Ultimate Guide to ordering a Customskin
Fact: Most people are professional graphic designers. If you fit into this category, which you almost definitely do, here's some templates to lay your design out on in Photoshop or Illustrator ------->
Try and keep your images at 300dpi, vectors are great, and save down as a pdf. Don't flatten the guides onto your artwork - keep them on a separate layer or remove them entirely so we don't have to hunt down and dismember you. You'll notice that there's no mic holes shown on the templates - you can mark these yourself on a separate layer. Just do a circle of the size required. We can cut a mic hole anywhere on the drum head, but don't put it too close to the edge (we recommend at least an inch of clearance minimum). We'll always cut the mic hole according to the artwork (if it's marked), rather than the spec submitted on the order.
If you're not a graphic designer...
...congratulations for doing something useful with your life. Since you're busy extinguishing forest fires or fostering vulnerable children just upload what you have (jpeg, png, meme) and we'll work on it our end.
Template or no template, we'll send you a preview of the finished design to approve before we print. Feel free to email your design over to us to check before you order, if it makes you happy.
Sizing and Mic holes
Make sure you're confident about the size of the bass drum before you order. If you have accidentally ordered the wrong size because you didn't measure your bass drum click here.
Mic hole placement
Most people have a mic hole cut in their drum head. The standard positioning is 4/5 o'clock, but it can be anywhere on the drum head. Be aware that a big mic hole on a small drum head will take up a sizeable amount of real estate, and decrease your value for money accordingly.
Mic hole reinforcers
For an additional charge we can fit a reinforcer on your mic hole. If you're playing live a lot, touring, or have clumsiness in your DNA we recommend adding one. The mic hole is a weak point in the drum head and a careless foot in the wrong place will cause a tear in your beautiful drum head.