How to Use Your Own Photos for Buttons

Feb 1st 2017

How to Use Your Own Photos for Buttons

These days, most photo albums are not often tangible books that people keep on their coffee table. Thanks to the ever-improving technology built into our personal devices, our memories are now mainly archived on our cell phones. Having all your images saved on your phone makes ordering picture buttons that much easier! Picture pins are a great way to celebrate a person—you can make your own buttons for birthdays, baby announcements, retirement, holiday cards, or any occasion worth sticking your friends' and families' faces on a pin.

We'll walk you through the step-by-step process of how to get great looking photos off your phone and onto a button!

What Kind of Photo Works Best?

Finding the perfect image for the photo pin is the first and most important step. Whether you're taking a photo specifically to print on a button, or scrolling through your pictures, here are a couple key things to keep in mind:

Check the Lighting!




  • To help balance the light in your shot, you can tap on the light source on your screen before you snap your photo. Taking the photo without tapping on the light source will result in either overexposed (too much light that features our blown out) or underexposed (too little light that it is too dark to see details) photos. Some over, or under, exposed photos may be able to be edited after using editing apps like VSCO and Snapseed. If they are available to you, desktop programs like Photoshop can also be a great tool to help balance out the photograph. However, it's always a good rule of thumb to try your best when you take the photo!

Too Far, too Close?




  • When taking your photo, try to find that distance-sweet-spot. You'll want a picture that is close enough to showcase your subject's facial features, but not too close that parts of their face are cut out when the photo is cropped to fit the button or magnet.

Think About the Shape and Size

  • Our custom buttonsmagnets, mirrors and bottle openers come in a variety of shapes and sizes that will work with any photo you'd like to use. Most personalized photo buttons look best at the 1.5 inch size or larger.

Use Your Photo and a Design

If you'd like to further design your own buttons, try adding text onto banners or color blocks. With the addition of text, you can personalize your button pins even more with inside-jokes, congratulations, or best wishes.

A quick tip: adding additional design elements is an easy way to work with photos that may be too small for the entire face of the button. These design ideas also work for low-resolution, pixelated images that will appear "fuzzy" if spread out across the whole of the button. When you shrink these images down to occupy a smaller part of the button, the "fuzziness" will be less noticeable.

Not a designer? Don't sweat it! We've got an in-house designer that can easily add these features to your photo to make the button of your dreams.

How Do I Send the Picture?

If your picture is accessible on your home computer, go ahead and place your order through our website! If not, here are a couple ways that you can send the final photo from your phone to Busy Beaver.

iPhone:




  • Once you have your picture, tap the "Photos" icon on your home screen.


  • From here you can locate and tap on the image in your camera roll.
  • Tap the icon in the lower left hand corner. It'll look like a square and arrow symbol; selecting this will provide all of your photo sharing options.


  • On this new screen, you'll see sharing options like "Message", "Mail", "Add to Notes", and more if you have other sharing applications on your phone like Twitter or Facebook. You'll want to select "Mail."


  • From here, your image has been attached to an email from the email address you have synced with your device. In the "To" field, simply type in our Customer Service email: orders@busybeaver.net.
  • In the subject line and message space, please include additional information for your order such as quantity, button size, shape, when you need the buttons, shipping or pick up information, as well as the best contact phone number for your order. Send the email with the attachment as "actual size."
  • Once we receive your email, we'll input your order, and send an order confirmation with a link to submit your payment.
  • Android
  • Once you've taken or chosen your picture, tap the "Gallery" icon on your home screen.


  • From here you can locate the folder your picture is in, and hold a long tap on the image to select.


  • Press the share icon (it looks like this: "<") at the middle-top of the screen to view your photo sharing options.


  • Your photo will already be selected on this new screen. You'll see sharing options like "Message", "Email", and "Bluetooth." You'll want to select "Email."


  • A pop up screen will ask what size to send the image—select "original."
  • Your photo is now attached to a new email. In the "To" field, simply type in our Customer Service email: orders@busybeaver.net.

  • Just like with the iPhone steps, please include a subject line as well as a message that includes the quantity, button size, shape, when you need the buttons, shipping or pick up information, as well as the best contact phone number will help us place your order quickly. Once we receive your email, we'll input your order, and send an order confirmation with a link to submit your payment.
  • Alternatively if you'd like to place the order yourself, you can follow the steps above to email yourself the photo. From there you can get onto your computer, download your image, and place your order online.

    Custom photo buttons are one of the most flattering gifts you can give to someone on their special day. Custom photo buttons are a wearable, sharable, way to celebrate the people you care about most.

    So go ahead: scroll through the photos on your phone, find your favorite shot of your best mate's mug, and order a batch of buttons with their most memorable catchphrase!

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