Design It Yourself Graphics
Create your own topsheet graphic design from scratch. Please carefully examine the content requirements and resources provided on this page to prepare your custom graphic file.
If designing for CODA Skis, Monos, or Snowboards, make sure to choose and add a CODA logo branding option, and then send the graphic to us for the fabrication of your custom board.
Before purchasing your board from our online store, upload your graphic file to us through the upload page, or send it by regular mail. As files for image printings, the size of a snowboard or monoboard may be quite large, your upload transfer may take some time.
Then, when putting together your order in our online store, choose "CUSTOM" as your graphics selection on the board configuration page.
Make sure before completing your payment to upload your graphic file directly to our server. Snowboards and skis are much larger than a letter-size sheet of paper or photograph, and, accordingly, a high-resolution graphics file large enough to cover the top of a board or ski will be quite large, even at 300 dpi. You may compose your graphic at much higher resolutions, but a 170 cm x 25 cm image at 1200 dpi could easily reach gigabytes in size, uncompressed. With files so large, upload transfers may take some time, even with a fast connection. If you prefer, you may send a CD-R or DVD+/-R by snail mail, instead. Contact us for details.
Work in CMYK, convert to RGB, save, upload to us. This will yield the most predictable color outcome.
Like any printing house, we print what you send us.
DPI (dots per inch):
200 dpi, at least. Lower resolutions will look fuzzy. Higher resolutions may take a long time or fail to upload.
300 dpi or greater is recommended.
JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PSD, ZIP.
Using an archive application like WinRAR, 7-Zip, or WinZip to compress large files can reduce upload time.
Bleed and Layers:
Flatten all layers, no transparency, bleed your graphics to the edge. Topsheets and designs will shrink slightly during the sublimation transfer.
|Sizing: Dimension examples/Recommendations at 300 dpi|
|Print dimensions in cm||Pixel dimensions at 300 dpi|
|the Edge Skwall||25||193||3898||21023|
|Scimitar skis||33||176||3898||20787||See the templates page for recommended sizing.|
|Working on a 300 dpi image of this size is not recommended for old, slow computers.|
|masking templates can be downloaded here|
Please Note: While we cannot guarantee exactly hitting Pantone colors, we usually get pretty close. Vector-based art is acceptable, as long as it arrives at a format we can open and process.
Design elements intended to match the edges of the board will be problematic.
For example, designing a border to run a 2 cm wide ring along the perimeter of your board will probably turn out poorly. Plan any text or signage to lay out an adequate distance from the edges of the board or skis. We'll try to review your graphic and advise you of any such oversights.
Typically, expect a 2-3 cm contraction in the length of your design, and a .5 cm shrink in the width. We recommend designing your graphic 8 cm. longer than your board length, and 4 cm wider than its span. Our templates have already
factored this change into the board masks and outlines.
Branding: In most circumstances, we ask that CODA name branding appears on the boards and skis we fabricate. If you are placing a custom topsheet-only order, then CODA branding is not necessary. You won't be building a CODA board.
Board templates and various samples of the CODA name logo, the CODA symbol, and the CODA carver insignias appear on the template page.
1. Please review the design requirements and recommendations on this DIY Graphics page. Permissible file types include png, jpg, or tif; and you may compress one or multiple files into zip, 7z, rar, or tar files.
2. Please rename the file you plan to upload with your name so we know it's yours.
For example: john_smith.jpg
3. At http://coda.wetransfer.com, drop your file in the box, enter your email with any notes or instructions, and "transfer" the file. Clicking anywhere on the webtransfer background will return you to the CODA website.