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How to Design a Service ID Card in Illustrator?

An ID card serves various purposes: identification, access, payment verification, identity verification, tracking services, security, and a lot more. For this reason, it is vital that you know what to include and how to properly create a card. To guide you, below are several useful steps that you can follow:

1. Choose a Format and Orientation

ID cards can be in landscape or portrait when it comes to orientation. It is for you to decide on the orientation depending on your purpose. The portrait layout, the most commonly used format, is great if you want to include only a few pieces of information on the card. This is also the perfect option if you want to keep your card simple with minimal text and the ID holder's photo. On the other hand, if you need to have more information on the card, the landscape orientation is the best choice as you can take advantage of the card's horizontal space.

2. Gather the Essential Elements

Depending on the type of card that you are creating, gather the information that must be present in the ID. Typically, the following components are present: organization logo and information, design, photo, data encoding, signature, and personal information. It is vital for an ID card to have data encoding features through the use of barcodes, smart chips, magnetic stripes, etc. in order to help the organization sync its members' identification with building access or attendance programs.

3. Organize the Elements

In your ID card, organize the elements so as not to overlap with each other, leaving a white space or a black negative space as a breathing room for each element. Commonly, the name and logo of the organization are placed at the top, followed by the photo and details of the cardholder. If the card is designed to be double-sided, the information at the back will typically include the address, contact details, and signature of the holder along with the data encoding features and enhanced security features.

4. Choose the Fonts, Colors, and Materials

The font and color play a vital role in the visual presentation of your card. As a service-providing entity, it is important that the ID card template you're using is elegant and formal in order to gain credibility and enhance branding. Choose at least two to three main colors and use their different shades to come up with color gradients. For the font, it is preferable to use sans and sans serif for formality. For the materials, the common options are the standard PVC plastic cards, bio PVC cards, recycled PVC cards, PVC cards, and Mylar adhesive-back cards.

5. Save and Print

Finally, recheck your design and spot any errors in your content and graphics before you send your design for printing. Choose printers that produce high-quality printings as your ID card is an important tool not just for identification but also for a lot of purposes advantageous to both the holder of the card and the organization.

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