1.) DVD and CD short runs – The less your order is, the less costly the unit will cost.
The primary consideration you must consider is that a small production run printed professionally DVDs or CDs will come with fixed setup prices that are based on the design printed on your discs as well as the kind of packaging you’ve selected. The discs will be printed on screen or the litho (offset) printed or digitally printed.
Screen printing requires the production of the silkscreen to match every color in the design. It is ideal for designs that are composed of vibrant blocks of color as well as printed texts. Screen printing machines have an adjustable table that has five printing stations. Ink at each station is transferred through a silk screen with a rubber squeegee. the silkscreen allows the ink print on the disc in specific locations where the color is needed. The ink is sensitive to UV and every color gets “cured” under a UV light before being rotated until it is transferred to the following station to allow another color that will be printed. The more colors are used within the layout (from 1-5)) and the greater number of screens will need to be constructed prior to printing.
Litho (Offset) Printing
Litho printing is a completely different method of printing in which the ink is placed on the disc using the use of a rubber sheet laid across the disc. This method is suitable for extremely detailed, photographic-type artworks. It requires plates that are made in line with the disc’s artwork
Digitally Printed Discs.
The discs printed digitally are created using an inkjet printer and then protected by clear lacquer. the process is expensive with regard to sundries, and time required and is not suitable for small numbers of discs (less than 50) when fixed costs for alternative printing methods are prohibitive.
The cost of the unit drops significantly when you buy 200 or more DVDs or CDs. The same applies to the packaging you choose to use. The more you buy more, the less price.
Screenprint in one color with the logo visible in silver.
Screenprint of one color with the logo visible in silver.
2.) Controlling the CD or DVD’s costs for short runs
Most of the time, you’ll have to work within a budget-friendly framework for your project, but that does not mean you have to sacrifice the visual or quality of your packaging or disc. If you pay focus on how the artwork is created, you’ll still be able to come with a striking final product while keeping costs low.
Design and CD artwork Reduce your expenses by opting for a screen printing company
Costs can be reduced drastically through the use of a screen-printed design that only uses one or two colors. You pay for one or two printing screens and some ink instead of a large set of the litho (offset) plate printers. The silver disc’s surface is beautiful and attractive, so make the most of it by allowing the text of any disc to shine through a block color in silver. When your group or company has a distinctive logo opt for one color, big screen print, and let the logo shine through in it appears on the silver disc’s surface.
Check out your collection of CDs; you’ll be amazed at how widespread this method is, and how effective a one or two-color screen-printed disc could be.
Short-run CD and DVD Packaging
There is no doubt that you will be aware of the many packaging options that are available. There are many factors to consider in order to decide what type of packaging will best suit your specific project.
The most basic type of container is the plastic or paper wallet. Both are not expensive, but they only offer the most basic safeguarding for your disc. They are perfect if you require a low-cost cover to hand out DVDs or CDs during an exhibition or disseminate data internally in an office environment.
If the disc is going to be sold on the street or online or if specific instructions are required regarding the final use of this disc you’ll require some kind of package with printed paper or packaging which is able to be able to accommodate printed paper components.
Printed Card Wallets
It is possible to include an insert of your printed card inside the plastic wallet, however, to get a more expensive impression, a printed card wallet is the next step up in terms of cost and disc security. There are a variety of varieties of card wallets accessible, including those that have a printed booklet inside or have expanded folding panels that can accommodate additional printed information or images, if needed.
Card wallets with glossy digitally printed images give your packages an elegant design and feel. It’s worthwhile to spend time working designing the artwork to ensure that the design is perfect because the cost remains the exact regardless of whether you’ve got a simple logo on the wallet or if you’ve designed an intricate design or photo.
Jewel Cases and DVD Cases
If you require a heavy kind of packaging (especially when it’s to be sent to be distributed) then, again you have a large range of cases to pick from. Standard cases like Jewel Cases are the standard packaging option for audio CDs. They are constructed from polycarbonate with molded features to keep inserts for printed cards in place. There are other cases to choose from like the standard movie DVD case which is made from the more flexible and robust polypropylene material, again with molded features that can hold inserts into the card.
Like you’d imagine, the costs of packaging rise with the complexity of packaging. Bespoke packaging, for example, printed CD tins or “limited edition” or “collector’s edition” kind of packaging is on the upper price point.
Short-run CD and DVD Artwork – Do it Yourself!
If you’re able to handle the basic aspects of an art program like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Quark XPress, inquire with your preferred supplier for templates for artwork. Making the artwork yourself according to the specifications required by the provider will save you more money than paying an experienced graphic artist to design your artwork. Make sure to inquire if the supplier will help in the design of your artwork Many companies are willing to help at no cost according to the complexity they’re making packaging and disc artwork every day and therefore will be effective and imaginative.
In an eloquent way:
A one-color screen printed CD or DVD inside an envelope made of plastic with artwork created and printed by you or your friend or colleague This is the most affordable alternative.
Full color litho printed CD or DVD case that has artwork and printed paper parts created by a professional graphic artist is the most expensive alternative.
3) Double check your text content
Examine your text carefully to ensure that you have not made any spelling mistakes, use spelling errors, repetition of words, and words that are missing. After you’ve written the text and been working on it for some time, it’s easy to miss small mistakes that can affect the first impression you get of the product. This could be a huge problem in the event that the disc promotes your business, and is the first contact with your company.
It’s a good idea to seek out a third party who hasn’t read the document previously and has a solid comprehension of grammar and spelling to review it. In addition, all decent word processing software has options that can assist you.
4.) Check the master disc on your DVD or CD
If your DVDs or CDs will be copied with master discs like the above text ensure that you check the master disc. It might only be a small number of DVDs or CDs however if there’s a problem with the master disc and it isn’t checked, the risk of missing deadlines, lost sales or bad first impressions could be a recurrence. Do the check yourself and have a third party examine it as well.
5) What is the reason to request sample samples from your suppliers?
A CD- or DVD copying business worth their salt will be hesitant to send out a sample of their packaged disc or printed disc to let you test how good the item is. Even if you’ll just be ordering a small number of discs, from an economic perspective, it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to recall excellent service and might return to them or recommend them to a friend or colleague. Let them have the chance to surprise you with their outstanding customer service!
6) You must ensure that you purchase enough DVDs or CDs for your short-run project
If your small quantity of DVDs or CDs is going to be sold at the retail outlet or online The most important thing you’d wish to happen is to be unable to make the most of potential sales in case you don’t purchase enough discs. If your discs are intended to be given to prospective customers at an event it is not a good idea to have them gone before the conclusion of the event because you could lose a lucrative marketing opportunity. Also, if the discs are intended for the purpose of distributing information in an office environment depending on how important the transfer of information is, it could prove costly to purchase additional discs following the initial one.
Market Research, Pre-order Deals, Event Forecasts
If you’re planning to sell the discs, conducting some market research as part of your plan is a great option. Even arranging the pre-order offer would be beneficial to estimate the number of discs you’ll have to print. If you’re planning to distribute the discs at an event as part of a promotional event, then you need to know the number of people who attend the event, and then figure out the percentage of them who will take an interest in the service or product. It’s an ideal idea that you design the discs in a way that any discs leftover are able to be reused in the future at another event. If it’s possible, you should design your artwork on your business rather than adapting it to the occasion.
It’s usually less expensive and less stress-inducing to have some discs left over rather than to not have enough.
7) Stress-Free Project Advice
No one likes to be under pressure So if feasible:
Make a plan and place an order for your short-run DVD or CD duplication with the supplier with as much notice as is possible.
Do not make major changes to your artwork at the last minute or if you are able to do so. One of the last things you want is a project that gets delayed with higher costs when it’s possible to prevent it.
Short-run projects can typically be created in just around 48 hours, depending on the level of complexity, however that leaves no room for errors at any stage of the process. However, it is highly likely that something undesirable will occur in an experienced print on DVD or CD company. If you could get away from the headache that could result from a delay in your project this is highly advised.
If you are able to follow the rules mentioned above, your project will go smoothly and stress-free. If you’re not certain about the exact steps during the process, communicating is essential; stay on top of the company that sells your DVD or CD. It’s possible that you’re ordering only a small quantity of discs but you’re as valuable as a client as your positive feedback is the same weight as a client with an order of a greater size.