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Creating CD or DVD Disc Labels with LightScribe

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This document pertains to HP notebook computers with a LightScribe-enabled DVD drive.
For organizational purposes, it is best to label your CD or DVD discs when you create them. While you can do this by writing on the top surface of the disc with a permanent marker, you may want to have a more finished, professional look for your discs. Printed paper labels for discs can be created using label-making software, such as InterVideo, Sonic Express, or Roxio Express labeler. These label-making programs allow you to design a label with text and graphics, and then print the design on a commercially-available label paper.
Your HP notebook computer might also be equipped with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling, an innovative technology that uses enhanced disc drive and label-making software to burn silk-screen quality monochrome labels directly onto specially coated CDs and DVDs. Add your files to the disc, flip the disc over, and then burn the label.
NOTE:Hewlett-Packard's LightScribe website is no longer active. LightScribe software and disc utilities may be found on a number of public websites. Search the Internet for LightScribe to find these pages.
This document provides information on creating printed-paper and LightScribe labels with common label making programs.
NOTE:The configuration of software on each notebook model is different. If your computer is not equipped with any of the label creation software, you can purchase a commercially available program. This document provides instructions for creating labels using the following programs:

Requirements for creating a label using LightScribe

Any notebook can create and print CD/DVD paper labels, however, many notebook computers are also equipped with the LightScribe Direct Disc labeling function. If the drive door has the LightScribe name or logo, or if a LightScribe sticker appears anywhere on the notebook, your drive is LightScribe-capable. If the software you are using to burn disks is not LightScribe, it will still recognize the LightScribe driver on your computer and activate it to create labels. A LightScribe-enabled drive uses an optical laser to burn an image into a dye film on the label side of a LightScribe disc.
Figure 1: LightScribe
Image of the LightScribe logo.
To create a LightScribe label, you will need the following:
  • A LightScribe optical drive.
  • A writeable LightScribe disc. LightScribe CDs come in gold, yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. Currently, LightScribe DVDs come only in gold.
  • LightScribe system software, which comes pre-installed on all HP notebooks with LightScribe Drives.
  • Labeling software that supports LightScribe.

Tips for using LightScribe

Keep the following things in mind when burning a label using LightScribe.
  • The higher the contrast you set, the darker and better the quality of the label will be. However, the higher the contrast, the longer the burning time will be.
  • LightScribe has a variety of pre-designed templates for you to use, though you may use your own designs and custom graphics.
  • You can add new text and pictures (for example, more song names or file names) to a previously burned label. Load the label design that you originally used to burn the label, clear the existing text and graphics to prevent burning duplicate information, add the new label information, and then burn again.
  • Improve burn times by switching from Best to Normal mode. Since LightScribe burns from the center of the disc to the outside edge in concentric rings, you will burn fewer tracks per inch, which takes less burn time, but creates a lighter image. You can also use the Title or Content templates, instead of Full Disc . These templates save time by confining your label to a narrower band. Using circular text (which wraps around the disc inside of a single set of those concentric rings) instead of straight text (which cuts across multiple bands of rings) can also speed up burn times.
  • While the label is burning, keep your notebook AC adapter and power cord plugged into a working electrical outlet, and avoid jarring or moving the notebook. You may, however, continue using your notebook for other tasks while burning a label.

Create a LightScribe label using InterVideo DiscLabel

  1. Click Start , All Programs , InterVideo , and then click InterVideo DiscLabel .
    Alternately, click Start , type InterVideo in the Search field, and select InterVideo DiscLabel .
  2. Select a template style from the Template menu and click Apply .
  3. Double-click the title text box, if available, or click Add Text .
  4. Type the text into the Edit window and then click OK .
  5. With the text box selected (click the box once), use the Text toolbar to modify the font, color, and other text properties.
  6. Double-click the list text box, if present, or click Add List to add a list of contents to the label.
  7. Click Add to add a row to the list, and enter the desired text for a list item (Title, Artist, or Length).
  8. Repeat the previous step for each item that you want to add to the list of contents.
  9. Click OK when you are finished with the list.
  10. Perform one of the following actions to select a background for the disc label:
    • Click the Theme menu and choose one of the provided theme images. Click Apply .
    • Click Edit Background and then click Change Background to add a background image to the label. Follow the on-screen instructions to browse and select an image file. InterVideo DiscLabel supports .jpg, .bmp, and .png image files.
  11. Click Add Image and follow the on-screen instructions to browse to and select an image file.
  12. Click and drag the image to the desired area on the label. You can resize the image by clicking and dragging the sides or corners of the image.
    NOTE: If you use a color image or theme, LightScribe burns it as a grayscale (monochrome) image.
  13. When you are satisfied with the appearance of your label design, perform one of the following actions to print the label.
    • For a LightScribe label: insert the LightScribe disc (label-side down) into the disc drive tray, click Print , and select LightScribe 12cm Disc from the Disc Label menu.
      Select a Contrast Level and then click OK to begin burning the label. The estimated time to complete the label is displayed, along with a progress bar. You can continue to work on your computer while LightScribe is burning the label.
    • For a paper label: insert the commercially-available label template in the printer tray, click Print , and select the desired printer.

Create a label using Roxio Express Labeler

  1. Click Start , All Programs , Roxio , and then click Roxio Express Labeler .
    Alternately, click Start , type Roxio in the search field, and select Roxio Express Labeler .
  2. In the Step 1: Select Project panel, select Disc Label .
  3. In the Step 2: Edit panel, click Options to select a template style.
  4. Click Disc Titles to display the Edit Disc Title window. Enter text for the title and subtitle.
  5. Click Tracks to display the Edit Tracks window. Click New . Enter text to identify the track or file (you can optionally enter artist and date, or length), and then click OK .
  6. Repeat the previous step for each track or file on the disc. When you have entered the desired information, click OK .
  7. Click the left or right arrows next to Layout and Background to select design elements for the disc. The selections you make are previewed in the disc window.
    NOTE:If you use a color image, LightScribe burns it as a grayscale (monochrome) image.
  8. When you are satisfied with the appearance of your label design, perform one of the following actions to print the label.
    • For a LightScribe label: insert the LightScribe disc (label-side down) into the disc drive tray, click Print , and select LightScribe 12cm Disc from the Disc Label menu.
      Select a Contrast Level and then click OK to begin burning the label. The estimated time to complete the label is displayed, along with a progress bar. You can continue to work on your computer while LightScribe is burning the label.
    • For a paper label: insert the commercially-available label template in the printer tray, click Print , and select the desired printer.

Create a LightScribe label using Sonic Express Labeler

  1. Click Start , All Programs , Sonic RecordNow! , and then click Express Labeler .
    Alternately, click Start , type Sonic in the search field, and select Express Labeler .
  2. In Step 1: Select Project panel, select Disc Label .
  3. Step 2: Edit panel, select Disc Titles to display the Edit Disc Title window. Enter text for the title and subtitle.
  4. Click Tracks to display the Edit Tracks window. Click New . Enter text to identify the first track or file (you can optionally enter artist and date, or length), and then click OK .
  5. Repeat previous step for each track or file on the disc.
  6. Click the left or right arrows next to Layout and Background to select design elements for the disc. The selections you make are previewed in the disc window.
    NOTE:If you use a color image, LightScribe burns it as a grayscale (monochrome) image.
  7. When you are satisfied with the appearance of your label design, perform one of the following actions to print the label.
    • For a LightScribe label: insert the LightScribe disc (label-side down) into the disc drive tray, click Print , and select LightScribe 12cm Disc from the Disc Label menu.
      Select a Contrast Level and then click OK to begin burning the label. The estimated time to complete the label is displayed, along with a progress bar. You can continue to work on your computer while LightScribe is burning the label.
    • For a paper label: insert the commercially-available label template in the printer tray, click Print , and select the desired printer.