Silver CD before artwork printing
When a replicated CD is sputtered, i.e. the CD just came out of the production line, it looks like a silver mirror but with few rings around the hub area. As a designer you should be aware of these rings because they may affect your design.
The first ring (45mm dia.) has a somewhat darker silver shade and it is called the mirror band by the people in the CD manufacturing industry. The mirror band has some barcode and some additional text to identify the manufacturer.
The second ring is the transparent area which does not have any silver coating on top.
The third ring is the empty hole that allows the CD players to engage the disc in place..
White Flooded CD
Transparent area of a white flooded CD
In general before the artwork is printed a layer of white ink will be applied to the CD, making it as if the artwork will be printed on white paper. This process is called white flooding. White flooding normally stops to leave a 23mm non-printable area at the center to avoid the ink from dripping through the empty hole. With white flooding, your artwork can be printed from the edge of the CD (with a 2mm gap) to the center hole (23mm). Your only concern with white flooding is: Despite the coating, the transparent area still creates a slight difference in contrast, especially when it is viewed under strong light. Normally this is not a big concern.
On the other hand if having a white background does not suite your purpose, you can choose to skip the white flooding so your artwork will be put on bare silver. When you choose this option then be aware that the reflective text on the mirror band may intercept your artwork to create an undesirable effect. If you artwork is very simple with a logo or some texts, try to avoid the mirror band by not having anything entering the 45mm territory. If this is unavoidable, consider a partial white flood around the hub area as show in one of the example below.
Here are few examples of CDs without white base.
When it comes to packaging for music CDs people tend to use jewel cases. Jewel case is indeed the de facto standard for CD packaging for many years. Ever since the first CD release in 1981 jewel case has been used and people always associate it with music CD.
I believe it time to change that. Jewel case uses too much plastic and is so fragile. If you drop a jewel case it will definitely break.
New Cyberian has been the front runner on using non plastic material for CD packaging. Digipak and Digibook are among the items we actively promote. Both products use less plastic and they look more elegant as compared with jewel case.
A lot of companies are selling digipaks. But in reality they all funnel to few companies that can make digipak cost effectively and New Cyberian is one of them. The digipaks made by New Cyberian are different from the ones made by d*scmakers and N*tionwidedisc in that our digipaks are more robust and we use polywrap instead of shrink wrap. Don’t underestimate such subtle difference. It’s the difference that distinguishes premium and mediocre.
I don’t think there are any companies making digibooks. It’s not that they are difficult to be made, but it’s difficult to make them good and cost effectively. Oh by the way, digibook is just a book with a sleeve as the first or last page to hold a CD. The book can be as thin as 10 pages and as thick as 100 pages. This is an ideal packaging solution when you have a lot to tell in writing.
If you have any weird idea about CD packaging please calls New Cyberian. We will be your partner to implement your idea from making a prototype to mass production.
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If you have bought from us you know we are a CD duplication, CD replication, DVD duplication, and DVD replication service provider in San Jose, CA.
For those who don’t know New Cyberian I am here to give you a brief introduction. New Cyberian is founded in 2000 by a group of musicians, filmmakers, graphics artists, and engineers to offer professional digital content copying services. There are many companies out there that offer the same services as New Cyberian does . What makes us different from other companies is our experience, knowledge, and passion in our field. I myself worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA from 1986 to 1992. I also worked at the IBM San Jose SPD plant that made high capacity hard drives. My other colleagues have very similar qualifications from either research or manufacturing background. In orther word we are very knowledgeable in what we are doing. Unlike the salespersons of other companies who are wholesaling the teaching from their superiors without the fundamental understanding of the working of compact discs; be them CD, DVD, or Blu-ray.
Compared with our competitions we do have our niche. In a comparative sense if other companies are making Toyotas then New Cyberian is making Rolls-Royce. But don’t get me wrong that we are selling at much higher prices. As a matter of fact, our niche is to sell high quality products at below average prices. At IBM we were taught to achieve high quality at the lowest cost. I am using my knowledge learned from IBM to run the engineering department of New Cyberian now.