At Busy Beaver, we’re always at work coming up with innovative ways to make buttons that spread your message in new and exciting ways. That’s why we were the first company to offer the metallic effect back in the 90s, reintroduced the world to glow in dark buttons and introduced cosmic effect holographic buttons earlier this year.
With all these cool printing options, we know that it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to imagine exactly how your artwork will translate to a metallic, cosmic or glow in the dark button. So here are examples of one button, four ways— a black print and color button printed as standard, metallic effect, cosmic effect and glow in the dark. These examples can serve as a guide as you’re deciding which will work best for your next button design, or how to make a current design that much cooler.
The special printing options show up anywhere where there’s white space in your button design design. Since the background above on our beaver button example is white, the special effects are immediately obvious. You can see that on the metallic button, everything will get a bit darker and all the white will appear as the silver of the metal button back. With cosmic effect, white space is transformed to a reflective, holographic grey with hints of rainbow colors where light is refracted. And on a glow in the dark button, white areas (which are the portions that glow) look a bit off-white.
On a full color button, you can see that the special printing effects may be a bit more subtle, but still do cool things to the button’s look. With metallic, white areas are still silver, but all colored areas also have a bit of a metallic shine to them. For cosmic, the holographic paper brightens up all the colors a bit and sparkles especially clearly through the unprinted white areas. With glow in the dark, the colors read a bit more yellow and the lighter shades in the background will glow a bit, though it’s mostly the unprinted area on the beaver that will really glow.
Hopefully these examples will help as you’re thinking through your next button project. And if you’re still not sure, we’re happy to offer $5 physical samples so you can check out how a button will look in real life before you run a whole batch of them. Just get in touch and we can help!