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CD printing software

Discussion in 'Printing Photos and Photo Software' started by canon-do, May 26, 2016.

  1. May 28, 2016
    stratman

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    Consider trying the free trial of Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker that @PeterBJ mentioned as well Surething or other apps of this genre. Each of these programs have differences in the look and feel of the controls and possibly capabilities and output differences. You might like one over the other for a variety of reasons. Acoustica has served me well for years.

    @jtoolman - The Acoustica website lists the Primera Bravo and Signature series as compatible.
     
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    PeterBJ

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    I tried if Canon Easy Photo Print could open .cld files, but only .el8 files created by the program can be opened. I don't have the Image Garden installed, so I cannot test that program. Please report your results.

    The grey ink is a diluted version of the photo black, in the same way as the photo cyan and photo magenta are diluted versions of regular cyan and magenta. It improves printing not only B/W photos but also colour photos. See this thread.
     
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    PeterBJ

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    Even if CDLabelprint might not support your printer it is still useful. You can open your .cld files and save them as images in .bmp or .jpg format. These images can then be imported into a disk print program that supports your printer. Even if this is not the most elegant solution, it is a way to reuse your saved .cld files.

    Canon CDLP1.jpg
     
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  4. May 29, 2016
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    "You can open your .cld files and save them as images in .bmp or .jpg format. These images can then be imported into a disk print program that supports your printer."

    Good point, PeterBJ :)
     
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  5. May 30, 2016
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    I print using Photoshop Elements.

    My brand new (last week) MX922 uses the same J tray that your new printer uses.

    Here is a template that I found on the 'net and then modified for printing on FalconMedia Smart Guard Glossy DVD discs:

    http://www.mediafire.com/download/0zivlp68yhqccc1/Smart_Guard_DVD_Tray_J_Template_2.psd

    There is a guide layer that I've turned off but can be used to help adjust the inner and outer layers to suit your disc's dimensions.

    When I first started printing on discs with an Epson R220, I used the Epson software but when I changed to a Canon iP4500, I switched to Photoshop.

    If any one still has a Canon printer that uses the F tray, here's the template I was using:

    http://www.mediafire.com/download/u178bnq140831qu/Watershield_DVD_Tray_F_Template_2.psd
     
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    jtoolman

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    The best printer ro use other than a dedicated disc printer is the older Epson Artisan 7** and 8** series!
    They have a permanently built in disc tray that would automatically pop out, you loaded the disc, press print and it would pull itself back in and proceed to print a perfectly aligned CD or DVD.
    On glossy media it was better than professional.
    No stupid manual tray to mess with or loose!
    You could print out of the Epson Disc printing tool or the best, Surething!!! And believe me, I have tried everything out there!

    Joe
     
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    I am more than happy using CD LabelPrint on a tray with my Canon printers, and yes I have to agree glossy Media looks far more professional.. :)
     
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    Disk media surfaces are akin to types of photo paper in that you use the surface type to obtain the output desired. Some are better than others.

    An example is the JVC / Taiyo Yuden PrintPlus! disks. When they came out I ordered a spindle. Output had the patina of an orange skin. I thought the disks were defective and spoke with TY. Nope. That was the planned result. Then I realized that some professionally made disks also had this effect and now I could easily replicate this texture. Nice!

    Another example - printing simple text lists on disks I might use silver printable media at times. It's all about the desired result. If all you want is glossy them OK. But the palette of media surfaces available is wider than just glossy and the results can be pleasing.
     
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    msmart, thanks for that. Most interesting :)
     
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