Introduction: Making a Photoshop Longboard Cutout

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This instructable is part of my comprehensive longboard design instructable. This article relates to making a simple printed scaled longboard cut out.

For this instructable you will need photoshop which can be downloaded as a trial for free and a printer.

Step 1: Choose Longboard Design.

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If you would like to make a longboard based on a preexisting longboard, the first step is to find a large flat view picture of your chosen board. For this guide I am basing the longboard design on a Loaded Dervish longboard.

This is the photo I chose:

http://kickflipboards.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/L/o/Loaded-Dervish-tp-large.jpg

The rights go to the owner of this picture

Step 2: Load to Photoshop

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Start off by adding the chosen picture to photoshop.

Step 3: Duplicate Background

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Duplicate the layer so it is no longer locked

Step 4: Select Around the Board

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Select the area around the board with the selection tool. Include the areas of white in the drop through cut outs (if the board has them).

Step 5: Layer Via Copy

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Once all the white is selected, right click in the white area and select Layer via Copy.

Step 6: Select Background

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Select background layer and delete it, then click on the eye symbol next to layer 1

Step 7: Trace Board

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Then select the background copy layer (should now be highlighted).

Select the brush tool. Change the size to 30 then trace the outline of the board and around drop through cut outs (draw half in the white and half in the board. Does not need to be perfect), Use the zoom button to make it easier to trace.

Step 8: Select and Fill Board

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Use the select tool to select the coloured inside of the board, then right click and select Fill. Select colour in the content drop down box, then select the colour white.

Step 9: Show Layer 1

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Click the eye button to show layer 1.

The board design is now ready to be scaled

Step 10: Change Canvas Size

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To scale the board to the correct size for the cut out. Go to image and click canvas size and change the width and length to the specs of the board. In this case the width of the board is 23cm and the length is 95cm. Make sure the relative box is not clicked.

Step 11: Merge Layers

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Highlight both layers by holding control (ctrl) then right click and select merge layers.

Step 12: Scale Board

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Drag the corners of the image so that the board lines up with the canvas sides.

Step 13: Add Boarder

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Go to image again and click canvas size. Change the width to 2cm wider and the length 5cm longer, to create a border.

EDIT: Adding a boarder changes the final board size throwing out the scale, so it is up you to chose whether or not to add a border

Step 14: Prepare to Print

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The board is now ready to print. But first it must be formatted to be parts to be printed on A4 sheets of paper. An A4 sheet of paper is 30cm x 21cm.

First save the file as a Photoshop file .PSD which will save the project

Click the crop tool and enter 25 for the width and 20 for the length. This sets the crop box size so the board will print to scale.

Once the crop has been dragged over the image, click the tick.

Step 15: Saving the Parts

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The first A4 part is ready to be saved. First make a folder to save the parts to.

Click file, save as.

Save as a JEPG and call it part 1

Click save, then Ok.

Step 16: Save All Parts

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Once saved, press CTRL+ALT+Z to retrieve the full design.

Then click the crop tool again and drag back over the board. Select the box and drag down to create another part.

Save the new part again as a JEPG and repeat until you have saved the whole board as printing parts.

Tip: If you are having trouble lining up the parts, when you crop the board, overlap to make lining up the parts easier.

Step 17: Finish Cut Out

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Once all the printed parts are finished, line up the parts and attach them together with tape and cut out the longboard. Your scaled longboard cut out is finished.

Comments

t0mm0t (author)2014-01-03

whats the reason for the ugly black outlines instead of using the clean ones from the original picture? i dont really get the reason for this instructable... :/

t0mm0t (author)t0mm0t2014-01-03

okay ugly is the wrong word, actually they look pretty cool like they were drawn by hand. but i still cant figure out the reason for them. ;)

jlongmuir (author)t0mm0t2014-01-04

haha the lines are purely functional, the reason is that the lines are easier to print as they are not in colour. Once you merge the layers the top layer clips the ulgy lines to make sharp easy to cut lines for the board template. I didn't take my time with the lines to show it doesn't have to be pretty, and the process only needs to take 5-10 minutes. Thanks for taking the time to read my guide, I appreciate it. :)

t0mm0t (author)jlongmuir2014-01-06

thanks for the explanaitions!! :)

jlongmuir (author)t0mm0t2014-01-04

The reason for this instructable is when you make a longboard and go to cut it out, its much easier with a cut out template because you can keep the design symmetrical which is very important

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