guestuserguestuser.com Posted October 31, 2003 Share Posted October 31, 2003 I'm working on getting two CD's manufactured (relatively small run of a thousand copies), and I found the CD manufacturing process to be exasperating. In particular, the graphics part of it. Designing and creating the graphics was not a problem. It's the manufacturing process I'm having trouble with. What's normal for getting CD cover graphics printed and packaged? How long should it take, what's the best procedure to follow with the printing company? Is it best to go with an "all-in-one" company that manufacters the CD, prints the graphics, and shrink-wraps the whole thing, or is it better to separate these tasks out to different companies? I'm working with a sort of 'broker' company (I'm not going to name them, I'm not here for that). They are in turn making arrangements with an "all-in-one" manufacturing company. My experience is that the company sent back proofs of the various pieces (tray card, insert, disc label), and I approved everything. Then when the final shrink-wrapped copies finally arrived, there were some errors that weren't on the proofs that I had approved. I objected, and the broker company I'm working with agreed to get the job re-done by a different "all-in-one" company (because the first company refused to fix their mistakes). I'm still waiting for the job to be finished, and I'm nervous that something will go wrong again. Not only does the whole process seem fraught with possibilities for errors, but it's taking an incredibly long time. From the time the graphics were ready-to-go (that is, from the time the graphic artist finished them, and they were ready to go to the CD manufacturing company) to the time I received my shrink-wrapped CD's: just over 2 months. That batch had errors, so I had to start the manufacturing process again; from the time I started getting them re-done to now: two months and I still haven't received them yet. Time elapsed now since the graphics were ready: over 4 months. This can't be normal can it? What did I do wrong? How can I avoid these problems for my next project? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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