Printable media is all about printing graphics and images onto the disc surface.  Imagine how professional your band's demo or compilation CD will look with a high quality photo or design printed on it.  Or even how good it will be to save your holiday pictures to disc, and then to print your favourite image onto the surface as a clear and attractive way to identify the contents.

In terms of colour and contrast, the results from our printable media are as good as reproducing a photograph on the disc surface due to a truer, whiter surface. Hence why we name these products - 'Photo Printable'.  A special ink is used that works at the optimum 'absorbency' level with all leading CD / DVD printers. This ink absorbs the printer ink at the perfect rate to ensure the graphics printed to it are crisp and clear with no colour bleeding. Also, with all photographic printing the faster the drying time, the better, which is why all of Verbatim's printable media are 'Fast Dry' meaning not only will we be saving you time, but they also reduce the chances of smudging and smearing too.

Our range of 'Wide Photo Printable' products enable you to print your chosen image / design right up to the centre hub allowing as much of the disc surface to be covered as possible.

With Verbatim's latest range of printable media, you can achieve 'Perfection at your fingertips' thanks to the quality of the disc surface we produce. And not only will the discs look great, but with AZO technology, the data or audio stored to that disc will remain safe and of a high quality because AZO is the most stable and reliable recording dye in the market.

To be able to print onto a disc you will need a printer with this specific function. There are a variety of manufacturers and models already in the market that allow you to do this. Please see our product pages for a full list of available CD-R, DVD-R and DVD+R media.


How to Print a CD/DVD


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Thermal Printable Media
Thermal printable media is designed for printing with special thermal or thermal sublimation printers. Note that such media cannot be printed with inkjet printers. There are only a few thermal printers on the market, most of them being used in professional duplication equipment. Rimage Everest and TEAC P55 are thermal sublimation (thermal re-transfer) printers. Rimage Prism and Primera Inscripta are thermal printers for professional usage, whereas Casio's thermal printer addresses the occasional user. Please find below our compatibility table for our thermal media:

Part Number Description Spindle Print Diameter Rimage Prism Rimage Everest TEAC P55 Primera Inscripta Silkscreen
43743 BD-R 25GB Wide White 6X 25pk 22-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No
43750 BD-R 50GB Wide White 6X 25pk 22-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No
43755 DVD-R Wide White 16X 50pk 21-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No
43782 DVD-R Wide White 16X 50pk 21-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No
43754 DVD+R DL Wide White 8X 50pk 21-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No
43647 DVD-R Shiny Silver 50pk 36-118 Yes No No Yes (Black) Yes
43582 CD-R Shiny Silver 50pk 23-118 Yes No No Yes (Black) Yes
43718 CD-R White 50pk 40-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No
43756 CD-R Wide White 52X 50pk 23-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No
43792 CD-R Wide White 52X 100pk 40-118 No* Yes Yes Yes (Black) No

* Setting strobe to 500+ may work with some printers; please test.

Inkjet Printable Media
Verbatim have a wide variety of inkjet printable CD-R and DVD/R media. These are available with a photo quality matt or glossy finish. Both carry our patented printable surfaces. The following guidelines will enable perfect printing every time:

1. Print only after successful recording. This saves time and money.
2. Print only onto the special print surface area. We suggest leaving 0.5mm at inner and outer diameter as a margin. If ink is spilled onto the non-printable area, the ink will not dry and will smudge and ruin the printing. The branded area used on some of our media is printable.
3. Centre the print image exactly. Otherwise some of the ink might spill over onto the non-printable area (see 2).
4. Printable media is not waterproof. Given enough time to dry, it is quite smear resistant. We suggest at least 2 hours drying time for our matt surface, and 24 hours for our glossy surface.
5. Some people suggest either using a foil or clear protective lacquer to make the printing waterproof. As we have not tested those offers on the market due to their variety, we cannot recommend any. Please ask the supplier of such equipment for conformity with optical media, e.g. no aggressive solutions destroying the disc being used.
6. Resolution and inkjet size decide on the print quality. When using white letters in a dark background, or oversized bold dark letters on a white background, the ink might not dry quickly enough and bleed into the non-printed area. Small ink drops usually dry faster and can help avoid such issues.
7. Please note that the different colours may have different drying times. This may mean that neighbouring colours could leak into each other, resulting in poorer quality. It might be helpful to add narrow white lines for preventing such issues.
8. Use the highest possible resolution and colour scheme for photo-realistic imprints.
9. When print time matters, take ink drying time into consideration. The faster you print, the less dry the disc comes out of the printer.
10. When setting saturation, brightness and contrast, take your print image into account. When the image is rather dark, lighter settings can be useful in terms of drying time and ink bleeding. For light images, it can help to increase the settings. Usually you will find access to the settings within the printer driver options. Sometimes you will need a couple of imprints to define your optimum settings for the given print image.
11. As a summary, please note that the actual print image decides on the settings and quality of your print. Some designs are more suitable for printing onto CD / DVD than others. Also consider the capabilities of your specific printer model.