A board wrap is a great option for someone who wants a clean and professional looking custom graphic on their snowboard. However, if you aren’t super design savvy, creating and printing one can be a little tricky. Our written tutorial focuses mainly on the process of applying a board wrap but this article will help you arrive at that point. To design a wrap you will need to have a basic understanding of a computer program like Adobe’s Photoshop or Illustrator, or even Gimp (a free image manipulation program). But other than that, all you need to do is follow these seven steps.
1. First, you need to calculate the correct size for your document by going to our “Boards” page and pulling up the specs for the particular snowboard you plan to wrap. Use the “size” field (in cm) to determine the length of the wrap and the “nose width” or “tail width” field (in mm) to determine the width.
2. Then you need to add a few inches to each side to ensure you have plenty of room to work with. You don’t want to be stuck with a wrap that doesn’t cover the whole board.
3. Double check your math and then create a 300 dpi, rectangular document with the dimensions you calculated.
4. Now that your document is sized correctly it’s time to design your wrap. It’s important that your design is not dependent on closely following the edge of the snowboard. It would be almost impossible to line the edges up perfectly. Be aware of the shape of the snowboard, but create a design that will bleed off the edge. Also know where your bindings will sit so that important elements of the design are not hidden.
5. Next, save your file as a high resolution PDF, transfer it to a flash drive and you’re ready to visit the local printers.
6. A board wrap is essentially just a large, durable sticker. They are made of the exact same material as vinyl signage or vehicle wraps, so almost all print shops should be able to make them. Be sure to ask for vinyl with a permanent adhesive for maximum durability. It’s also a good idea to have them add a laminate to help protect the ink; however, this is a little bit more expensive and not a necessity. Depending on the print shop you may have to wait a day or two for the wrap to be completed.
7. Once you have your board wrap and Blank snowboard in hand, check out our written tutorial with instructions on how to apply it.