How to Make Photo ID Cards

Whether you’re in charge of creating security materials for your company or want to make sure your family has a way to identify each other at a big event, you can make your own photo ID cards with just a couple of clicks in your computer’s Paint software. The Paint graphics program comes installed on your system and works well to set up photo ID cards within minutes.

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Open Paint, click the “File” menu and select “Open.” Browse to where you have a photo head shot located on your computer and double-click the file name, which opens it in the Paint workspace.

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Click the “Select” tool, which looks like a box made of dotted lines, and draw an outline around your face or the entire photo. Press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys together on your keyboard, which copies the selected area into Paint’s memory.

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Pull down the “File” menu again and click “New.” If Paint asks to save your photo, click “No.”

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Pull down the “Image” menu and click “Attributes.” Set the size for your photo ID card, such as three inches by two and a half inches, and click the “OK” button. A blank, white card space appears on the Paint screen.

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Press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys together on your keyboard to paste in your photo. Drag it into place on the left side of the card with your cursor.

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Click the “Text” tool, which looks like an “A” on the toolbar. Click on the right side of the card; if a text toolbar does not appear, pull down the “View” menu and click “Text Toolbar.” Select a clear, easy to read font such as Times New Roman.

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Type your ID information, such as name, job title, address, phone number and building.

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Add any additional information, such as security clearance, allergies or medical details.

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Save the file by clicking the “File” menu and selecting “Save As.” Name the file with the person’s last name and select a destination to save it to on your computer, such as a desktop folder.