New Zipper Pulls

Supplies have arrived, so I’ve updated the back options in my store to include zipper pulls for 1.25″ buttons. Now I’m working on illusion photos so you can see what the designs will look like on zipper pulls.

Illusion photos are not actual photographs… the image is created by dropping the button design behind a “digital photo template” on the computer, then exporting the image as a png or jpg photo file. It is a great way to see what a button will look like without wasting supplies and it also eliminates light issues that I have while trying to snap clear photos of small objects with shiny surfaces.

I don’t have a display template for zipper pulls… a quick search on Etsy found one for 1″ zipper pulls (link here) but, not in 1.25″ so I made my own clip art by snapping a real photo and removing the background, &c. It’s not the best… but it does give folks an idea of what the button will look like as a zipper pull.

Here’s what it looks with some of my designs:

I added the URL note because I’m thinking about using that photo to promote my business.

BTW, notice how the blue “Christian” and “#resist” printed darker than my original design? (If you want to compare, I posted an illusion photo in my Breaking Silence post.) Yeah, that’s one of those surprise color shifts that can happen when you design in GIMP, which uses an RGB color system, and print on high end machines that use CYMK color technology. Some surprises are cool as can be… like when a gold color displays yellowish on the computer and prints shiny gold… but some send me back to the drawing board. I should pick a different blue, but leaving it dark gives a dual meaning since there are people so brainwashed by the Religious Right that they cannot see or believe Christians can be liberals or Democrats.

Well, I best end this before I go rambling off on another soap box… thanks for reading!



Sneak Peek: 2.25″ Mirrors


Coming soon… 2.25″ Pins, Magnets, and Pocket Mirrors!

I am waiting for supplies to arrive. In the meanwhile, I am playing with a display template purchased from Templates4Sellers on Etsy.  Of course, I will make a real mirror with the same image to compare, make sure they both look the same.

Yes, I decided to use professional templates for online displays just like the major retailers do… like when you look at a dress online that is available in different fabrics, you click on the swatch and the image shows you what your dress will look like in your choice of fabric.  It is kind of like that, but no clicking involved.  The picture that goes on the button is inserted into the template, then saved as a PNG or JPG file.

Using display templates will save me hours of failed photographic attempts. I am not very good at photographing small shiny objects and, to state the obvious, mirrors are highly reflective. I may use templates for other buttons, too.

Thanks for reading!