Printing


When you're ready to print your label, click the Print button on the main toolbar or select the Print item from the File menu. This will launch the Print dialog, unless you're in trial mode and you've used up your free trial. If that's the case, register and then come back.

The Print dialog consists of printer-specific information, at the top of the dialog, and label-specific information, at the bottom of the dialog. 

 

The "Printer" Section:

Name: Gives you a list of all the printers attached to your computer. Choose the one you want to use.

Paper Bin: Lets you choose which bin you want the printer to grab paper from, should your chosen printer have multiple paper bins.

Print to File: If checked, printing won't go to the printer; instead, it will go to a file in a format that your chosen printer can recognize, so that you can, in theory, print it later - although you could always just run Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker again, instead.

Copies: Lets you choose how many copies of each label you want to print.

Properties: Launches a dialog that lets you set options - print quality, for instance -- specific to the printer you've chosen. Since your printer manufacturer supplies this dialog, we can't predict precisely what will be on it or give you detailed help with it.

Alignment: Launches the Printer Alignment Dialog, which lets you set printer offsets and label stretch amounts in case your printer, like most printers, doesn't print at precisely the locations it's supposed to.


The Labels Section:

the row of tabs: Clicking on these lets you bring up a tab for choosing paper type and sundry other options for particular labels and  case inserts. If you've chosen to print a label, it will have a little printer icon in its tab.

Paper Type: Lets you choose the type of paper you want to print on. Whenever you choose a different paper type from this list, the thumbnail underneath the Click on labels to use heading will display the layout of the paper you've chosen.

Print a border around label: If you check this box, the program will print a thin black border around the label. This can be handy if you're printing on plain paper and your background has lots of white in it.

Print fold lines: If you check this box, Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker will print fold lines to help you fold your labels. You don't need to check this box unless you're printing on plain paper; most stock paper forms have folds built into the paper. If you check this box for the jewel case back, the label maker will print lines indicating where to fold the two spines. If you check this box for the jewel case front/inside, the label maker will print a line indicating where to fold the front/inside booklet in half. (The box will be disabled for the front/inside label if you're not printing on a paper type that prints both the front and inside labels on the same side of the paper.) This checkbox will always be disabled for CD and DVD labels, or for any other labels that don't have fold lines.

You can set a variety of options for fold lines in the Preferences Dialog. You can decide whether you want your fold lines to be solid or dashed lines, whether you want them to be inside or outside the label, and what color you want them to be.

Crop Label Holes: If you check this box, Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker won't print in the hole areas of your CDs. This can save ink, but also runs the risk of showing white bands on your label if your printer alignment is significantly off. However, if you've got non-zero label stretch settings (the software defaults to 2.0 millimeters) to stretch your label diameter to help compensate for alignment issues, your hole will also get stretched -- or rather, unstretched. If your label hole is 41 millimeters in diameter, your stretch setting is 2.0 millimeters, and you've got Crop Label Holes checked, your printed label will have a 39-millimeter diameter hole.

If you're printing to a printable disc, Crop Label Holes will be automatically disabled and checked -- for printable discs, you have to crop out the hole, or you'll end up with ink all over the non-printable hole area of your disc. For the same reason, stretch settings are ignored for printable discs.

If you're printing a label that doesn't have a hole -- a CD jewel case insert, for instance -- the Crop Label Holes checkbox won't be visible.

Click on labels to use: If you've chosen a paper type that can print more than one label of the type you're printing, you can click on the the labels on the thumbnail to choose which of the paper's labels you want to print on.

Sheets required:  Tells you how many sheets you'll need of the paper you've selected, based on how many copies you're printing and how many of your selected paper type's labels you've chosen to use.

That arrow pointing to the left: Indicates which edge of the paper displayed in the thumbnail image you should feed into the printer first.

Print Disc / Print Front/Inside / Print Back: These checkboxes let you choose which labels you want to print. If you check the box for a label, it will print. If not, it won't.

Once you've selected what you want to print and what you want to print it on, click the Print button to proceed. The next thing you see will be:


The Insert-Paper Dialog:

 

This dialog will prompt you to insert one or more sheets of the paper types you've chosen for the labels you've chosen to print. The buttons on the dialog will behave as follows:

Print: print the label(s)
Cancel: cancel the entire printing operation.
Skip: don't print this label; if you've selected more than one label to print, the dialog will advance to the next label.
Help: launch this help page.

If you're printing more than one of your labels, the dialog will appear multiple times. If you're printing, say, a CD disc and a jewel case back, the dialog will appear twice, once to prompt you to insert your CD disc label paper, and again to tell you to insert the jewel case back paper.

If you're printing the jewel case front/inside on a paper type that has a single face instead of a book arrangement, you'll get prompted to insert the paper for it, and then you'll be asked to reinsert the paper upside-down so the program can print the jewel case inside on the back of the paper. Make sure the fronts have finished printing and you've reinserted the labels before you click the "Print" button on the "reinsert upside-down" dialog.

Printing for the First Time:

If you're printing with a new type of label stock for the first time, we recommend that you feed plain paper into the printer instead, even though the insert-paper dialog has told you to insert sheets of your label stock. This way you can check your printer's alignment before using up any of your relatively expensive label stock. Once it's printed on plain paper, you should be able to see if it's aligned correctly by putting a sheet of your label stock on top of your freshly printed sheet of plain paper, making sure they line up exactly on top of each other, and then holding the two sheets in front of a light so that the printed label on the plain paper underneath is visible. This should help prevent you from wasting custom paper stock tracking down your printer's alignment problems. 

If you haven't run the Printer Calibration Wizard yet, try it as well. It prints an alignment test sheet that can help you determine whether or not your printer has enough calibration error to require alignment adjustments. You can launch the Printer Calibration Wizard from the File menu.

For more information on setting your printer's alignment, see the Printer Alignment Dialog.

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