Whether you’ve been tasked with creating identification cards for your company or just want to show a family member how much you care, you’ve got VIP power in your hands with your home computer. Create VIP cards to be used anywhere from your business security entrance to the dinner table using one of a couple of different computer programs, all which allow you to make cards with just a couple of quick clicks.
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Things you need
- Digital photo
- Adobe Photoshop
- Microsoft Publisher
Open Paint, pull down the “File” menu and click “Open.” Browse to a photo of the VIP and double-click it so it opens in the Paint workspace. Click the “Select” tool, which looks like a square made of dotted lines, then draw an outline around the person’s face or the whole photo. Right-click the selection and choose “Copy.”
Pull down the “File” menu again and choose “New.” Pull down the “Image” menu, click “Attributes” and set your VIP card size as 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches and click the “OK” button. When the white card space opens, right-click it and select “Paste.” The photo pastes in. Drag it into place with your cursor.
Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A." Position your cursor to the right or underneath the person's photo and type the name and any other information desired, such as job title or city and state.
Click a red colour from the “Color Picker” at the bottom of the screen, then click your cursor at the bottom of the VIP card. Type the letters “VIP.”
Save the card by pulling down the “File” menu, clicking “Save As” and giving the card a name and destination to save to on your computer, such as the desktop. Click “Save.”
Open Photoshop, click the “File” menu and click “New.” Name the file “VIPCard” and set dimensions of 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches, then click the “OK” button. A blank card space opens.
Pull down the “File” menu again and select “Open.” Browse to a photo with a picture of the VIP and double-click it; it opens in the Photoshop workspace. Pull down the “Select” menu and click “All.” Press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys on your keyboard to copy the picture.
Click back to the “VIPCard” box and press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys to paste in the photo. If it pastes in too large, pull down the “Edit” menu, click “Transform,” click “Scale” and paste the photo into place.
Click the “Type” tool, which looks like a “T,” and select a font, size and black colour from the text toolbar at the top of the page. Type the card holder’s name and other required card details. Switch font colours and type “VIP.”
Save the card by pulling down the “File” menu and clicking “Save As.” Choose a place to save the card onto your computer, then click “Save.”
Open Publisher and click “Blank Print Publication.” This opens a standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch page; to change the size, pull down the “File” menu and click “Page Setup.” Scroll to the “Custom” publication type and type in 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches and click “OK.” The Publisher workspace automatically adjusts.
Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “From File.” Browse to a picture of the VIP and double-click it; it opens on the VIP card workspace. Drag it into place.
Click the “Text Box” tool, which looks like an “A” on an index card, located on the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Draw a text box underneath the photo.
Type the person’s name, job, location and any other details you want to include. Highlight the text and change its appearance using the text toolbar at the top of the screen. Press the “Enter” key to get to a new line, type “VIP,” highlight the letters and use the text toolbar to increase their size and make them red.
Pull down the “File” menu and click “Save As.” Name the card, choose a place to save it on your computer and click “Save.”
Tips and warnings
- After you’ve created the cards, you have a couple of options for making them sturdy. A local print shop can print your designs on heavy plastic (which a basic home printer cannot feed through its print tray); the printer can also punch a hole in the card so the VIP can wear it on a lanyard. If you have a laminating machine (available at office supply shops), you can place the cards in laminating envelopes and heat seal them with the machine. A budget-friendly option is to print the cards on standard paper, then slip them into a plastic badge holder with a pin back button, also available at office supply stores.
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