Custom Playmat Instructions

We want you to have the best looking custom playmat you can. Having an idea is one part, having it look the best it can ever be is the other. If you follow the steps we provide on this page we can guarantee you that it will be just that!

Custom Playmat

 HOW TO GIMP2 (Download GIMP2)
  1. Download the TemplatePlaymat
  2. Open the image you will be using for your custom playmat in gimp (File > Open, or right click the image and select “Edit in GIMP”).
  3. Once your image is loaded, go to Image > Scale Image
  4. Under Image Size, go to the section document size
  5. Under the X and Y resolution you will hope to see a number greater than or equal to 150,000
  6. Image size has to be in inches. If that is not the case, please change it to inches.
  7. Without unlinking (chain button) type in 24.5 for the width and then click the height box, you will most likely see the number next to height change. Ensure that number is above 14.5. If is not, type in 14.5 and click another box to see the automatic change in the width. Width MUST be at or more than 24.5 inches and Height must be at or more than 14.5 inches (Note: Unless you want warping, do not unlink the width and height)
  8. Click Scale. Depending on the size of the image it might take 10-20 seconds or longer.
  9. Once scaling is done, Do a Select All (Ctrl+A), Copy (Ctrl+C), open the template and you should see the guides marking where the custom playmat will have a cut off. If you don’t, go to View – Guides and make sure its checked
  10. Paste your image into the template. The image should cover all of the whitespace. Move your image around until you are satisfied with the look. Tools > Transform Tools > Move
  11. Satisfied? Once completed Go to File > Export As and Save it as a jpg and make sure the quality is set to 100 and not the defaulted 90
HOW TO PHOTOSHOP
  1. Download and open the TemplatePlaymat
  2. Open the image you will be using for your custom playmat in a seperate window on Photoshop (File > Open, or right click the image and select “Edit in Photoshop”).
  3. Once your image is loaded, go to Image > Scale Image
  4. Deselect Resample Image, because you don’t want to change the amount of image data in your picture
  5. Under Image Size, change pixels to inches
  6. Under resolution you will hope to see a number greater than or equal to 300. Change X resolution to 150 pixels/in and click in the Y box and you should now see both X and Y =150. If the numbers start out lower than 150, you might lose a lot of the resolution upon scaling
  7. Without unlinking (chain button) type in 24.5 for the width and then click the height box, you will most likely see the number next to height change. Ensure that number is above 14.5. If is not, type in 14.5 and click another box to see the automatic change in the width. Width MUST be at or more than 24.5 inches and Height must be at or more than 14.5 inches (Note: Unless you want warping, do not unlink the width and height)
  8. Click Scale. If you get a warning message just click ok and don’t worry about it. Depending on the size of the image it might take 10-20 seconds or longer.
  9. Once scaling is done, Do a Select All (ctrl+A), Copy (ctrl+C), open the template and you should see the guides marking where the custom playmat will have a cut off. If you don’t, go to View – Guides and make sure its checked
  10. Paste your image into the template. The image should cover all of the whitespace. Move your image around until you are satisfied with the look
  11. Select the rectangle select tool (Rectangle with dotted lines) and click on the OUTSIDE of the image. This will add it to the layer
  12. Feel free to make any other adjustments you want. Once complete Go to File > Export As and Save it as a jpg and make sure the quality is set to 100 and not the defaulted 90
  13. To do a double check on the image, go to the file location and right click and click on properties. Under the details tab you should see a resolution of 3675 x 2175 and a PPI of 150

SUMMARY
  • To make things easy we provide you with a template: TemplatePlaymat. (Photoshop/Gimp2)
  • Your image size should be 63 cm x 37 cm or 24.5″ x 14.5″. We need this margin so the image covers the whole playmat when printing. The template has guidelines placed on it. (guides turned on in your editing program)
  • Approximately  0.6 cm or 1/4″ around the sides of the image will be cut off. We need the extra size so the image bleeds to the whole mat. (DO NOT add 0.6 cm or 1/4″ solid color trim)
  • A resolution of 3675 x 2175 – 150 PPI is optimal
  • Set image mode to RGB
  • Make sure the uploaded file is JPG

Custom Playmat

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