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LightScribe Tricks

Friday, October 13th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Multimedia
 
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Q:
You told us about LightScribe a few weeks ago and I found it very interesting. Are there any other tips or tricks you can give us?

A:
There sure are! I thought the LightScribe software was a really cool concept too and I can see why you want to learn more about it! In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, click on the link above so you can read all about LightScribe before you go any further. It will probably help you to understand everything else I’m going to talk about below.

Okay, so let’s get started. Below are just a few extra things you can do with the LightScribe program. With these tricks, you can bring even more life to your newly designed and etched labels!

1.) The Music Side - If you are making a CD filled with your favorite music, there’s so much you can do with your label. If you design it so the song titles are in order from the shortest to the longest, you will get a cool streamlined look that will go along with the alignment of the CD. You can also add text and images to your label. Maybe there are some pictures that go along with a certain song and you’d like to include them on your label. I say go for it!

2.) The Photo Side - If you’re making a CD of family photos or something similar, you may want to add a picture or some special text to your label. You can design your own layout with whichever graphic design application you like to use (Photoshop, etc). Go ahead and design what you’d like on your label and then save it as a bitmap, TIFF or JPEG file type. You can then load your artwork as a background onto the LightScribe software and it will come out on your label!

Also, if you are using photos taken by a digital camera, you should always use the highest resolution possible in order to get the best label quality. If you want sharper details on your label, use high-resolution images (such as 600 dpi) when you’re working with fonts, line art and graphics. You can also try inverting the colors in your photos or even make a negative form of them for a more dramatic look. Cool, huh?!

3.) The Business Side - If you’ve already made your label and you’d like to include some more information (maybe some business data), you can do so by opening the file and adding what you want to your original label design. Just make sure you remove the original before you start burning again so only your new design will show up on your new label.

If you want to make a label and make it fast, you can try a simple label design. Let’s say you’re doing a label for your place of work, so you need it to look professional. No problem! Try making a title label by simply inserting circular text around the center hole of the CD. Use a smaller font size (maybe six or eight) and you’ll have a professionally made label in mere minutes.

4.) The Perfect Side - If you want to make sure you’re going to get the best label burn possible, always use the Preview feature in LightScribe. You can view your image before you actually do the labeling to make sure it looks just the way you want, with no mistakes or redos!

5.) One More Side - You can either burn your data or create your label first. It doesn’t matter what order you go in, but make sure you remember to flip the CD over so it is “label side down” when you’re ready to burn your label. It’s the only way to go!

So, there you have it. Some new tricks you can try when using LightScribe. I bet you’re very anxious to get started, so I’ll let you. Have fun with this!

~ Erin

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