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Offset vs. Silkscreen Printing on CDs & DVDs

CWS offers offset and silkscreen printing on CD Rom and DVD surfaces.  We usually recommend Offset Printing (it simply looks better!)

Offset Printing:

Offset printing applies 4 layers of ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) onto the CD Rom or DVD surface. For each layer, a reverse image of the page is placed on a roller in the printing press. Ink is applied to the non-image areas on the roller, so that as the roller presses against paper moving through the press, the proper image is left on the paper. Offset printing is ideal for intricate full-color designs, skin tones, and crisp text.

Silkscreen Printing:

With silkscreening, ink is applied to a screen and forced through the holes in a stencil to create an image on the surface of the CD or DVD. Silkscreen printing can include up to 5 single colors, or 4 color process (CMYK). Silkscreening is appropriate for 1, 2, and 3 color jobs – especially through that require PMS colors, and for solid ink coverage.

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