Making Gifts Using LightScribe
Updated 3/3/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff

Gifts To Burn


A homemade gift doesn't have to mean a batch of cookies or a knit cap. Consider using your computer: You could burn a CD full of great songs, pull together a digital photo album, debut a fabulous hand-crafted video with an accompanying promotional poster you create yourself, or any number of other creative ideas. And, since a great present depends on a great presentation, give that delightful disc an eye-grabbing look with LightScribe direct-to-disc labeling. It's the perfect laser-etched touch to your 21st century gift!

You're probably thinking to yourself, "A mix CD of songs? Isn't that just too easy?" And the answer is a resounding "yes." With the iTunes or MusicMatch software on your computer, it's quite simple to make a CD of touching songs, or great dance tunes from your library of digital music. But why stop there?

The idea is to show the person how much you care, so go crazy with the CD and the package it comes in. LightScribe a fabulous label, then design an amazing jewel case with something hilarious and touching written on the inside. Most artists have a place in their album artwork where they thank their family and friends--do the same thing yourself, recounting fond memories and funny stories.

If you're sending gifts, say for the holidays, you might consider making the same CD for everyone, but customizing the LightScribed label and the CD cover art for each recipient. For example, your pet-loving mother might get a cover with her cat, Fifi, on it, while your roving brother might enjoy one with a Travel theme, perhaps with pictures on the disc of his next exotic destination.

Download SureThing Special Edition labeling software for free to create and print beautiful labels for all your CDs and DVDs. To complete your project, create professional looking DVD and jewel case inserts. The templates make label design easy, and it works seamlessly with LightScribe CDs and DVDs.

A digital photo album, complete with captions and descriptions, is a gift that will be cherished for years. Use poems, letters, e-mails, or maybe just a well-written memory from your enduring relationship to create a sentimental keepsake.

Deciphering the alphabet soup of file formats is actually pretty simple. When it comes to photos, your two best bets are JPEG (or .jpg) or TIFF (or .tif) files. A JPEG file uses compression, resulting in smaller file sizes, although some detail can be lost.

TIFF images, in terms of disc space, are much larger than JPEGs, although they, too, can be compressed. You'll have a hard time getting more than a hundred or so onto a disc. However, they maintain significantly more detail, which is very important if you want to print your pictures.

You've probably heard of GIF images, too. Don't use them for photos they're better for line art, like sketches.


.bmp Really large files used mostly by people working on images, then usually converted to .jpg or .gif upon completion.

.jpg A file much like a .bmp that has a much smaller size. These files are commonly used for websites and e-mailing because of their tiny file size.

.gif These files are limited in the number of colors they can have but are generally really, really small in size. They are popular for quick-loading logos and buttons on websites.

.tif A widely used file type for transferring between different programs. These files tend to be large and are ideal for print.

Forget the permanent marker. Now, adding a silkscreen-quality label is as simple as burning a CD or DVD. LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology enables you to burn labels right onto your discs with laser-etched precision. Fabulous memories captured on disc with a beautiful, customized label guarantees a gift that will keep on giving.

Hopefully these ideas will get your creative juices flowing. And while the permanence and creativity of a CD or DVD makes a truly wonderful gift, those homemade cookies are nice too.

This article is provided to inform and inspire, and is not intended to replace professional guidance and services. Your system and software may be different from what is described and LightScribe is not responsible for troubleshooting or system failures.