Applying your artwork to the Custom Drum Slip Bass Template:

IMPORTANT! Each Custom Design Package fee covers one image file upload for snare drums, one image file upload for bass drums and one image file upload for all tenor drums. If your custom design requires a separate image for each snare drum, each bass drum or each tenor drum, you will need to purchase a Custom Design Package for each individual drum.

Applying your artwork to the Custom Drum Slip Bass Template:

We will be using the Pearl Championship Maple template for this example and will be designing for an 18", 16", and 14" bass drum all within one template.

First, we will open our template. For this example we will only be focusing on the bass drum template. Your template will contain the snare drums and tenor drums as well.


Here is the artwork with which we will be working. It is the same artwork that is also used for our snare drum and tenor drum template design examples.


Now, let's place our artwork on our template. Feel free to move, tile, and rotate the design as necessary to cover the template for your drum. Keep in mind that if you stretch your design beyond its original maximum size, the quality of the final image when printed will be reduced in quality. Also, your design will not appear on your Drum Slip if it exceeds the boundaries of the templates of the drum for which you are designing. Below, indicated in bright red, are the areas that will not be printed. This also applies to the left and right sides of the template. Make sure that your design is located within the parameters of all templates for your specific drum size. If you are choosing to add the emblem incision on your Drum Slip, then it is not necessary to design on the manufacturer's emblem, as it will be punched out to make room for your drum's emblem. If you are choosing to exclude the emblem incision on your Drum Slips, then it will be necessary to design on the location of the manufacturer's emblem, as it will not be manufactured with an incision to be punched out. It is also important for us to mention that due to tension being applied to your drum's heads, the top and bottom edge of the design will be lost (marked in blue and white). The amount of design loss is variable and depends on the amount of tension applied to the heads.

Analyzing your snare drum design surface area:

Above you will see our artwork (semi-transparent) placed on the bass drum template. Here, we show you the limitations of your design surface area on the front of the drum. The area in green is the front most visible part of the drum. You should keep this area in mind at all times when designing your Drum Slip. As we are designing for three separate drums (the 18", 16", and 14"), we will need to make sure that our design covers our largest drum, the 18". The 16" and 14" drums will contain the same artwork as the 18" drum, but will be cut off at their ends. The location where the design will be cut off is on the back of the drum and is hidden by the player. This is the least visible part of the drum.

Try to keep the area in green the most focused part of your design, as it will be the most visible part of your drum.

Below are some examples of how we could place our artwork on the template and what the end result would look like:

Design Example Option 1 - Centered on Emblem (Not Tiled)
Pros - Entire design wraps around drum one time. It can have a more uniform look with snare and tenors by accurately placing the artwork around the emblem.
Cons - Left and Right sides of design are completely lost. Top and Bottom of design are hidden on the back of the drum. Design will be stretched significantly

Design Example Option 2: Centered on Emblem (Tiled)
Pros - Can have a more uniform look with snare and tenor drums by accurately placing the artwork around the emblem.
Cons - Left and Right sides of design are completely lost. Top and Bottom of design will be tiled resulting in a repetitive pattern on the top, back, and underside of the drum.


Don't be afraid to be imaginative with your bass drum designs, and don't limit yourself to a horizontal design layout. Consider other options such as turning your artwork vertically to make your design fit the natural layout of the drum. Be creative!

With all of that said, it's obvious that there is no right or wrong way to design custom Drum Slips. Every choice you make will have pros and cons. Use the information we have provided at your own discretion, and feel free to disregard our design suggestions, as they are only our opinions and are entirely subjective. The final design decision will be up to you. Good luck creating your custom Drum Slips and we look forward to working with you as you venture to create your masterpieces!

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