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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300 System
I had some trouble getting my new Epson R200 to print directly onto printable CDs and DVDs from OS X this past weekend. So I called Epson support to get the scoop, and wanted to share what I learned, because the info in the manual doesn't include all the details needed to get things to work. The good news is, once you enter the correct settings, it works easily and flawlessly, and the CDs and DVDs you can produce look really nice! Here are the steps to follow:
  1. Build the image you want to print on the disc in the Epson Print CD program.
  2. From within this app, go to File -> Page Setup, and set the following options:
    • Format For: Epson Stylus R200 (Borderless Sheet Feeder)
    • Paper Size: A4
  3. Go to File -> Print, and set these options:
    • Printer: Stylus Photo R200
    • In the drop-down menu below Presets:
      • Choose Print Settings
      • Set Media Type to CD/DVD
      • Set Mode to Automatic (make sure under the Advanced settings that all of the following are un-checked (not selected): Super MicroWeave (should be off), High Speed (should be off), Mirror image (should be off)
The A4 paper size threw me, as I live in the US and am not likely to ever feed A4 paper into this printer. But that's what the Epson tech told me to use, and it worked. I have not fiddled with it to see if other settings will work. It may be that with the other settings, this one ends up being ignored (not sure). With these settings, and following the instructions in the manual about carefully lining up the arrows on the disc feeder tray, the printer works very well, and produces very nice looking discs with minimal time/work/effort.
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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: pierce on Dec 02, '04 11:44:49AM

<A href="http://www.disclabel.com">Disclabel</A> works great with my R300. I use it all the time just for that.

Between disclabel, and the CD insert printer in itunes, I'm a happy camper...



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: las_vegas on Dec 07, '04 05:35:07PM
I agree that DiskLabel is the best choice. It's instructions are horrible, but once you learn the capabilities of the features, there's rarely a need for editing from outside the program (IE: Photoshop). My only real complaint with DiskLabel is that graphic fonts are substituted and Text Objects are difficult to work with since the program requires clicking on the text itself rather than the object area. Using the alignment feature of DiscLabel assures that not only do the CDs align perfectly, all other label media works as well.

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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: Tropicalisurf on Dec 02, '04 12:09:25PM

TO THE AUTHOR:
this doesn't have anything to do with the hint. i just wanted to ask if you could comment on the print quality on the cd/dvd? i'm buying the r200 this week but haven't really seen any print samples on discs. is it fast drying (comes out dry right after printing)? is it recommended to burn the cd first, or print on it first and then burn?
thanks a lot!



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: stonemtn on Dec 02, '04 12:40:53PM

I personally find the quality of the R300 to be excellent. The Epson Print CD app is a little buggy though -- if you have no printers install and try to print (I did this once, accidentally) then it asks you to choose a printer from the Chooser first (Carbon App, anyone?) and as far as I can figure out, will not print until you reinstall the app.

Other than that the product works as advertised and I am VERY happy.



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: genericuser on Dec 04, '04 01:00:29AM

The Epson website suggests burning the disc before your print on it. It also suggests allowing the ink to dry for 24 hours.

I use Discus software from MagicMouse. It cannot be beat.

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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: WildDude92 on Dec 02, '04 12:39:40PM

I have a R200 and the print quality is great. I will go so far as to say photo quality. It is not waterproof. I am going to get some spray on waterproof from an arts and craft store.

Anyone have a better suggestion?



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: blubbernaut on Dec 02, '04 07:01:35PM

I've been experimenting a little with coatings: I've tried Helmar's Crystal Kote Fixative spray and National Art Materials' Gloss Varnish. Both have worked ok. The Crystal Kote is more designed for artists to protect their drawings etc inbetween sessions, and you can draw or paint over the top of it, so therefore it isn't really waterproof. The Gloss Varnish has been a bit better in that regard, but you really have to do several light coats for it to work. It was tending to bead slightly if you don't spray very lightly, but then if do go very lightly, you have to do a lot of coats for it to become waterproof...pretty tedious when you have to leave it for 5-10 each time, for each disc!

Any other suggestions?



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: xianman on Dec 02, '04 10:59:32PM

Don't play with your CD's in the bathtub?

;-)



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: cstumpf on Feb 18, '05 01:46:03PM

Well, a company called Diversified Systems Group, Inc. has what they call PhotoCoat media. It basically has the same ttype of coating that photo paper has, which renders the image waterproof. They aren't cheap though. Cost is around a dollar a disc when bough on a spindle of 100.

href>http://www.dsgi.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/cgi-local/pagegen_cdr.pl?U+scstore+kmmh0064ff6ba06b+CDR-PTC-PRE+prodtmpl_cdr_photocoat.html



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: everyplace on Dec 02, '04 02:17:16PM

A4 paper size? Weird. I've had one of these for a few months at work, and the quality of the prints are incredible... when you can get it to print. It seems so finicky with tray placement, when you can and can't place the tray into the printer for printing. Things of that nature. But once you get it just right and it actually prints, it works incredibly well.

We are using this printer at work in the interim before actually buying a proper cd printer, like the Bravo Primera II (the new version looks a little expensive for not a whole lot more, I think we'll stay with the older version). As such, the introduction of printing onto cds has really added a lot to work we give to clients, but sometimes because of the inconsistencies of not always working, I still have to hand-label things. But like I said, when it works, it works well. Not a bad investment at all for $99 or whatever it's selling for these days.



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: Brian Nash on Dec 02, '04 03:17:29PM

The Epson Print CD program is a convoluted mess. I create CD/DVD artwork in Adobe Illustrator using my custom template. Artwork is masked to fit automatically.

  1. Choose Page Setup, A4 and Manual Feed.
  2. Select Media Type: CD/DVD.
  3. Line up the white triangle on the tray and select Print.

Download the R200/R300 Illustrator template here.



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: Brian Nash on Dec 13, '04 02:00:32PM
I've updated the template as of December 12. There are now versions for Illustrator8 and IllustratorCS. A number of other updates were made to the templates to correct various problems. Download the updated version (same link as before).

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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: soulsun69 on Dec 19, '04 05:20:25AM

Brian you are the man. I couldn't agree with you more Epson's Print CD program is an absolute joke, it's definitely the most lacking piece of software I have ever encountered. I downloaded your file and opened it with Illustrator 10 and it was almost perfect. Which brings me to my question. How did you set up this file. I'd like to slightly nudge the template up about 1mm. Also what's the process for printing on a CD that is printable all the way to the hole. Thanks again, you saved my sanity and this printer from going through my bedroom window.



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: soulsun69 on Dec 19, '04 06:12:52AM

Never mind, I figured it out. I just had to make an extremely minor adjustment. I can't thank you enough.



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: jbelkin on Dec 02, '04 03:23:43PM

First, if you actually read the 1-sheet instruction sheet, that's EACTLY what it tells you to do so it's not exactly a hint, more like if you lose your instruction sheet, you can go to epson's website or call - BTW, I had to swap out a printer - their customer service is great! They responded by email and the 800 number sent me a new printer before I mailed back the old printer (pre-paid postage also) so Epson has been a great experience in all aspects.

The printer is FANTASTIC! They recommend that you encode the disc first versus printing it first since dust from the printer sleeve might scratch the disc beforehand, I encode first and then print - no problems after a couple hundred discs so I acnnot say if the other way works but why waste time printing out a possible coaster?

The controls are also great in the software - while it's PC like in many aspects (no un-delete), it does the trick 98% of the time - you can set the ring size - I have used discs with large hubs to the newer ones with printable hubs almost to the center - just type in the size. You import a picture, stretch and send to back. You can brighten/contrast every photo so if it's too distracting from the text or you want to make it brighter.

Create a text box and use any font in your system - for some odd reason it has trouble with blue text with a drop shadow - the drop shadow is weirdly misaligned but not with any other color. There are even some rudimentary text effects like stretching and warping.

I actually find that printing on SILVER printable discs is much classier looking than on WHITE discs - especially if your disc is not text heavy and you can really see the artwork. My only hint here is you probably want to set the +1 setting on ink spray (in the epson CD printer options within the apple printer setup). You can also set the alignment so your first few CD.DVD's might be off by a few mm's until you adjust it correctly - it's very, very slight so they're not wasted - just depends on if your 1,000% anal & fanatical :-)

Yes, the A4 setting is a little odd but since you have to drop down the CD/DVD latched drawer first, it's not like the printer might accidentally send a sheet of regular paper down (that's the bottom area).

The included clip art is 90% PC-laughable-bad but that's just another reason for us mac users to smirk. If you're like me, you'll be reading a magazine and see some image and think, that would make a cool DVD background :-)

Costco has the epson multipack together for $60 so if you're curious about expendables. Buying the colors individually is about $75 for the 6 cartridges.

I also got the color LCD screen and like it a lot - just put in your memory card, sroll through, pick the photo you want and press print (borderless 4 by 6 and up to borderless 11 by 8.5") - the only minor thing is the LED screen with other printer settings is rather dim so if you store it in a slightly dark area, it can be hard to read but that's a tiny complaint regarding great, great printer - especially if you're buying a new mac - it's only aboyt $49 after rebate!



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Epson R200 and R300 w/Bluetooth
Authored by: eaprince on Dec 02, '04 04:15:32PM

Slightly off topic, but has anyone messed with the Bluetooth adapter for these printers?

--Erik
eaprince@nospam.speakeasy.net

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eaprince@excite.nospam.com



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Epson R200 and R300 w/Bluetooth
Authored by: hammer on Dec 04, '04 03:33:08AM

I've tried printing from osX and Win xp and found that the printing is incredibly slow. It does have a nice blue light on the adapter, but unless there is some way to speed things up I would suggest that you skip this option.



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Trouble printing with R200
Authored by: jonahlee on Dec 03, '04 10:55:43PM

Yea, the A4 is all in the instructions, which are complete and tell how to print. The worst part for me is getting the discs to load. Much of the time it misloads and gets spit back out, then you must remove the disc and carrier, close the drive door, and wait for the printer to reset, and then try it again. Sometimes it happens to me again and again, and sometimes it doesn't, but the loading of discs needs to be better and with change of error.

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Trouble printing with R200
Authored by: Brian Nash on Dec 04, '04 01:17:22AM

Load the tray again lining up the white triangle properly and push the printer's blinking button. Should clear the error and load properly.



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Trouble printing with R200
Authored by: las_vegas on Dec 07, '04 05:24:47PM

When my R300 misloads all I do is wait for the error dialog to appear on the screen, re-align the arrows (BTW: I cut some white adhesive arrows to fit the indents), and press the Select button on the printer. This works everytime.



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: electrolyte on Dec 06, '04 01:04:02PM

I have a problem with printing onto discs with my r200 printer, in that the cd/dvd option is greyed out in the bit where you select the media to print on... in fact so are ink jet transparencies and colourlife photopaper! I'm sure its probably my fault and I did something hideously wrong as I am rather unfamiliar with macs, but printing on every other media works fine, its just that I can't select these options! does anyone have any idea what's wrong with it??

ta in advance



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: mac-in-tosh on Dec 30, '04 02:40:55PM

Sounds like you don't have the CD/DVD guide tray folded down. If you do I'd say the sensor that shows it down is not working?



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: electrolyte on Dec 31, '04 01:21:27PM

it is down and the... other thing with the cd on is inserted and it all looks ok except for the printing options being greyed out :\



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: jordan314 on Feb 17, '05 01:45:51PM

The pressing the paper load button tip was helpful, I'm printing multiple CDs for my band and it was cumbersome to go through the print command steps over and over. Now I can have it print multiple copies and use the load button on the printer between each one, I just have to be careful to pull the tray out between each CD and then align the arrows again because once it grabbed the tray wrong and ate the whole thing. I had to carefully push it back out through the slot in the back to pull it back out.
If CDs start to get dirty when printed, cleaning the rollers helps--Close the CD tray, put in some paper, and hit the load paper button a couple times just to feed blank paper through.
Also, I found a tip on another blog that helped me when installing--selecting the printer under USB for printers gives you an erroneous "driver not installed" error, no matter how many times you install it--that stumped me for a while--you have to select the printer under "Epson USB".



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: tranng on Mar 20, '05 02:11:23AM

I bought the R200 already. It works good. However, I lost the cd. Can anyone please send me the software that I can print on the cd! I desperately need it. I think it < 2 M

at tranng@hotmail.com

thanks



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Print on CD and DVD discs with Epson R200 and R300
Authored by: Toph on Sep 02, '07 10:56:27PM

DRYING!!
I was having some problems with smudges on the dvds I was printing on my R320. My solution was to buy a can of clear coat spray paint and top the dvd with that. Unless you stare at the dvd under certain light you can't even tell that it was sprayed with anything. It took about 10 minutes to dry to the touch and about 15 till I stacked them (just to be sure). It has since been over 24 hours and they look great and dont stick together or anything.
When spraying them though, make sure you do it in a clean area so dirt, dust, hair, etc. dont dry into the disc.



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