Mask Making Service

Blast Ready Resist Services

We can produce prepared resists ready to sand blast at an economically
viable price. So when you’re under the pump and have a large run of
sand blasting we can help by producing your masks for you in a fast
time frame.

You send us ready to print artwork, we’ll send you ready to blast resists.

Standard Format

Up to 35cm x 21cm including border area

Custom PhotoMask is sold by the square cm. We recommend that you allow at least 10mm of blank space around each of your designs for adequate tape off. Any circle or irregular shape design needs to be placed into a square or rectangle to calculate square inches.

  • Standard 4 day turnaround time.
  • All custom mask orders are run on SR3000™ unless specified.
  • Quotes will be based on size of resist including border.
  • Standard mask service includes masks or gang sheets up to 35cm x 210cm including border area.
  • Masks are supplied in Gang Sheet form and with wax paper cover sheet.
  • Please provide finished artwork in .eps or .cdr with text converted to curves.

Minimum Custom Mask Charge: $22.00 plus GST

Email us at: sales@problast.com.au or call +612 9772 1999

Large Format

Up to 65cm x 43cm including border area

Custom PhotoMask is sold by the square inch. We recommend that you allow at least 10mm of blank space around each of your designs for adequate tape off. Any circle or irregular shape design needs to be placed into a square or rectangle to calculate square inches.

  • Standard 4 day turnaround time.
  • All custom mask orders are run on SR3000™ unless specified.
  • Quotes will be based on size of resist including border
  • Standard mask service includes masks or gang sheets up to 65cm x 43cm including border area.
  • Masks are supplied in Gang Sheet form and with wax paper cover sheet.
  • Please provide finished artwork in .eps or .cdr with text converted to curves.
  • If you want a larger resist it could possibly be made using more than one resist joined together. Half Tones may be difficult to line up.

Minimum Custom Mask Charge: $44.00 plus GST

Email us at: sales@problast.com.au or call +612 9772 1999

Extra Large Format

Up to 104cm x 129.5cm including border area

Custom PhotoMask is sold by the square cm. We recommend that you allow at least 10mm of blank space around each of your designs for adequate tape off. Any circle or irregular shape design needs to be placed into a square or rectangle to calculate square inches.

  • Standard up to 3 weeks turnaround time.
  • All custom mask orders are run on SR3000™ unless specified.
  • Quotes will be based on size of resist including border.
  • Stand mask service includes masks or gang sheets up to  104cm x  129.5cm including border area.
  • Please provide finished artwork in .eps or .cdr with text converted to curves and zipped.
  • If you want a larger resist it could possibly be made using more than one resist joined together. Half Tones may be difficult to line up.

Minimum Custom Mask Charge: $44.00 plus GST

Email us at: sales@problast.com.au or call +612 9772 1999

Photographic Half Tones:

Over the years we have become experts in producing halftone masks of photography for sand blasting. We have produced quality halftone
resist for some of Australia’s biggest memorial companies. Let us take care of all your photo image resist needs. We use SR30000 self adhesive film allowing for superb fine detail and easy application onto any engravable material.

We create the resist stencil from photographic images by creating a half tone image. You can create the halftone yourself by following these instructions or we can produce the half tones for you. It is often easiest to get us to do it for you. We charge $60.00 per hour for over the phone training of half tone production.

When producing half tones:

  • The original image should be at least as large as the image you want to etch. If you take an image and make it bigger you will lose image quality.
  • Consider the removal of the background image to enhance a person’s image. Or leave it in if it has relevance.
  • Consider the way the image will look when blasted. Some images should be inverted once the halftone is created before washing out to get the best effect. It really depends on if your material surface is of a light or dark colour.
  • Never resize an image after you have created the halftone, always convert the image once it is at the correct size.
  • Try and avoid large areas of solid white or black in your image, it is better to have greys with less contrast.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES:

Art Services:
Repairs, Clean-up, Creation of Artwork, Half Tone creation or Typesetting
$45.00 for first hour or part of hour. $45.00 per hour after first hour

Rush Orders: Regular orders are processed in 4 working days. If artwork requires approval, lead time starts from date of approval. Rush order may incur surcharge.

Shipping: All orders will be shipped Fastways or Australia Post service unless other service is requested by the customer. All freight charges will be paid by the customer.

Terms: Visa, Master Card, American Express, is preferred for payment. Account Customers – 30 Days.

Returns: Call immediately on any corrections to your order. No returns accepted after 10 days.

Photographic Half Tones:

We provide a complete etching service for those wanting to outsource the entire job. Please see the ‘Etching Service‘ section in our Services Menu.

COMPANY POLICY

ProBlast does not accept orders containing nudity, profanity or other material that ProBlast reserves the right to deem as objectionable. Orders containing copyrighted or licensed material cannot be accepted without proper authorization.

Placing an Order

ProBlast accepts orders for Custom photomasks by mail or e-mail.

Mail:

  1. Prepare your artwork:
    • Digital files only. Convert all text to outlines (i.e., vector artwork). If you do not complete this step, the formatting of your artwork may change due to font compatibility issues. Save the file as a .CDR, .EPS, .AI or .PDF.  All images or raster files need to be a high resolution .TIF, .JPG, or .PSD (Images must be at least 600 DPI for best photomask results).

Please note that vector artwork is always preferred when making a mask because it produces higher quality images. If you only have a bitmap image, it is necessary that the file is in a high resolution format. Generally, the higher the resolution, the cleaner looking the artwork, and thus the better the film when you print.

    • Printed materials. You can mail in a high quality printout of your artwork or layout. We will scan the printout to create your artwork.

  1. Send the completed order form and artwork to:

ProBlast PhotoEtch Systems Pty Ltd
10/254 Milperra Rd Milperra, NSW 2214

Email:

  1. Prepare your artwork:
    • Digital files only. Convert all text to outlines (i.e., vector artwork). If you do not complete this step, the formatting of your artwork may change due to font compatibility issues. Save the file as a .CDR, .EPS, .AI or .PDF.  All images or raster files need to be a high resolution .TIF, .JPG, or .PSD (Images must be at least 600 DPI for best photomask results).

Please note that vector artwork is always preferred when making a mask because it produces higher quality images. If you only have a bitmap image, it is necessary that the file is in a high resolution format. Generally, the higher the resolution, the cleaner looking the artwork, and thus the better the film when you print.

    • Printed materials. You can mail in a high quality printout of your artwork or layout. We will scan the printout to create your artwork.

  1. Mail the artwork in digital or printed format to:

ProBlast PhotoEtch Systems Pty Ltd
10/254 Milperra Rd Milperra, NSW 2214

If you do not have an image creation program, you can design your artwork with text and black-and-white images in Microsoft Word or a similar word processing program. You can then print out the design and mail it to us, or you can scan it and send it via email. Alternatively, you can send in hand-drawn, black-and-white artwork for us to scan. We will clean up the scanned image (if needed) and then produce your photomask.

File Extensions Definitions:

Raster Images:

.TIF or .TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format. This is an image file format appropriate for use with text, photographs and line art. The format was developed by Aldus, which is now Adobe Systems. Many graphics programs can open and create TIF files.

.JPG or .JPEG refers to a type of compression that is commonly used for photographic images. Many graphics programs can open and create JPG files.

.PSD stands for Adobe Photoshop; this file format is proprietary to Adobe Systems and is used by the Adobe Photoshop software program. This type of file is appropriate for raster images only.

Vector Images:

.AI stands for Adobe Illustrator Artwork; this file format is proprietary to Adobe Systems and is used by the Adobe Illustrator software program. This type of file is appropriate for vector drawings.

.EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript. EPS files have the advantage of being stable; they are basically self-contained files that don’t require a specific type of software to display the image correctly. EPS files can be created within Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW.

.CDR is the file extension used by CorelDRAW. This proprietary file format is used to save vector images created in CorelDRAW. CDR files are not widely compatible with other software programs.

FAQ’s

What type of file can I submit my artwork in?

ProBlast accepts the following file types:

  • CorelDRAW (Prefered)
  • Adobe Illustrator (Prefered)
  • Adobe Acrobat .PDF
  • Adobe Photoshop .PSD
  • .JPG & .TIF at high resolution

What is Custom Photomask?

Custom Photomask: a premade, finished stencil that is produced by ProBlast PhotoEtch Systems Pty Ltd. It is a blast ready resist service.