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Replication Disc Art Examples

The information below is for Replicated (over 500) discs. For Duplicated (under 500) discs, see these print options.

There are two ways we can apply artwork to your Replicated discs - "Screen Printing" and "Offset Printing." Both methods are able to apply beautiful and durable artwork onto your replicated discs. Screen printing is best for vector based, Pantone color artwork. Offset printing is best for full color (CMYK), photo based artwork. Unless you specify a preferred method, we will use the best process for your artwork. After looking over this page, be sure and also reference our Spec Kits for additional information.

By using examples from jobs we've done over the years, this page explains your color options, what to watch out for, and how to make your disc art look its best. Need samples? -just ask!

We have two color methods:

Pantone (6 colors max / best for vector graphics and line art)

CMYK (infinite colors / best for images and photographs)

Disc Art Examples
Pantone Method (also referred to as "spot color" or "PMS color") - Screen print only

Your artwork is created using specific colors from the "Pantone Solid Coated Color Guide". This allows for bold colors with razor sharp graphics through 100% ink coverage.

This is 4 color artwork: black, PMS 218 C for darker pink, and PMS 217 C for lighter pink, on a flood of white.

This CD would not look nearly as sharp or have colors so bold, if printed through the CMYK process.

Pantone color screenprint pink
By "knocking out" the text from the 100% pantone background, the prismatic surface of the disc becomes a creative design element. Knocking out text screenprint
100% Pantone color = solid color
Less than 100% of Pantone color = dots

The dark orange is 100% PMS 152C, and the light orange is 50% tint of PMS 152C. Using a tint of a Pantone color is not as clean visually as using 100% of a Pantone color. In the example here, the background could have been 100% of a lighter Pantone color for a sharper look.

Pantone color tints


Offset CMYK Method (also referred to as "full color process printing")

Through combining (C)yan (M)agenta (Y)ellow and (K)black, a rainbow of colors can be printed. If you want a full color image/photo, the CMYK process is the way to do it. Most CMYK color jobs are printed using the high-resolution offset print process.

<More about the Offset disc print>

Offset Litho Process
Knocking out small text from CMYK is not recommended, especially when knocking out of very little color (like the top of the text pictured here). If you must have small text in CMYK art, it is best to make it positive black text against a light colored background, or knock it out of 100% black only. (8 point minimum, see our Kit for complete specs) Knocking out small text

We do not recommend the CMYK process for even color fills. A Pantone color is best for that. We can print CMYK + white + 1 Pantone color (6 colors total)

This disc is an example of just that. The blue fill is 100% Pantone ink. The orange bar and image are CMYK.

Pantone best for even color fills




White Background?
If color accuracy is important, then we strongly recommend adding a white background. Even though we recommend it, we never assume that you want a white background. Discs are silver, so white is a color that we must screen print onto the disc.

This monotone image would have been clearer if a background of white had been used.

Monotone image no white background
Here is a good example of the same artwork that was run with and without a white background. This client prefers no white background to let the silver disc show through in places.

<mouse over the image to see it with the white background>
With and without white background
Gradients ...BEWARE!
Due to the limitations of the screen print process, gradients crossing the 60% tint density may show a slight banding line due to a jump in density when the screen dots begin to touch each other.

Gradients can often look great on the computer screen, and not so great when screen printed. If you must use a gradient, we recommend the offset process.


Questions? - Samples? - Need us to create your artwork for you? ...give us a call

We are committed to helping your project look its best. We have over a decade of experience and have seen thousands of jobs go through our doors. If you would like to send a JPG or PDF of your disc art, we would be happy to give you our two cents.

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