While we do not have a template design software open to the public some of our clients choose to use their own resources to design the templates themselves. This is perfectly acceptable with InstantCard and as long as it meets our Artwork Guidelines we will be able to integrate the template you design into your InstantCard account.

Canva is a rising star as a resource for clients who choose to create their own ID card templates. We’ve been seeing it so often that we felt it was best to write up a guideline on how to export your creation in the most effective way for InstantCard integration.

Setting up your Artwork in Canva

When you go to Canva and hit the purple “Create a design” button it will drop down a menu for you to choose what type of design you want to make. Type “ID Card” in the Search bar. Canva is automatically set up to include the standard size of ID badges as well as the bleed.

It is important to note that, when designing your ID cards, you want to make sure all important information is kept in the safe area. Canva has an indicator for the safe area  when you are moving an object around on the card design and the edge of the object meets where the edge of the safe area is. It will display a red line around the shape of the card showing you where the edge of the safe area is and where the edge of the card is.

You will want to make sure background graphics that go to the edge of the card should extend past the edge of the card. Canva doesn’t show you the bleed area, but when you go to export/download your artwork it will give you the option to include the bleed.

Exporting/Downloading your Canva artwork

The steps to download your Canva artwork are pretty simple and, best of all – free!

  1. When you are finished designing your ID badge go to the top right of your screen where you see the “Download” button.
  2. Choose the File type “PDF Print”. Select Crop marks and bleed. Choosing to save download settings is up to you. And hit “Download”.

Things to note…

Fonts used in Canva can not be exported. If there is a font you like on Canva you will have to download it and send it to us along with your design. Always feel free to check with us first to see if we have the font already which can simplify the process.