Most people use design software to design their custom snowboards and wakeboards. We get asked frequently “will my board look just like my screen image”? The answer is probably not! However it will look really close, there are just a vast amount of factors that need to be considered. Screen calibration, resolution, color mode and embedded profiles are just a few. To achieve optimum results follow these simple guidelines:
- Design at full scale. What this means is make your art board the same size as the actual board you will buy. To help you with this, you can download art templates for free from our American Gear Company site!
- If using photoshop or similar make sure the resolution is at least 150 dpi.
- Make sure the color mode is CMYK
- Leave plenty of bleed. We print the artwork as a rectangle, if you crop the image to the shape of a board. If you do this, we cannot ensure it will print accurately.
- Embed the color profile (ICC Profile: U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2. This is a common profile and most likely your default.
We do our best to make sure your board looks as close to your screen as possible, but it is almost impossible. To give you an idea here is an image of a snowboard with the digital version on the left. Keep in mind that this was taken in a factory with terrible photo lighting.