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.


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.

2 thoughts on “ID Flow Software – Working with Images

  1. SafeCardID Team

    Hi, and thanks for posting. It’s difficult to know for certain without some additional information. First, what versions of Windows and ID Flow are you using? Was either upgraded recently? Has this occurred previously, or is this something that just started occurring? Have you tried re-booting your PC and trying again?

    Our initial thoughts are that recent security related changes or updates to your PC might be blocking the “pop-up” action that is being initiated by the button-push. If you post a new message with any additional details, we’d be happy to help further.

  2. Jaylord


    I got problems in browsing or opening an image for background. No windows will pop after I hit the browse button.

    Please Help.


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