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Frequently Asked Questions

about manufacturing and artwork

We are here to assist you with all your disc manufacturing needs.

Below are some frequently asked questions about manufacturing and artwork.  Mouse over a block to read the answer to each question.

Is there a minimum quantity?
There is no minimum quantity for discs themselves. Sleeves, wallets or digipaks require a minimum purchase of 300. Replicated discs (CD or DVD require a minimum of 500 units.
Where do I send my master?
Send your master to: TCA | P.O. Box 40 | Maiden, NC 28650 or TCA | 3662 Providence Mill Rd | Maiden, NC 28650 or via email to:
Do I need a UPC bar code?
To sell your product in stores, you'll need a UPC bar code. We can create a genuine UPC bar code for your project that can be tracked by any distributor or retail inventory system.
How long does it take to manufacture a project?
Standard turnaround time is 10 business days after artwork approval is received.
What type of artwork files do you require?
You can use almost any design program to create your artwork. We recommend you submit your finished layout files as high-res PDFs for print. For questions or help with artwork click the button below.
Why is Bleed important on template guides?
Bleed is extending any color, photo, or design element past the cut line. Bleed gives the print shop a margin of error when trimming hundreds of sheets at a time. We request you add 1/8 inch of bleed to your layouts.
Why is Safety important on template guides?
Safety margins are the opposite of bleed. Important information, song titles, text, graphics and other elements should be kept 1/8 inch inside the crop marks. Each template has guides so you can see exactly how much safety margin to allow.
How tiny can text be?
On your printed pieces you can go as small as 4 or 5 pts for black type on a light or white background, and 6 pts for white type on a dark, black or complex background. This will vary depending on the typeface you use. For on-disc printing we recommend type be no smaller than 6 pts for black on a light background, 8 pts for white on a dark background.
How do I export a PDF file?
From the top menu, select File>Adobe PDF Presets. This will open the Export window. In the Export window, enter your file name, select a location on your computer, and click the "Save" button. Clicking the "Save" button will bring up the Export Adobe PDF window, you'll click the "Export" button to generate the PDF and save it to the location you selected.

Still have questions?

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