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Burning labels onto discs using LightScribe®
LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is a disc labeling technology that lets you burn CD and DVD labels simply by flipping the discs over and putting them back in the same disc drive that burned your data.
LightScribe technology combines the CD or DVD drive of your computer with specially coated discs and Roxio’s disc-burning software to produce precise, silkscreen-quality, iridescent labels. With LightScribe, your disc is your label. It’s the no-hassle way to create attractive labels for all your music mix CDs, digital video or photo archives, and for any business application.
To use LightScribe, you need:
n A LightScribe-capable CD or DVD recorder.
n LightScribe-capable discs. LightScribe discs are treated with a special coating on the label side that reacts with the laser in your recorder to create the label image.
Making sure you have a LightScribe disc:
The LightScribe system requires the use of LightScribe-enabled discs. LightScribe uses control features in the center (hub) of the disc to identify media as LightScribe media. If your system does not seem to recognize the media as LightScribe media, take the following steps:
1 Make sure the disc is a LightScribe-enabled disc. LightScribe media will have the LightScribe logo in the inner hub area. There will also be visible control features inside, and adjacent to, the coated label area.
2 Make sure the disc is properly oriented in the drive. The label side, which contains a special coating, should be face down in the drive.
3 Clean the center area (hub) of the disc. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe the hub area and remove any dirt or smudges that may be covering the control features.
4 If these steps do not fix the problem, try another LightScribe disc.
To burn a label on to a disc using LightScribe:
1 Create the label in Label Creator as you normally would. You can select one of the following styles:
n Quick Title: This style displays only the title and artist (for audio discs) or date (for data discs). Use the Quick Title template for the fastest label creation.
n Quick Content: This style displays the title and contents of the disc. For an audio disc, the contents are the track names, and for a data or MP3 disc, the contents are the file names.
Or you can use a regular Label Creator style to include additional information and graphics on your label.
Note: Using a style that includes graphics or a lot of text increases the amount of time it takes to burn the label on to the disc. The Quick Title and Quick Content styles take a few minutes to burn on to the disc, while a graphical label can take much longer.
2 Insert the disc in the Lightscribe-capable recorder with the label side facing down.
3 Click Print, or choose File > Print.
The Print dialog box appears.
4 From the Printer Name drop-down list, select the LightScribe-capable recorder, if it is not already selected.
5 LightScribe provides three different contrast levels for you to choose from when labeling your discs. For Printing Preferences, select Best, Normal, or Draft quality.
The label burn time will increase from Draft to Normal to Best:
n Best: Provides the sharpest contrast with the longest burn time. Use best level for important business transactions, gifts and personal treasures.
n Normal: Provides moderate burn time with good contrast. Use normal level for professional labels.
n Draft: Provides the fastest burn time with lowest contrast. Use draft level for utility labels.
6 Enter the number of discs you want to burn labels to.
7 Click OK to begin burning the label to the disc.
The Burn Progress dialog box appears.
The label burn time varies with the amount of information contained on the label, the placement of the information on the label, the contrast level selected, the LightScribe disc used and the drive.
The LightScribe system burns the image in concentric, circular rings from the inside diameter to the outside diameter of the label surface. Rings that contain no image data are “skipped.” A simple, circular title, such as a Quick Title label, is accomplished most quickly because the information is limited to a circular rings close to the inside diameter. The density of the rings is adjusted according to the contrast level selection so higher contrast is achieved through more densely packaged rings.
The LightScribe disc itself and the drive compatibilities also influence the label burn time.
In all cases, the writing system runs in the background and you can go on to other tasks while the label is burning.
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