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FAQ Series – Part 2: Turnaround, Production, & Shipping

turnaround time, production, and shipping

Welcome back for Part 2 of our FAQ series! This blog will be all about our turnaround time, production, and shipping. Our last post featured Product Questions, which you can read more about here.

When it comes to turnaround time, production times, and shipping times, things can be a little confusing. Hopefully this answers some of your questions! If you still have further questions, we’d love to help! You can give us a call at (623-445-9975), send us an email (sales@custombuttons.com), or reach us on our website chat!

Let’s begin!

“Am I better off to get Fast-Track Production or Rush Shipping?”

First you need to enter in your quantity and delivery zip code and click the ‘calculate a price button’ on the ordering page. Then a calendar will pop up with dates that you can choose from. When you choose an earlier delivery date, the website will calculate the most cost effective way to get the buttons to you! Our button experts on our sales team also use this method to determine the best price for your delivery date!

If you have difficulties using the website, we are more than happy to give you a quote or help you! You can reach us by phone, email, or by chat to help you place your order. You can also check out our video here, that walks through the steps of placing an order and also talks about Fast Track and Shipping options.

“What do you mean by Production Time and Shipping Time?”

Production time is the time that it will take us to produce your buttons. Our standard production time is 5 business days for orders less than 10,000 pieces. If we finish your order sooner than standard production time, we will ship it out so you can receive your buttons early! When you have a Fast Track order, the Fast Track determines the number of days it takes us to make your order. We offer Same-Day and 1-4 day Fast Track production times.

Shipping time is the time is takes for your buttons to reach you once they leave us after production. Ground shipping times vary depending on how close or how far you are away from us in Phoenix, AZ. We ship with UPS and Fedex. Typically and each carrier has different transit dates and days they deliver on. We will ship your buttons the most efficient way possible to ensure your order arrives to you on the date that you need them by.

“What do you mean by turnaround time?

When it comes to the verbiage, turnaround time is the total time it takes to produce and deliver your buttons to you.

“Can I rush my order?”

Yes definitely! We offer a Fast-Track Service, which guarantees that your buttons will be produced the Same Day, 1-4 Day Production times, and we also offer expedited shipping options. Sometimes it takes a combination of the two to ensure that your buttons will arrive by your selected date. Unlike other button companies, our fees associated with our Fast-Track service are minimal. Beware of companies charging you up to 125% to rush your button order!

“I need my buttons tomorrow! Can you help?”

Absolutely! Here at Everyone Loves Buttons ®, we specialize in rush orders, and we offer a same day production and next day air shipping option on orders that are up to 2,500 buttons. If you are placing an order on our website, our cut off time is 11AM Arizona Time, however we can accept orders after that if you give us a call. The only catch to placing an order that needs to be delivered tomorrow is, everything needs to be approved by 1PM Arizona Time. This allows us enough time to produce and get your order out the same day.

“Do you ship internationally?”

Of course! International shipping can take a bit longer than domestic shipping depending on the country that the buttons are going to. We insure/declare all shipments for their actual ‘per piece’ value. This ensures that your buttons are insured when shipping out of the country. We try to make sure that duties and taxes are built into the cost of your shipping so you don’t have to worry about that. Costs are based off of the recipient country, and can change and you may owe more to receive your package.

“My buttons didn’t arrive the date that I needed them, what do I do?”

Our deepest apologies that the buttons didn’t arrive on time. We ship out every order so that it will either arrive on time or sometimes arrive early. We put our faith in our shipping carriers to deliver our products on time. Sometimes weather or truck issues can cause delays.

In situations like this, we start by contacting our shipping rep, whether it was with UPS or Fedex. From there we initiate the refund process for the shipping to be refunded. We will issue a refund for the shipping if the buttons did not arrive on time. If you do not want the button order due to the delivery being late, please send them back to us and we will issue a complete refund. We do not issue refunds for incorrect addresses provided or businesses being closed at the time of delivery.

“I need my buttons on a Saturday, can you do that?”

Yes! We offer Saturday deliveries, however you have to place the order directly through us (by phone or email). Our website is not able to calculate out a Saturday delivery. The delivery costs for Saturday deliveries are also typically higher with shipping carriers rather than a standard delivery date.

“I need my buttons in the morning on my desired delivery date, what do I do?”

The only way we can guarantee a morning delivery is if we ship Next Day Air or 2nd Day Air AM delivery. When packages are shipped Ground, 3 Day Select, and 2nd Day Air, the delivery time is by the end of the business day, meaning 4:30PM for businesses and 8PM for residences. Next Day Air typically has a delivery time between 10:30 AM and 12PM. AM deliveries are between 8 AM and 12 PM.

If we missed any questions on this part about turnaround time, production, or shipping, you can always give us a call (623-445-9975), send us an email (sales@custombuttons.com), or on our chat on our website (custombuttons.com). We’re here to help in every step of your button order process from starting an order to shipping out your order.

The next part of our FAQ Series will discuss the ordering process, and other details pertaining to orders, so stay tuned for that next part! As always, we are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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FAQ Series – Part 1: Product Questions

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When it comes to ordering custom buttons, you might have a few product questions, and we are here to help! We do have an FAQ page, but your question might not be on that page, and that’s where our blog comes in! Frequently, we get calls, emails, and chats in regards to our products. We decided to create a FAQ blog series to answer some more of our frequently asked questions!

“I’m looking for a standard button size, what do you recommend?”

We carry over 21 different shapes and sizes when it comes to buttons, and that can be a little intimidating. Have no fear! Our button experts can help you through picking out the perfect size.

Our most common sizes are the 1”, 1.25”, 2.25”, and 3” buttons.Each size has different purposes, and we want to make sure that it will fit your needs! The 1” and 1.25” buttons are perfect for handing out. To show off a little flair, smaller buttons are often pinned to jackets, hat, backpacks, lanyards, and more.

The 2.25” round buttons are about the size of the top of a soda can. They often feature short catch phrases, pictures, and great for political candidates because they are a visible sized button without being obtrusive.

The 3” round buttons are highly visible, and are about the size of a baseball. We commonly see companies using this size as their silent salesman for new products or offers happening in stores.

If you are not sure what size would work best for your custom buttons, we can definitely recommend a size based on what you want your custom buttons to be for! We will ask questions about what you are using the buttons for and what you want to put on the buttons. Your answers will help us determine the best button size for your project.

product questions button sizes

*Not pictured is the 6″ round button.

“What kind of backing options do you offer?”

We actually have a page on our website dedicated to showing the different backing types to show what they look like. Currently we offer:

Standard Pin-Back Buttons

Clothing Magnet Buttons

Fridge Magnet Buttons

Bulldog Clip Buttons

Mirror Back Buttons

Bottle Opener Buttons

Zipper Pulls ®

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For information on each backing type, see our blog post here.

“Do you offer free samples?”

Yes we do! However, they are not custom samples with your design, just generic samples. Typically, people who are requesting samples are testing a few different things. They are testing our quality, determining what size would work best for them, and finally what type of backing they are interested in.

We make it easy too. Just let us know your name and ship to address, and we will send out the generic samples to you. We use bubble mailers with stamps to protect the samples. This, however, can take a few days to receive, so if you’re in a rush, this may not be the best option.

“What makes you stand out from other button companies?”

We have the highest quality and standards when it comes to our button products and customer service. We will work day and night (and weekends if needed), to make sure that we get out your order on time. Our highly trained staff ensures that your buttons are made with only the best parts and graphics during production, and our customer service team ensures you have the best possible experience with us. Our 4.9 Star Rating with Trustpilot isn’t for nothing after all! We strive to be able to help every step of the way.

Did you know that we are also a Nationally Certified Woman Owned Business (WBENC & WOSB) and a Certified Made in USA company? We take pride in the fact that we are woman owned and all of our products are Made in the USA. Our button parts are manufactured in Wisconsin and our button manufacturing facility and offices are located in Phoenix, AZ where we make all of our custom promotional button products!

“How can you sell such high quality buttons at affordable pricing?”

We buy all of our inventory in bulk, and have great relationships with all of our vendors. We offer the highest quality buttons in the industry. All of our promotional products are printed on a state of the art digital press. This allows us to print in the highest quality, clarity, color, and contrast. Our labor and our parts are all 100% Made in the USA! Our buttons are manufactured by skilled employees, and in a sweatshop free environment.

We are widely considered as the largest button company in the United Sates! You will get the best pricing (we have a best price guarantee), quality and service, when you choose to buy from us.

“What’s the different between flat back fridge magnets and clothing magnets?”

This is one of our most frequently asked product questions.

We offer two different kinds of magnets, those you wear (clothing magnets) and those you display (flat back fridge magnets). Clothing magnet buttons are made with a 2-piece magnet attached to the back of the button. This allows you to attach the button to your clothing without poking holes that are caused by our pinback buttons. The clothing magnet will either be a round 2-piece magnet or a bar 2-piece magnet depending on the size of the button.

Flat back fridge magnets stick to metal surfaces and are not able to be worn. They are called flat back magnets because we use a flat back metal part and put on a flat refrigerator magnet.

Clothing Magnets Examples

Fridge Magnet Example

You can always give us a call (623-445-9975), send us an email (sales@custombuttons.com), or on our chat on our website (custombuttons.com) if you still have questions about the button ordering process. We are here to help with your button order process.

The next part of our FAQ series will feature our Turnaround Times, Production, and Shipping Questions! We are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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How to Wear Your Custom Buttons and Other Backing Options

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This blog features different way your can wear your custom buttons and our other button backing options.

When you are creating or designing your custom button, most business owners don’t think about one crucial detail…how is anyone going to wear or show off their buttons? Most people choose the pin-back style buttons because that might be what they are the most familiar with. There are however, more than just that one way to wear a button or even display a button.

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Wearable Button Backing Options

Traditional Pin-Back Button

The standard backing choice is the pin-back button style, which allows you to wear your custom buttons with the clip of a jewelers pin.

A pin-back button can simply be fastened to a shirt, hat, or bag using the jeweler’s safety pin mechanism. Cool fact, the first design for a pin-back button was patented in 1896. Modern buttons are modeled after that patent in very much the same way! Patent holders, Whitehead and Hoag said, “My present invention has reference to improvements in badges for use as lapel pins or buttons, or other like uses, and has for its primary object to provide…a novel means for connecting the ornamental shell or button to the bar or pin for securing the badge to the lapel of the coat.”

While pin-back buttons may not seem like much of an invention, in 1896, zippers hadn’t even been invented! Early campaign buttons had to be sewn onto the lapel or worn as a pendant. So the pin-back button was quite the revolutionary product.

Today, the pin-back buttons is the most cost effective option for those who are on a budget. From sizes starting at 7/8” all the way to 6” with rectangles, squares, and ovals in between, there is a button size and shape for every need! To order standard pin-back buttons, click here!

wear your custom button pinback styles

Clothing Magnet

If you’d rather your buttons not poke holes in your clothes, the bar magnet is a great choice! This small, powerful magnet is a fantastic backing option for larger buttons that might stretch clothes if they were attached with a pin. This back is also a great option for places that want to reuse their custom buttons amongst employees, or have a lot of buttons to choose from.

For instance, a fast food restaurant might order their custom buttons with a bar magnet, and just keep them all in a drawer in the main office. Employees can easily swap out the buttons each shift without poking dozens of holes in their uniforms. Our clothing magnets come in two different sizes, a small round magnet and a bar magnet.

Depending on the size of the buttons that you order is what size clothing magnet will be used for your order. Both are powerful magnets and even stick to magnetic or metal surfaces like refrigerators! To order clothing magnets, click here!

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Bulldog Clips

Bulldog clip backs look a lot like badge clips. The bulldog clip is attached to the back of the button and can easily be clipped onto a lapel or pocket so you don’t have to push a pin through your shirt. Bulldog clips are also great for attaching ID tags to lanyards. To order bulldog clips, click here!

bulldog clip buttons

When choosing how your employees or customers are going to wear your buttons you have to figure out how they will be wearing them. If they will constantly be removing and putting the button back on, a bar magnet or bulldog clip fastener is probably a better choice because those won’t poke holes in their clothes. However the downside to those types of backings is, they can be a little more expensive, so if you are designing your custom buttons on a budget the traditional pin-back button style might be a better choice.

Other Backing Options

Other than the standard pin-back buttons, clothing magnets, and bulldog clip backing options, we also have Zipper Pulls®, Fridge Magnets, Bottle Openers, and Mirror Backs. These backing types have some limited size options due to how they are made.

Zipper Pulls®

Zipper Pulls® are a 1” or 1.25” button that has a backing that allows it to be clipped to a zipper. They are an advertising tool for a variety of industries including sports teams, ski resorts, schools, trade shows, and more! They are a great way to show off your brand or create awareness. To order Zipper Pulls®, click here!

zipper pulls

Fridge Magnets

Fridge magnets are a way to show off your custom button designs on the refrigerator or a metal surface. The custom button magnets are made using the same production process, however the backing type parts are different. Fridge magnets use a flat back metal part or an unpinned back (depending on the size of the magnet button). This type of magnet is stronger and longer lasting than the flexible fridge magnets you would normally see. To order fridge magnets, click here!

fridge magnet buttons

Bottle Openers

Bottle Openers come in one size currently, the 2.25” round. The backing is a black polypropylene plastic with a metal bottle opener. It also has a magnet to either hang your bottle opener up while it’s not in use or catch the bottle cap when opening the bottle! Bottle openers are great for breweries, gifts, or even advertisements for beverage companies! To place an order for bottle openers, click here!

Mirror Backs

Mirror Backs, like the bottle openers, come in one size the 2.25” round. They have a mirror on the back and your custom design on the front! They are great for people on the go.  It is compact enough to carry it in your purse or your makeup bag. So, you will never be without a mirror again. You can order mirror backs here!

Whether you, or your customers are planning on wearing your custom buttons or displaying your custom buttons with one of our other backing types, we are here to help! We can be reached by phone (623-445-9975) or by email (sales@custombuttons.com) or even by chat on our website Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5PM Arizona Time. Our team of button specialists can help you with quoting your project and determining the best options for you.

We are prepared to help every step of the way! As our Founder and President, Maura Statman, likes to say, “We’re in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!”

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Thankful for You: Cyber Monday Deal & Thanksgiving Recipe

In the spirit of the holiday season, we wanted to say a big thank you to all of our customers. Without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we love every day, and that’s making custom buttons. We love to see each and every design, because no two button designs are alike, and it’s amazing to see what our customers come up with every day. From Happy Birthday Buttons, to promotions going on in stores, we love to make our customers buttons.

 

We’re thankful for our employees who work tirelessly to ensure that all our button orders go out on time. From our sales department, to our shipping department, we are all here for our customers. We strive to achieve customer satisfaction even if that means working late nights and weekends when needed.

 

To share our thanks, and since we are going to take Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday off to be with our families, we are going to be running a Cyber Monday Special. $59.99 for 100 1.25”, 1.5”, and 2.25” buttons. This includes artwork and shipping. You’ll have to call us directly (623-445-9975) or send us an email (sales@custombuttons.com) to get this special one time deal. This is cost is only for the buttons, art, and ground shipping, if you would like the buttons faster than our standard production time (5 business days from the proof approval) and ground shipping (1-5 business days depending on your location), we can apply the difference in costs for a fast track option depending on when you need your buttons by. This offer is for December 2ndonly, so jump on it while you can and spread the joy of buttons!

 

As an added bonus, here’s a recipe we are dying to try this Thanksgiving, courtesy of PopSugar.com and The Two Bite Club blog.

 

Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 15 carrots, peeled and stems removed
  • 1/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher sale
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • Bushel Fresh Parsely Chopped (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Clean Carrots and arrange in a 9” x 13” baking dish
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. While the mixer is running, slowly add the boiling water and orange juice.
  4. Pour the mixture over the carrots and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 90 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and transfer carrots to a serving platter. Drizzle carrots with the melted cinnamon butter from the baking dish. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

 

Thank you for being the best customers around, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday season. For all your custom button, clothing magnet, and fridge magnet needs, check us out at CustomButtons.com, and remember we’re in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

National Button Day

Today is National Button Day and it is a fun holiday to celebrate buttons that are used on clothing, ornamentation, or as fasteners on November 16th. These types of buttons are different from the ones that we manufacture here at CustomButtons.com by Everyone Loves Buttons Inc ®, but we wanted to share because we love all types of buttons!

The first clothing buttons have been found in the Indus River Valley, China, and Ancient Rome. The oldest known button, dating 5000 BCE, was made of curved shell and for in the Indus River Valley.

Buttons that function as fasteners and buttonholes didn’t actually come into popularity until around the 13th Century in Germany. As they gained popularity throughout Europe, button composition reflected the popular materials of the era in which they were made. Today buttons are most often constructed out of hard plastic, metals, seashells, or wood.

Collecting buttons started to become popular in the United States, and from that popularity sprung up The National Button Society, which was founded in 1938. The members vary from people having buttons in containers, casual collecting, and even competitive collecting. The National Button Society focuses on educational research and exhibitions, the publication of materials about buttons, and the preservation of the importance of buttons.

If you’re an avid button collector, you could easily become a National Button Society Member, and even see if there are any button societies in your own state. There are also museums that feature button collections such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, the Waterbury Button Museum, the Keep Homestead Museum, and even the National Button Society’s own online button gallery.

To celebrate you could visit a museum, whether in person or virtually, wear something with buttons, share your collection with other enthusiasts, or you can make a craft with buttons.

If you ever need pin-back buttons, wearable clothing magnet buttons, fridge magnet buttons you can check out our samples page for inspiration to create your own custom buttons! We have an in house art department that can help your custom button dreams become a reality, and our sales team is here to answer any questions you may have before, during, or after the ordering process! You can contact us Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM Arizona Time, by phone (623-445-9975) and by email (sales@custombuttons.com).

Remember, we’re in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons®!

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How to Order Custom Wearable Magnetic Buttons

How to Order Custom Wearable Magnetic Buttons

In this blog we are going to discus the different steps on how to order wearable magnetic buttons.

Starting Your Custom Wearable Magnetic Button Order

Starting from our homepage CustomButtons.Com, the fastest way to start an order for wearable clothing magnetic buttons, is to click on the Order Now Tab.

Next you will click on Wearable Magnetic Buttons.

Choosing Your Magnet Size

You will be directed to a page featuring our different shapes and sizes that can accommodate our wearable clothing magnetic buttons. For custom wearable magnet buttons, we currently carry 15 different shapes and sizes, anywhere from 1.25” round buttons to 1.75” x 2.75” ovals. When you decide on what size wearable magnets you are looking for click on the size displayed.

What Our Clothing Magnetic Buttons Look Like

Unlike our pin-back buttons, our magnetic buttons do not have a pin in the back, and have a two-piece wearable magnet that will not puncture clothing.

You will have to click on the button size you want to order to be directed to the ordering page for that size.

Clothing Magnetic Button Ordering Page

Quantity

Like our other ordering pages, the quantity automatically populates at 100. Our minimum is 5 buttons (per art version), but you can enter in any quantity.

Artwork

After entering in your quantity, you will upload artwork. Click on the Choose File button and select the image that you want to upload. Please note that you will not see an image of what you uploaded, we send a digital proof after the order is complete.

Additional Information/Comments/Notes

If you do not have an image to upload, you can describe out what you want in the Additional Info section. You can specify colors of the background, text, font styles, and even the layout of your design. Our in-house graphics department will put together a digital proof for your approval. We do not go into production until you approve that proof.

Delivery Zip Code/Calculate Price & Delivery Date

After entering in any comments you may have for your order, you will enter in your delivery zip code and then click Calculate Price & Delivery Date.

Choosing Your Delivery Date

A calendar will pop up which allows you to choose your desired delivery date. The date that automatically populates highlighted in black is our standard production time and delivery date. Our website will calculate out the Fast Track or Expedited Shipping costs for you to receive the buttons on that date.

You cannot choose a date on the weekend or a greyed out delivery date. If the date you need you buttons is greyed out, you can contact us to see if it is still possible for us to the order directly. (In some cases we can.) Next step is you will click on Add to Cart.

Adding Your Magnets To Your Cart

If you have multiple art designs, you will have to repeat the ordering page steps until all of your designs are in the cart. (If each design is the same size and over 50 in quantity, we can give total quantity pricing if you reach out directly to us.) The website is not currently able to do total quantity pricing. You can add another product to your cart by either clicking on the Product Name (if you want the same size) while in the cart, or going to the Order Now tab and clicking on Custom Buttons.

After adding your buttons into your cart, you can continue shopping, enter in a discount code, change your set up option, or continue to check out.

Your Cart

Discount Code

You can sign up for our newsletter to receive 15% off your buttons in your first order. We will also periodically send coupon codes for sales we are running through our newsletters.

Choosing Setup Option

In the setup options, you can choose from Camera Ready Art, Full Service, or Reorder. See our BLOG POST on choosing the right artwork option for your order. (If you are ordering fewer than 50 buttons, the setup fee is waived, so you will not see that cost in the cart.) We send digital proofs with every confirmed order whether you choose the full service, camera ready, or the reorder set up option.

Next you will click on Proceed to Checkout to continue the checkout process.

Proceed to Checkout

Checkout Page

On the check out page is where you will enter in your information.

Entering in Billing Information

In the Name and Address section, you will enter in your billing address for the card that you input in the step before.

Different Shipping Address?

If your billing address is going to be different from your shipping address, uncheck the box that says Ship to this Address.

Another section will appear for you to enter in your shipping address.

After all of your information is filled out, then you can click place order now.

Placing Your Order

The page may take a minute to process, so please do not click back or refresh. When the order finishes processing you will get a page that thanks you for your order, provides you with your order number, and lets you know our next steps in your order process. You will also get an emailed copy of your sales receipt. (If it is not in your inbox, you may have to check in your spam or junk folder.) Feel free to reach out to us, if you did not receive a copy of your sales receipt in your email.

If you have any questions on how to order your custom wearable magnetic buttons, or need help, feel free to reach out to us by phone (623-445-9975) or by email (sales@custombuttons.com). We are in the office Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM (Arizona Time). Our capable staff can assist you with placing an order, graphic design, button quotes, and any questions that you may have. We are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons!

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How to Use Our Custom Button Template

Our online custom button template is a great way to determine if your design will fit on the front of your customized button. Not only will you be able to choose how your design will print on your customized button, but you can also start to see how it will look on the completed button.

 

Where can I find the template for my button size/shape?

 

All of our button templates can be accessed from our website’s black menu bar, under “TEMPLATES”. Clicking this button will lead you to a page with a simple breakdown of our template, and options for each size and shape that we offer. Clicking the green rectangle with your desired button shape/size will lead you to a PDF file containing a button template. Download this file, and you can use it to plan the layout of your button.

 

Our custom button templates can be found from our home page, as illustrated above.

 

After clicking “TEMPLATES” in the menu bar, you will see this page. Find your desired button size and shape, and you can download a PDF of our template.

 

I want a custom button backing that is different than a pin-back, are there special templates for magnets / bulldog clips / Zipper Pulls®?

 

No, a button’s backing does not change the template needed for the button design. The printing process for your design is the same for all of our button products. Different steps are taken during production to attach the correct backing for your button order. (Interested in what types of button backings we offer? Check out this blog post!)

 

What programs can I use the custom button template in?

 

Once you have finished downloading the button template, any digital program with the ability to edit layered digital files can be used to edit the button template. We highly recommend using Adobe Illustrator if you have it available.

Our button templates are saved as layered PDF files to help with the layout process. The background is transparent, meaning your design can be placed under the template lines so you can see how it will look on your button.

 

What do all the colored template lines mean?

 

Each of our button templates features color-coded lines to indicate the different parts of the button.

The black lines are cut lines for our production team. Please do not cover these lines or alter their placement, otherwise we cannot make your custom buttons accurately!

 

The solid blue line is the edge of the bleed area. If you have a background color or pattern you would like to wrap around to the back of the button, make sure it reaches this blue line. Make sure that no part of your design goes past this line, though. This is the edge of our printing area, and we will crop off anything that is past this blue line since it will interfere with the outer black lines.

 

The red dashed line is approximately where the button edge begins. If you have a picture, logo, or text you are using for your custom buttons make sure to keep it inside this line. Anything that goes beyond this line will very likely print on the button edge, and not the button face.

 

“Bleed Area”? What is that?

 

This term refers to the extended space in a design that contains a pattern/color. The space typically surrounds a central design, like a photo, text, or logo, and ensures that the entire button surface is filled how you want it to look. If there is no bleed area in your design, we will either try to make enough bleed for your buttons using the artwork you provided, or notify you of a graphics issue in your proof sheet.

 

Are there any major layout rules I should know about for the custom button template?

 

The most important “rule” we have is that any text, pictures, or logos cannot go past the red dashed line. Doing so increases the chances of your design printing on the button edge, not the button face.

 

How should I save my custom button design when it is in the template?

 

If you are going to use our button template for your submitted file, it is very important that you save it as a layered file that we can edit. This is because we need to remove the red dashed line before making your buttons. When your artwork has a flattened template on top we cannot always edit out the red dashed line without changing your button design.

This means if you save your button design with our template on top of your image as a .jpg or .png file, we cannot guarantee we will be able to edit out the red dashed line and we will need a new artwork file

If you are using a program other than Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, we recommend saving your design as a PDF file. For more information about how images are saved, and different file types, check out our previous blog post!

 

Now that my file is saved, where can I upload it for my custom buttons?

 

Click here for our previous blog post about how to place your customized button order on our website.

After you have chosen what type and size of button you want to order, click on the “Choose File” button. A window will pop up showing the files on your computer, and you can select the artwork file you wish to have on your buttons. It is important to note that only files up to 8 megabytes can be uploaded with an online order. If your design is larger than this, please contact us directly for further instructions.

 

 

Ready to place your custom button order? Visit custombuttons.com, or contact us at 623-445-9975 or sales@custombuttons.com.

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Custom Button Design: Image and File Types

File types are very important to consider when saving your custom button designs, and today we will help explain how you should save your digital files to make the perfect button!

 

How are digital images saved?

 

There are two main types of digital images, raster and vector. Being aware of your button design’s image type is very important, as it will determine how easily changes can be made to the button design and how accurately it will print.

The first type of image are raster images, which are flattened designs and pictures. They are made using different colored pixels within an image, and because they are flattened raster images are very difficult to edit. It is very important to save raster images as a high resolution image so your custom button design prints clearly, because this type of image is made of pixels.

 

 

The second type is a vector image, which is made using lines and points in a design program. These designs will always look smooth because of how the design program saves the image. Every point and line is saved as coordinates and formulas rather than as pixels, and as a result the design will stay sharp even when enlarged.

 

 

Since vector images are made using separate lines and points they are often layered and easy to edit. We highly recommend designing and using vector images if possible, as they will give you the clearest looking button design!

 

How do I tell what type of image my button design is?

 

One way is to open your image in editing software. Are you using a photograph? Does your button image look pixelated when you zoom in? Is it difficult to move different parts of your design? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are likely working with a raster image.

Can you easily edit individual shapes in your design? Does your design still look sharp when you drastically enlarge it? Is the final design file layered? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you are likely working with a vector image.

Another easy way to figure out your image type is by the button design’s file extension.

 

What is a “file extension”?

 

File extensions can tell you what program was used to make your button design, and the type of image you are working with. For example, Adobe Illustrator saves files with “.ai” at the end of the file name. This tells your computer, and the designer working on your button order, that you used Adobe Illustrator to make your design, and that they should use a design program that can open the file to create your buttons.

 

 

How does the file extension help me figure out my image type?

Different file types apply different settings to your saved images, which can impact how you can use your new design.

For example, any image with the following file extensions are raster files:

.jpg

.png

.tiff*

.psd*

As mentioned earlier, raster files are made up of pixels, and the overall image needs to be high resolution if you want your buttons to print clearly. It is extremely difficult to make changes to designs in these file types since they are saved as flattened files.

(*The two extensions marked above do support layering if saved properly, but they still use pixels to create and edit images. If your button design uses these file extensions but is small in size, you will still have pixelation issues!)

Vector files are supported by these file extensions:

.pdf*

.ai

.eps

Your button design can be saved as vector images if they have these file extensions, which makes them easy to edit and they will print very clearly on your custom buttons. Because of this, we highly recommend saving your button designs as these files.

(*Using a flattened/rasterized image and saving the document as a .pdf file does not turn it into a vector image. The image will still be flattened, and extremely difficult to edit.)

What about Microsoft Office programs?

 

If you have access to design programs to create your buttons, we definitely encourage you to use them instead of Microsoft Office programs like Word and Power Point. These two programs are great for text documents and presentations, but they do not work well for designing buttons. They often save documents in RGB colors (see our previous blog post to learn about the different ways of making colors), and when the design is uploaded to a different program most of the layout positioning is lost.

It is important to note that our graphic designers do not have access to Microsoft Publisher, and any Publisher files (any files ending in .pub) cannot be used for your buttons.

If you are going to use Office programs, please save your button design file as a .pdf. This will not turn your button design into a vector, but it will help preserve the formatting of your design.

 

What if I don’t see the file extension I’m using listed above?

 

The file extensions above are the most common types we see submitted for orders. If you are using a different file extension, like Adobe InDesign (any files ending in .indd), please contact us at 623-445-9975 or email us at graphics@custombuttons.com for instructions on preparing your button artwork for submission.

 

When I use a photo in my design and save it as a PDF, will my picture save correctly?

 

If you are using a design program all images will need to be embedded (not linked!) into the file before you export the design. Embedding images means that the image data will travel with the completed design when you send it. This is different than linking an image, which only tells the program where to look for the image on your computer. When a file is linked the image data is not included when you send the design for your buttons, and our designers will not be able to see your entire design!

If you are using an alternative program like Microsoft Word or Powerpoint, you will need to save your document as a PDF before sending it with your button order. This lets you review the document before sending it, and if it looks different than it should you can make adjustments until you are happy with it.

 

If you are not sure how to save your files or submit them with your order, feel free to call or email us and we will help guide you.

 

Ready to buy your buttons with your custom artwork? Visit www.custombuttons.com today!

 

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How to Order Custom Pin-Back Buttons

 

If you are starting from our homepage CustomButtons.com, the fastest way to start an order is to click on the Green Want Custom Buttons Order Now Button. This will take you directly to the pin-back button size options. (If you are looking for a different backing type, you can go to the order now tab and click on the other backing options.)

 

 

Selecting Your Button Size

 

For custom pin-back buttons, we currently carry 17 different shapes and sizes, anywhere from 7/8” round buttons to 1.75” x 2.75” ovals. When you decide on what size buttons you are looking for click on the button size.

 

 

Order Information Page

 

On the ordering page, you can enter in your quantity, art, notes, and your delivery zip code.

 

 

Quantity

Starting with the quantity, the box automatically populates at 100 buttons, however our minimum is 5 buttons (per art version). The order has to be 5 buttons or more (even numbers like 2,367 or 182). You can change the quantity by clicking in the quantity box and entering in your new quantity.

Artwork

Next step is the artwork file. (If you don’t have an art file or a picture, you can describe out what you want in the additional information section.) Click on the Choose File button and select the image that you want to upload. Please note that you will not see an image of what you uploaded, we send a digital proof after the order is complete.

In the additional information section, you can add notes for your order, specify what you want on your buttons, or tell us what text, font or even colors you want. We print on a four-color printer, so it doesn’t matter how many colors you want or hav e on your design. If you uploaded an image and want text or added or changes made, you can specify that in this section. Everything we do is completely custom to our clients, hence why you will not see a proof on this page. Our in-house graphics department works on every order that comes through to ensure that your buttons will look exactly the way that you want them to.

Bagging

In the Special Bagging section, you can click the box if you want your buttons to be bagged other than our standard bulk packaging. When you choose this option, you will need to tell us how you would like your buttons bagged in the additional information section. If we do not see a note in that section we will reach out when we receive your order.

Delivery Information

The Delivery Zip Code is where you will enter in your zip code that you want the buttons to be delivered by. Then click Calculate Price & Delivery Date. A calendar will pop up with the standard production time and delivery date marked in black. If you need your buttons sooner than our standard production time (5 business days from the proof approval) and delivery (typically ground shipping from Arizona to your location, anywhere from 1 – 5 business days), then you can click on a different delivery date. Our website will calculate out the Fast Track or Expedited Shipping costs for you to receive the buttons on that date.

 

 

Once you choose your delivery date, you can add your order to the cart by clicking the Add to Cart button.

Multiple Versions

If you have multiple art designs, you will have to repeat the ordering page steps until all of your designs are in the cart. In the case that each design is the same size and over 50 in quantity, we can give total quantity pricing if you reach out directly to us. The website is not currently able to do total quantity pricing. You can add another product to your cart by either clicking on the Product Name (if you want the same size) while in the cart, or going to the Order Now tab and clicking on Custom Buttons.

 

Navigating Your Order’s Cart

 

In the cart, you have the option to enter in a Discount Code (received by signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of our website) or changing the set up option. If you have questions on the different set up options please see our blog on what each option entails. (If you are ordering fewer than 50 buttons, the setup fee is waived, so you will not see that cost in the cart.) We send digital proofs with every confirmed order whether you choose the full service, camera ready, or the reorder set up option.

 

 

When you are ready, click the Proceed to Checkout Button. On the check out page is where you will enter in your information. In the Name and Address section, you will enter in your billing address for the card that you will input. If your billing address is going to be different from your shipping address, uncheck the box that says Ship to this Address. Another section will appear for you to enter in your shipping address.

 

 

The address in the Name and Address section must match the address of the card input. If the billing address and card address do not match, your order will not process.

Finalizing Order

After all of your information is filled out, then you can click place order now. The page may take a minute to process, so please do not click back or refresh. When the order finishes processing you will get a page that provides you with your order number, and lets you know our next steps in your order process. You will also get an emailed copy of your sales receipt. (You may have to check in your spam or junk folder if you do not see the sales receipt in your emails inbox.) Feel free to contact us to confirm the receipt of your order.

Questions?

If you have any questions during the ordering process, or need help, feel free to reach out to us by phone (623-445-9975) or by email (sales@custombuttons.com). We are in the office Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM (Arizona Time). Our capable staff can assist you with placing an order, graphic design, button quotes, and any questions that you may have. We are in this business because Everyone Loves Buttons!

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The Theory of Colors with Logos

Recently, Everyone Loves Buttons® has been going through some changes. We have been working on the launch of our new website, diving into the theory of colors, and working on new products.

 

While creating our new website, we started a discussion of what colors are most important to us on our website; from the buttons our customers will click on, to the background colors, and even to our logo colors. As many of you know, our beloved Happy Face logo consists of three main colors: Red, Golden Yellow, and Black. Our logo has seen changes in design over the last 20 years, but one thing that has stood the test of time is our colors. Those colors have been apart of our brand identity from the beginning.

 

Take a look at some of the most famous and recognizable brands, like McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Facebook, and Snapchat. Without even seeing their logos, in your mind you can picture what colors their brands are. Logos are carefully constructed when a business begins, from the initial design, to the font style, to colors represented. There’s a reason some of the most powerful colors in the marketing industry are Red, Blue and Yellow.

 

 

Often times we, as consumers, don’t even think about what a color means to us, and that is why it gets overlooked. Designing buttons isn’t any different. When we help our customers out with their custom button designs, one of our first questions (after size and quantity) is what colors are you thinking of.

 

Most people are trying to make a statement, be bold and draw people in. There’s a reason that Ask Me Buttons are often red with white text. Red is a passionate color; it evokes powerful emotions such as love, passion, and energy. When wearing an Ask Me button you are inviting someone to engage with you, it draws people in. The red heart in our logo is to represent love, while our Happy Face is yellow. Yellow is another power color because it is the color of sunshine and happiness. It is a feel good color that grabs attention and is used a lot with brands that promote enjoyment and fun.

 

When it comes to colors like white and black, we personally think those are the more subtle colors that should be used to complement your design. Black can represent power, elegance, and sophistication (think tuxedos, and black tie affairs), but it can also have a negative effect on your audience and can represent the unknown and negativity, so use black sparingly. The color white typically represents innocence, wholeness, and purity, but it can also leave spaces looking cold and uninviting if used too much.

 

Paul Rand, who is one of the most famous and recognized American designers for the 20th Century, known most for his corporate logo designs for IBM, UPS, ABC, has a saying that hits the head on the nail, “Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated”. Graphic design is a subtle art that allows us to push and pull on emotions using pictures, text, symbols, and of course color.

 

The key for your custom buttons is to create a color palette that is both appealing to your eye but also draw in an audience. One reason logos are created is to allow consumers to be able to visually recall your brand. Buttons are a great way to market yourself, your company, your product, or your call to action. We call them your Silent Salesmen, as they are versatile for every event or situation from birthday parties, to conventions, to sales floors. Each button is carefully curated to tell a story, and we want to help you tell that story down to the colors on your buttons.

Visit www.custombuttons.com or contact us at sales@custombuttons.com or 623-445-9975 to order yours today!


Image Sources:

https://www.canva.com/learn/color-psychology-the-logo-color-tricks-used-by-top-companies/

https://www.canva.com/learn/makes-good-poster/