Holographic ID Card Overlays2021-07-14T06:44:19-04:00

Holographic ID Card Overlays

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InstantCard Account Setup

Submit your infoFilling out this form gives us all the information we need for initial account setup. Fund your account100% goes towards card production. Choose your options Choose basic design/technology options & upload your logo Template design You will be contacted by our professional designers to approve your ID template.
Can I send you a batch of photos for processing?2019-08-02T14:05:56-04:00


We will provide you with a personalized ftp destination on our site, where you can send all your photos. They will be linked by name to the data submitted in a spreadsheet. We also offer our unique photo-processing service which can process large batches of photos to make them all consistent: same face-fill factor (using facial recognition); same x-y dimensions; same definition & resolution. This is particularly useful when you have a large numbers of pictures coming from a variety of different sources.

Does the service use pre-set card design templates?2021-01-20T06:49:44-05:00

At InstantCard we pride ourselves in making custom designs for each of our clients. We prefer to make a custom design for you to best meet your exact needs. This is a free service. If you would like to get some inspiration as to what others in similar fields have done, to give our designer your preferences, please leaf through the card gallery on our site.  Your design will be unique, based on your logo, your color scheme, and your layout preferences.

You may also upload any inspirational examples for our designers via the template design form.

I’m not very design-oriented. Can someone create a template for me?2019-08-02T14:03:37-04:00

Absolutely. In fact, most people prefer to have us design their ID cards. We have expert graphic specialists at InstantCard who would be more than happy to design a custom template for you using your company logo, color scheme, and any other design specifications that you may have. This is a no charge service. And if you decide at a later date to make changes to the design, we typically help you do that in a matter of minutes.

Do I email you the employee photos?2019-08-02T14:03:06-04:00


Our online service eliminates email entirely, since this manual process is the source of most errors when dealing with an outside supplier. Our service allows you to just point to the photos for your IDs cards, then automatically embeds them onto your cards. Within your browser window, you will be able to easily adjust which part of the picture you want to show up on the ID (cropping). There is no need to worry about pictures mismatched with employee names, poor pictures, or improper sizing. You’ll see an exact image of card as it will be printed, so you can verify spelling and presentation, before you choose to print the ID card.

If you have a large number of employee pictures, we provide a custom service which automatically re-sizes and crops all your pictures to the appropriate format for your ID cards.

Can our card design include barcodes or QR codes?2021-01-20T06:47:19-05:00

Our service can support 30 different barcode symbologies, including of course the most common ones like Code39 and Code128. Cards can have multiple barcodes on them, on either the front or the back or both.

We fully support QR codes, which can create a linkage between the physical card and the virtual cloud-based information. Or they can be used to allow scanning of contact information.

Can I change my card design after processing the cards?2019-08-02T14:01:34-04:00


You may make as many changes to card templates as you like, now or in the future. In fact, you can make an unlimited number of card templates, at no extra charge. Many clients use multiple designs, such as for staff and students, or for temporary and permanent employees. If you update the templates, for example with a new expiration date, you will not need to change your personnel data.

Can you encode the magnetic stripe on our cards when the badge is printed?2021-01-20T06:51:00-05:00


Our service allows you to define the contents for encoding Track1, Track2, and Track3. There is no extra charge for this service.

Security is very important for my company. How can you enhance the security of our ID cards?2019-08-02T14:00:10-04:00

We offer a number of options that can greatly increase the security of our ID cards. Some of the options which significantly reduce the risk of fraud or falsification include:

  • Print your cards on smart card (chip) cards which can be encoded for enhanced security
  • Add a holographic overlay covering the full surface of the cards
  • Use micro-printing, which only high-quality high-definition printers can achieve
  • Print a ghosted and re-sized picture on the front or back of the card
  • Overlay or underlay complex graphics over variable data (photo, name, etc.)

We would be pleased to work with you to define the best security solution to meet your organization’s unique requirements.

Can I upload a sketch?2019-08-02T13:56:59-04:00

Yes! You may absolutely upload a sketch of your idea. Our professional designers will realize it into a complete design. They will work with you to make sure that the design matches your intentions. So, go ahead, scan the back of that envelope. We’ll make it into something you’ll be proud to wear.

Do I have to use professional design software?2021-01-20T06:49:19-05:00


You may use whatever software you are comfortable with. Just be aware, if you are uploading a complete design, make sure that it is 1050 pixels (minimum) on the longest side. If you are unsure how to do this, don’t worry—send us what you have and our professional designers can recreate it in high resolution. (If you are using a photo background, make sure you send us the full, high-resolution photo along with your design.)

What types of files can I upload?2019-08-02T13:55:22-04:00

Currently, we accept graphic files with the following extensions:

.pdf, .doc, .docx, .zip, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .psd, .cdr, .bmp

If you have something in a format other than that which is supported here, no problem. Simply contact us, and we’ll make sure that we get your template up and running ASAP.

Do we email you the employee photos? And where do I enter employees’ names and info?2020-03-17T08:23:45-04:00

The InstantCard removes email, and therefore manual operations, completely!  You will upload employee photos along with employee data directly to the website.  Once you have approved your first template design, you will be given login credentials to the InstantCard service. There, you may either enter each employee’s information one-at-a-time or all-at-once via a bulk upload using a spreadsheet.

Initial Account Funding

We will begin working on your custom ID card design
as soon as you fund your account for the first time.

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Minimum initial deposit is $195.00.

100% goes to card production. This will cover 20-30 cards depending on options.

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Holographic Overlays are a Physical Layer
Permanently Fixed Over the Face of Your Employee ID Cards

This extra layer not only increases security, but makes the card more durable.

Since holographic overlays are a physical layer, they increase card durability by making IDs more resistant to scratches and everyday wear. Cards with overlays typically need to be replaced less often, making them more economical than you might think.

Forgers cannot simply “print” the overlay design on a false card.

This physical layer is holographic, responding to changes in light. There is no way to replicate this through standard card printing—making it nearly impossible to counterfeit.

Holographic ID Card Overlays Video

General Purpose Secure Overlay

general purpose holographic ID badge overlay

Our general overlay includes the image of a globe and the text “Global Secure Card.”

Holographic overlays make it extremely difficult to falsify your ID badges.
They make cards more scratch-resistant and look extremely professional.

How Do Holograms Work?

hologram recording process for holographic overlaysHolograms are very difficult to replicate. This is because they are created using very expensive, technologically advanced equipment using a master hologram.

The master hologram is not, in fact, a photo. Rather, it is a light-field recording. This is why, as you turn the hologram, different parts appear and disappear; or there is the sense of a 3D image. This light field recording registers light from different angles, allowing perspective to change on a 2-dimentional surface.

For ID cards, these holographs are embedded into laminate sheets which are fixed to the surface of your ID cards. And, since the holographs aren’t actually photos, such sheets cannot be created with any conventional printer.

Can I just buy overlays to put over our IDs?

There are quite a few adhesive-backed ID card overlays available to the public. However, if you are able to purchase them, so is any forger.

It is always safer to outsource this procedure—ensuring that your overlay is only available through a reputable organization, who confirms customer identification.

We only make our police overlays available to confirmed departments—similarly for the fire department and hospital overlays.

Fire Department Secure Overlay

holographic ID badge overlay for fire departments

Our overlay for fire departments features the Maltese Cross & the text “OFFICIAL

Add an extremely professional feel to your firefighter ID cards.
You must provide proof of representing a legitimate department to order this overlay.

Holographic Overlay Benefits

Because the overlay is a physical layer over the ID badge, it provides additional scratch resistance.

In addition to increased security, holographic overlays look beautiful. They add a level of professionalism to any ID management program.

Holographs cannon not be replicated. And, once they change when moved, they cannot be printed onto a counterfeit card. Anyone familiar with your company’s IDs will spot a fake immediately.

The added scratch resistance and durability from overlays often means card have to be replaced less often. The small investment in overlays can result in long-term savings.

Police Secure Overlay

holographic ID card overlay for police

After smart cards, a holographic overlay is the most secure solution for your IDs.

Read our POLICE ID BADGE WHITEPAPER to learn more →

You must provide proof of representing a legitimate department to order this overlay.

No minimum batch size
even when ordering cards with overlays.

We maintain our commitment to having no minimum batch size, even with overlay options.
Get the secure ID cards you need, when you need them.

And, price per card stays the same, no matter the size of your order.

No minimum batch size even with Holographic Overlays

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