Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Glass Skins?

Glass Skins are a premium quality, 3.5oz woven fibreglass material that are custom printed with your own high resolution images and graphic designs. Glass Skins are the ultimate way to easily integrate graphics and strength into new build projects such as surfboards, surfboard fins, wake boards, dive fins or other composite and laminated products. They have been specially developed to wrap and conform to curved areas in the build process like surfboard rails and channels.

Glass Skins are best suited for use on white base coloured products. Areas that are white in your design will not print on the fibreglass and will become transparent when laminating. If there is colour other than white under your Glass Skins on the item you are laminating, this will show through and alter the final colours of your printed Glass Skins. Some customers actually use this to their advantage to achieve varied results with their Glass Skins final appearance.

Can I use my own artwork?
That’s what we’re here for! If you have created a file in a graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop that contains your own logos and / or photographic images, you can submit your “Print Ready” files to Glass Skins and we will print them on our premium fibreglass material, ready for use in your next project. Ensure you set your Illustrator Artboard or Photoshop Canvas to the size of the product you are ordering. For example, 29” Width Glass Skin – Size 6 – 29” inch Width x 72” inch Height.
How should I submit my files?

“Print Ready” File Requirements

  1. File dimensions must match the size of the product you are ordering online.  

Set your Illustrator Artboard or Photoshop Canvas to the size of the product you are ordering.  For example, Size 6 – 29” inch Width x 72” inch Height.  If you are covering an item with a photo or graphic, be sure to allow enough of your design to cover your product.  

It is possible to fit more than one graphic or photo combination within the allowable print size.  Rather than having two separate small print job files, you can combine images or designs within a larger product size and submit this as one file/order.  

  1. Artwork files submitted “Print Ready” in CMYK colour mode.  

If any artwork is submitted in an RGB colour mode, our software will convert the data and print the closest colour in CMYK.  Colour variations may occur in this case, however, Glass Skins cannot be held accountable for this shift in colour output.  

  1. File types accepted: “High Quality Print” PDF, JPG, AI 
  1. Outline all fonts

You can use any font you like in your design process, however, they must be converted to outlines in your final “Print Ready” file submitted.  If your fonts are not outlined and we don’t have the same fonts on our system, our graphics programs will replace them with a different font that will not match the one you have used.  As a result, your art will not look the same as it appears on your computer, and will not print the same. 

To outline your fonts in Adobe Illustrator for example, select ALL fonts in your artwork, go to the ‘Type’ drop down menu and select ‘Create Outlines’ this will turn the selected text into outlines.  Our computers and graphics programs will then be able to open your art without errors or font substitution.  

  1. Embed all linked files/images in your artwork.

Most graphics programs allow the user to add an object or image to a file by linking or embedding. Embedded images are stored within the file itself, while linked files are not.  As a result, linked files can become unlinked and “go missing” when opened on a different computer.  Ensure you embed all images to avoid losing any of them from your submitted file.  

  1. Flatten Transparencies.  

If objects containing spot colours overlap and contain transparency, undesirable results may occur when spot colours are converted to process colours during the flattening process.

  1. Raster images, like photos, should be a minimum of 150 – 300dpi at finish file size.   

150-300 dpi is recommended at 100% print size.  Please note that rescaling an image found online from a website (usually these are set to 72dpi) from 72dpi to 300dpi will not correct pixilation or clarity.  Your original image should be of high resolution and quality.  If you are concerned your image may become pixelated when enlarged, view it at ‘Actual Size’ in a graphics program like “Illustrator” or “Photoshop” to be sure you are happy with the final output prior to submission. 

  1. For images to be considered Vector they must be created in a vector program like Adobe Illustrator.

Please check your files prior to submission to ensure they meet our file requirements.  We will print what you submit.  If you need professional assistance with your artwork files, we are happy to provide this service at our standard hourly rate of $75.00 p/hr + 10% GST.  You can contact us at – hello@glassskins.com.au

Glass Skins are best suited for use on white base coloured composite products.  Areas that are white in your design will not print on the fibreglass and will become transparent when laminating.  If there is colour other than white under your Glass Skins on the item you are laminating, this will show through and alter the final colours of your printed Glass Skins.  Some customers actually use this to their advantage to achieve varied results with their Glass Skins final appearance.

Can Glass Skins conform to curves and shapes?

Absolutely!  Glass Skins are specifically designed to suit wrapping edges and curves of products like surfboard rails and channels.

What resin systems are Glass Skins compatible with?

Glass Skins are compatible with both Polyester and Epoxy resin systems.

How should I store my Glass Skin?
Wrinkle free, rolled not folded – to maintain structural integrity.
Out of direct sunlight.
Away from moisture and liquids – apart from resin when ready to use.
My Glass Skins feel a little stiffer than normal, is there a problem with my material?

Not at all.  In some instances, where higher ink loads are present (e.g. dark colours such as black) fibres may feel a little stiffer than lighter colours or unprinted areas.  With care, you can gently wrap / mould the Glass Skins around the intended surface to help loosen the fibres prior to installation.

How do I check the resolution of my artwork?

If you created your artwork in a digital program such as Adobe Photoshop, check the resolution by selecting Image > Image Size.

If you are ordering a 29″ x 72″ Glass Skins print, your Photoshop Canvas size should be 29” wide x 72” high and your image should cover the area needed at a Resolution of 150-300 pixels per inch. 

If your initial image is low resolution, it will not help to increase the pixels per inch in Photoshop when enlarging.  This will only enlarge the image size and the end result will still be fuzzy and pixelated.  View the image at 100% print size in Photoshop to ensure you are happy with the final resolution.

For best print quality, we recommend uploading vector artwork or high resolution photographic images at 150-300dpi at final size.

Raster vs. Vector

Raster Files (Bitmap) are composed of pixels in a grid such as photographs. Pixels are tiny dots of colour and when combined, make up the picture you see.  They are produced with the use of digital image capture devices such as, digital cameras or pixel editing programs like Adobe Photoshop. 

Vectors graphics are paths (line drawings) which can be filled with colour and are not made up of pixels.  This allows infinite scaling without sharpness or quality loss.  You could increase your image to 10,000 x 10,000 inches and all the details will remain sharp (assuming your computer could process a file that big).  AI and EPS are some of the most common vector files used.

How can I make sure my design is the colour I want?

Colour is complex and there are many different factors that can alter the way it is viewed.  The main factors contributing to this are Light Source (e.g. Fluorescent Lamps V’s LED V’s Daylight), Perception, Surrounding Colours, Opponent Colours and Environment.  Every computer monitor and even our own eyes interpret colour differently, therefore, graphics on screen are not an accurate colour representation of your final printed material.  We always try to ensure that colours are as bright and accurate as possible.

Colours displayed on your computer versus the printed version may not look exactly the same.  If a particular colour is important, it’s always a good idea to order a test swatch or a Glass Skins Colour Chart before purchasing your printed item/s.  A Glass Skins Colour Chart can serve as a colour management aid and provide you with a physical example of how colours will be closely reproduced on the same material.  How the design looks on screen can be a good preview, but in the end, the only way to judge whether your colours will look as you expect them to, is by performing a test with a printed sample and using it in your final application.

Print Ready files submitted to Glass Skins will be reproduced as close as possible to the colours supplied in your file, however, exact colour matches may not be possible.  Slight colour variations may even occur on reprints of the same material, as product batches may differ slightly in the initial manufacturing process prior to print.

Electronic files / proofs do not show transparency and overprint issues and they also do not show the colour change from RGB or Pantone to CMYK.  Please understand that colour variations are inherent inconsistencies of the printing process, therefore, Glass Skins will not be liable for colour variations between the submitted file and the final printed product.

Glass Skins are best suited for use on white base coloured products.  Areas that are white in your design will not print on the fibreglass and will become transparent when laminating.  If there is colour other than white under your Glass Skins on the item you are laminating, this will show through and alter the final colours of your printed Glass Skins.  Some customers actually use this to their advantage to achieve varied results with their Glass Skins final appearance.

Topical treatments such as additional fibreglass layers, resins, gloss, matt or UV coatings may alter the final look of your print and Glass Skins cannot be held liable for this change in appearance.

How can I add the “GS Spot Colour Chart.ase” swatch file to Adobe Illustrator?

The GS Spot Colour Chart swatch file can be added to Adobe Illustrator to make it easier to assign colours to areas in your graphic designs.

  1. Download the ASE file to a location on your computer.  
  2. In Illustrator open the Swatches window and select the dropdown menu in the top right of the Swatches window (the three horizontal lines).  In the dropdown menu select “Open Swatch Library” and then choose “Other Library”.  
  3. Select the ASE file from the location you saved it to and click open.
  4. The swatches will open and you will now be able to choose your Spot Colours from there.
Can we print RGB colours?

RGB has a larger range of colours than CMYK and are difficult or impossible to match.  RGB format is typically used to display images in electronic systems such as digital cameras, televisions and computer screens.  Photographic artwork or graphic designs submitted in RGB will be converted and printed in the closest available match in CMYK.  Colour shifts may occur.

Can we print Pantone Spot colours?

We convert Pantone Spot colours to their closest CMYK equivalent.  Our Spot Colour Chart is available for purchase if you are looking to set up specific spot coloured artworks.  This will allow you to physically see the colour output on the printed material you will use in your custom project and the possibility to test it in a final production application.

Do we print white?

No.  Like most desktop printers, white is generally not a printed colour.  Traditionally, printing is almost always performed on a white substrate such as paper or vinyl.  While the possibility of printing white is available these days, in most cases it is not needed.