How to Use Lightscribe With Nero 8

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If you burn a lot of DVDs or CDs at home, you can save time on creating labels by using Lightscribe with Nero 8. Lightscribe allows you to add a personalised label directly to the disc that you are creating. With Lightscribe you do no need a sticky label as it will print the label directly onto the disc for you. Using Lightscribe with Nero 8 is a fairly simple process and can be accessed from a few different areas in Nero 8.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • LightScribe compatible CD or DVD recorder
  • LightScribe compatible CD or DVD

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    Decide if you want a full-face label or a data label. Since Lightscribe can be accessed from different areas in Nero 8 you will need to know if you want to create a full-face label or just a data label. Some of the access areas only allow one of those options. The full-face label option is what resembles a traditional label that covers the entire disc where a data label is simply a text box on the upper or lower half of the disc.

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    Begin a data label. To make a data label you can open Nero StartSmart and select the "Extras" menu. From there select the "Lightscribe" option to make a data label. You can also make a data label through Nero Express and Nero Cover Designer.

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    Begin a full-face label. To make a full-face label you will need to open Nero StartSmart and select Nero Cover Designer. Select that you want to create a new document and select "Lightscribe" as the type.

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    Design the label. For the data label your only option is to add a text box. For the full-face label you can add text boxes as well as images. Just click on the image icon on your toolbar and browse to the image you want and click "Open." Your mouse pointer will change to a crosshair. Click on the label where you want the image to appear and it will be inserted there. Do this for as many images as you want to add. To add multiple text boxes the process is the same except that you click on the "ABC" text icon on the toolbar. To change a background, you can click "Object" and then "Background Properties." If you want to insert a background image just click on the "Image" tab and select an image file in the "Picture Source" area. You can select how the image is scaled in the "Rotation Mode" area and add any effects that you want to add. Click "OK" when done.

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    Print the Lightscribe label. When you are ready to print your Lightscribe label click on the Lightscribe Print Properties icon. It is the circular tan icon with a streak of light through it. Set your desired print options and insert your Lightscribe compatible disc into your recorder with the label facing down. Click the "Print" button. A progress bar will appear on your screen and a message will appear when it is done. Click OK once you get that message as your custom Lightscribe label is complete.

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