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What printers does everyone use for printing discs and artwork?

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My Canon MG 5300 series just died on me after 5 years of use. I’m looking for an upgrade. What does everyone use? My old one printed on inkjet writable discs and loved that feature. I’d also love to create cardboard box sets based from what is seen on here. Are there any that print 11x17 paper as well? Mostly, I’d love to do my custom artwork without ever stepping foot into a kinkos self service and having anyone point out copywrite. Anyways Thoughts?

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I’ve printed dozens of custom covers at Staples without getting any copyright crap from them. The only time that happened to me there was I took a Laserdisc cover to be scanned to one Staples and they refused due to copyright yet I took it to another Staples and they did it without questioning. I have them print them on Elite Gloss paper if that helps. You can also have them printed through their site and just go pick them up.

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I’ve been going to my local library, they have pretty nice laser printers that look pretty good all said and done and I only pay 25¢ per page

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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I use a Canon Pixma MX922. Does disc label printing as well.

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Am now back on my old trusty Epson R300 Printer - prints direct to disc and also the usual A4 size paper.

an elegant printer for a more civilised age - must be getting on for 13 years now - and still quality 😃

 

A decent list of Canon and Epson printers that print direct to disc here (dated 2016):-

http://www.videolane.com/printers-with-direct-cd-dvd-disc-printing/

along with the Brother MFC-J825DW, Brother MFC-J835DW, and Brother DCP-J925DW printers, and HP’s Photosmart C5200, C5500, D5100, D5300, D5400, D7560, and HP Premium C309a and C309c printers - though am sure there are a few more out there from differing brands too…

or a quick amazon search should help get some more info on the printers - and hopefully some of the reviews may help get some info on which printers print to discs more reliably or in a good quality…

https://www.amazon.com/Inkjet-Printers-CD-printing/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A172646%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A5527623011

 

 

On the printing covers side of things…

Luckily there’s also a couple of independent print shops near me who are very good - both price-wise and with help & advice, and also willing to do a couple of free test-runs as well if you’re ordering a few copies/prints from them.

Staples in the UK is now online only - with all their shops sadly sold off. Many have become - or been re-branded - ‘Office Outlet’ shops (https://www.officeoutlet.com/), but my experience so far is that they lack the helpfulness of ‘know-how’ of the previous Staples staff. Hopefully they’ll soon improve…

…until then the independent printing shops it is 😃

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Epson xp 640

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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I use a Canon ip8700 WS. Works beautifully for all paper sizes and also prints on discs.

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I’m sure the chipboard slip case boxes are more durable than the v1 ronwilm’s slip case design, but I used Red River’s 88lb Polar Matte Card stock (13"x19")for the inner and out slip covers and they came out awesome.

I also used the 66lb Polar Matte Double Sided (11x17) for the criterion inserts and lobby cards. 68lb Ultra Pro Satin 8.5x11 for mini poster and envelopes.

It was a fun project…came out really nice.

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andyw715 said:

I’m sure the chipboard slip case boxes are more durable than the v1 ronwilm’s slip case design, but I used Red River’s 88lb Polar Matte Card stock (13"x19")for the inner and out slip covers and they came out awesome.

I also used the 66lb Polar Matte Double Sided (11x17) for the criterion inserts and lobby cards. 68lb Ultra Pro Satin 8.5x11 for mini poster and envelopes.

It was a fun project…came out really nice.

It sounds like a quality project. Are you able/willing to post up some pics? I would be interested in seeing the final result. Personally, I have never really been happy with the paper stock that I have been limited to, so perhaps taking a page out of your book may yield better results for my own set.

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Also, I go to my local library to print covers and art work. They have a really nice laser printer and they do legal and other sizes.

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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Does it matter what kind of paper/card stock is used? Thanks!

“Why Hello There”

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drummerboy275 said:

Does it matter what kind of paper/card stock is used? Thanks!

In my opinion it makes a difference, but not a huge different. There are also other (and more important) factors like a good printer. If you only want to print custom slipcovers, you can actually use white (non-recycled) paper or go with glossy photo paper. As long as you don’t use rather thin recycled paper, you can’t really do anything wrong. The only problem with standard photo paper is, that you can’t really print on both sides. Some covers have artworks on the inside, which are absolutely beautiful and this can be complicated with photo paper. I hope I was able to help you. Have a nice day!

(English is not my native language, sorry for any mistakes.)

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Guess I’m gonna need some help too. The past year or so I’ve been having Staples print these. Although it’s been hit or miss with how they’re printed (sometimes they’re big enough, sometimes they’re not) but when they’re printed right they look perfect (for me at least).

However last Saturday I had one Staples print out two covers and both are slightly smaller than I need them to be. I tried another Staples and got the same result. I went there today and they said the lasers to their printers won’t be able to print them to the size I want. I guess I should have asked them how they were able to get them done right before but I just left.

Anyways the way I had them printed there was on 8.5x11 Elite Gloss paper, I set portrait to landscape, and set the image to fit to page. The first two images shows the edge of the cover where I need it.

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Below is from a cover printed this past weekend where the Image doesn’t come close enough to the edge (more noticeable in the second image).

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As you can see it’s a pretty subtle difference especially when looking at the first one but the way I want it like with the first examples above fill up the DVD covers much better and more accurately to a real DVD insert. I also should note that I create all my DVD inserts with the same PhotoShop project so they all come out the same size each time so I know that’s not the problem. So any tips guys?? Is there a printer that will print to where I want them?? Is there another printing place I should take them to??

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Chris - I think you setting the image to ‘fit the page’ may have caused the sizing issue (or could be an issue if Staples’ printer was set to this setting too?)

If the printer has a ‘scale setting’ feature (not all do) - make sure it is set to ‘off’ or at 100%.

I usually set the margins on images that I print to 0.5cm on all sides just be sure too 😃 (when I used to print covers I copy the image to MS Word and do a black & white draft quality print - just as a test print to ensure I it correctly sized)

 

If you have any independent printers or copy shops near you that do this kind of service I’d recommend you try them - in general, I find the people at independent print places will likely have more knowledge / experience than those at Staples.
 

Good luck with it mate - and let us know how you get on 😃

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@oojason I don’t think the fit to page option is the problem as I had used that feature prior and they came out the way I wanted them to. Also if I don’t use that options portions of the cover will cropped off.

As far as the printer settings, these are done behind the counter so as to what settings they have the printers on I have no idea of and likely never will.

I actually don’t have a printer at home to do any testing with so I guess I’ll have to try to take this somewhere else other than Staples. I might discuss this with my stepdad as he might have knowledge on this. Thanks guys! Wish me luck!

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