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1-inch button
image area = .9"
background area =1.07"
cut line = 1.246"

Understanding how to create a template to make 1 inch buttons can be a little confusing at first because there are several measurements to consider when creating designs for your 1-inch buttons. But it's really not that hard to create a template with most graphics programs.

As I'm sure you know, the face of a one inch button is 1 inch in diameter. And just as you don't normally type from edge to edge on a sheet of paper (you use a margin to make your text easier to read), it's best to do the same when making buttons. Except in the design world the margin is referred to as "image area".

For 1 inch buttons the "image area" should be approximately .9". If you wish, you can make it a little larger or a little smaller, but .9" is a good place to begin.

The next measurement is for "background color". If your button will have a background color, this measurement tells you how far that color needs to extend so the edge of your button doesn't show white (if you're printing on white paper).

Extending your background color only as far as the "background color" measurement can help in two other ways, as well.

If you're using an ink-jet printer, doing so will save you money since you won't be printing ink where it doesn't need to be.

And second, if you're using a laser printer or color copying your button designs, doing so can help you avoid bubbling at the edge of your buttons. (On some laser printers the toner is so slick that button machines are unable to get a firm grasp of both the button design and the mylar disc, and it can slip when the machine is attempting to tuck them up under the front of the button. Because of this, bubbling at the edge can occur. By taking the background color only out as far as the background color measurement, the button machine then has an area free of toner that it can grasp)

The third measurement is the "cut line". Creating a cutline (a circle into which your actual button design is centered) will make cutting your designs easier and help you achieve more accurate cuts. If done properly, the cutline will be visible just inside your the "throat" of your cutter, to aid in centering the design.

I hope this hasn't confused you too much. It's actually easy to understand when you have the cutter in hand and have made a button or two.

If you have any questions about making one inch buttons, feel free to give us a call.


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