Experiments with Lightscribe Dissappointing - Normal or Why?
Posted on 2014-02-15
I've started experimenting with Lightscribe disk labeling because I need a few labeled disks and figured this would be easy and effective even if not colorful.
I have a Liteon iHAS424 writer.
I just bought some Verbatim Lightscribe DVD-R disks which are marked Lightscribe media version 1.2.
The disks have a rather dull (or slightly rough) light gray surface on top where the label is to be burned. If this were a paint job on a car, I'd call it "fine orangepeel".
I have successfully burned a label on one of them.
I'm using SureThing CD Labeler 4 SE and I have set it up for best contrast - long print time (it took 13 minutes).
The end result is very disappointing:
- The light gray layer remains and appears to be *on top* of the burned label like a protective film. I don't see that it's something that could be peeled off.
- The label design is mostly bold text and a solid black-in-white (or clear) logo.
So, the blacks may be black but are covered with this "film" which makes them look washed out and fuzzy. Close examination suggests that the black print edges aren't fuzzy at all but this film over them makes it look pretty bad.
I don't see anything that I could describe as "gold" unless it's under that film.