borders
This is the color of the outer border of the button

Outer Border:
Click Here to Pick up the color
This is the color of the inner border and the middle bar of the button
leaving this field empty results in a button without an inner border
Inner Border:
Click Here to Pick up the color
This is the position of the bar.
Range: 0-80 pixel (from the left side)
Position of
the bar (0-80):
Your button:

= == ===> your button <=== == =

left part
This is the background color of the left part of the button
Background:
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This is left-side text of the button
Text:
This is the text-color of the left part of the button
Text color:
Click Here to Pick up the color
This select the font to use on the left text
Font:
Font-size of the text. (Should be between 4 and 7)
Font size:
Number of pixels from the top left border to the upper left beginning of the text
Text position:
X: Y:
If you uploaded an image, this lets you reuse it without uploading again
Reuse last image:
Option to upload an image to be displayed on the left side. (<100kB)
Left image:
Or you can use one of the system's internal images
Use system img:
Number of pixels from the top left border to the upper left beginning of the image
Image position:
X: Y:
Width and height of the image (-1 means take from original image)
Image size:
X: Y:
System images
Move the mouse over the images to get the name.
gentoo.pnggoogle.pngheart.pngphp.gifw3c.gifxml.gif
examples
buttonmaker xhtml11 rssfeed gentoo linux I love google Melissa
You have made a good looking button you would like to see here? copy and paste this link and send it to buttonsubmit (at) linuxhowtos (*dot*) org. If you used uploaded images, don't forget to include them in your email
Help:

The manual

If you move your mouse over the individal field descriptions, you'll see a short help tooltip with some explainations.
The final result is displayed in the "Your Button" Section. If you changes one or more values you need to click on the "(re)create button" button to, well, recreate the button with the new settings.
After you fine-tuned your button, you can save it to your harddisc by right-clicking it and pick "Save Images As" (or similar, depending on your browser).

Turn tooltip help on
Note: The help tooltips only work with recent browsers which support CSS correctly
( or in other words: all but Microsoft Internet Explorer ).
2nd Note: do not link directly to those images here, they will be deleted after a few hours.

Have fun...
If you use the generated images, please put a link to this tool. thanks.