How to Make Your Own ID Photo Name Badges

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How to Make Your Own ID Photo Name Badges
Use a digital camera to make a DIY photo ID card. (photo camera image by A74.FR Ben Fontaine from

Creating custom photo ID badges for your organisation or club is a fantastic way to add a professional air to your group when you attend events or conventions. In the digital age, making a photo ID card is fairly simple. You can then either laminate it using a lamination machine or using lamination paper and an iron.

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Things you need

  • White card stock
  • Computer
  • Colour printer
  • MS Paint or Photoshop
  • Digital camera
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • ID lanyard
  • Laminating paper
  • Laminating machine or iron and towel

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    Take a picture of the person who you are making the badge for. Frame the photo so it is against a neutral coloured background and shows the person's head and shoulders clearly. Upload the photo onto your computer and save. Open the file and crop the photo to 100-by-100 pixels.

  2. 2

    Open a new file in MS Paint or Photoshop. Create a template that is two by three inches--it should look like a large version of a business card. Using "text edit," left justify your text and input the name of your organisation, the badge holder's name and any other information you want to include on the badge. Save your file after you're done to prevent any data loss.

  3. 3

    Drag and drop the 100-by-100 pixel photo into the right corner of badge template. If you are using Photoshop, flatten the layers so they create one document and save it using the file path name "name_badge.jpeg."

  4. 4

    Print the badge file using a colour printer and white card stock. Cut out the badge so that it is the appropriate size and recycle the scraps of card stock.

  5. 5

    Place the badge into the middle of the laminating paper, which usually comes as one piece with two layers. Run the laminating paper through the laminating machine. If you're using an iron and towel, place the laminating paper onto a hard surface with the towel on top of it and iron on the wool steam setting until the badge is fixed between the laminating paper.

  6. 6

    Allow the badge to cool and trim excess laminate paper from the edges. Punch a hole at the top of the badge and hang it from a lanyard.

Tips and warnings

  • You can either horizontally justify or vertically justify your badge. If you choose a vertical justification, you will want to place the photo at the top of the badge and centre it with all the text below.

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