How to Print on a Verbatim Printable DVD

By Elizabeth Mott

Printable optical media eliminate the need for adhesive labels.
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Whether you want to label a single disc or batches of DVDs, Verbatim's optical media include options that match up with the most common methods of on-disc printing. The Verbatim product you select depends on the printing device you want to use and the type of labeling layout you want to create, ranging from all over coverage to limited printing areas. You can choose Verbatim media for use in a desktop output device or for production in a commercial facility.


If you're accustomed to using the word "thermal" to refer to peripherals that print single-color labels on adhesive-backed stock, the devices that use Verbatim's thermal-ready discs will surprise you. These media qualify for use in dye sublimation printing hardware. Unlike other thermal output processes, dye sublimation vaporizes a colored ribbon onto a printed surface. Each section of the consumable contains subsections in cyan, magenta, yellow and black, producing four-color output capable of rendering photos and graphics with high fidelity. Some thermal printers create a label image on a separate retransfer sheet and apply it to a disc, with high-resolution results that resist friction, light and moisture.


From desktop printers that accommodate optical media in special feed-through trays to higher-volume robotic disc duplicators that print multiple copies without operator intervention, inkjet technology can apply high-quality imprinting on Verbatim stock. Special disc coatings accommodate the need for ink absorption, promoting quick drying and resistance to moisture. Some media printers use separate ink cartridges for each component color and can produce between 850 and 1,500 discs from a single set of consumables, depending on the amount of ink coverage in a disc label design.

Silk Screening

High-volume disc printing traditionally relies on silk screening. Unlike digital output processes, this time-tested production method uses inks that can include pre-mixed spot colors, metallics and custom shades. After exposing a light-sensitive emulsion to a film-based representation of the visual material to be applied in each ink color, the resulting screen loads on a printing device and accepts squeegeed ink through tiny openings. The completed image can include open areas in which you can imprint job-specific data on a single-color desktop thermal device.

Disc Types

As of July 2013, Verbatim manufactures inkjet media with matte white, glossy white or silver surfaces, including discs that accept printing all the way up to the center hole. These include miniature CDs and DVDs as well as "digital vinyl" discs that look like 45-rpm records. Verbatim's thermal CD and DVD media come in white or crystal surfaces, with print-to-center discs available only in white. Because silk screening can include a layer of white ink that opaques the disc surface to prevent the diffracted effect of the data layer from showing through unprinted areas, Verbatim sells its silk screen media only in shiny silver, with print-to-center discs available only in DVD-R format.