Custom engravings have been a free option with any new JDS Labs amp/DAC/preamp purchase for years, and we have had a fantastic time seeing customer submissions.
We first demonstrated the engraving process almost four years ago. Little in our process has changed, while the JDS Labs amplifier and DAC lineup has evolved, so some of you have asked for newer examples.
Engraving Text or Monochrome Images
Monochrome images are preferred for engraving. Monochrome means a true 2-bit image consisting of black or white (no greys). If possible, submit as a vector: .svg or .ai file.
Typical examples include logos, symbols, or other artwork without shading. Our shipping team only has to do a little dancing to perfect placement:
Text engravings are also straightforward:
Engraving Complex Images
While we use our best judgement to scale and position artwork onto your amp or DAC, please keep in mind that aluminum engraving quality depends on suitability of your artwork. Low quality files or images with detailed shading may engrave poorly. It’s in your best interest to submit a high quality, monochrome picture or vector image like examples in the previous section.
Warnings aside, many customers submit full color or grayscale artwork. Engraving is successful as long as the image has vivid contrast. Artwork containing subtle differences in brightness should be avoided.
Again, engraving onto a metal surface will always have limited shading contrast compared to what you see on your screen. Avoid very dark or very bright images. Try converting your color image to grayscale before submitting. If it’s difficult to see some details in grayscale, it will be even harder to see once engraved.
We rely on three templates for placement. These templates may help you plan:
- Element Line – Engraving Template: .PDF or .AI
- Objective Line – Image Engraving Template: .PDF or .AI
- Objective Line – Text Engraving Template: .PDF or .AI
We’re excited to see what you guys submit in 2018!