ID Flow Software – Working with Images

ID Flow Software is capable of designing quality, custom ID badges. This video illustrates how to work with images when using the software to design a card.

 

How to Insert Images Into your ID Card Template

Insert a Fixed Image from a File.

Click the colored image tool.

With your mouse, draw the approximate image area.

Select fixed image from the file.

Then, browse to select your image. More than 20 image file types are supported.

Click the select button.

Click OK.

Add A Background to Your Card

Double click off to the side of your template or click the document properties icon.

Check background image. 

Then, browse and select the file.

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Import the background image as a seperate layer to use blending effects.

Click show layers.

Click the plus button to add another layer.

Then, click the down arrow to move the layer under other layers.  Design layers stack like sheets of paper.

Click the image tool and draw an image box.

Select the fixed image from file.

Browse and select the image  file.

On the properties tab, uncheck the maintain aspect ratio.

Click ok.

Use the stretching tool to stretch the image to the borders of the template.

The opacity of the image can be controlled in the layers dialog.

Variable Image from the Database

Hold the shift key down while you draw the image area and you will draw a perfect square.

Select variable image from the database.

Select your image field. In this instance it is photo.

Select the live data checkbox to see the template with the database record.

If the image background is reasonably consistent, it can be removed.

Double click on the image.

On the properties tab, check remove background and give the feature a tolerance.  About 10 usualy works well.

Background removal works best with images are take with a blue or green screen backdrop.

Hold the shift key down to resize while retaining aspect.

Alignment tools help you place your objects

Repeat the background removal process to remove the background from the logo.

Alternatively, variable images may be pulled from a file. Select variable image from file or internet.

Click insert folder path and insert folder.  Insert the database field or fields by which the image is named. In this case the image was named by first and last name.

Lastly, be sure to include the images file extension.

Images Obtained at Print Time.

Draw the image place holder.

Select image captured or  selected at print time.

To preconfigure a capture device, select advanced options and select the camera or capture device.

The placeholder will appear on the template.  You will be prompted to take a photo during the print process.

The photo will not be stored anywhere and will not able to be reprinted.

Additional ID Flow Training Videos:
ID Flow Software- Text Formatting
ID Flow Software – Working with Records
ID Flow Software- Adding Bar Codes and Magnetic Stripes
ID Flow Software- Working with Images

Safe-Card ID provides photo ID card systems, ID card printers, ID card software, PVC cards and ID badge holders and other ID card supplies. Contact us at 888-485-4696. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Upgrade Persona C30e printers using the Fargo Workbench Utility

Following are instructions to update the Fargo C30e printers using the Fargo Workbench Utility.

1. Click the round Application button in the upper left corner of the Workbench Utility and choose “Upgrade Firmware”

2. Click the “Browse” button to browse to the firmware file. Be sure the file has been unzipped.

3. Select the firmware file and click the “Open”

4. Make sure that your printer is connected to the PC and that the print queue is empty. Then click the “OK”. The Upgrade process should proceed automatically.

For more information about Fargo ID card printers or other photo ID card systems, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Fargo C30e – How to Install a Printer Driver

This guide shows how to install a Fargo USB printer driver using a Fargo C30e printer. The steps are very similar for all Fargo USB printers.

1. Begin by unzipping the downloaded printer driver. Use the Windows Explorer to browse to the location you downloaded the printer driver.

2. Right click the file name and choose Extract All…

3. On the Extraction Wizard, click the “Next” button.

4. Browse to the folder where you want to store the unzipped printer driver file. If you choose the default, the driver will uninstall into a subfolder of the folder where the zipped file is located. A password is not required to unzip the file. Click the “Next” button.

5. When the unzip process is complete, click the “Finish” button.

6. Verify that the USB cable is not connected to the printer.

7. Verify the file has unzipped. The extracted file should be displayed similar to the example below. Double click the symbol to the left of the driver name.

8. Click the “Run” button to begin the installation of the printer driver.

9. The InstallAware Wizard window will appear as the installer prepares to install the necessary printer driver files.

10. In the language dialog box, choose the language you wish the printer driver to use.

11. When the Collecting Information is finished, click the “Next” button.

12. In the printer connection window select “Local Connection (USB:)” and then click the “Next” button.

13. When the Ready to install window appears, click the “Next” button.

14. When the Plug and Play window appears, connect the USB cable to the PC and the Printer. If the printer is not already on, turn it on. Connect the power at this point if it is not already connected.

NOTE: If at this point the Windows Printer Wizard appears, click here for helpful information.

15. Before you can use the printer you will need to restart your PC. If you do not want to restart at this time, uncheck the “Reboot computer now” check-box. Click the “Finish” button to complete the printer driver installation.

16. To verify that the driver is installed you can check for the driver name in the Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs list.

This completes the printer driver installation.

Fargo C30e – Downloading the Printer Driver

To download the current printer driver, firmware and Workbench utility for the Fargo and Persona printers, visit the HID tech support website to obtain the most current version of the files. They can be downloaded here.

1. Under “What type of product” select “printer” from the drop down list.

2. Find your printer model by scrolling down the model options. Choose your printer model from the “For what product” list and click the “Go” button. If you have an older printer that is not on the list, choose “Other” at the bottom of the list. Be sure to choose the correct printer model.

3.  Click on the Windows printer driver to download it.

4.  Click the Save button.

5.  Browse to the folder where you want to save the downloaded file and click the Save button.

6.  Repeat the above steps to download the “Persona C30e Firmware Windows/Linux” and if it is not already installed on your system, download the “Workbench”.

7.  Additional blog posts will be coming for installing the printer driver, firmware and workbench.

Current Fargo Printer Models:

Fargo Printer Systems

Fargo C30e

Fargo DTC 400e

Fargo DTC 550

Fargo DTC1000

Fargo DTC4000

Fargo DTC4500

Fargo HDP5000

All Fargo Printer Models

How To Uninstall a Fargo Print Driver

There are times when a print driver will need to be uninstalled from your photo ID card printer. An example of this may be when you are needing to update the printer driver and and software in your Fargo ID card printer.

Following are step by step instructions for how to uninstall the Fargo print driver.

1.To uninstall a printer driver, select Start, then menu and then control panel. Your path to the control panel may vary depending on your installation of Windows.

2. In the control panel, double click “Add or Remove Programs”.

3. Highlight the printer driver you wish to install and click the “Remove” button.

4. Verify that you are uninstalling the correct driver and click the “Yes” button.

5. When the uninstall has completed, click the “Finish” button.

The printer driver has now been removed from your PC.

ID Flow Software – Adding Bar Codes and Magnetic Stripes

Adding Bar Codes and Magnetic Stripes through the ID Flow Software

ID Flow Software provides the capabilities of adding bar codes and encoding magnetic stripes on custom printed identification cards. The following video demonstrates 1D and 2D bar coding as well as how to encode a magentic stripe through the card software.

The above video describes how to insert and format barcodes and magnetic stripes:

1D Barcodes
1. Click on the 1D barcode tool.
2. Draw the bar code area on the card surface displayed on the monitor with your mouse.
3. The properties interface will automatically open allowing you to add data, select your bar code type, select readable text and select specific reader specifications.

2D Barcodes
1. Click on the 2D barcode tool.
2. Place and size the bar code area on the card surface with your mouse.
3. The properties interface will open allowing you to add data, select the bar code type, select readable text and select specific reader specifications.

Encoding magnetic stripes
1. Click on the magnetic stripe.
2. Enable the tracks needed and add data to each.
3. View the backside of the card to see a rendering.
4. Use a printer with a magnetic stripe encoding module and cards with a mag stripe to encode the cards

Additional ID Flow Training Videos:
ID Flow Software- Text Formatting
ID Flow Software – Working with Records
ID Flow Software- Working with Images

For additional information about ID Flow or other ID card software products, contact our software experts at 888-485-4696.

ID Flow Software – Text Formatting

Learn how to format text when designing a custom ID card with ID Flow software.

FOR STATIC TEXT

1. Click on the T icon.
2. With your mouse, draw an approximate text box and type in text in the white area.
3. Highlight the text to format.
4. You may click on the color box to change the text color and then click ok.
5. If you click on the properties tab, you may select a desired style.
6. Use the adjustment tools to center the text.

FOR TEXT FROM THE DATABASE

1. Click on the T icon.
2. Draw a text box on the card layout.
3. In the text dialogue, click the plus field, select database field and then select the fields desired.
4. Alignment tools are provided in the text dialogue box.
5. On the properties tab, uncheck the word wrap and then click ok. The placeholders now appear in the template.
6. Adjust the size of the text box to clean up the template.
7. Click the live data checkbox to see your design using a record from the database (to edit, double click the text box & adjust as needed).

This video also demonstrates how to combine static and variable text. The orientation of the text can also be changed as demonstrated in the video.

For additional information about ID Flow or other ID card software products, contact our software experts at 888-485-4696.

ID Flow Software – Working with Records

Learn about Working with Records in ID Flow Software

The video above walks step by step through a number of different database, record and picture adjustments that can be made with ID Flow software. This five plus minute video is packed with some of the following information:

Change field order and field properties (.15)
Fields can be moved with a mouse (.29)
How to change placement of the caption (.36)
How to change filed width (.45)
How to format text (1.04)
How to create drop down lists (1.20)
Photo information (1.43)
Advanced searches and sorting (3.17)
Create and clear filters (3.30)
Spreadsheet viewing (3.56)
Import/Export information (4.14)

For additional information about ID Flow or other ID card software products, contact our software experts at 888-485-4696.

Tips for your Magicard Printer

Magicard ID card printers provide qualty, colorful card printing. At times, it is helpful to have an instruction manual or a guide to assist you with small issues that you need to resolve for continued card printing.

Following are tips and videos that may be helpful for you and your Magicard printer.

What is the Magicard HoloKote?
Magicard Printer- Replacing the Cleaning Roller
Magicard Printer – How to Clean the Printhead
Magicard Printer – Replacing the Printhead
Magicard Printer – How to Fit the Holokote Watermark on a Magicard Rio or Tango
Magicard Rio – Loading Cards

For additional information about Magicard printers or other photo ID card systems, contact our ID card experts at 888-485-4696.

Benefits of Plastic Cards for Car Registrations

Correct identification of vehicles and vehicle owners is achieved by the vehicle registration process. Registration provides a method to tax vehicle owners efficiently and provides other additional benefits to the state. The vehicle owner is provided with a proof of registration by means of a printed paper. The motor vehicles authorized printing centers provide and distribute the paper registration to carry during vehicle operation.

The common paper version of the vehicle registration can be tampered with as there are few features of the cardstock that provide security and longevity. The current paper version of the registration can be easily torn or smudged.

ID card professionals from the manufacturer of Zebra printers have proposed that vehicle registration cards be printed on plastic cards similar to the current state driver’s license. Benefits to the plastic card over paper are many. Some of the benefits that Zebra has offered for upgrading to a plastic registration card are as follows:

Security. Paper registrations can be easily altered, torn and smudged. Plastic cards are more difficult to tamper with and can be enhanced with various security features, such as a hologram to reduce the amount of fraudulent activities.

Durability. The longevity of a plastic card registration is greater than a document printed on paper. For this reason, employee IDs and driver’s licenses are commonly printed on plastic cardstock rather than a laminated paper or teslin from just a few years back.

Efficient data transmission. Plastic cards can hold information embedded on the card that can easily be transmitted for efficient processing of information. Bar codes, magnetic stripes and embedded information can be used for quickly and accurately providing and transmitting data to record events such as vehicle inspections, vehicle transfers and ticketing. By quickly scanning cards into appropriate readers, the data can accurately be imported into summons papers, inspection reports and other records.

Benefits of the plastic card printing can be worthwhile as increased efficiencies and easy transfer of information can outweigh the costs of the system many times over. Online card printing retailers that provide Zebra card printers are happy to provide a custom printing package to meet your individual small or large card printing needs.

Visit our Zebra ID card printer models for specific printer information.
Zebra P110i
Zebra P120i
Zebra P330i
Zebra P430i