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How to Create an ID Card in Apple Pages?

Before we head start with ID card creation, we have to know more about ID card first. The purpose of an ID Card is to act as an identity document which is used to prove a person's identity. Aside from identification, ID cards are also used for payment verification, access, and tracking services. There are five common industries that use ID card systems namely: education, government, business, healthcare, and club membership. According to an article titled National ID cards: 2016-2019 Facts and Trends which is published by Gemalto on May 21, 2019, as early as 2017, 82% of all countries that issues National ID cards have implemented eID programs already. Moreover, the research done by Acuity Market Intelligence assumed that the number of electronic National identification cards in circulation will reach 3.6 billion citizens by 2021. The following tips will be useful in making an identification card:

1. Consider Apple Pages as the Editing Program

If you are using an Apple device in making an identification card, I suggest that you use Apple Pages. It is a very competent word processor which is fully compatible with Microsoft Word documents. Apple Pages is a free application which also does page layout. Furthermore, Pages is way faster and creative compared to other software programs.

2. Determine the ID Card's Size and Orientation

The card's size and orientation usually depends to the industry you are working with. There are three common card sizes namely: credit card size, data collection size, and government size. Credit card size are commonly used in banks, ATM cards, student IDs, and driver's licenses. It has 54 mm x 86 mm dimension which can fit to your wallets. Data collection size, on the other hand, are mostly used in identification cards, magnetic stripe cards, and bar code payment cards. Data collection size has 59 mm x 83 mm dimension which is not too small or big. Government card size are used by government employees such as law enforcers and local government units. Their identification card is way more bigger compared to the aforementioned card sizes. Government card size has a 99 mm x 67 mm dimension. Know that you can always download ID card templates with pre-determined sizes if you want to quicken the creation process.

3. Customize Card Features

One person may have five or more identification cards. You have to make sure that there are certain features in an identification card that will separate it among other cards. You can put the name and the logo of the company or school, a background image, security features such as bar code, QR code, and the likes. You can also add holographic over-laminate and smart card contacts. Customizing the ID card will not just make it professional looking, in fact, you are preventing any possible forgery. The most distinct feature that you will see in an ID is the proprietor's photo and personal details.

4. Include Terms and Conditions

At the back portion of an identification card, you can add terms and conditions. Setting the terms is necessary, so the proprietor will know the scope and the limitation of the card's usage.

5. Print and Laminate

When you are done with the layout and the design, you have to proofread first. Check if you have put the right details and if you have spelled correctly the name of the proprietor. The identity of the proprietor will be at stake if you misspelled something in the card. As the ID maker, you have to be keen. After you are sure and confident of everything, then it is the right time for you to print the identification cards. After printing, you can have it laminated to make it durable.

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