Out With The Old, In With The New (Buttons)

I have been thinking of how to create application buttons for Kalzumeus in a pretty Web 2.0-ish style and, on the recommendation of several BoSers, bought Axialis Icon Workshop.  To test it out, I decided to redo my sort of frumpy Buy Now! and Download Free Trial buttons for Bingo Card Creator, and see if the new versions aren’t any more successful.  While you can of course see them at the best place to get bingo cards for teachers on the Internet, I’ve isolated the section of the interface so you won’t even have to click off this site:

The Old Buttons (Created in Paint.NET using an open source button as base)

The Old Buttons At Bingo Card Creator

The New Buttons (Created in Axialis Icon Workshop, using their Web 2.0 Objects Pack, with cropping and resizing in Paint.Net)

New Buttons

(Edit: GoDaddy seems to be undergoing maintenance or something.  If you’re getting slow as heck performance grabbing those images, that is also affecting my website proper.  Yay.)

No Responses to “Out With The Old, In With The New (Buttons)”

  1. Andy Brice May 4, 2007 at 8:56 am #

    I am still waiting for the buttons to appear….the progress bar is stuck at about 10%….zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. Richard May 4, 2007 at 10:16 am #

    You just gave me the best present you could imagine :) I’ve been unaware that an icon creator like that even existed and it’s exactly the right time to get it!

    Btw, no problem downloading the images for me.

  3. Nick Hebb May 5, 2007 at 2:15 am #

    Hi Patrick,

    The edges look a little rough, and I see you exported as GIF’s. You might want to try this to see if you like the results better:

    - File > Export > Image.
    - Select the Remove Transparency option.
    - Set the background to white.
    - Save it as a PNG.

    The edges will be much cleaner, the gradients will look better, and you’ll still have small file size.

  4. Graham May 5, 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    I prefer the look of the old buttons

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