Are you looking to use our free templates to design a die-cut, ID card or form? All of our templates are located on the Resources section of our website or on the individual product pages of our store. Once you download a file, you will find three versions of that template inside: a PDF, a Word document and a Publisher document.
Before you get started – don’t skip this step!
Always make sure the paper you are using is compatible with your printer. This is particularly important with synthetic paper, so if you’re printing REVLAR die-cuts, use our REVLAR Printing Guidelines to make sure the printer you plan to use will work with the paper’s gsm and melting point.
Using templates in Adobe
Our templates were created within Adobe software, so they will work best within that family of design tools. This is why we highly recommend that you use the PDF version of the template with Adobe when you design using our templates. The first page of this document will walk you through using Adobe Illustrator for this purpose. More of a visual learner? Check out this video.
Using templates in Microsoft Word & Publisher
If you don’t have access to the Adobe suite, you can use Microsoft Word or Publisher.
Microsoft Publisher instructions
Microsoft Word instructions
Step 1: Open the Word or Publisher template file
Margins should be turned off and the template should already be in the background.
Step 2: Designing
Start designing on top of it by using the tools on the insert tab (create text boxes, insert pictures, use shapes, etc).
Step 3: Preparing to print
You’ll want to delete your background before you print.
In Publisher: Navigate to the page design tab > background > more backgrounds > no fill.
In Word: Navigate to the design tab > watermark > remove watermark.
Step 4: Print
We recommend doing a test print on a standard piece of paper to make sure everything looks right before you begin printing on any specialty paper. You can nudge the artwork around if things aren’t lining up perfectly on your first print.
Once you have your final printed product, we would love to see it in use! Care to share? Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.