How to print CD/DVDs with the Stylus Photo P/PX range

RELATES TO:


  • Stylus Photo P50
  • Stylus Photo PX650, PX660, PX700W, PX710W, PX720WD, PX730WD, PX800FW, PX810FW, PX820FWD, PX830FWD
  • Epson Print CD


EXPLANATION:



The Epson Print CD software included with the printer allows you to create CD/DVD labels. Once the design is created, you can print it directly to a 12 cm or 8 cm CD/DVD.

Before you print, create the CD/DVD label data using EPSON Print CD. For a guide see related article How to use EPSON Print CD Ver. 2.x. We only recommend using the EPSON Print CD software to print directly to CD/DVDs.


  1. Cleaning the printer before printing to a CD/DVD

    Before printing to a CD/DVD, it is advisable to clean the roller inside of the printer, this can be done by feeding and ejecting A4 size plain paper. This will prevent any possible dirt on the roller from adhering to the printable surface of the CD/DVD. Clean this roller only once before printing to a CD/DVD. This process does not need to be completed each time you want to print to a CD/DVD, but is advisable if the printer has not been used for some time.

    1. Make sure that the printer is switched on and the paper support tray is open.

    2. Slide out the extension, then open the output tray.

    3. Position the CD/DVD. Choose one of the guides below to correctly position a CD/DVD specific to your printer model.

      When the guide opens in the new window, click on the link for 'Positioning a CD/DVD'.



  2. Accessing Epson Print CD

    Double-click the Print CD icon on the desktop. If the icon is not visible on the desktop, follow the instructions below as appropriate for your computer's operating system:

    • Windows Vista/7: Click the Start button. From the Programs menu select Epson Software, then click Print CD.

    • Windows XP/2000: Open the Start menu. From All Programs (Windows XP) or Programs (Windows 2000), select Epson Software, then click Print CD.

    • Mac OS X:
      • If there is no icon for Epson Print CD on the desktop, open the Finder window.
      • From the Finder window choose Applications, then double click Epson Print CD.

  3. Printing on a CD/DVD

    Epson Print CD enables you to print images on to a CD/DVD. The following instructions explain how to print on to a CD/DVD using Epson Print CD.


    Note:

    Only one CD or DVD can be printed at a time. When the 'Copies' setting is set to '2' or more, remove each CD or DVD from the tray after it has been printed, and then place the next CD or DVD on the tray. Press the Start button to resume printing.


    For Windows users:

    Making basic settings:

    1. Click Print on the File menu, the Print dialog box will appear.


    2. Make sure that the printer you wish to use is selected in the Print Settings window.

    3. Select CD/DVD or CD/DVD Premium Surface as the Media Type setting.

    4. Select None as the Print Confirmation Pattern setting, then click Print.

    5. After printing on a CD/DVD, carefully remove the CD/DVD from the CD/DVD tray, and then press the CD Tray button to close it.

    Making advanced settings:

    You can make more complex settings using the printer driver.

    1. Click Print on the File menu, the Print dialog box will appear.

    2. Click the Manual Print button.

    3. Make sure that your printer is selected as the Name setting.

    4. Select A4 as the Size setting.

    5. Select CD/DVD as the Source setting.

    6. Select Portrait as the Orientation setting.

    7. Click Properties to access the printer driver.

    8. Select CD/DVD or CD/DVD Premium Surface as the Type setting.

    9. Adjust other settings to meet your individual needs.

    10. Click OK to close the printer driver.

    11. Click OK to print the data. After printing on to a CD/DVD, carefully remove the CD/DVD from the tray, then press the CD Tray button to close it.

    For Mac OS X users:

    Making basic settings:

    1. Select Print from the File menu, the Print dialog box will appear.

    2. Click the Select Printer button.

    3. Select your printer from the printer list.

    4. Select CD/DVD or CD/DVD Premium Surface as the Media Type setting.

    5. Make sure None is selected as the Print Check Pattern setting and click Print.

    6. After printing on to a CD/DVD, carefully remove the CD/DVD from the tray, then press the CD Tray button to close it.

    Making advanced settings:

    You can make more complex settings using the printer driver.

    1. Click Print on the File menu, the Print dialog box will appear.

    2. Click the Select Printer button.

    3. Select your printer from the printer list.

    4. Click the Manual Print button to access the Page Setup dialog box.


    5. When the following dialog box appears, click OK.


    6. The Page Setup dialog box will appear.


    7. Make sure that your printer is selected as the Format for: setting.

    8. Select A4 as the Paper Size setting.

    9. Select Portrait as the Orientation setting.

    10. Click OK to access the Print dialog box.


    11. Make sure that your printer is selected in the Printer setting window.

    12. Select Print Settings.

    13. Select CD/DVD or CD/DVD Premium Surface as the Media Type setting.

    14. Adjust other settings to meet your individual needs and click Print.

    15. After printing on to a CD/DVD, carefully remove the CD/DVD from the CD/DVD tray, then press the CD Tray button to close it.

  4. Printing on to a CD/DVD with other commercially-available software packages

    When you print on to a CD/DVD with commercially available software packages that supports CD/DVD printing, ensure you make the following settings:


    Size Orientation Source (Windows) Type Tray type*
    A4 Portrait CD/DVD CD/DVD or CD/DVD Premium Surface Epson Tray Type 2 **

    * Needs to be specified depending on the software.
    ** The name varies depending on the software.


  5. Precautions to follow for CD/DVD printing

    CD/DVD types:
    • Use only CD/DVD labelled as suitable for printing, for example "Printable on the label surface" or "Printable with ink jet printers".

    • Print only on a circular CD/DVD.

    Print quality:
    • Try to test print on a spare CD/DVD and check the printed surface after waiting for one full day, especially before printing a large amount of CD/DVDs.

    • A lower level of color saturation is used to ensure print quality when printing on a CD/DVD, as opposed to Epson special paper.

    • Depending on the CD/DVD type, smearing may occur depending on the level of color saturation.

    • Moisture on the printable surface may cause smearing.

    • If the CD/DVD tray or the internal transparent compartment are accidentally printed on, immediately wipe off the ink.

    • Reprinting on the same CD/DVD may not improve the print quality.

    • If the printed surface is sticky even after it has dried, the color saturation level may be too high. In that case, lower the level of the color saturation in Epson Print CD.

    • If the print position is misaligned, adjust it using Epson Print CD.

    • If the ink smears, adjust the color saturation using Epson Print CD.

    Application settings and CD/DVD handling:
    • If you print on a CD/DVD using an application which does not support CD/DVD printing, stains may form on the CD/DVD tray, CD, DVD or the inside of the printer.

    • If you select CD/DVD Premium Surface as the Media Type setting in the printer driver and use a high quality CD/DVD, you can create high quality CD/DVD labels.

    • Be sure to let CDs and DVDs dry completely before using them or touching the printed surface. CDs and DVDs printed using CD/DVD Premium Surface as the Media Type setting take longer to dry than those printed using CD/DVD as the Media Type setting. Allow CDs and DVDs printed using the CD/DVD Premium Surface setting to dry for 24 hours.

    • For more details on handling CD/DVDs and guidelines for writing data to a CD/DVD, refer to your CD/DVD's documentation.

    • Before using or touching the printed surface of your CD/DVDs, make sure you dry them completely and out of direct sunlight.

    • Do not print on the CD/DVD before writing your data to it. If you do, fingerprints, dirt, or scratches on the surface may cause errors while writing data.

    • You can set the printable area of a CD/DVD using Epson Print CD. Set the printable area to fit the printable area of the CD/DVD that you are printing on. When you make settings, note that improper settings may stain the CD/DVD tray, CD, or DVD.

      The printable area of a CD/DVD is illustrated as follows.



      A 18mm
      B 120mm
      C 80mm
      Inner hub area 18 to 43mm
      Outer periphery area 117 to 120 mm (12-cm CD/DVD), 77 to 80 mm (8-cm CD/DVD)


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