Best Materials for Printing?

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Best Materials for Printing?

Postby AskingForTrouble » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:53 am

Hello all,

I've been wanting to dip my toes into creating physical backups of my Steam games using custom art from this website for sometime now, but I'm unsure of the best method and materials needed to do so.

1) Is there a particular model printer that works best for printing the covers featured here?
2) Which CD/DVD image printing method will deliver the best (overall) quality?
3) What kind of paper works best for printing case covers?
4) Is there a particular brand of blank DVD case that is recommended?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Best Materials for Printing?

Postby PieMonster » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:32 pm

Hello, welcome to the site.

I'm actually going to be working on quite a few new updates to the site this year including better instructions on how to print the best quality covers. Until then, let me just tell you what I'm currently using.

My current home printer is a Canon MX922. It has a feature that prints directly onto inkjet printable (white) discs in full color. For the paper covers (CD/DVD cases), I use the same printer with Glossy Photo Paper. You can also use Matte Photo Paper. Either one is fine and will give you professional results, I just prefer the glossy look. Whatever you do, do not use plain printer paper. Plain Paper doesn't capture the range of color that Photo Paper does so your blacks tend to all blend in and your colors look faded.

Hope this help for now. It may be a while before I get more detailed instructions up. I need to work on a few other things for the site first.

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