When I first started to create my own CDs I was not interested in labelling them, after all I only cared about the information contained on the disk. Needless to say I soon discovered my mistake. After making about 4 CDs I found myself placing disks in the drive in order to check what they were, obviously I needed a labelling kit. There were quite a few options available, but fortunately I chose the Press-it kit. The basic design is very simple and therefore very practical. It consists of a base to rest the label on and a spring loaded circular column on which to place the disk. Simply press down the column and the disk rests snugly against the label ensuring an accurate contact. Such a basic mechanical system is very reliable and leaves to room for error, therefore you will have no misplaced or wasted labels to discard. The kit comes with bundled software to create, design and print the labels. However, the software is rather limited and does not read many common image files including .wmf which is the format used by Microsoft for Office clip art. I would recommend using the kit to label your disks, but using your CD burning software such as Nero or Easy CD Creator to design the labels. These programs have a large selection of templates and will read the majority of file formats as well.
The PressIT labeler kit is a very simple and easy to use product. It is designed to make applying CD labels as easy as 123. 1 - Make your Label Design (or download it if you are making a backup copy of your music/data/Playstation CDs - try www.mega-search.net)using the software provided with the PressIT Kit. 2 - Print your label on the PressIT labels supplied.Peel off label and place on PressIT labeler and place you CD on the device. 3 - Simply press the button and Hey-Presto your label is perfectly centred on your CD. This product give a great quality finish to your CDs and is very cost effective. It should cost around £20 for your initial kit (including labeler, software and a few labels). I personally buy clone labels with the same layout as the PressIT format at around £3 for 50 - so it pays to shop around at local PC & stationery shops rather than forking out for the original labels at the main PC retailers. I use my PressIT kit at least 5 or 6 times per week and have no complaints whatsoever!
The Pressit CD Labelling Kit has been around for a while now, and it remains the best product for finishing your CD-Rs. The genius of the design is the plastic "contrivance" used in the labelling process. But let's not get ahead of ourselves... After creating a CD-R, one uses the supplied software (which is a little basic, but does the job) to produce your work of art. You choose whether to make a CD face label or jewel case inserts. Pressit has thoughtfully included sheets of face labels and press-out cards for the jewel case, although these can be purchased separately (and "generic" labels are available, saving a few pence a throw). Once your design is finished, the fun begins. To print jewel case inserts, simply slip one of the sheets into your printer and press out the results. For a CD face label, after printing your design, peel the label carefully from the sheet. Place this upside down on the plastic contrivance. You will notice it fits around the large ring. Now place the CD-R UPSIDE DOWN on the smaller ring. Then, and here comes the fun part, push down the spring-loaded centre piece. This brings the two together, perfectly aligned, and all that needs to be done is a little smoothing out of any wrinkles on the label. Painless and groovy. Such is the popularity of the Pressit design that Nero, the CD Burning application, includes an "economy-size" Pressit labeller. Certainly is a product whose simplicity and ease of use makes it an indespensable tool for the hardened CD burning fan.
This is a very neat labelling kit. You can copy any cd case insert exactly and precisely. It comes with the cd writer set up but you can buy separately. The software comes with lots of example images that you can use for your cds you have copied or if you have a scanner you can scan the original and then drop it in the photo library. You select the image and type in any text that you want to have. Put cd labelling kit sheet into the printer, click on the printer icon and it will magically print a perfect cd label in the circle. This circle is peel off. You peel it off, place it face side down on the apllicator which comes with the kit. Place the cd in the applicator with the written side face down and push down hard on the applicator. You will find a perfect copy. You can buy the sheets in 10s or even 50s. The finished product cannot be told from the original. It is good fun to try!
Pressit is one of a number of similar CD labelling systems available. It consists of a spring-loaded jig on which you place the label and CD and pop one against the other and "bingo"! It is very simple to use and the result is perfect in terms of the label's bonding to the surface and the its physical centreing on the CD - essential if the CD is going to be used in a high-speed reader. I have not fallen foul of either of the pitfalls, there is always time. One day I am sure to put the label on the jig upside down and have to peel it off again! Also, especially if using unbranded CD's, it must be very easy to put the label on the wrong side of the disc thus adding to the stock of expensive beer mats you have produced! The price varies tremendously. Cambridge Computers, where I bought mine, charge £15.00; It is almost double that in the Viking catalogue. The price of extra labels also varies widely, Cambridge Computers charge £6.00 for 25 sheets each of which has 2 sets. I use the plain white ones but there is a range to choose from including transparent and coloured. Each sheet has 2 sets of labels consisting of a circular one for the CD itself and 2 rectangular ones for applying to the OUTSIDE of the jewel case/sleeve. Jewel case inserts is a whole different ball game which is dealt with elsewhere. Pressit comes with a CD which has labelling software called ExPressit which is also reviewed elsewhere but is very comprehensive. Since the labels are, in common with any contact adhesive product, expensive, waste is to be avoided so I always proof my labels on plain paper first. Use a label sheet from which the label(s) have already been used to check that the printing is squarely on the labels and not spilling off them! (Hold them up to the light together.)