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  • SMC 7:53 pm on March 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Get Your Shop Backgrounds Noticed on our Personalize Page 

    As BoardPusher.com shop owners, many of you have uploaded your graphics as custom backgrounds as a way of offering customers a way to create their own skateboard graphics. We’d like to remind and show you how you can get your designs noticed on our quick, easy, and recently updated PERSONALIZE A DESIGN page. The best part about this page is that it is now listed on Google Shopping giving you the opportunity to make more sales from your skateboard graphics.

    On the PERSONALIZE page, the customer can select a design and then they are directed to a quick editing page where they can type in a name/message/title into a primary text box and then add more text on a secondary line. Also, if your design is saved as a transparent .png, they can edit the background color. From there they can also move their design into our main designer to select different fonts and text colors, but the purpose of the personalize option is to make designing a custom skateboard graphic fast and painless.

    Here’s how to get your background graphics onto our PERSONALIZE page:

    1. Login to your account.

    2. Click on your shop name.

    3. Select Manage Custom Backgrounds

    4. Upload your background graphic.

    5. Once your design is manually approved by our staff, or you already have backgrounds uploaded to your shop, click Set Text Layout next the design you want to add to the personalize page.

    6. In the designer you will be able to select a font, color, and size for your 2 lines of text. Both lines can be a different font, color, and size. Keep in mind that while a customer will be able to adjust all of these attributes if they choose to move the graphic into our classic designer, the only thing they will be able to change on the quick edit page are the words/messages/etc., so pick colors and placements you think will look good with each of your designs.

    7. Click save. Your custom background has now been added to our PERSONALIZE A DESIGN page.

     

     

    To add another level of customization to your graphic, cut out an area of your design and save it as a transparent .png. This will allow customers to select different background colors for that transparent area on the quick edit page.

    If there are any questions regarding this process, or you think it’s taking too long for your design to be approved, just email info@boardpusher.com for a quick and helpful response.

    Don’t have a shop and want to get started selling your designs? See how to get started here.

     
  • SMC 9:17 pm on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    New Deck Graphics Ready for Your Text & Images 

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    CUSTOMIZABLE BACKGROUND GRAPHICS

    Not a designer? Not a problem. BoardPusher.com has hundreds of customizable background graphics for you to choose from to help you create a truly unique skateboard graphic. You can use the font options to add text, change the base color, or upload your own pictures and images. Check out the video below to see just how easy it can be to make great looking decks with custom backgrounds.

    Watch how quick and easy it is!

     
  • SMC 1:03 am on May 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    TMNT “Shell Shocked” Deck & Griptape Graphic 

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    You may have noticed BoardPusher team rider Levi Huffman is a bit of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fanatic. From his multiple DIY skateboard graphics, to his toy collection, to even bronzing (or maybe just gold spray painting) a turtle to make his own jewelry, Levi is TMNT crazy! So when it came time to create a new skateboard design, there wasn’t any doubt as to where Levi was going to find his inspiration.

    Levi looked to our own BoardPusher art director for some guidance on taking a more in-depth mixed media approach to creating a top and bottom graphic. What came from these sessions is the new Levi Huffman “Shell Shocked” graphics. Here’s how:

     
     
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    We started off with a couple of 9×33 inch canvases and Levi spray painted a base color layer. Once the paint dried, a trip was made to the local copy center to digitize the canvases by making a 300dpi scan of them.
     
     

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    Spray paint on 9×33 canvas


     
    For the next step we printed out 3×11 inch versions of each scan. At that size, Levi was able trace the color layer with a black outline on a sheet of velum (similar to tracing paper), draw in all the detail he wanted and it would fit on a home scanner all while being able to stay in proportion with the final board graphic.
     
     
    Ink on 3x11 inch velum then scanned at 1200dpi

    Ink on 3×11 inch velum then scanned at 1200dpi


     
    Once the black drawing was finished, the 3×11 inch art was scanned at 1200 dpi. At this resolution we could resize it to match the 9×33 inch canvas and 300 dpi print size. A little Photoshop magic was needed to help combine the color and the black outline layer together as well as some added elements to give it a more of a graphic feel. Some more details were added in different colors, but a bit shading was also applied to push key areas of the shell back.
     
     
    Digital color and shading done in Photoshop

    Digital color and shading done in Photoshop


     
    With the canvas, velum, and digital colors combined, Levi was now ready to upload his 9×33 inch 300 dpi .jpg skateboard and griptape files to BoardPusher.com.
     
     
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    Levi’s “Shell Shocked” TMNT inspired graphics are now available here or apply these techniques to creating your own skateboard and griptape graphics on BoardPusher.com.
     
     
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  • SMC 7:51 pm on October 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    How To Create Your Own Split Deck Series 

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    We like fancy restaurants, especially establishments with fish taco’s and tasteful decor. So, it was a no-brainer when Wahoo’s Fish Tacos recently approached BoardPusher.com about filling some space on their walls. Our first thought was that it needed to be a skateboard deck series that not only would fit in with the Wahoo’s vibe, but also be something that the BoardPusher team would be stoked to skate. The “Fish Fight” deck series was born. Always trying to pass on our knowledge of every possible way to put your own graphics onto skateboards, we documented our Art Director’s DIY process, then put together this How To video, as well as a detailed outline below to help you create your own split deck series. The “Fish Fight” series is also available here.

     


     
    1. Decide weather you are going to split your series horizontally or vertically.
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    2. Knowing each board is roughly 9 x 33*, decide how many boards to use and create a canvas accordingly.
    3. Create your full graphic.
    4. Scan art in as a 300 DPI .jpg  (local copy stores normally have large format scanners).
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    5. Download one of our deck templates here.
    6. Open the template in a graphic editing program.
    7. Duplicate the template layer for each deck desired. Ex. For 7 decks, 7 duplicated template layers.
    8. Expand the canvas size to match the number of decks. Ex. For 7 vertical decks expand canvas horizontally by 700%.
    9. Move the copied template layers over so that the 9 x 33 edges touch. Repeat until the appropriate amount of decks appear in a row and fill the canvas.
    10. Paste in or create your graphic on a new layer
    11. Select out your board graphic by selecting the first 9 x 33 template layer.
    12. Leave the selection area the same, but switch to your art layer before you copy the selection.
    13. Create a new file 9 x 33 .jpg and paste in your first board.  Art should be saved as board1.jpg.
    14. Repeat 11 through 12 for the appropriate amount of decks.
    15.Upload each deck separately to the Boardpusher.com designer.
    16. Place your order and be ready to skate or hang your series.

    *(May vary depending on which shape you choose. Always leave an inch more on each side to allow for full bleed printing. We used the 8 1/4 template for this series)

     
  • SMC 10:05 pm on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    How To Go from Sketchbook to Skateboard 

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    Check out this video on how to turn your sketchbook drawings into your next sick skateboard graphic using BoardPusher.com. Below, we have some detailed instructions on how you can accomplish this yourself.

     

     

    • Many printers come with a scanner these days. While our first inclination is to press our faces against it and send the images to our bosses, the scanner is also the perfect size to scan pages from your sketchbook
    • Most skateboard graphics are designed at around 9 x 33 inches at 300 dpi.
    • Make a 3 x 11 inch area for your graphic in your sketchbook.
    • Since your image will be three times smaller than a typical skateboard graphic size you will need to scan your image at 1200 dpi.
    • Use the scanner input settings to adjust contrast and colors.
    • Try to only select and scan the 3 x 11 inch area
    • Save the file as a .jpg.
    • Go to BoardPusher.com.
    • Choose your deck size.
    • Upload your  scanned image.
    • *Expand and rotate your graphic to fit the deck*It is important to remember that your image was scanned at 1200 dpi. If it is not or you are working with a different graphic that was not scanned at 1200 dpi then expanding the image will create pixelation and your graphic will come out blurry.
    • Save your skateboard graphic to your profile so that you can order it as often as you like. Don’t have a profile? Not a problem. Make one. It’s free.
    • Add your deck to your cart and order your own customized skateboard graphic ready to destroy and display.

     

     
  • SMC 10:05 pm on January 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Design a Skateboard Graphic with a Panoramic Photo 

    Ever come across a picturesque scene that you thought would make a great skateboard graphic? Check out this video showing you just how easy it is to use the panoramic setting on your phone to transform yourself into a photographer and skateboard deck designer in one fell swoop using BoardPusher.com.
    http://youtu.be/xWrMJGxnt6o

    Also, for the rest of January we are going to hook you up with free shipping on all BoardPusher.com orders. Use coupon could SHIPPANO and receive free domestic shipping through Sunday, February 1st, or $10 off Hawaii/Alaska, international, and express orders.

     
  • SMC 7:55 pm on January 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How To: Apply Custom Griptape 

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    Since applying custom griptape is a little more precise and challenging, we went ahead and created this “How To:” video to help you when you decide to design the top and bottom of your http://www.BoardPusher.com skateboard.

     
    • Longboard Review Dude 11:42 pm on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I really love your custom griptape. I’ve tried to make cut outs before on my longboard’s griptape but i always end up messing up. I’ll have to pick up some of your stuff for sure!

  • SMC 6:18 pm on January 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting the Most Out of BoardPusher.com Backgrounds 

    A step by step tutorial on personalizing the backgrounds available at BoardPusher.com

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  • SMC 4:24 pm on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    How To: Grip a Skateboard 

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    You always have the option of adding griptape to your BoardPusher order, but sometimes applying the grip can be a frustrating, or perhaps a brand new process.  We get back to the basics and give you a thorough and easy step-by-step video on how to slap that grip to your board and even how to correct common mistakes.  Though the video shows the classic black grip remember that you can design your own custom griptape here.  Enjoy watching and learning http://youtu.be/n-2XQnFR9uY.

     
  • SMC 8:50 pm on June 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    How To: Skate Your Face Off 

    In this week’s “How To:” video we explore the ease of turning your photos into skateboard graphics.  Follow along with our Art Director (and some killer tunes from Kings of Prussia) as he teeters somewhere between silly and insane while he creates his latest graphic just so he can literally skate his face off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwvbTpUj1io

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