How to Make Your Own Printable Name Tags

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How to Make Your Own Printable Name Tags
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Printable name tags are ideal for use at a place of business or to identify guests at social events. Just print them on a standard home printer, cut them out along the borders, and insert them into holders. It's best to get the name-tag holders first so that you can set the size of your printable tags accurately. You can make your own printable name tags using a standard graphic layout or word-processing program.

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Things you need

  • Graphic layout program
  • Word-processing program

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    Create your printable name tags using Microsoft Office. Most name-tag paper products as of 2010 are consistent with Microsoft Office (particularly Word). Microsoft Word allows you to create a mail-merge document to automatically add all of your names to the sheet of tags from a database.

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    Use Adobe InDesign, a professional graphic layout program, to create printable name tags. You can set up a name-tag document using rectangular text boxes. InDesign can add high-resolution graphics to your name tags--the images will appear more "crisp" and vivid when printed from this program. Adobe InDesign is in the same product family as Adobe Acrobat, making it easier to convert the name-tag file to PDF format for printing.

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    Lay out your printable name tags in Quark XPress. This also is also a graphic layout program used by professional designers. Like InDesign, Quark is ideal for printing high-resolution images. The "snap to" guides in Quark allow you to quickly and easily create the boxes (text and images) that will hold each of your name tags.

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