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Custom Skateboard Art Templates

using our Templates

using our Templates

Our custom skateboard art templates are PDFs exported from Illustrator. When creating art there are 3 main areas to consider: live area, bleed area, and safe area.

  • Live area is the actual area of the item to be printed.
  • Bleed is the size you need to create the artwork (bigger than live).
  • Safe area is the area that will be visible no matter how much shifting.

Every printed item has a margin of error (margin of shifting). When creating art for skateboard decks an extra 5mm of the graphic area is required to compensate for the possible shifting.

  1. Open the PDF Templates in Illustrator or Photoshop
  2. Place your artwork in a layer underneath the template lines.
  3. Arrange your artwork underneath the live area lines to see what will be visible on the final product.
  4. Pay attention to parts of the graphic that are close to the live area lines as a small amount shifting may happen and cut off an important part of the graphic.

Our reps do their best to review potential production issues but understanding the different variables in skateboard manufacturing will help you get the best possible finished product. The process is complex so don’t hesitate to contact a rep for more info.  

Preferred Art Format

Preferred Art Format

For digital transfer printed skateboard decks, we recommend 300dpi png or jpeg files at actual size (use our templates). If you export a png, we will need to convert it to CMYK, so some color shifting may occur.

For silkscreen transfer printed skateboard decks, direct screen printed skateboard decks, printed wheels, printed trucks, and most other products we recommend Vector files (some extensions are .ai, .eps, and .pdf) created (not just imported) in Adobe Illustrator (there are other vector programs).

Check your Artwork Resolution

Check your Artwork Resolution

Zoom in on a section of your artwork, and make it the actual print size on your computer screen (8″ – 9″ inches wide for decks). Now that the artwork is at the size it will print at, if the edges are blurry and pixelated your image is low resolution. If the edges are sharp and crisp, your image is high resolution, and good to print.

Correctly Matching Colors

Correctly Matching Colors

Color reproduction varies from monitor to monitor so please note that the color you see on your computer may not look the same when printed. The Pantone™ matching system is the industry standard for accurately matching color. Please reference the PMS (Pantone) number if exact color matching is necessary. For digital printed skateboard decks the Pantone Color Bridge swatch book is a close match. Make sure you look at the Process/CMYK side of the swatch. All colors appear as coated (gloss/semi-gloss).

Vector Vs. Raster Graphics

Vector Vs. Raster Graphics

Vector graphics use mathematical coordinates to represent a shape. Within these coordinates a solid color is represented. When vectors are scaled larger they do not lose resolution. This is a big advantage over raster graphics.

Raster graphics are collections of pixels. Each pixel has it’s own color. Raster files are typically much larger than a similar vector file. The biggest problem with raster graphics is that some people mistakenly think that an image that is viewed much smaller than actual print size on a computer monitor will print at high resolution.

Submitting Artwork

Submitting Artwork

The easiest and fastest way to submit art is our File Uploader. Fill in the form, select the product you would like to customize, upload your file, add any special instructions & submit. A rep will review your artwork (1-2 Business Days), and add it to your existing graphics. Once your graphic has been added, you will be able to order.

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