iPad Smart Covers are decorated in-house using our laser engraving machine. In this process the laser melts or removes the top surface of material. It is not printing and no color is added. There is usually some variation in the color and appearance of each cover. If you need to order a large number of covers that all look identical then this is not the decoration process to use. Debossed and printed iPad cases may be a better choice for your needs.
The current tan leather Smart Cover for iPad that Apple sells laser etches to a medium brown color. It is possible there will be some variation in the color of the etching due to the fact that this is genuine leather and due to other manufacturing changes that are out of our control. The darkness of the engraving may vary from one cover to another and from one order to the next. Large filled areas may not engrave to an exactly uniform color.
Artwork on leather smart covers can be almost any kind of graphic as long as the resolution is high enough. Logos with shading come out quite well, as do high contrast photos and illustrations. Some detail, especially in photos, may be lost due to the texture of the leather and the fact that we cannot engrave very deeply on these thin covers.
Laser engraving leather leaves behind an ash residue. We clean each cover after engraving, but there may still be traces of this residue left behind that will create a dark-colored cloud around the engraved area when handled. Apple has also noted that “the leather Smart Cover is crafted from high-quality, naturally treated material that gets its color from a rich aniline dye. Some color may rub off during use.”
If you are placing a large order we very strongly recommend doing one cover as a sample, receiving it in person, and adjusting your artwork as needed. This process generally takes about two weeks, but quick turnaround orders are possible by taking advantage of our rush service options. We do not recommend ordering a large number of covers without an in-person proof. Returns or refunds are not possible for custom items.
Be sure to also read our Smart Cover F.A.Q. below.
Custom Smart Covers
Probably. Certain colors of covers require specific types of artwork.
iPad Smart Covers are only customized using laser engraving. The process melts, burns, or removes the outer layer of material of the cover. The appearance depends on the color and material of the cover itself. The process is not printing and no color is added.
Artwork for polyurethane Smart Covers must be only pure black and white (1-bit) and should be in a vector format or at least 300 dpi (6oo dpi is preferable).
Artwork for leather Smart Covers is more flexible and can contain shading or photos. Any part of the artwork that is not black is dithered to a half-tone pattern. Clear, high contrast photos produce the best results. All artwork must be at least 300 dpi for the size engraved or a vector format.
We purchase iPad Smart Covers directly from Apple and cannot offer any discounts on the cost of the covers themselves. On large orders we do offer a discount off the engraving service. Please send us your artwork to request a quote.
Yes. The microfiber material used on the inside of the smart cover laser engraves very nicely. The appearance of the engraving is a darker hue than the original color.
We are putting together pages to show real examples of each color iPad Smart Cover. If you have any questions please contact us before ordering.
Due to the nature of the material of the Smart Covers and other factors beyond our control it is very difficult to accurately portray the final appearance of the engraving.
We provide electronic proofs to allow you to check the size and positioning of your artwork on the cover. It is not intended to be an accurate reflection of color, texture or detail level of the engraving.
Yes, this is not a problem unless you are attempting to do a very deep engraving. Deep engravings (popular on blue, green, and pink poly covers) cannot go over the seam or holes will develop in the cover material.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept returns or offer refunds on custom products. If you have any questions about the product please ask before ordering. If you are ordering a large number of covers we very strongly recommend ordering a single cover as a sample to examine in person.