How to Make an ID Card on Photoshop

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you’re in charge of creating ID cards for your company’s security system or just want to make them for yourself or family, there’s no need to spend money for pricey graphics companies. Make your own ID cards at home using Photoshop. Photoshop is a graphics software program that is part of the Adobe Creative Suite and offers a collection of settings, tools and filters to help you create your own cards. With just a few clicks, you’ll have a way to identify yourself, your children or even your pet.

Open Photoshop, pull down the “File Menu” and select “New.” Name the file “IDCard” and set your preferred ID card dimensions. For a card the same size as a credit card or your driver’s license, type 3.370 inches by 2.125 inches into the size boxes. Pull down the “Mode” menu and select “CMYK Color.” Click the “White” button under the “Contents” section, then click the “OK” button.

Pull down the “View” menu and select “Fit on Screen.” This won’t increase your card’s size, it just gives you more room to work.

Pull down the “File” menu again and choose “Open.” Browse to a location on your computer where you have a head shot or close-up photo. Double-click the file so it opens in the Photoshop workspace.

Click the “Lasso” tool on the “Tools” palette on the left side of the screen, then draw an outline around just your head or your head and shoulders. When the blinking dotted lines appear, press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys on your keyboard.

Click back to the “IDCard” box and press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys on the keyboard. Your image pastes in. Pull down the “Edit” menu at the top of the screen, select “Transform” and click “Scale.” Shrink the photo down to fit into the top left corner of the “IDCard” box.

Click the “Type” tool, which looks like a “T” on the “Tools” palette. Select a font, colour and size from the text toolbar at the top of the screen. Click your cursor inside the “IDCard” box and type information for the card, such as your name, address and phone number.

(Optional) Switch text ink colours to a bright, noticeable colour such as red or yellow and add important information such as “diabetic,” “minor” or “organ donor.”

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital photo
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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.