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Badge Maker

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Do you need badges for an event? Or, perhaps you want to make ID tags. Either way, now you can for free! Plus, it’s very easy to do. All you need is a digital photo on your computer, this Web site and a printer!

This is another Web site I found while trying to find stuff for my mom. She co-organizes the Student Council at her school and she wanted to make them badges, without any of the hassle.

To get started, click on the Choose button to select a photo. Once you’ve found the image you want to use, you’ll need to decide which portion of the photo you want the badge to focus in on. Usually, it’s best to go with the center of the photo, so I left mine on the default center setting.

Next, you need to choose what kind of badge you want. Your options are: Photo Badge (landscape or portrait), Name Badge (landscape or portrait), Flickr Badge (landscape or portrait) and Original. If you select any of those choices from the drop down box, the badges on the side of the page will change so that you can see an example of what they will actually look like.

Everything else on the form is optional and completely customizable.

Badge Color – click the square of color to change the color of the badge. It opens a color wheel that lets you select a different color for your badge.

Header Text – This is where you type in what you want the top of the badge to say. For example, you could have a header text that reads: PRESS PASS.

Footer Text – This is the text that runs along the bottom of the card. By default, they have it set to Official, which you can also see from the example badge.

Next, you need to decide if you want an official looking bar code or not. You can see that in the example as well.

Name – Here you put the name you want the badge to display.

Text – Here you can type credentials, a short biography or even privileges and duties.

The next fields have to do with dates and are pretty self-explanatory. They are: Member Since, Expires and Birth Date.

Once you’ve filled out the form to your desired specifications, click on the Create button. The site will then generate your badge, which may take several minutes, depending on the site’s traffic.

When your badge is done, you’ll find options beneath it to Edit, Start Over, Save, Upload to Flickr, Share or E-mail.

That’s all there is to it! That was pretty easy, right? I hope you enjoy your badge making. I have already started helping my mom make hers and I love it!


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