inevitably be compromised. Please always take care to produce and supply artwork in as high quality format as possible.

File format should preferably be PDF, this is the most compatible file for artwork and printing requirements. One of the advantages of PDF is that customer fonts will be embedded into the file without the need to flatten or rasterise text layers. This method of embedding fonts to the files enables the text information to be output as vector giving better detailed print quality of text. This will ensure that any text printed to the DVD surface is as clear and defined as possible.

Resolution of images should always be at least 300 pixel per inch. Be sure that your design application is working at this resolution. Many applications default to 72 pixel per inch when creating a new document. 72 PPI is only suitable for computer graphics and web based artwork. DVD printing always requires 300 PPI or above.

Colour mode should always be CMYK if you require full colour print with your DVD duplication. Again please ensure your design application is working with a CMYK colourspace rather than RGB.

Following the above advice should result in the duplication being able to directly use customer artwork for printing. If the above specifications are not adhered to then the duplicator may have to refer artwork back to customer for amendments which will add extra leadtime to the order.

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