There were a few issues here but I guess the big one was making it that you see the image not the button. Ok here's how I did it. I know this is not useful to 99.9% of users here but for that 0.1% like me yesterday it might help.
I am presuming you are adding the button to something you already have, i.e a little program:
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# To get the button
from direct.gui.DirectGui import *
# I wanted to add a background image
from direct.gui.OnscreenImage import OnscreenImage
# This next one enable the transparency and is easily overlooked
# I did for an hour anyways
from pandac.PandaModules import TransparencyAttrib
#Display background image
mainmenuTitle = OnscreenImage(image = './Graphics/mainmenuTitle.png', pos = (0, 0, 0))
# As I am truly stupid I have to label my button as exactly as possible
# This part image = etc is the path to the image
mainmenuLoadGame = DirectButton(image = './Graphics/mainmenuLoadGame.png',
# This part ensure that the button is not raised up and therefore invisible
relief = None,
# This is the part that gets the transparency
One thing that I did do was for a while was change the button to
This just prevented me from actually clicking the button effectively.
The buttons image was just a simple photoshop job 2 layers the bottom one transparent and the top one the text.
Here's what it looks like on a kind of brushed metal effect background: