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Custom Buttons Design: Color, Image Resolution, and Text

With our custom buttons, you can not only choose your own size and type of backing your buttons will have, you can also submit your own artwork and photos for a button as unique as you are!

Today we are focusing on the most common questions we receive about button colors, image resolution, and text.

 

Color

 

Colors help your custom button design stand out from the crowd, and we let you use as many as your heart desires! However, there are some factors to keep in mind when choosing your button colors to help make sure they turn out amazing:

 

What types of colors can be printed in my button design?

There are two main ways of making color, with light (RGB) and with ink (CMYK). RGB stands for Red-Green-Blue, while CMYK represents the Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Key (“Key”= black) inks for printing. It is important to know what system your button design is using to create color, as it will effect how your final button design will print!

The first is RGB, and it is used for displaying color on digital screens like computers, smartphones, and television screens. Small LED bulbs behind the screen combine different amounts of red, green, and blue light to produce bright light we see as color. When these three colors of light are combined, they produce white light. This is why so many RGB colors can appear bright and vivid!

When creating a custom button design on your computer, this way of mixing colors is why your design can appear vivid and colorful on a screen.

 

The diagram above shows how RGB colors combine to form other colors. Because this way of mixing colors involves light, when all three colors are mixed together the result is white.

 

The second, CMYK, is used for printing and physical objects. Colors are made by combining different amounts of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks. The “K” in CMYK refers to black pigment, or the “key”, for the printing process. Since physical pigments are used to create colors there are limits to how vivid any color can be. Using more of any pigment always results in a darker color.

Because we print out your designs to use them for buttons, we use CMYK colors for every custom button design.

 

This diagram shows how CMYK colors are combined to create different colors with ink. Unlike RGB colors, mixing all of them creates black.

 

Can I use Pantone ® colors in my button design?

If you are choosing a Pantone ® color for your button design, choose colors from the Solid +Coated swatch book under the “CMYK” column. Because we print with CMYK inks and not Pantone ® inks we cannot guarantee your buttons will print with the exact color you choose. We will try to make sure your buttons print as closely as possible to the chosen color, but if a match cannot be made our graphics department will work with you to find a solution.

 

 

If I am using RGB colors in my design, can I switch to CMYK?

Technically yes, but any colors that are super bright and vibrant (like neon greens, bright oranges, and intense reds) will end up looking different on your buttons than it looks on your screen. This is because even when the color space is changed, your monitor is showing your button design in RGB colors. We recommend making sure your colors are in CMYK so what you are viewing is a closer representation of how your button design will print.

If our graphic designers notice a color they think will print significantly different on your buttons than what you might be expecting, they will notify you via email or on your button proof sheet before sending your design to production.

 

Image Resolution

 

This is a bit of a complicated topic, but it is not as scary as it seems! Image resolution is measured in two units: Pixels Per Inch (PPI) and Dots Per Inch (DPI). Digital screens have pixels and work with PPI. Because your screen display has a fixed ratio of pixels a lower resolution image might look exactly the same as a high resolution image.

However, printers use DPI and the differences in resolution will be noticeable. This is because the resolution in this case refers to the number of physical ink dots per square inch. The higher the DPI resolution, the greater the number of ink dots and the clearer your image will appear.

To achieve a clear button image, we recommend having a minimum of 300 DPI for your button designs. However, if your image is pixelated when you send it in, changing the DPI to 300 will NOT fix the pixilation issue.

 

 

Another thing to note is if you have a tiny image that is high resolution, making it larger will result in lower resolution images. This is because the amount of pixels in an image will always stay the same, the pixels will only become larger as the overall image becomes larger. Because of this we recommend that any images you use for your custom buttons are larger than the button size you plan on ordering.

 

Is saving an image with “Web Safe” settings okay for printing?

If you are unsure about what “Web Safe” files are, feel free to skip this section!

For making your buttons, it is generally not a good idea to save your image with web safe settings before sending it to us. Web safe settings are intended for screen viewing, and like we mentioned earlier a computer or phone screen can make it seem like low-resolution images are the same as high-resolution ones. This setting will reduce the overall resolution, making it more difficult to print a high quality image for your buttons.

 

Can I use a screenshot for my custom buttons?

Using a screenshot on your button will almost always result in a pixelated image, especially on our larger button sizes. With the way computers save screenshot files, we cannot edit them to make them clearer. We highly recommend sending us the original artwork file instead, which should be higher in resolution than a screenshot would be and will print much clearer on your buttons.

 

My design has a lot of extra space around what I want on my button, should I crop it?

When sending in your button images, always leave extra room around the edges for us to work with. When your images have extra room around the edges, or a “bleed area”, we are able to make sure your design fills the entire button, including the back! If you crop your image before submitting it and you do not have bleed area, harsh edges might appear on the button face.

If you are using our button template to determine design placement, make sure the bleed area of your button design reaches the solid blue line.

 

Adding Text to Your Buttons

 

From band names and campaign slogans, to wishing someone a happy holiday, having text on your button is a great way to get your message across clearly and quickly.

 

Can I send my button design with text already in it?

Yes, however, keep in mind that depending on the type of file your artwork is saved as we might not be able to make any changes to the image you send us.

It is important to note that if you send a file with a font that is not very common, we might not be able to view your entire button design due to a missing font file. If this happens, we will need you to send the font file that was used, outline your fonts, or send your button design as a different file type.

 

What fonts should I use for my buttons?

The main purpose of text on a button is to share a message with the people around you, so having legible text is very important! While you are free to use any font you have access to for your design, we recommend using fonts that are clear and easy to read for your custom buttons. This is especially true for smaller button sizes, as the smaller button face means your text will also need to be smaller to fit on the visible part of the button. When you are creating your button design, be sure to view the design at an accurate size to have a good idea of the size of the text on your printed button.

 

What if I have a picture to for my button, but I don’t know how to add text?

Our graphics team will help you find the perfect font and layout for your custom buttons. We recommend looking at different fonts online for inspiration, and letting them know about which fonts you are interested in. If we cannot access the font you would like, we will do our best to find a close match to your desired style.

 

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons we want to make sure your buttons look their best!

Ready to order buttons, or looking for a quote? Visit our website at www.custombuttons.com today!

Still have questions about designing your buttons? Give us a call at 623-445-9975, or email us at [email protected].

Customer Spotlight: The Kentucky Railway Museum

This week our customer spotlight shines on the Kentucky Railway Museum! Established by locomotive enthusiasts in 1954, the Museum houses many historical artifacts that are sure to inspire any train lover.

 

 

The Museum is currently located in New Haven, Kentucky and provides a variety of entertainment options on their train rides. Want to relax and enjoy a real steam-locomotive ride? Their historic 22-mile train rides let passengers have a unique and memorable experience onboard a restored steam locomotive while traveling through the peaceful countryside. They even offer cab rides with the engineers for the ultimate locomotive experience.

 

 

Want something fun to do? Check out their specialty train rides, like dining rides, Mystery Theaters, Christmas Train rides, and more! Their upcoming Christmas Train rides are very popular this year, and we are happy to have been able to provide the Kentucky Railway Museum with their buttons! For the past few years, buttons like these have been given to passengers to help commemorate their festive experience. From meeting Santa to the delicious hot cocoa, these rides are sure to delight all ages!

 

But don’t delay! Their tickets are selling quickly, and to make sure they are available be sure to check their Website and Twitter. Also, visit their Facebook and Instagram pages to learn more about their trains and attractions.

 

We are delighted the Kentucky Railway Museum chose us to make their special holiday buttons, and we hope their passengers enjoy them for many years to come!

 

 

Interested in making some buttons of your own?

Visit www.custombuttons.com to order yours today. Be sure to check out our previous blog posts about Preparing Your Artwork and our Fast-Track Production before you order!

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Customer Spotlight: The Minnesota Zoo Foundation

This week’s Customer Spotlight shines on the Minnesota Zoo Foundation! Operating since 1978, this organization has supported the Minnesota Zoo and its affiliated programs for over 40 years.

 

In addition to funding the Zoo’s staff and facilities, they also provide support to care for all of the Zoo’s animals, the conservation efforts of wild animals, and the Zoo’s educational programs. The Minnesota Zoo Foundation strives to ensure that everyone has a great experience learning about animals and our natural environment from helping people access the zoo to bringing the zoo to people who are not able to attend.

 

 

The Minnesota Zoo Foundation recently had buttons made for their upcoming Give to the Max Day. This is their annual day of fundraising that provides a unique experience to anyone who participates. This year’s event is on November 15th, and marks the event’s 10th anniversary. It follows a “choose your own adventure” theme that can be enjoyed online from anywhere, including at home! You get to pick your favorite animals from their social media polls during the fundraiser, and the animals with the most votes in each round of voting will be featured on their livestream. Click here to visit their Facebook and vote!

 

This year the Foundation is hoping to raise $75,000 during Give to the Max Day, and if you would like to help support them click here to visit their website and donate.

 

We would like to give a big thank you to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation for choosing us to make your buttons!

 

The Holidays are Here

The weather is getting cooler, twinkling lights now line the streets, and people across the nation are beginning to prepare for family gatherings and gift giving. We are officially in the Holiday Season!

 

 

Buttons are a great way to spread holiday cheer, and make excellent gifts. Using your own pictures and graphics, you can order buttons that are truly unique. Anything can be put onto a button, from family photos, personal logos, and fun inside jokes! Plus, our graphics team will work with you to ensure you love your button design. For more information about preparing your image files, visit our previous blog post here.

 

When you have a design picked out, your next question should be ‘what size should you order?’ We offer a wide variety of sizes and shapes to choose from to help your design truly stand out. To see a breakdown of our button sizes, click here.

 

Do you know what design and size you want, but desire something besides a traditional pin-back button? We offer different button backings for you to choose from, ensuring you will always find the perfect one. Click here for more information about our different backings.

 

Need your buttons in a hurry? We offer Fast Track Production/Expedited Shipping to ensure you receive your buttons on time, despite a tight deadline! Visit our recent blog post here for more details.

 

In need of some gift inspiration? Follow us on social media, where we will be sharing some creative gift ideas using buttons!

 

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National Women’s Small Business Month

October is known for many things: cooling temperatures, the leaves changing colors, and of course Halloween! But did you know it is also National Women’s Small Business Month?

 

Everyone Loves Buttons® has been proudly women-owned since it’s founding in 1997, and has been officially certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) since 2008. What does this certification mean? Women both own 51% of our company, and are in charge of our daily operations.

 

 

The WBENC also provides unique workshops and resources for entrepreneurs to help them succeed. With their help, thousands of women have both found success as business owners and have been able to create job opportunities for their communities through their businesses.

 

In a recent blog post, the WBENC shared some inspiring statistics about women-owned businesses. According to their sources, 4 out of 10 businesses are owned by women, and over 1,800 new women-owned businesses opened each day within the past year. How incredible is that!

 

Supporting women-owned businesses not only helps individuals achieve success, but it helps the communities they are based in. Their success creates diverse opportunities for others that can help inspire and empower the next generation of women entrepreneurs.

 

 

Show your support for women owned businesses by making sure you #BuyWomenOwned. Interested in learning more about the WBENC? Find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and check out their blog for more ways to support women entrepreneurs!

We Have Your Backing!

Buttons are the perfect marketing accessory for different events, from birthdays to conventions and beyond. At Everyone Loves Buttons®, we aim to be your one-stop button shop for all your button needs. Want buttons that truly stand apart from the rest? We offer multiple button backings for you to choose from, including:

 

Pin-back Buttons

 

 

The “traditional” button backing, this backing is great for pinning to a shirt, hat, bag, ect. Durable and secure, these types of buttons are always a reliable choice. With their steel construction the pins are sure to last for many years to come. Keep in mind that our 1” and 7/8” buttons are hand pinned and have different looking pins due to their small size. Despite their visual differences, these pins are just as strong as our larger pin-back buttons.

 

Clothing Magnet Buttons

 

 

 

Not a fan of poking a pin through clothing? Why not try a clothing magnet! This backing replaces the usual pin in favor of a strong magnet that can be placed behind clothing to ensure the button stays in place without damaging any surfaces. The type of magnet backing used depends on the size of the button. Our larger sizes feature a sturdy bar magnet to ensure they remain securely attached, while smaller sizes feature a small but strong circle magnet.

 

Bulldog Clip Buttons

 

 

Want a better way of attaching your button to a lanyard? The bulldog clip might be your solution! This backing includes a spring-loaded clip on the back of the button that allows you to securely fasten the button to almost anything. Plus, the clip features a swivel attachment that lets you easily adjust the orientation of your button.

 

Fridge Magnets

 

 

Ever wanted to create a special magnet for your fridge? Look no further! This backing includes a sleek and strong magnet, and is available in the sizes and shapes you love.

 

Zipper Pulls®

 

 

We are proud to also offer Zipper Pull® backings, which let you attach your own customized buttons to zippers. Combining both form and function, this backing lets you show off your designs to the world while also making it easier to use zippers on jackets, backpacks, sports bags, and more!

 

Ready to find the perfect buttons for your event? Shop now at www.custombuttons.com!

Two is Always Better Than One

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons®, we care deeply about delivering top quality products and services to our customers. This is why all our button sizes and shapes are offered as two-piece buttons instead of one-piece.

 

One-piece Vs. Two-piece

 

While both one-piece and two-piece buttons will help you share a message with others, there is a significant difference in overall quality. In a one-piece button the graphic is clamped directly to the backing of the button. This leaves your design vulnerable to many outside factors. Moisture, dirt, or even the pin itself can quickly ruin your design. In fact, closing the button and accidentally damaging the front is a notorious issue for one-piece buttons.

 

The big difference? An internal metal shell that solves all these issues. The clamping process wraps mylar and the graphic around the shell’s edge before clamping it to the backing. This completely seals the graphic from anything that can cause damage. The shell forms a solid wall between the pin opening and the graphic, preventing dirt and water from seeping into the graphic. In addition, the metal shell prevents the pin from scratching the image, ensuring your designs are fully protected and will last longer than just a few hours.

 

Are There Any Benefits for One-piece Buttons?

 

One-piece buttons are less expensive because they do not have the internal shell like two-piece buttons. However, what you save in money you will end up paying for in quality.

 

For these reasons we only offer our customers two piece buttons for their button needs. Our top quality parts and refined production process ensure your buttons will not only make a lasting impression on others, but also last for years to come.

 

Want your own customized two-piece buttons? Order today at www.custombuttons.com!

Certified American Made

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons, we are proud to produce buttons that are certified Made in the USA. We are current members of American Made Matters, an organization that aims to build a community of businesses that source, produce, and do business within the borders of the United States.

 

 

Since 2009 American Made Matters has worked with US organizations to encourage both companies and consumers to buy American made products. Our official certification was verified by an unbiased third party, and we have maintained our membership ever since. We are dedicated to keeping jobs within the US, and will always continue to produce buttons that are made in the USA.

 

We make sure every aspect of our business takes place in the United States. All of our parts are purchased from American suppliers, and we produce all of our buttons in-house at our Arizona office. Every aspect of our business, from buying supplies, making your buttons, to shipping them out, occurs within US borders. We are able to provide jobs to members of our community in Arizona, thanks to all the people who choose us to fulfill their button needs.

 

Showing your support for local and national US brands helps businesses of all sizes, and helps local communities by providing employment opportunities and business exchanges within our borders.

 

Support a verified Made in the USA business, and buy your own custom buttons today at www.custombuttons.com.

Customer Service You Can Trust

Here at Everyone Loves Buttons®, customer service is one of our top priorities. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied with your button order, and that is why we strive for 5/5 stars on Trustpilot.

 

What is Trustpilot?

 

Trustpilot is a website where verified customers can post reviews of companies, and talk about their experiences doing business with them. These reviews can give you valuable insight into what to expect from the company you are researching.

 

We are proud to have been rated 5/5 stars by our customers. When we say we offer legendary customer service, we truly mean it! Read any of our 600+ reviews to see for yourself how dedicated we are to providing you with the best experience possible:

 

 

What does this mean for you?

 

We love making your buttons, and we want to make sure you love your buttons too! Since 1997 our company has always been committed to providing you with the best services and product possible. Whether you order ten buttons, or ten million, we pay attention to every individual to ensure all their button needs are met.

 

Have a question about your order? Our staff is more than happy to help! Give us a call at (623)445-9975, or E-mail us at [email protected]

 

Want to experience five star customer service for yourself? Order your own custom buttons today at custombuttons.com!

Customer Spotlight: Storey and the Tellers!

Our next Customer Spotlight shines on the talented group Storey and the Tellers, an alternative rock trio taking on Los Angeles!

 

Storey Sheinberg’s love of music led her to start the group in 2008 at Pitzer College in Los Angeles, California. Storey is currently the lead songwriter and guitarist, and has been a large part of the creative force behind the group since the very beginning. She draws inspiration from her love of music, and musical artists including Bruce Springsteen, The E Street Band, The Lil Smokies, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, and the Infamous Stringdusters.

 

 

Since their founding, Storey and the Tellers has quickly gained the attention of the Los Angeles music scene.

 

Belonging to the Alternative Rock genre, their music uses powerful guitar chords to accompany their thoughtful lyrics. Combining their sources of inspiration with their originality, they have created a sound that is distinctly their own.

 

They recently performed alongside other local bands at The Satellite in Los Angeles, CA. We were thrilled Storey and the Tellers chose us to help make the night extra special for their fans by ordering their own custom buttons!

 

 

Interested in hearing their music? Listen to their original songs here on Soundcloud!

 

Be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Instagram for band updates and news about their upcoming shows!