Frequently Asked Questions

Whats the difference between CD replication and CD duplication?

CD Duplication (green/blue bottom discs) is for printing small numbers of CDs. CD Duplication is similar to when you burn CDs at home – burning onto blank discs. Printing on the disc is usually done via ‘inkjet’ or ‘thermal’ printing. A gloss UV coat can also be applied to make the disc print ‘waterproof’. *Duplicated CDs will not work on ~2% of CD players.
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CD Replication (silver bottom discs) is the more professional method of CD printing, used when printing 500+ copies (we are one of the few CD printers who also offer 250 discs by CD replication). CD replication includes making a glass maser of your disk, injection moulding, and specialised offset or screen printing equipment. *Replicated discs have a better quality print finish.

How long will it take?

CD printing turn around depends on the job. Let us know if you have an urgent deadline and we’ll see what we can do. Standard turnaround (from the date of artwork approval) is:
  • CD replication – 8-14 working days inc. delivery
  • CD duplication (sleeves) – 3-6 working days inc. delivery
  • CD duplication (wallets) – 5-10 working days inc. delivery
  • General printing – 1-7 working days inc. delivery

*Ask about our 24hr turn around recycled stock business cards and poster printing

What is Bleed?

Its printing industry standard that the cutting knife might be a few mm off. If the knife cuts outside the cutting line, a white line would be created. To stop this, each side of the artwork is extended 3mm, this 3mm extension of artwork is called Bleed.

***Bleed should be an extension of the art, not a separate border.

What is the ‘Safe Zone’?

You should also make sure there is no text closer than 3mm to the inside of the cutting line, this is called the “safe zone” – its there in case the knife cuts a few mm INSIDE the cutting line (otherwise text would get chopped off).

Offset printing or digital printing?

Offset printing is the cheapest method for large quantities; digital printing is the cheapest method for small quantities. Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique where the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. Digital printing works similarly to how your office printer works.

What makes it “green” printing?

  • Eco is our STANDARD–it’s not an ‘option’
  • We use vegetable based offset printing inks
  • We monitor and offset our operational emissions
  • Our CD cases are printed with 80% recycled stock at no extra cost
  • Our cardboard CD cases reduce pollution by 95% compared to plastic cases
  • We plant a native tree for each job printed, which makes most jobs carbon negative
  • We invest in efficient cook stoves for Kenyan families which offset 3 tonnes CO₂/yr
  • See our ‘Environment’ page for more info

What size is what?

• A0 841 x 1189 mm
• A1 594 x 841 mm
• A2 (roughly double A3) 420 x 594 mm
• A3 (roughly double A4) 297 x 420 mm
• A4 (normal piece of paper) 210 x 297 mm
• A5 (roughly half A4) 148 x 210 mm
• DL (envelope size) 210 x 99 mm
• A6 (postcard size) 105 x 148 mm

What are the most common types of CD packaging?

2panel CD wallet / CD sleeve
4panel gatefold wallet
6panel gatefold wallet
4panel digipak (plastic tray)
6panel digipak (plastic tray)

Can I have a Matt/Gloss finish?

Offset Printing (more than 250)
Yes. We have a few options:
1. Our standard stock is aqueous coated (water based varnish), which is half way between matt & gloss.
2. If you want “matt cello” or “gloss cello” (thin plastic layer) it will be ~12c extra per unit. The cello does protect the case but isn’t essential, & makes the product harder to recycle.
3. Alternatively, you might want an “uncoated” stock (rough texture), in which case we’ll use uncoated 100% recycled stock (~12c extra per unit).

Digital Printing (less than 250)
Yes. We have a few options:
1. Our standard stock is coated, which is half way between matt & gloss. The ink from digital printing sits on top of the paper & gives quite a glossy effect.
2. If you want “matt cello” or “gloss cello” (thin plastic layer), it will be at least 30c extra per unit. *Cello makes the product harder to recycle.

What is the most environmentally friendly CD packaging?

Cardboard CD packaging has 95% less emissions than plastic jewel cases. Recycled cardboard CD cases reduce the emissions even further.

How do I know what my artwork will look like when printed?

There are many variables that can affect colours; the media it’s printed on, whether it’s coated or uncoated, the type of printing (e.g. offset, inkjet, thermal), the individual machine used etc.

Viewing artwork on a backlit screen like a computer will again give a different representation of the colours, and each device will have it’s own colour profiles, so its very hard to tell what something on a screen will look like when printed.

With offset printing, different jobs are often put together, and there will be a very slight change in colour each time you use the machine. For large companies like Coke, they buy out the whole plate to get their ‘red’, but this costs a lot.

99.9% of print clients are happy with industry standard 5%-10% colour variance. The important thing is how the artwork looks as a whole. But if you are very picky with colours, we advise doing a physical proof for $120 (please note this will slow down turn around).

How much does freight cost?

As a general rule:

CD Duplication (Small Runs 50 below) = $25
CD Duplication (Small Runs above 50) = $35
CD Replication – to Business Address = $50
CD Replication – to Residential Address = $75

What's your minimum for vinyl?

Our minimum for vinyl is 100:

100 x 12″ Black Vinyl + Colour Labels + Inner Sleeve + Colour Printed Jacket (80% Recycled)
Pressed in Australia: $2080 ex GST
Pressed in Czech Republic: $1850 ex GST (inc. 1 efficient Kenyan cook stove which offsets 3 tonnes CO2/yr)

150 x 12″ Black Vinyl + Colour Labels + Inner Sleeve + Colour Printed Jacket (80% Recycled)
Pressed in Australia: $2220 ex GST
Pressed in Czech Republic: $2020 ex GST (inc. 1 efficient Kenyan cook stove which offsets 3 tonnes CO2/yr)

*Current turn around is 6-12 weeks (Aus) or 7-14 weeks (C.R.)

For super small runs (hand cut not pressed) see:
http://www.cutandgroove.com/pricing
Or
http://www.smallrun.com.au

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