SPOTLIGHT ON BUTTON SIZES AND USE OF TEMPLATES
PART ONE OF 3
Here at Everyone Loves Buttons Inc. ® we are frequently asked by both our existing clients as well as prospects about the various button sizes that we carry, the unique niche associated with each size and file preparation tips when it comes to conforming existing artwork to our button templates. We have ALL of our button templates prominently displayed on the home page of our website where links can be found.
The smallest button size that we carry is a 7/8 followed by a 1 , 1 ¼, 1 ½ and 1 ¾. The 7/8 size as well as the 1 size buttons are often used in the music industry, sometimes sold as concert packs, as well as in the technology industry for trade shows. These sizes dont take up a lot of space and are highly desired as an easy method of product branding. These two sizes are the only ones that contain a locking clip pin which is installed by hand after the button is assembled. The other sizes mentioned above contain the industry standard safety pin back.
The 1 ¼ or 1 ½ size buttons are often ordered by non-profits, organizations or retail establishments. These buttons often contain pithy sayings, church youth group program illustrations, branding messages. Even May Company and General Motors have chosen this size for past large orders).
The 1 ¾ size button is my least favorite size only because it is neither small nor large. When a design has a lot of detail and the customer requests that the button be on the smaller size, then this may be perfect. A custom with a military-related button design has ordered tens of thousands of these 1 ¾ size buttons during 2014 and I have to admit that the size is perfect for their particular project.
Please note that it is easy to utilize our templates when using Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop graphic programs, Just save the template to your desktop and you can open up the file from within the program. Please keep your main design within the red dotted inner circle and do not extend the bleed area (solid colored background color if applicable) beyond the blue circle. The outermost black circle is our die line whereby the graphics ultimately get cut. Please note that because we cut the graphics in a stack, there is the remote possibility of some slight shifting. This is why we recommend that the live area image not get too close or extend beyond the inner dotted red circle.
We are always here to help if you should need some assistance with our templates. Our in house art dept. can create a design from scratch or utilize your design that may or may not be in a template. Either way we can work with what you have. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of this topic.
Here are some examples of 5 different size round pin-back buttons: 1″, 1.25″, 1.5″, 1.75″ & 2.25″