Labeling CD and DVD Disc With LightScribe
Updated 3/3/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff
Labeling CD and DVD Disc With LightScribe

Want to know how you can burn a label onto your disc right from your own computer? Get answers to this question and more. Read about how LightScribe works and what you can create with it.


Why do labeled LightScribe DVDs look different from LightScribe-labeled CDs?

The difference in appearance of labeled LightScribe DVDs and CDs stems from the difference in how CDs and DVDs are made in general.


DVDs have a second plastic layer, which CDs don't have, that creates a kind of "plastic sandwich" around the reflective layer on which data is burned. This additional plastic layer separates the reflective layer from the LightScribe coating on the surface of the disc.


When you look at a labeled LightScribe DVD, you are seeing through that additional plastic layer, which creates a three-dimensional effect. In our testing, we have found that many people think the dynamic appearance of LightScribe-labeled DVDs is especially suited to media which store videos and creative content.


How do I use LightScribe to label a disc?

To burn a LightScribe label, simply follow your software's onscreen instructions. If you're using a data-burning application that's LightScribe-enabled, the application will ask if you want to burn a label. Then it will gather content to pre-populate a suggested label design and present the design onscreen. You have the option of selecting that label or making changes.


If you're using stand-alone disc labeling software, launch the software and design the label onscreen by typing in the title information and choosing or importing graphics.


In either case, once you're finished with the design, remove the disc from the burner, flip it over, and reinsert it label-side down. Then click ,Print to send the image to the drive. After the label is burned, the disc is ejected and your LightScribe CD or DVD is complete.


What types of labels can I burn on a LightScribe disc?

LightScribe-enabled software comes with a variety of backgrounds to help you create great-looking labels, or you can import digital photos, or your own images from Photoshop. There are three types of backgrounds to choose from Title, Content, and Full and each refers to how much radial space is covered on the label. You can also choose between circular and straight text for your label.


Does LightScribe print in full color?

LightScribe labeling is currently available in black with grayscale.


Will the LightScribe image cause imbalance when the CD or DVD is spinning in the drive, the way a paper label can?

No. A LightScribe disc is as evenly balanced as any high-quality CD or DVD, and it spins evenly within the drive. Burning an image onto the disc does not change its balance, nor does it impede the disc's ability to spin properly.


Can I use my computer for other things while the LightScribe label is burning?

Yes. The labeling runs in the background, so your computer can be used for other tasks while the process is underway.


Can I leave my computer unattended while the LightScribe label is burning?

Yes. LightScribe doesn't require your presence during the burning process. In addition, a LightScribe system will not go into sleep or power-save mode while it is burning a label.


Can I rewrite or erase a LightScribe label?

No. Current LightScribe technology is not erasable. Once the image is burned, it's permanent. But software applications with LightScribe capabilities are designed to preview the image onscreen before it is burned you can accept or make changes to that image before moving forward, so unplanned or undesired images will not be sent to the disc for burning.


Can I add to a LightScribe label I've already burned?

Yes. If you decide to add content later, it will be correctly aligned with existing titles and images.


What happens if I forget to flip the disc before burning the label side?

The LightScribe system recognizes whether or not the disc is label-side down, and it will not try to write a label to the data side, nor will it attempt to burn data to the label side. If the wrong side is presented for either data burning or label burning, your disc will be ejected and a software message will be displayed.


What if I make a mistake and try to burn a label on a non-LightScribe disc; will non-LightScribe discs work in a LightScribe drive?

Yes. The data side will work. But the software will not send a label image to a non-LightScribe disc, so no label will be burned if it is not a LightScribe disc.


Will LightScribe discs work with non-LightScribe drives?

Yes. The data side will work as it always has. But LightScribe discs cannot be labeled in a non-LightScribe drive.


When do I need to update my software?

LightScribe-enabled software can detect when an update is needed, and will prompt you to get one. Your hardware or software provider may have the latest downloadable driver on their website. As an alternative, the driver can also be obtained through the www.lightscribe.com.


The media packaging I bought indicates I should check with www.lightscribe.com for optimal use. How do I know if I need it?

If your LightScribe media has been released with new capabilities since the manufacture of your optical disc drive, the software will automatically guide you through the update process or direct you to a website for additional information.


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.