Clear Substrate CD, Transparent Discs!

  • Clear Substrate Cds - How we make Transparent Discs!

    Normally a full-size (12cm) disc will be metallized out to the edge. It's possible, though, to have a full size disc metalized only out to the mini disc size (8 cm), leaving the remainder of the disc metal-free. We call it "clear substrate". If you have a title that really doesn't require a full cd of data (mini's hold 191MB of data), you can make a really unique Clear Sub Disc and have some fun with the art! Because these are physically full size, they have the added benefit of not having playability issues in slot players.
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  • Transparent Disc Artwork (fun things you can do…)

    Clear substrate is great for any project with a low amount of data, such as a CD single or a promotional piece. Clear substrate is a good choice for many children's CDs!
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  • See Through Packaging Options - Clear Sub CDs with Clear Cases

    You can showcase a clear sub disc by placing it in a clear case package. Here's one example:clear substrate cd clear case packagingclear substrate disc and clear case packaging

  • A Minimalistic Approach to Showcasing a Clear Substrate CD

    Another approach is to go with a minimalistic approach. Sometimes more is less. Take a look at what this client did:
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  • Disc Printing - How to Set up Spot White

    When you have determined what areas are to be done in white ink, you should create one or more layers with only the art that's to be in white, all done in one printing ink. If you have created white pixels over transparency, you'll need to make a copy of the white layers, with all the white ink converted to a pure ink color. Otherwise, the white pixels won't print because they're white, and in Photoshop, "white" means "paper."
    Here's one way to convert the white into something that will print with white ink:
    1. Turn off all non-white art. You should see white pixels with varying amounts of opacity, over the checkerboard transparency background. If you don't see this, You will need to get yourself a trans
    parent background by either turning off the background visibility or by deleting the background pixels.
    2. With the "marquee" tool selected, perform a "select all." You should see the "crawling ants" around your entire image, including the transparent areas.
    3. Switch to the "move" tool, and "nudge" the selection with a cursor key, first one tap in one direction, then one tap in the opposite direction. This should convert your big rectangular selection to one that contains only the white pixels.
    4. In the "Select" menu, choose "Save Selection." and save the selection to a new mask (alpha) channel.
    5. Create a new layer, which will contain the printable white art. Turn off all other layer visibility, leaving only this new, empty layer.
    6. We are now going to create art in a single ink color, in the new layer. Select the new layer, and with a pure process color set up and using the paint bucket tool, fill the entire layer with the process color.
    7. Go to the channels palette, select the new mask channel you made and perform "Image>Adjustment>Invert," and then copy the entire mask channel. (Fear not if you don't see colors when working in a single color channel. That's what you're supposed to see if there's only one channel selected. You're supposed to see in the channel where that ink color will go and how dense it will be, not what the color will look like. This allows you to work with very light colors [ light gray PMS colors or yellow, for instance] )
    8. Turn on the color channel you filled previously, and do a "paste." You should see a black and white image showing all the areas that need to have white ink. When you turn all the channels back on, you should see the white ink art in that single ink color.
    9. Name the layer something like "White Ink," so that we'll know which
    When done this way, we (or you) can place your art into an InDesign master page, and, the white art can be duplicated on a new page, with only the white layers made visible through the "Object Layer Override" functionality built into InDesign
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  • Common Questions - No Recordable Versions, No DVD versions, Min Qty

    Clear sub cds are made using a mini cd mold. The mold is for a mini 8cm cd (pressed). We cannot make a recordable version, or a dvd version. We have to specially prepare the production line to make these so turn time is a little longer and we're not able to make a test disc on these. We have a min qty order of 1000 units on these.

    --> Not available in recordable format
    --> Not available in DVD format
    --> Not available on rush schedule
    --> Clear sub test disc not available
    --> Min order 1000 units

    But, you do get a incredibly cool and unique disc :)

  • Ready to Manufacture? Request a Quote!

    If you know what you want to manufacture, send us the specifics and we can help you with the costs. Send us an email with your spec. If you need some help defining your spec, please feel very free to attach a sketch or a title you saw that you liked.

    Qty: (1000 MIN ORDER)
    Disc: Clear Substrate CD (mini cd format, data under 191MB)
    ...Paper Stock:
    ...Special Printing Effects or Die Cuts:
    Assembly: insertion & shrinkwrap
    Shipping: standard 5 days, US address (let us know if different)

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