Five custom engraved water bottles with yoga blocks.

Design Guide

From the best image sizes and formats to image placement, check out the guide below for help with designing your custom bottle.


Welcome to the CamelBak Design Studio. 

Here you'll find an overview of the CamelBak Custom Print and Laser Etching design process. Along the way, you'll learn helpful tips on how to make the perfect print or laser engraving! Through the course of this guide, we make references to 3rd party websites that may help you resolve an issue with your print. We are not responsible for any damage that may result from using 3rd party sites and make no warranties for the services they provide. Always save a copy of your original file and do not download plugins or software without vetting them first!
the Basics

Design Studio Overview

Our design studio offers users an easy-to-use interface to customize your bottle. The page is broken down into four primary elements.

Click through the numbers on the right to learn how to use each element.
Design Studio Overview screenshot 2.
Navigation Tabs
Click through these tabs to discover the primary ways to customize your bottle.
Work Area
Modifications to your design will be made here. Change your bottle color or add images and text.
Changes made in the work area are shown here. You can scale images and text in this area by clicking and dragging as well as select from Front and Back areas to customize.
Order Controls
Here, you'll see your progress and order subtotal. You can also change the number of bottles you're ordering.

Canvas Area

To simplify the design process, we've added several features and tools that are helpful to experiment with.

First, notice the placement options: FRONT and BACK (digital print only). These options allow you to choose which side you'd like for placing a logo or image centered to the cap and CamelBak logo.

To scale an image or text, drag and drop one of the corners. Moving inward shrinks the element, moving outward increases the size. Click and hold the rotation icon above images or text to spin the element. If you exceed the Grey Zone marked "PRINT AREA", the box will turn red. This is an indicator that some of your elements will be cut off when printed. 

Canvas area for web customizer.
Pixel quality grid: sharp pixels example on left, pixels with white outline on right.

Tips for Digital Printing

The key to a great digital print is uploading a good quality image. Choose files with high resolution (300 DPI) and images that are clear and crisp. Every imperfection in your image will be visible on the print. It is also best to avoid extremely dark images. Lighter images will generally print better.

If you want to remove the white background from an image and don't have a design program, like Photoshop, there are many free tools online, such as PhotoScissors*, that will help isolate the subject in your image from the background. Save your files as a transparent .PNG to preserve the transparent background you create.

Tips for Laser Etching

Custom stainless steel bottles are for laser etch only. For this to work, your artwork must be a PNG with a transparent background. Any other file type will not be accepted. If you upload a PNG file without transparency, you will simply see a large rectangle on the bottle (as in the image on the left). If you proceed to checkout when your preview shows a plain rectangle, what you see is what you'll get.

 Any area that will be engraved must be entirely in black and must have a line width of at least 0.008". As always, review carefully before proceeding to checkout.

Correct type of file for laser etching on custom bottles.
Warning! BE SURE YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO ANY IMAGE YOU ATTEMPT TO PRINT. ALL SUSPICIOUS ORDERS WILL BE CANCELLED, including logos of professional sports teams, licensed characters, and certain registered trademarks. Read our: Purchasing Terms