Choose the right file for your customisation

 

[French translation here]

Custom skateboard and laser engraving

 

You want to create a custom skateboard for yourself or to offer a (killer !) custom gift to a friend. You get an idea, you start your research… And then come the question: which picture can I choose exactly ?
Here are part of the answers !

Summary:

1-With the laser it’s bicolor
2- The contrast
3- Advices for the photos
4- Advices for the drawings and illustrations


1. With the laser it’s bicolor

Laser engraving is binary: the wood of the skateboard is engraved or it’s not. That means the result is bocolor: the initial color of the wood (natural or colorful) and the color of the engraved wood (wich will always have the wood taint).

Thus it’s important to know that your picture will always be converted in black and white.

This painting from Vasarely plays with colors, it’s not the recommended type of pictures…

This painting from Vasarely plays with colors, it’s not the recommended type of pictures…

… because when we transform it in black and white, the picture stays understandable but lose her interest

… because when we transform it in black and white, the picture stays understandable but lose her interest

This painting fits perfectly because it’s already bicolor ! The laser engraving will totally respect the picture.

This painting fits perfectly because it’s already bicolor ! The laser engraving will totally respect the picture.

 

2. The contrast

We have seen that with laser engraving, it’s required to represent yourself your custom in black and white. But on a black and white picture, there is an infinity of grey shades, so what happens on my skateboard ?

Zoom on a processed picture for allowing the laser engraving to create the illusion of shades

Zoom on a processed picture for allowing the laser engraving to create the illusion of shades

We can recreate the shades between the dark and the bright thanks to the RASTERIZATION process: we will engrave a grid pattern of points more or less dense that will create the illusion of a shade. But as we work on wood, the shades won’t be appreciable as in a computer. That’s why it’s better to choose a picture that initially has got a strong contrast.

The more the picture is contrasted, and thus close to the “pure” black and white, the better the laser engraving will respect this picture. We will see examples in the next parts for a better understanding !

 

3. Advices for the photos

1- Choose if possible a well-contrasted photo
2- Avoid photos with a complex background. You can even remove it thanks to this website !
3- Avoid the important details (like facial features) that could be small, because the rasterization points would have the same size and it would be difficult to recognize those details. So for a portrait, the bigger the better !

These are advices, the most important is that you like your skateboard ! Here are examples that respect more or less our advices, without being missed.

Click on the pictures to read the explanations 👇

 

4. Advices for the drawings and illustrations

1- As considering previously, avoid illustrations depending on a color play.
2- Again, prefer a contrasted drawing / illustration. The optimum is a black drawing or illustration on a white background. But an illustration with several colors can work too.
3- With a totally black and white illustration that won’t need rasterization (check the Contrast part), the laser will respect all the details of your drawing ! Do not hesitate to put thin lines and dots.
4- The big laser engraved areas let visible the wood veins, the rendering is fantastic !

Here are examples to illustrate this. Click on the pictures to read the explanations 👇

 

We hope that everything is clear now !

One last point: the interface can let appear optical effects like inclined stripes.
This is only on our interface, your file and custom skateboard won’t be impacted.

🖤 We control all the files before production 🖤
Now it’s your turn to create your custom deck !