How to use Dr. Don's Button Design CDs
The information below details how to use any of the Button Design CDs offered by Dr. Don's Buttons, and has answers to many of the frequently asked questions about their use.
To use the designs / templates found on our Button Designs CDs, you will either need access to our Online Button Design Studio, which includes the "CD Template Studio" or a graphics program that can work with .jpg files.
Using the CDs
Examples of programs that will work with .jpgs files are Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Print Artist, Microsoft Publisher and even Microsoft Word.
To use the images on any of our Button Design CDs, you first will need to insert your copy of the CD into the CD drive on your computer. If the graphics program you are going to use isn't already open, go ahead and open it now. Then open / import the file on the CD you wish to use to create your button.
Working with Button Templates / Button Backgrounds
(where you need to add text to complete the design)
All our CDs contain "button templates" and "button backgrounds". These are simply designs where you add text to complete the design (such as the one shown above). Use your graphics program to add any text you wish. If you wish to add curved text to a template or button background, your graphics program must have that ability; which the Online Button Design Studio does.
Questions and Answers about using our Button Design CDs
Q. I inserted the CD into my drive, but it didn't install anything on my computer. Why not?
A. Our Button Design CDs are not applications, so they will not install anything on to your computer. To access any of the files on the CD, you will need to use a graphics program to open / import the file(s) you wish to use. If you are not sure how, refer to your computer's instruction manual for information on how you transfer files from a CD to your hard drive.
Q. When I open any of the designs on my CD, the images nearly fills the page and are much larger than they should be. Can you tell me why this is happening and what I can do about it?
A. Some graphics programs are intended to be used with "low resolution" graphics, such as those used on the Internet. When one of these graphics programs encounters a "high-resolution" graphic (like those on our CDs) the program may respond by enlarging the image nearly 4 times larger than it should be.
There are three work-arounds to solve this problem.
The first is to use the CD Template Studio portion of the Online Button Design Studio. It will properly handle the designs on our Button Design CDs, so you won't have to worry about making the images smaller.
The second method is to see if your graphics program has a scaling feature. If it does, you can select the image and then, through trial and error, see what percentage you need to use to "scale the image" back to its proper size. (this action is similar to what you do on a copy machine that allows you to reduce or enlarge copied images.)
Once you have determined the percentage of reduction it needs to be, you should be able to use that same figure every time you wish to use any of the files on your CD.
If your program doesn't offer a scaling feature, you may be able to manually re-size the image with your graphics program. If you don't how to do this, please check the instruction manual that came with your graphics program to determine how this is done.
If you would prefer not to do any of these work arounds, you might try using another graphics program to design your buttons, one that was designed to work with high-resolution images.
Q. I'm new to computers and I don't know how to do what you just explained. Is there anyone in your office who can help me?
A. I'm sorry, but we are unable to offer that level of support.
There are literally hundreds of graphics programs on the market today and they all do things differently. So there is simply no way we could possibly offer this type of assistance to our customers.
The best suggestion I can make is to read the instruction manual that came with your graphics program. Or if you have a friend who is experienced working with computers, you might ask them to assist you in learning how to use it.
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Online Button Design Studio
Easily add text to any of the images on our Button Design CDs
using nothing more than your Internet browser!
If you don't yet own a graphics program with which to design buttons or to add text to the templates on any of our Button Design CDs, you are definitely going to want to look into the Online Button Design Studio.
Unlike traditional software that is loaded onto a single computer, you access the Online Button Design Studio over the Internet, using your Internet browser. This means you can design buttons at home, at work, anywhere you have an Internet connection.
The Online Button Design Studio is made up of three powerful design modules; the "Curved Text Studio", "Photo Button Studio" and "CD Template Studio" which make it easy to create just about any kind of button you can possibly imagine.
And all three modules give you the feature every button-maker wants and needs; the ability to create curved text!
But that's not all!
The Online Button Design Studio also gives you the ability to change typestyles, change the color of your text, and if you like, give your text a glow.
You can make your text larger, or smaller and increase or decrease the spacing between your letters.
You can create and delete text fields with the click of a button and save your designs to work on or print at a later time.
You can upload photos to make your own photo buttons, or upload templates from any of our Button Design CDs and add your own text before sending them to print.
After you've finished creating your design, you can select which size button you are going to make and the Online Buton Design Studio will take your design, properly size it and add a cut line. It will then fit as many designs as possible on the page and save it as a .pdf file that you can easily print using Adobe Reader (a free program) or any program that can open and print .pdf files.
And with all its many advanced design features, the Online Button Design Studio is still incredibly easy to use!
But you don't have to believe me, because we created a Demo version of the Online Button Design Studio that allows you test all it's powerful features and see for yourself.
Try the FREE Demo version of our Online Button Design Studio
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FREE Political Template Design
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The Online Button Design Studio produces designs for all of the following button sizes: 7/8", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4", 3", 3-1/2", 6" as well as Badge-A-Minit size 2-1/4" and 3" buttons.
The Online Button Design Studio is compatible with both Windows and Mac and simply requires you to have the Flash 10 browser plug-in, a free download from Adobe.
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