How to design ID cards with Freepik Designer: a step-by-step guide

ID cards are essential for various purposes, from corporate identification to student access cards. They serve not only as a means of identification but also as a representation of an organization’s brand.

With Freepik Designer, you can easily pick from many ID card templates and create a professional and personalized one. In this article, I’ll guide you through the main types of ID cards, how to choose the right one, and the standard sizes for ID cards. Then, I’ll show you some tips for creating your own with Freepik Designer.

Main types of ID cards

As we mentioned earlier, ID cards can have different purposes, so we can classify them as it follows:

  1. Employee ID cards: These cards typically include the employee’s photo, name, job title, and the company’s logo. They often have additional features like barcodes or magnetic strips for access control.
  2. Student ID cards: Used by educational institutions, these cards display the student’s name, photo, school name, and student ID number. They may also include barcodes for library and cafeteria access.
  3. Visitor ID cards: Temporary IDs for guests and visitors, often with limited information like the visitor’s name and the date of the visit. These are usually designed to be easily distinguishable from permanent ID cards in both elements and colors.
  4. Membership ID cards: Issued by clubs, gyms, and other membership-based organizations, these cards generally feature the member’s name, photo, membership number, and sometimes the membership level.

Choosing the right ID card

So you’ve decided to create an ID card. Great!. Before jumping into the design stage, there are some factors you should consider.

First, you should define the purpose of your ID card. Is it going to be used for access control? Identification? Both? Based on the goal of the ID card, you will have to determine the essential information that needs to be included, such as name, photo, ID number, and brand logo.

You should also consider what additional features you want to add to your ID card, such as barcodes, QR codes, or magnetic strips.

Lastly, make sure that the design aligns with your organization’s branding guidelines, following colors, fonts and logos.

Standard Sizes for ID Cards

The standard sizes for ID cards are crucial for compatibility with card printers and holders. Here are the most common sizes:

  • CR80 (3.375 x 2.125 inches): The most common size, used for employee and membership ID cards.
  • CR79 (3.303 x 2.051 inches): Slightly smaller than CR80, often used for laminated cards.
  • CR100 (3.88 x 2.63 inches): Larger cards used for displaying more information, commonly used for convention badges.

Creating ID Cards with Freepik Designer

Step 1: select a template

There are so many ID card templates suitable for different purposes in our library, waiting for you. To kickstart your design, simply search for one on Freepik and browse our template gallery. Choose one that matches your ID card type, and let’s get our hands on it!

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Step 2: customize your design

Once you’ve selected your template, open it on Freepik Designer and start editing. Here are some tips for creating a standout ID card:

  • Add your logo: Upload your brand’s logo and place it in a suitable spot on the card.
  • Insert photos: Ensure the photo slots are correctly positioned. Upload high-quality photos for a professional look.
  • Edit text: Customize the text fields to include necessary information such as names, job titles, and ID numbers. Use a clear and readable font.
  • Color scheme: Match the color scheme to your organization’s branding. With Freepik Designer you can easily change the background and text colors.
  • Security features: If needed, add barcodes or QR codes.

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Step 3: review and download

After customizing your ID card, remember to review the design carefully. Check for any spelling errors and ensure all information is accurate. Once you’re satisfied with the design, download the ID card in your preferred format (JPEG, PNG, or PDF).

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Step 4: print and distribute

With your design ready, you can now print the ID cards. Ensure you use high-quality card stock and a reliable printer. Don’t settle for regular paper, choose harder materials like PVC instead. This will make your ID cards last longer.

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Your turn!

Creating professional ID cards is as easy as a pie with Freepik Designer. With this small this guide, you can design customized ID cards that are not only functional but also visually appealing. Whether you need employee IDs, student cards, or visitor passes, you’ll find all the tools and templates you need to help you nail the perfect design.

And if you’re feeling stuck or want to share your design, don’t forget to join our community of designers on Facebook or Reddit. We’re eager to see your work!

Happy creating!