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Making Your School ID Badges: Here’s How

School ID BadgesMany of the schools we’ve worked with have gone through several different avenues of printing school ID badges before they found the system that worked best for them. Some prefer to print their ID badges in house and others have preferred to get that off of their plate by hiring us to print the badges for them. If this is your first time around the block, here are a few steps to help you along:

How Will the ID Badges be Used?

Your first step in making school ID badges is to determine how they will be used. This will help you to determine which type of badges or technologies will be needed. For instance, if you’re wanting students to use the ID badges for purchasing their lunch in the cafeteria or checking out books in the library, you could go with magnetic strip ID badges or barcodes which are a lower cost option. If you’re wanting to use the school ID badges for access control or attendance records, you may want to go with technology cards such as proximity or smart ID badges. They’re a little more expensive but they come with a huge boost in functionality.

Once you’ve made this decision, you’ll have good direction for deciding what equipment you need to purchase for your badges to function optimally.

Designing Your ID Badges

Once you decided how you want them to be used, you’ll need to find a good software for designing and printing your school ID badges. If you decided not to do your designing and printing through us, you can purchase your own printer and design software. Going that route can be a good solution if you have a good plan for managing it well. The software that you purchase will give you instruction on how to upload individual’s pictures and print your school ID badges in bulk instead of doing them one at a time.

Printing Your ID Badges

Once you’ve purchased, installed and learned your design software you’ll be ready to print. The great thing about ID printers is that they are very easy to use. They function about the same as a standard ink jet printer and require only that you load the cards and occasionally clean before use. Again, if you’re not interested in the extra work, we would be happy to do the printing for you in our production office!

Want more information? Give us a call! We would be happy to talk through all of our options. Call (866) 610-4308


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