Gobo Ordering: The Basics

Gobos can be an effective way to advertise company logos, decorate a wedding or party space, or transform any wall, ceiling or floor. When shopping for a gobo, you’ll be presented with many options, what’s the deal with that?
We’re here to drop some knowledge on the subject and clear up any confusion regarding the terms swirling around the internet (and your head)! From steel, metal, glass, stock, and custom, we’re here to set the record straight on what you should order, and what to expect from each product.

ProGobo is your one stop shop for any and all gobos. If you’re reading this and asking “what’s a gobo”, you’re in the right place! If not, skip this paragraph :-P

A gobo is piece that is designed to fit into a 
lighting fixture or 'gobo projector'. The term GOBO actually is shorthand for “Go-Between”. This comes from where the gobo actually goes...BETWEEN the lens and the bulb, right in the middle of the projector. Go, between. Gobo. Get it? Good! The goal is to get whatever is designed ON the gobo to shine onto a surface. Commonly, the designs include a company’s logo, names of a newlywed couple, birthday celebration wish, or a textured design—the options are endless!

When ordering from, you’ll be presented with a few different options. The first question is are you looking for a STOCK gobo, or a CUSTOM gobo? Stock gobos are common patterns or images that are pre-designed. While they are not customizable, they are more affordable than custom and can be used for any and every event. They can be reused over and over again to add that extra element to your space or event!
The opposite of stock is CUSTOM. Custom gobos are anything that’s not stock. You can choose from our 
custom catalog, or upload your own high resolution artwork.

Once you decide what type of design you’re looking for, the other option is material. The two options are 
Metal/Steel (interchangeable term) or Glass. So what the heck is the difference?


metal gobo is a stainless steel piece with the lines of your designs cut out and removed, like a stencil. This allows for the final image to be whatever color the light passing through the stencil is. Like a stencil, metal gobos require small “tabs” in order to hold in certain areas of the design.

glass gobo is a piece of glass with your design layered inside. Since glass pieces are not cut, we are able to add color to the glass pieces, as well as produce without any tabbing or bridges. Glass gobos are priced based on color, with options being black and white, grayscale (any black/white/gray gradients), 1 color, 2 color, 3 color, and full color (4 or more colors, including gradients).

Our metal gobos are created out of the highest quality (and thickest) metal possible and with proper care and handling will last 100+ hours for use over and over.
Glass gobos are more fragile, however are more heat resistant and tend to last longer than a metal piece. With the proper handling, storage, installation and care, both materials should perform well for many uses with the same piece, or can be used as a keepsake for years to come.

Metal gobos are more cost effective to create, at $69.95 with free shipping, this option is an affordable way to add value and that “wow factor” to your event or company.
Glass gobos begin at $115 with free shipping, and allow for a more detailed final product.

You can order any and all types now from!


Check out David & Kait chatting with Arnoldo Offermann from Gear It First about the differences in gobo types!

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