Learn Tips and Tricks for Burning LightScribe Discs
Updated 3/3/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff
Learn Tips and Tricks for Burning LightScribe Discs

UNLEASH THE POSSIBILITIES


LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology has a few tricks up its sleeve. Check out some creative twists and turns to help you burn, flip, burn your way to beautiful laser-etched labels.


MUSICAL HARMONY


When making a label for a music CD, put the songs in order of title length-short titles at the beginning, longer ones toward the middle. This creates a streamlined appearance that aligns with the shape of the CD.


You can add new text and images, such as track titles and file names, to a previously scribed disc. Start with your original label template and then add the new label information. Be sure to remove the label information you already have to avoid burning it again.


Keep your music on track. Some software applications let you automatically create labels from your CD playlists by importing the information from the playlist file, (such as an .m3u file) importing your playlist from iTunes or Windows Media Player, or directly from an audio disc. Importing playlist capability varies depending upon the labeling application.


PHOTO FOCUS


Express your creativity with your own text, photos, or designs. Open your favorite graphic design application, create your artwork, and save it in a bitmap, TIFF, or JPEG format. From your LightScribe labeling software, simply load the file as a background and complete your label by adding any desired text.


When using images from your digital camera or scanner, use the highest resolution possible to yield the best label quality.


Inverting colors or making a "negative" of your image can make for a dramatic effect when burning a LightScribe label.


BUSINESS-MINDED


Forget to add some important information or want to add more text or images to your label? That's ok, just open the file and add text or images to your original label design. Be sure to remove the original label design beforehand to avoid burning it again.


In a hurry and need a professional-looking label? You can make a title label by inserting circular text and placing it close to the center hole on the disc. Use a reduced font size, such as 6 or 8 point, and you'll have a label in just a few minutes.


To ensure a perfect burn, use the Preview function to view your image before labeling the disc. This way, you're sure to get a flawless label each and every time.


MORE TIPS


Burn data first, or create your label first. Either way, remember to flip the disc 'label-side down' when burning your design.

For sharp details in your labels, use high-resolution images (780dpi or greater) when designing with fonts, line art, and graphics.


To create a label from scratch, download the disc template for your software or use the diagram below to create your own blank template. We suggest that the resolution of the design should be at least 780dpi. After you complete your design, erase the outline of the inner and outer rings to ensure it will not be burned to your disc. Save the file in a bitmap, TIFF or JPEG format. From your LightScribe labeling software, simply load the file as a background and you are ready to burn your custom label.


Full Label Specification - A full label is defined by a band extending from a radius of 2.38cm to 5.87cm.


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.