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How to Create ID Cards in Publisher

An ID card or an identification card is an identity document that verifies the identity of an individual. Employees, students, professionals, and more use the ID cards for identification and security for the school and company. The card holds the personal information of a person with his or her face portrait to verify the identity. There are many types of ID cards like school IDs, office IDs, fitness IDs, membership IDs, business IDs, press IDs, staff IDs, veteran IDs, and many more. These types depend on the purpose of the ID card. So here are the steps in making an ID card.

1. Know the Purpose of the ID Card

To start making the ID card, you have to determine the purpose behind the ID card. You have to know if it is for school, for employees, government, or any other reason that needs identification cards. These type of ID cards may have the same purpose, but the reliability is what differs the types. Some identification cards are more trustworthy than others. So, it is veritably essential to know the purpose and weight of the ID card.

2. Choose an Appropriate Design

ID cards do not need any fancy nor complicated design; the designs are mostly simple and straight to the point since its primary purpose lies to the content. However, there are still ways to make your design unique and exclusive. Being creative does not exempt in making identification cards, you can always be creative and artistic, but only subtly to keep the card professional. You can find unique yet attractive modern backgrounds that suit the goal and use colors that do not clash to prevent any disruption. You can also refer to samples online for reference or download a ready-made template at Template.net.

3. Design the ID Card

Look for a reliable ID card maker to start making the ID card. In this case, you can use MS Publisher since it is unarguably convenient and accessible. Then, resize the card to an appropriate ID card size which is typically 3.375 × 2.125 inches. You can choose any format orientation that you want, either vertical or horizontal. Afterward, place your planned simple design into the blank canvas. Insert the formal self-portrait at the center of the card. It does not have to be in the center; however, it is a common placement of the picture, and it also adds professionalism to the ID card. You can choose a standard 1 × 1 inch picture, or you take a half-shot or full-body shot portrait picture. It all depends on your preference.

4. Insert the Required Information

The next step is to fill in with the required information. Insert the company or shool's name and address. Next, insert the person's name, position, signature, and formal photo in front of the ID card. Those information are the most necessary details in checking and verifying the identity. At the back, insert the address, contact information, blood type, and contact information of a close relative in case of emergency. The back part usually contains details that are needed in case of emergency. Furthermore, the back part also includes the terms and conditions of the identification card.

5. Review and Save the ID Card

Revise the content of the ID card and make sure that everything is accurate since it affects the validity of the ID. After finalizing, save the ID card and print!

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