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How to Make a Printable ID Card in Microsoft Publisher

Need to learn how to make easily and fully printable identification cards using Microsoft Publisher? Now's your chance to know how it's done by only referring to our easy-to-follow instructions below.

1. Identify the need for creating ID cards

The first step in the process of creating identification cards is to identify the purpose of why you need to make one or what it's used for. While it's clear that the card is meant to emphasize the importance of identification, you must still specify what purpose it's meant to serve. Point out whether your ID cards are designed for use in schools, businesses, or events. Only after identifying the purpose will you be able to create IDs that are worth showing off.

2. Gather all the information you need about the company or organization

Depending on the purpose of your identification cards, you should gather all the necessary data about the entity that will be represented by the ID. If you've been hired by the organization to create their IDs, then you might need to gather information such as their street address, phone number, website address, and names of their signatories. Keep these details handy because you will surely need them in the succeeding steps.

3. Secure a list of the people who require an ID card

This step is very self-explanatory, it merely tells you to get a hold of the organization's roster list to get the names of the people who require the ID. If you're creating printable ID cards for a school, the file that you will need to secure should contain the names of all the students and staff members. In the same manner, your list should include the names of all the employees if you're creating printable ID cards for a company.

4. Launch Microsoft Publisher and create the ID card's layout

Considering you already have Microsoft Publisher installed on your computer, you can now use it to start working on your printable ID cards. To make sure that the layout of your ID card is logical, look at the IDs of other organizations. While some organizations may have an entirely different design than others, you can easily make sense of them nonetheless. By using Publisher, just put together all the details that you have gathered in the previous steps.

5. Save the finished design in a printable format

After you're done creating your ID card designs in Microsoft Publisher, you can then save it in a file format that's not only shareable but also printable. There are a lot of printable card templates with different formats to choose from, and the most commonly used format would be PDF. This file format ensures high-quality output while also making it convenient for you to share the file across different platforms. Alternatively, you may also save your project in EPS, JPEG, GIF, or PNG.

6. Share or print the ID cards

The final step in the process involves the production of the ID cards which you can either do yourself or by professionals. If you have a plastic card printer, feel free to do the printing yourself to save on the costs. If you don't, you may need to send or share the file to the printing business, which is why it is crucial that you save your work in a shareable format.

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