Things to Follow when Making
Effective ID cards are actually surprisingly difficult to make. However, a little planning and practice can make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience for you.
At first, you will need to make an ID template. The template is the ID saved on your computer and ready to be printed, then laminated. The best software for designing ID templates is
Adobe Photoshop and
Adobe Illustrator. Designing ID templates is not an easy task and takes a decent amount of graphic design experience. To make a template you can either do all the artwork from the scratch by yourself or
hire a professional graphic designer. Once ID template is complete with your data on it then it can be printed and laminated.
While you want to make the template appealing, you also want it to help you out in other ways. You also want it to:
- Enhance physical and logical security
- Increase efficiency and productivity
- Reduce vulnerability to counterfeiting
- Reflect the organization’s brand identity
Unfortunately in this day and age, a plain white card with a color photo isn’t enough anymore. Anyone with a computer can make legitimate looking ID cards, therefore you need a few more security features and designs to make it unique and secure from counterfeiting possibilities. Incorporating things such as
holograms should be the first consideration to make the ID card more secure.
The card technologies your organization uses will influence your card design. They will also affect the selection of the
ID card printer you’ll use. But you can still create a great-looking card even if you use the following technologies:
- Bar codes
- Contact and contactless smart cards
- Proximity antennae
- Magnetic stripe
You can explore many different options for maximizing your printing such as landscape and portrait orientations. Obviously there is no right answer on how you arrange the template and design of your ID card. However, when designing your ID cards, keep in mind that it is more than just a way to identify someone, it is also an extension of your organization’s image and brand. It is important to make the ID card synonymous with the brand’s image to maintain the company's professionalism.
Now that you’ve invested the time to develop a custom-designed ID card, it’s important to choose the right ID card printer to help bring that design to life. If you want to encode it with a simple bar code, consider using a traditional
ID card laminating method. On the other hand, if your card has embedded electronics or you need high image quality, you should consider
direct to card printing technology. Regardless of your ID template design, there are many ways you can accomplish what you are looking to do.
You should do comprehensive testing prior to a large-scale implementation of your ID program to save time and money. You should look out for things like:
- Is the image quality consistent?
- Is card data successfully read at all checkpoints?
- Is that data being accurately transmitted to the system?
Once you have tested your ID system and are confident in its success, you can continue on and print your ID cards with confidence!