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Help Uploading

When to use a White Flood

About Spot Color

Help Uploading Your Artwork

Uploading can done via FTP, or... use our Upload page!

(Please don't send your art by email!)


FIRST: compress the file or files into a Stuffit or Zip archive.
Name this archive so that we can match the file with your project--for example, "" , "BobSmith-DVD-Artwork.sit" and "BobSmith-DVD-Wrap.sit" would all be good choices.
You may want to stay away from file names starting with numbers--we've seen problems with these naming conventions. Problems can also be caused by slashes, funny characters, and even spaces. Different servers handle names differently.

SECOND: click on this link .
You should now see a blank window. You are looking into an empty folder on our server.
Drag and drop your files into the window. They should upload automatically.

If you have a separate FTP program, connect to host "", directory "incoming".
For the login, just provide the username "anonymous", and as the password type your email address. On some FTP clients, the password and username issues are handled automatically by selecting "anonymous login". You can then either drag and drop the file onto the browser window, or use a "Put File" or "Upload File" command.

You might want to include helpful information in a text file, such as client contact email or phone numbers, disc face printing / silkscreening information such as whether a white flood is needed or not--and if intended for cdr silkscreening, the number of colors desired.

Things to keep in mind:

>If an attempt to put a file on our site is terminated early, a partial copy of the file may still be on the site, even if you don't see it in your browser. Because anonymous login users cannot overwrite or delete any file, you will need to rename your file on subsequent upload attempts.

>You won't be able to create directories inside "incoming". All the items in your artwork project, including subdirectories with linked files or fonts, should be put into your Zip or Stuffit archive.

>Some networks don't allow long filenames on uploaded files. If you're getting "access denied" messages when you attempt to upload, try a "DOS-style" 8+3 file name and try again.

Please call us if you are unsure of any of this or you are having problems.

If time is of the essence, email us and let us know your art is uploaded.

When to Use a white flood on the disc--
-- do I need 4c or 5c?

A white flood is usually used on discs printed using process inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, black). The process inks are more transparent than spot inks, so the silver of the CD can often show through. If you want it to look like your paper printout, then use the white flood. However some artwork really lends itself to CMYK on silver, by taking advantage of the silver disc color. To the right are some examples.
Click on an image for a larger view

Use that free "extra color" .... silver!
Selectively showing silver

To the right are some examples of artwork which takes
advantage of the silver disc surface.

This design uses selective white ink instead of a flood, and used the silver disc surface to "color" the snowflakes.

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5 color examples
CMYK on White

4 color examples
CMYK on Silver

About Spot Color

Spot colors are colors that are printed using ink premixed to match some specific color. This is different from process color, in which specific colors are made by printing halftones of the four process inks. Converting a spot color art file to process generally causes you to lose sharpness (see below). If you need to match exacly to a specific logo color, use the spot color.

Here's an example:

Spot color for Special Effect

Spot color can be used to specify areas to be printed using metallic inks or special varnishes. This project uses both, to great effect:

Using Spot Color in Illustrator

If you double-click a color swatch in Illustrator, you'll see a "color type" popup list with two items, Spot or Process. This tells Illustrator what to do with items filled or stroked in the color when you print separations.You get the special colors in Illustrator by dragging them from a swatch library. Use the Pantone Coated library:

Window>Swatch Libraries>Pantone Coated

Pantone numbers are just the numbers on swatches in a Pantone swatch book. Pick the colors you want to use there and drag them onto the Swatches palette. If you can get a look at a swatch book, then you will be better off, but you can usually trust the onscreen color that goes with the Pantone number in the swatch library. Avoid the "2x" color numbers, though, which are for double printing on paper.

For fine details on disc, use spot color at 100%

Try to find Pantone colors that you can use at 100%. If you print in 100% of an ink, you can make details at the full resolution of the imagesetter, which is 2400 dpi and up. When you go to halftones of the ink, now the tiniest details the imagesetter makes are the halftone dots, and your text or graphic is now made from these dots, so there's much less detail.

For pure, glossy color on disc, use spot color at 100%

Here are some examples of spot color CDs:

Spot Gloss in Action on a Mini Jacket
On their jacket design, a spot varnish was used to add shine to the bubbles.