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What is an ID Card?

The purpose of an ID card is to display one's identity and for gaining access to certain facilities, equipment, or materials that are restricted from those without the proper authorization. Many different establishments make use of these cards to identify staff members or people that they are involved with. For example, companies are required to provide employee IDs to their workers and students that are given ID cards from their respective schools. Different countries also release different identity cards as physical proof of a citizen's status.

How to Make an ID Card in Publisher

1. Consider Whether It Should be Single or Dual-Sided

Before you start, it is important to know if you are going to use both sides of your professional ID card or if you are going to leave one side blank. In order for you to make the decision, you'll need to know the card's purpose and how much information you'll want to put in it. Are you simply using it as a means to display one's personal information to customers? Then something as simple as that will only need one side of the card. Dual-sided ID cards are mostly used by large businesses and major corporations as those usually contain added security features and a good amount of extra information.

2. Decide on the Orientation and Design

When thinking about the card's orientation, consider whether it would be best if its information is displayed in a horizontal or vertical manner. Again, the card's purpose and what should be on it are the factors that can help make the decision. The same applies to the design. Although you can get creative with it, you still have to make sure that that it looks professional. You can always check out creative ID card sample templates if you want a better idea of the kind of design you should go for.

3. Provide Business and Personal Information

For the business, you'll want to put in its complete name, address, and contact details into the printable ID card. When writing down the card owner's personal information, you must once again consider the card's purpose. It's possible it may only need his or her name, address and contact details, or you might have to provide additional information such as job position title and employee ID number. Also, it's best that it has a picture of both the company's logo and that of the card owner. Make sure to go with ones that are of high resolution and that they do not take up too much space.

4. Put in Security Features

ID cards provided by major corporations and businesses usually implement extra security features to guarantee the prevention of unauthorized access. For example, some have bar codes or magnetic stripes that must be scanned by card readers for identity confirmation. Decide on whether or not your school or corporate ID cards need these extra features. But always remember that it must always have the owner's signature. This is one of the best security measures that prevent the creation of fake ID cards.

5. Use Microsoft Publisher

This program is one of the better options when it comes to focusing on the design and layout aspect of ID card creation. It is guaranteed that with proper use, one can make a simple ID card look as creative and professional as he/she wishes to. If you require the skill or knowledge to effectively utilize the program, then you may always look up online tutorials that can teach you how.

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