Better LightScribe Contrast
LightScribe labeling has two shortcomings...
1: LightScribe labels are not dark enough.
2: LightScribe labels are not full color.
Below I show you the four ways to get better LightScribe contrast, getting the
dark LightScribe labels we all desire.
As for color labels, solving this problem is way beyond me and probably anybody
LightScribe labels are created by 'burning' an image (and/or text) onto a specially prepared disc. The
LightScribe layer reacts to the light emitted by the laser in a LightScribe drive and changes the color of the
pigment on the disc in relation to the varying contrast of the image being burned.
So any attempt to increase the contrast of a LightScribe label must work with the strengths and weaknesses of
1: LightScribe Control Panel
The first thing you must do is to set the contrast in the
LightScribe Control Panel to Enhanced...
The LightScribe control panel can be opened from either the icon in
the desktop taskbar...
Or from the start menu...
When you launch it go to the Settings Tab and change
the default setting for LightScribe Contrast to Enhanced.
This completes the first step in achieving better LightScribe contrast.
If you do just this one step your LightScribe labels will be about 30-40% darker.
This is a 'one time only' operation. Once the LightScribe Contrast settings have been changed you
never have to use the LightScribe control panel again...
2: LightScribe 'Print' Setting
The next step in creating darker LightScribe Labels is one you
probably already do. However just in case I will outline this very simple LightScribe contrast
No matter which Lightscribe labeling software you use you will
always be offer three print settings.
To illustrate I will use the good old LightScribe Template
I will not here go through the label design process as all we are interested in is how to
increase the contrast of our LightScribe labels. So to that end I will go straight to the 'print screen'.
Here we can see the 3 options:
It goes without saying but I'm going to say it anyway... ALWAYS use BEST!
Now putting together both Enhanced Contrast setting AND the Print
Contrast setting we get a significant improvement in LightScribe Label contrast.
As much as 100% depending on the depth of contrast in the original label image.
There is a 'cost' to all this getting a darker LightScribe label and that is the time it takes to
burn the label. The following LightScribe contrast diagram illustrates the variation achievable.
LightScribe Label Design Contrast
This next way to increase the contrast of your LightScribe labels
is in fact the most 'complicated' of the four.
The reason LightScribe labels suffer from poor contrast in many
cases is the fact that the original photos or images used to create the label are themselves lacking in
The way to overcome this and hence create darker LightScribe labels
is to alter the brightness and contrast of these original 'images'.
To do this you will need either a separate image editing program
and/or LightScribe labeling software capable of manipulating the images one they have been imported into
The LightScribe Toolbox contains both of these. A great graphics
program to edit your images and LightScribe labeling software capable of further enhancing you images if
Below are the results of using 'Original' photos to create a
LightScribe disc and the difference altering the brightness and contrast makes:
And the proof of the pudding is in the final
Finally if you have done all of the above and you are still not happy with the quality of your LightScribe label
then you have one final trick up your sleeve...
Burn the label again...
LightScribe has the unique ability to multiple burn the label and in doing so darken the LightScribe image
with each successive burn.
To do this in the LightScribe print options choose the number of times you want the label to be burned...
The CD/DVD will probably eject between print runs, just close the burner's tray and carry on...
The multiple burning of LightScribe labels is achieved because the ring in the center of the LightScribe
disc contains position information to enable the image to be repositioned exactly each time it is burned.
The downside of re-burning is of course the time it takes to burn the label again.
If quality is of paramount importance and time is not an issue then this final step in conjunction with the
other three will create discs you will be proud of.
Please be aware that because of the difference in the thickness of the LightScribe coating on CD's and DVD's
(DVD's being thicker...) that LightScribe DVD's will always burn 'lighter' than LightScribe CD's.
So pay particular attention to contrast when you are labeling a LightScribe DVD, what may be fin on a CD
may not on a DVD.
I hope the forgoing has been helpful in your quest to create great LightScribe labels. Do remember I welcome any
and all comments from fellow LightScribe users so email me with any thoughts you may have.
Here is to your continued LightScribe Labeling Success...
Further recommended reading:
LightScribe DVD Drive
LightScribe System Software
7 Steps to LightScribe
7 Steps to LightScribe
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