My son wanted to be James Bond for Halloween this year. He learned about James Bond through video games and has never seen one of the movies. One thing we thought would be a nice touch for his costume was a Secret Service ID badge.
My final Paint Shop Pro file is attached for your use in making your own ID badge. All you need to do is insert your own picture.
Step 1: Tools and Materials Needed
- Clear ID holder that you can clip on you child's clothes.
- ID card reel (optional). These can be found at office supply stores if you don't have one. These are great since you kid can pull the ID badge out and hold it up for someone to look at. When they let go it just snaps back into place.
- Computer with graphics editing program. I used Paint Shop Pro for my photo editing program.
- Printer. You can always take the file to a photo processing place or a printing business.
- Scissors to cut out the final ID badge.
Step 2: Take a Mug Shot
I recommend taking several so you have options when you are ready to select one to use on the computer. Another reason to take multiple is so you have some options if one or several of the pictures are a little out of focus. Sometimes it is hard to tell on a small camera screen if the picture turned out well or not.
Step 3: Get Your Background Images
I used the background remover tool to remove the black background in the center of the seal.
Then I converted the picture to a black and white image and then copied it into my badge file in a future step to use as an overlay on the mug shot picture.
Step 4: Create Your New ID Badge Image
Create a new image with with the dimensions of 1400 x 960 pixels.
Step 5: Resize the Head Shot to Fit on the ID Badge
I had to scale mine down to 24% of the original size to get it close to the size I was looking for.
Step 6: Add the Head Shot to the Badge
While in the head shot picture hit "Ctrl-A" to select the whole image.
Next hit "Ctrl-C" to copy the entire image.
Now switch to the badge image.
Go to the EDIT menu and select "Paste as new layer".
This should add the head shot picture as a new layer in the file.
Step 7: Add the Background Color or Pattern
Step 8: Crop the Head Shot
Make sure you are on the correct layer when you use the crop command.
Step 9: Add a Head Shot Border and Badge Border
First make a new vector layer and place it at the top of the current layers. I named my layer "border".
Now use the rectangle tool to draw the border around the head shot.
Step 10: Resize and Add the Seal
Select the entire image of the seal.
Do a Select All.
Go to the badge file.
Select EDIT and then "paste as new layer".
Make sure you have the new layer on top of everything else.
Rename this layer to "Seal".
Change the opacity of the seal layer to 25% to make it look like an image watermark above the head shot.
NOTE: after I printed the final version of the ID badge I ended up changing the opacity of the seal layer to 50% to make it a little darker.
Step 11: Delete the Pattern Outside of the Badge Border
Step 12: Add Some Text to the Badge
Add a Layer called Text and add the text as shown in the picture below.
I added 007 with a red color to make it stand out.
I am not sure what the initials after his name stand for, but maybe someone else on Instructables can help us with that.
Step 13: Add a Signature Line
Step 14: Add the Color Seal Above the Signature Line
Step 15: Add a Seal Background
Step 16: Put on Your James Bond Suit, Glasses and ID Badge and Go After Some Candy
The final Paint Shop Pro file is attached if you would like to make your own Secret Agent ID without having to make the whole thing.