REALTIME - Seattle CD DVD Duplication, CD DVD Manufacturing

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Artwork issues are the #1 reason for order delays and potential extra charges. We want your order to run smoothly without any issues or delays, so please supply your artwork on REALTIME design templates and per the artwork specifications as shown below.

Ordering Short-Run Discs Only (with no custom packaging)?  Click here for design specifications.

IMPORTANT - Before You Begin Designing

Other manufacturers may have sizing specifications and artwork requirements that do not match ours. Due to this we require that your design files conform to our specifications as noted herein. Failure to do so may delay the start date of your order and its completion date.

Artwork files must be supplied in final form (ready to print without revisions).
Artwork files must be supplied on our Short-run Templates - templates from other manufacturers may not meet our sizing


To avoid compatibility issues caused by different computer platforms, software and font types, we require that:

Your artwork files are to have all text converted to outlines/paths.
Your artwork files are to be supplied in PDF format (use the "High Quality" or "Press" setting).

We recommend the use of these Adobe design programs: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop. FREE 30 day trials can be downloaded from

Understand The Difference Between CMYK and RGB

Failure to understand the difference between CMYK and RGB can lead to disappointing print results. If you are not experienced in designing for commercial grade printing please make note of the following:

Computer monitors, digital cameras, scanners and many computer-printers use the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color mode to display images. The RGB colors are combined together in varying amounts to provide a much larger range of colors for viewing purposes.

Commercial full-color printing companies use the CMYK printing process and inks. Most of the colors displayed by your RGB computer monitor (and printer) can be duplicated in the CMYK printing process... but not all. This can cause variations between the colors you view on your screen (in RGB) and what will actually print (in CMYK). Additionally, it is important to note that the images displayed on your RGB computer monitor are displayed through the generation of light, thus, very vibrant colors can be created. Images printed onto the paper and plastics used in manufacturing your order are viewed by the human eye through the reflection of light off the product's surface. The result is that vibrant RGB colors printed onto paper or plastic in the CMYK process appear less vibrant (duller) than the images you view on your computer monitor.

Be aware that the color display on your computer monitor is not likely to be 'true'. Calibrating your monitor for design in CMYK provides a better representation of the true print colors on the screen so that there is less variation between the colors you see on the screen compared to what is printed. Though color calibration improves the accuracy of the color display, the monitor is still not going to be 100% accurate. Additionally, many consumer-level computer printers work in the RGB color mode so there may be a variation in the way some colors are represented on your paper print compared to what will actually print in CMYK.

General Design Rules

1. Your design page properties must be set to 300dpi (dots per inch).
2. Your design page must be set to the CMYK color mode (not RGB).
3. All bitmaps should be 300dpi and supplied in either CMYK or Grayscale as applicable.
4. Processing/saving your bitmap images as .TIF files will produce better results than .JPG or .GIF.
5. Acceptable tonal range for gradients/screens is between 15% and 85% - tones outside that range may not print.
6. Always allow at least 1/8” (3mm) of bleed past the finished edges of the design.
7. Don’t crowd the finished edge of your design with text and imagery unless it actually bleeds off the edge of the design. We
    recommend leaving a minimum gap of 1/4" (6mm) space.
8. Delete all images, text and/or layers that are not required in the design.
9. Name your files so they can be easily identified (eg: joe’s_sleeve.eps).


1. Minimum recommended type size for positive print: 5 points
2. Minimum recommended type size for reversed print: 6 points
3. IF USING PHOTOSHOP: Because text tends to be pixelated when included in bitmap images, we highly recommend that
    Photoshop be used to process images but not for typesetting. For best results it is preferable to export images from Photoshop
    as .TIFF files and then typeset in a program such as Illustrator or InDesign.

When Your Design Is Finished

Leave the design template in the design for our visual reference but ensure it is on its own layer. Never flatten the design template
  into the artwork.
Convert all text to outlines/paths. If using Photoshop please rasterize all text layers.
Save your designs in PDF file format (choose the "High Quality" or "Press" setting).
If you are designing using linked images please supply those images in a separate folder.
Place all of your relevant design files/folders into one folder.
Use ‘Stuffit’ or ‘Winzip‘ to compress your design folder and name it “sleeve_my_project_name.eps”
Upload your design file(s) to us using a service such as Hightail, Dropbox, WeTransfer, or deliver your files to us using Physical Portable Media (eg: USB, CDR, DVDR, etc.).

Pre-Press and Proofs

*One round of electronic proofs is included in your price. Additional sets of electronic proofs are $35.00.
Our hourly design/prepress rate is $85.00.

Your supplied artwork files are expected to be ready-to-print without changes or modifications being required.
Design files are reviewed and electronic proofs (PDF format) are provided.*
Proofs are for confirmation of the physical layout only – not for color accuracy.
Written approval is required.

Short-Run (or Quick-Turn) Disc Label Specifications - 50 to 500 quantity orders

We offer two different methods for printing artwork directly on the duplicated disc surface:


This method is the quickest and most inexpensive option for printing shortrun discs and looks great on both shiny silver and white-top media. It works best for basic cut-and-dried artwork elements/ logos and bold text (examples). Setup your artwork in the Shortrun Black Monochrome label template.


This method is perfect for high-resolution color artwork and photographic elements (examples). Default surface is white for accurate color reproduction. Setup your artwork in the Shortrun Full-Color label template.


- Save/export your design as a high-resolution TIFF or PDF file.
- Use ‘Stuffit’ or ‘Winzip‘ to compress your design file and name it “disc_label_my_project_name”.
- Upload your design file to our website (up to 20mb), send via or provide on Physical Portable Media.

IMPORTANT: Make sure not to flatten your template keylines into your disc label artwork. Your submitted tiff file should look like a donut: provide just the artwork elements you want to print on the disc surface.