CUSTOM DISC DESIGNER INSTRUCTIONS
Design Process Overview
"Custom Disc Designer" How-To
ARIA Artwork Pro Tips
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 'CUSTOM DISC DESIGNER' EDITION
Designing custom discs
How do I get my art or design on the disc?
When you first arrive at the Custom Disc Designer, you’ll be greeted with a blank disc. You can then select art from our stash, or upload a design of your own. It’s important to note that we can only print in one color, so if you select a design that has more than one color, you’ll have to change all the colors to either one uniform color or make them transparent. You won’t be able to upload a two-plus-colors image - a one-color vector image is required. If this is beyond your tech abilities, never fear - email your art file or idea to us at email@example.com, and we’ll get it back to you in an upload-friendly form. Once you’ve gotten your art ready, you can add text, resize pieces of your design, and play around with the designer. Then submit, and we’ll start the process of moving it into production!
What do I do once my art is ready, or as ready as I can get it?
Once you’ve reached a point where you can’t get your art any further - either because it’s done or because you need some assistance - be sure to Save + Submit! The Custom Disc Designer does not save automatically, so if you navigate away your work may be lost. Once you’ve saved, your work has been submitted to the ARIA Ultimate team, and we will get in touch with you over email to move things forward! If you’d rather go right to ordering, you can select ‘Checkout’ to buy your discs.
What happens when I ‘Save and Submit’?
Once your work is saved and submitted, the ARIA Ultimate team receives it and can access the art and any notes you’ve made. You don’t have to do anything: we will review the art and get back to you via email to discuss where you’d like the design to go from there! Once it’s saved, you also have the opportunity to share it with friends or teammates to show them what you’re creating.
Buying your custom discs
What is the minimum order quantity for custom discs? Can I design and buy just a few discs?
The minimum order quantity for custom discs is 100. If you aren’t currently in the market for 100+ discs, rally your team, school, or league to see if someone else wants to go in on the order, or you can buy pre-designed discs on our webstore here.
How much do custom discs cost?
It depends on how many you buy - the more you buy the cheaper they are. A good estimate for all in cost of 100 discs shipped in the USA is ~$8 per disc, but this can change depending on various factors such as shipping, printing, and quantity. If you are shopping around, be sure you get complete pricing from companies! Hidden art fees (we offer free art) or shipping markups (we don’t) can poach-D your order real quick if you aren't careful.
How long will my custom discs take to arrive?
Turnaround time is 3-4 weeks for US orders once we have a completed design and payment. Depending on where you are in the country, it could take us from 1-5 additional days to ship it to you, and if you're outside the United States we can let you know an approximate time on a case-by-case basis. Each disc is different and will take a different amount of time to get print-ready, but if you need your disc super fast for a tournament or an event, let us know, and we can work with you on rush printing or shipping options (additional charges may apply).
How can I be sure of what the colors will look like printed on the discs?
We’ve done our best to offer the basic ‘standard’ colors for you. However, colors on a computer screen can vary widely from one monitor to the next. As a result, it’s difficult to determine what the color you select on your screen will look like in real life. The colors available in our Custom Disc Designer are close matches to the foils we have. If you want to be extremely precise, we also have a list of the Pantone shades available. Most FedEx Kinkos shops will have an official Pantone Color Book you can look at to see what the colors will look like in real life. We also have photos available of each foil color - we recommend looking at them, especially if you’re interested in using metallic foils. But remember, your computer or phone screen might not be showing you a completely accurate color.
Can I print a two or more color logo on my discs?
We are working on making two color printing available for custom disc orders, but for now we are only able to do one color well. There are some great printing techniques that use halftones and patterns that can help create more complex drawings in just one color. Check out these resources for more info.
Printing in multiple colors requires specific formatting and printing technology that we don’t yet have full capability for. As time goes by we hope to be able to change this, but at the moment we are focusing on creating the best possible designs with what we have.
Do I need to sign up to use the Custom Disc Designer?
You don’t need to sign up to just play around with the Custom Disc Designer and get a feel for it, but to move beyond that phase and save anything, you’ll have to create a login and password. This makes it easy for you to come back to your work, and enables us to be in touch with you about the disc-ordering process.