For best results it is recommended you follow the guidelines below before beginning your tattoo design. These guidelines are for designers working on a computer. If you are drawing your design on paper simply bring in a copy of your design and we will scan & set up your design for you.
Step 1 – Measuring your device
Measure the area of your device which can be engraved. Engraving area must be flat – we cannot engrave very far around curved edges or on uneven surfaces. You can also scan your device at 250dpi and use this as a template to lay your design onto.
If using this method, ensure your design remains on a separate layer to your scanned image
Step 2 – Creating a blank image to work on
Using the image editor of your choice, ie. Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel etc. start a new blank page which is the size of your engraving area. For bitmap designs choose a resolution of 250dpi or 500dpi.
Step 3 – Design your tattoo
Designs must be in pure black & white. Designs can be in vector (ie Illustrator) or bitmap (ie Photoshop) format. Shades of grey can be engraved using a dot screen or dithering effect, however results will vary depending on your device
Step 4 – Save your design
Save your design in one of the following formats
GIF – Graphics Interchange Format
JPG – JPEG
PNG – Portable Network Graphic
BMP – Windows Bitmap
PSD – Adobe Photoshop
AI – Adobe Illustrator version 12
CDR – CorelDraw version 12
CPT – Corel Photopaint version 12
EPS – Encapsulated Postscript
For bitmap designs, ensure your design is the correct size at 250dpi or 500dpi
Step 5 – Email, Burn or Copy your design
Designs can be emailed to us as an attachment or you can burn your design to a CD or USB memory stick and bring it with your device to be engraved