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MORPHIUSDISC MANUFACTURING: CD PRINT SPECS
Using these templates can make doing your CDs much easier. Please refer to our ART TUTORIAL for helpful answers to complicated questions that you or your designer may have, even if he/she is very familiar with the process of doing CD design work. Every CD manufacturer has slightly different specifications, so using these templates will ensure that your sizing is accurate and that you submit your files to us in the most cost-effective manner. If you have difficulty downloading them, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 410-662-0112.
If you are using a larger size insert, you can use these templates as a guideline for the sizing of each individual page. If you will be printing a different item (i.e. cardboard sleeves, jackets or digipaks), you should call or e-mail us for instructions on our sizing.
If you do not have access to Pagemaker or QuarkXpress, we advise you to print out the viewable templates below (for use as sizing guides) and contact us by phone before beginning your design work for guidelines on using other applications for your artwork. Our normal business hours are 9-6 EST, but we're often here later. Try us anytime.
ON CD FILM SPECS
• Positive right read, emulsion up
• 1200 dpi (standard resolution)
• Dot type = elliptical
• 100% to scale
• Only Pantone PMS Spot color (from the Pantone Custom colors) should be used for the on CD art
• PMS color must be indicated on each film.
One color only
• 4pts minimum (positive)
• 5pts minimum (reverse text)
• 4pts min. (positive)
• 7pts min. (reverse text)
positive print - 0.10 mm (0.004 in.) minimum
reverse print - 0.15 mm (0.006 in.) min.
*1.5 pts. between letters. please avoid old style/serif and light fonts
If there will be gradients or halftoned images in the design to be printed directly on your CDs, it is:
DENSITY OF FILM MUST BE:
*NOTE: Please be aware that there are minor color deviations between the print on the aluminum coated (45.5 mm-116 mm diameter) and the non-aluminum coated parts of the CD (inside 45.5 mm diameter). Therefore, we recommend the preprinting of an entire white background on the printing area for best results.
*NOTE: The following diagram is for reference purposes only. Please DO NOT attempt to print these out for use as a master template. If possible, download one of the templates in either QuarkXpress or Pagemaker.
The templates will open with Stuffit Expander, which is available for download in both Mac and PC formats.
If you are using a PC, and have any trouble opening these files with one of the Stuffit products, please notify us and we will be happy to email them to you promptly.
• Negative, right reading, emulsion down
• 2400 dpi, 150 lpi (175 lpi also acceptable, but please notate this on your films)
• All films should be sent 100% to scale
• All spot colors must be converted to CMYK process colors for our normal full color printing prices.
• You must leave a 1/8th inch bleed all around the perimeter edges of each image for accurate printing.
• A printing reference of some type is required if you are submitting your own films.
• For b&w items a contact print is preferred. For color items it should be a color key, chromalin, matchprint, pressmatch proof, or other proof made directly from your films.
• A mock up is required for CD components
*Please see our General Print Specs page for detailed info on Insert, Traycard, or Digipak priting for CDs.
SUPPLYING ART ON DISK
FONTS: All fonts used (even those used in an EPS file) must be included on the disk. Unless you are using Truetype fonts, you must include both the printer AND screen versions of each font.
NEGATIVES: Please call us at 410-662-0112 if you plan on supplying us film negatives for your project.
COLORS: CMYK Process colors should be used for all of the booklet, tray card and jacket art which is to be separated to negatives. Due to the fact that monitors use an RGB method to display colors but full color offset printing uses a CMYK method, the colors shown on your monitor will differ from the colors of your print job. Not all monitors are calibrated correctly to accurately compensate for CMYK color shifts. If you are especially concerned about precise color matching, please contact us about your needs in advance.
DISKS: We accept files on the following disk types only: Zip 100 and 250, Recordable CD-R, and 1.4mb Floppies only. Mac or PC discs are both acceptable. Other types of media like EZ Syquest and Jaz discs may incur a transfer charge, so please call in advance.
COLOR PROOFS: A color proof of some type must be included with your disk unless your art is black and white only, in which case a B&W print will be OK. Without a color proof, we will have no idea what your file should look like when correctly opened and cannot accept responsiblilty for missing or altered information without sending a proof to you for approval (at your expense and causing an increase in length of time to process your order).
SUBMIT FILES BY FTP:
• Create a .sit, .sea or .zip file
• Upload it to the following location
password: (call us at 410-662-0112 for password)
(do not put anything in the box for the directory name)
• then email us with the name of the archive. we do not check this automatically, so we will only know it is there if you send us an email to notify us.
PLEASE CALL US AT 410-662-0112 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. AVOID PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN. CORRECTING THEM ALWAYS TAKES MUCH LONGER AND IS MORE COSTLY.
Select the product you would like to receive a pricing quote for below. Instant Quotes are available for CDs/DVDs/Vinyl/In Cases/Jackets & Digipaks. Instant Quotes also Includes Package Pricing Specials for Posters & Postcards.
Custom Quotes are also available here on our quotes page. We will get back to you promptly with a customized quote. If you need immediate service, you are welcome to call us at 410-662-0112 weekdays between 10 AM and 6 PM (Eastern Standard Time).