Making ID Cards - A Simple Step-By-Step Guide

By: Ben Marker

It seems that with each passing year, there is a greater need for security. One way to achieve this in the workplace and in public is through the use of ID cards. There are several types of cards and these can be used for any number of reasons. For example, there are PVC cards, proximity cards and pre-printed cards, to name a few. These cards are used all over the world in places such as airports, emergency crew members like fire departments and ambulances or even in government offices. You may also have seen them at health clubs and in many other places.

You can actually make your own ID cards if you have the right tools. It's actually not very difficult at all and the results are very professional and impressive! Here's a short guide to show you exactly what's needed to produce your own cards. Remember, there are other ways to do it too which will be similar but with slight variations, so don't worry! Also, this guide is mostly for PVC cards. These are the most common type and PVC is strong, durable and will last a very long time.

1. Go To An ID-Creating Website

Do a search on the Internet to find a good ID-creating website. Many sites will have pre-designed templates. Pick one that you fancy, or, if you're the creative sort, you can design your own. You can insert the necessary text, a logo or picture and even a barcode as you follow the instructions.

2. Input Information

Now it's time to enter all the information on the card. You can even change the size and shape of the card. Add all the relevant text and you can also add your signature if you wish, just below your photograph. You can choose from different fonts, size and colors for your text. Feel free to add an image for the background if you want, but you can also leave it plain. Normally, many cards just have a plain, white background. If you do choose an image, you can change the properties as well. Add a barcode and enter its value (normally a set of numbers). Adjust the size of the barcode. You're almost there!

3. Export To A PDF

Once you've chosen your card design and input all the necessary information, you can export this to a PDF.

4. Print

Did you want to print on both sides of the card? Make sure to pick this option before you print. Print your card on special synthetic paper. Though it's not necessary, it's better to use the proper materials. Using special synthetic paper is the secret to producing a high-quality PVC ID card. Make sure that the paper is perforated so it's easy to tear the card out. If you don't use paper with the perforated option, that's alright. You'll need to use one of those paper cutters.

5. Laminate

Use a laminator to give it a professional finish. Place the card in a lamination pouch and then run it through the lamination machine. You can also apply an ID hologram for added security and you can also encode it. This hologram feature is quite affordable and really makes the card look impressive. Nobody will even know that you virtually made it yourself! You're done! Your card is now ready for use. If you wish, you could punch a hole in the card for use with a lanyard. There are different types of lanyards which come in a wide array of designs and colors.

You will need an ID card kit and laminator pouches, but it really depends on much or little you need, if cost is an issue. Perhaps you're fine without the hologram security feature. These are all quite affordable anyway. You will also need to get an ID card laminator and a magnetic stripe encoder. To learn more about the different types of ID card accessories, visit the Avon Security Products to browse through their collection.

If you're a small business and trying to cut costs, then you can certainly create ID cards by yourself. You could also have a company do it for you. If it's a bigger organization that needs many cards from time to time, then it's worth it to buy all the necessary tools like printers, ribbons, lanyards and various card types as this would be a sound investment.