Selecting Information for Your ID Cards

When designing your template, you can design your own or Graphic Impact will be happy to help you with the design. The best way to get started is to make a list of what you plan to accomplish with the ID. Is it for access control? Payments? Simply identification? No matter the case make a list of the elements you plan to have on it. Some examples: Name, Address, City, State, Zip code, Height, Eye Color, Hair color, Restrictions, Photo, Logo(s), Title, ID number, Expiration Date, etc.

Once you have decided all the information you want on your ID, the easiest thing to do is start by drafting a quick sketch with a pencil and paper. This doesn’t have to be precise, but it’s helpful to get a feel for where the individual pieces of information will go on the ID.

You always have the option of putting things on the back of the card. It does increase the cost per card, but the back of the card is an ideal place for the company/organization name and address, and other information that doesn’t fit well on the front of the card.

The best software for creating your card is Adobe Illustrate or Corel but check with us for other compatibility. The size of a normal credit card size ID is 3.375″ x 2.125″. Don’t by afraid to use a background design or photograph but make sure the resolution is at least 600 dpi.

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