To get started choose the size and shape of button you are interested in:
For those of you who would rather use your own software see below.
Download one of the templates from our button templates page. We recommend you use our Photoshop templates. If you do not have Adobe Photoshop, you can download a free 30-day trial version from their site: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop or you can download GIMP, an open source (free) image editor. Open Office also offers an open source graphics program as well, which you can download here. Button templates for GIMP can be found on buttonmakers.net blog.
When creating your design, you will want to fit everything you want to appear on the face of the button inside the inner circle.The area from the inner circle to the outer circle is the "bleed" area. This is what will wrap around the side of the button. Your design or background color should extend into the bleed area. You have the option of including your myspace, facebook, and/or web address in the bleed area. The bleed area is not visible from the face of the button. Any text you place in this area will be printed on the outer rim of the button not on the face.
All artwork submitted must be:
-Saved in CMYK or grey scale color mode (we can convert RGB files but the colors may look different and we are not responsible for color shifts)
-No less than 300dpi in resolution
-With all text saved as outlines/shapes
-If you are working in photoshop do not flatten your image, if you flatten the image, please turn all the guide layers off before saving.
Remember your art may not look exactly like it does on your screen or on your home printer. Color shifts are common especially if you send us RGB art. We use a high quality digital printing press which prints very different than most home ink jets. If you are concerned about matching something exactly consider sending us a hard copy sample to match, or requesting a physical proof ($5).
What file-types do you accept?
We can accept pretty much any file type you send us. The most convenient file types are PSD, PDF, PNG, or high-quality JPGs. For the best results we suggest using one of our templates above. We ask that the designs you send us are ready to print to the best of your ability. If we have a problem with your files we will email you. Please make sure that you convert all your text to paths, and either save your file as a layerd file or turn off the guides.
A few tips:
Our templates are setup for 300 DPI (dots per inch) in order to provide you with the best quality buttons possible. The images that you use for your buttons need to be 300 DPI or they need to fit well in the template design/bleed edges. If the images start out smaller than our template (and must be enlarged to fit) they will not produce good quality buttons. Low quality images make for bad buttons. In other words, don't enlarge images to fit in the template.
Still need help?
If all this talk about templates and bleed areas and resolution confuses you, consider requesting our design services. For a flat fee of $5 per design used, we will help you create a design for your buttons. Contact us for more information.