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|PRINT GUIDE FOR CUSTOM SKATEBOARD DECKS|
|Direct Screen Print||Small one color||Bigger than 7x13|
|Top prints||Fine detail|
|More than 1 color|
|Screen Printed Transfer||1-2 Colors. (possibly more)||Fine detail|
|Knockout (wood shows through)||More than 2 colors (digital usually better for 3+)|
|Exact Pantone color match||Gradients, fade/shade, and photographs.|
|Digital Printed Transfer||Many colors||Some knockout limitations|
|Super fine detail: gradients/fades/shading|
|Small runs and samples|
|Printing can get really complicated as we sometimes combine the above print types with metallic ink, foil, etc to achieve a desired effect. Contact a Point Distribution rep about your artwork and print goals to get an exact description.|
Why no full board direct screen print option? Art has to be built with large amounts of possible color shifting taken into consideration. Fine detail like photographic printing is not possible. The print adhesion of transfers is the same as direct screen and the cost for a full direct screen print is more than 3x as much. We don't see a reason for less quality printing that costs more*. Please know that other companies may say 'screen printed' when referring to the printing of the transfers and that does not mean 'direct to deck screen printing'.
*There are some exceptions to this rule like a completely flat longboard deck or printing the veneer pre-pressing. Some just like the nostalgia, more power to you if disagree.
We do not sell transfers apart from a custom printed deck. We do not print on skateboard products that we did not produce.
Please be aware that there is a lot of miss-information about skateboard printing floating around the web. The information might have been somewhat correct a long time ago but many advances in skateboard printing have happened since then. Our reps will advise on the best print method when you submit your art.
Actual picture below. Small 1 or 2 color print usually for top prints or mini/small logo/graphic prints. This type of print works well with our stocked background colors when trying to have a variety of colors in a smaller production order. More info on background/bottom pass colors.
Actual picture below. Works best for 1-2 solid full length print colors & not too much detail, more colors than 2 then digital transfers are usually more cost effective.
The pic doesn't do it justice. Much better in person. Full board full color. Super detailed image reproduction. Spot color, gradient, and flesh tone reproduction excellent as well. Other pics of a digital transfer print.
We have a regular schedule of controlling colors and testing for color inconsistency. You may think that you 'set it and forget it!' when you have dialed in a digital process for printing but the truth is there is constant change, continuous improvement, and hard work to keep colors looking and matching great!
We offer the below printed deck as a SAMPLE you can order. You can use this physical deck to match colors in your artwork by referencing the print file versus the actual deck graphic. The process works this way: 1. Open the reference file in Photoshop and use the eyedropper tool to determine various CMYK values in the graphic. 2. Look at the same color on the printed deck and that's how that color will look. File links and in-depth explanation here: COMING SOON
The answer as with most things is 'It depends'. All big brands don't use the same print type. What determines the best print type are a few different things: First 'What print type can reproduce the artwork the best'? fine detail with shading, fading, and many colors=digital transfer, solid blocks of color, metallic spots and exact Pantone matching= screened transfer. Second 'What makes the most financial sense?' The unit cost per digital transfer is higher but there are no set-up fees vs lower unit cost of screened transfers with screen set-up fees. You'd have to do the math and know the total units to see which cost averages out to the lowest cost. Then you can have weird combos that don't fit into the above like a graphic I was just looking at that has 2 screened spot colors and digital in the same graphic... It really 'depends'...
We have done that before. We'd have to see the art to know for sure. There are definitely some requirements and limitations. This type of print usually requires combining different print methods so expect bigger minimums and additional costs.
Most of our customers want their supply chain to be secret and we think it is pretty tacky to show pictures of our customer's product(we occasionally do it but it's very rare). To have confidence in Point as a supplier we suggest ordering samples so you can know for sure!
First off our reps review art for obvious issues like low resolution artwork. We'll let you know if we see an issue. We also provide a digital proof/confirmation(on the wholesale/OEM side) for your approval before accepting an order. If you are really concerned we suggest that you order a sample before doing a production run.
Printing a skateboard is much more in-depth than just a digital printing machine. We actually have to use 5 machines to print a skateboard using our digital transfer method. Most of these machines are custom made to our specifications. We also developed the materials and inks specifically for this application. It took years of hard work and huge expense to get to where we are today(we are still improving our processes everyday). We are more than happy to make finished printed skateboard decks for you but we do not sell these machines, materials, or just the transfers.
Sorry we do not print on outside product or supply skateboard printing equipment, transfers, or supplies. We only print on the products we produce.