If you are a consumer, recording onto a CD-R or DVD-R is a great way to make sure that all of your important files, documents, pictures, and music are safe in case something happens to your computer. You probably have at least a dozen discs lying around that could contain anything from tax return files to music to holiday pictures to back-up files from old computers. The only way that you can figure out what is on each of those discs is to go through them manually and look at the contents. When you have many of these unlabeled discs, you will find that this quickly becomes a tedious and time-consuming process, and something that you are likely to abandon before too long.
One of the best ways to get around this is to label the discs as soon as you burn a disc. Rather than using a marker, as so many people do, you can instead use inkjet printable media.
Inkjet printers that print directly on a CD, DVD or Blu-ray are the ideal way to provide a professional, exciting and organized look to your burned CD-R, DVD-R and Blu-ray media.
What do you need to print directly onto the disc? You will need to have a printer that is capable of handling a CD-R or DVD-R. You will find a number of printers on the market that can print on this media. You will also need some software that will allow you to add text, graphics, photos, and anything else that you want to print onto the media. Next, you need to buy some high quality inkjet printable media
You simply write the files to the disc, use the software to create the information you want displayed on the disc and then print and let it dry.
Your inkjet printer should come with basic software that will allow you to set-up the image that will be printed on the surface of the disc. Anything you can print on paper can also be printed on a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc using inkjet printable media. Inkjet printers have amazing quality and detail with high print resolutions. Most inkjet printers sold today offer the feature to print onto a CD-R or DVD-R disc.
You will need to use an inkjet CD-R or inkjet DVD-R which has a special surface that will allow you to print onto the surface of the CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc. Just like with paper, there are different features to inkjet printable media.
Some media has a standard matte surface that is white and used for general all-purpose printing of color photos, text, colored backgrounds or any combination of these.
There is also inkjet printable media that is glossy to give the look of a glossy photo paper.
Furthermore inkjet printable media technology has advanced and now there is a waterproof inkjet printable surface that is available for CD-R and DVD-R. It comes in 2 different color surfaces, white and silver. White is the most popular because images look similar to being printed on a white piece of paper. Silver is used for special applications that require a different look. A silver inkjet printable disc will produce a metallic look, the colors become iridescent. Most recognized brand of waterproof inkjet media is Taiyo Yuden.