Designing badge templates - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.9

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To use customized printing templates for credential cards, you can design new badge templates that are tailored to your needs.

What you should know

A badge template is represented by a badge template entity in Security Center, and can include fields from the configuration database so that the correct name, cardholder photo, and so on, will appear on each card.

For example, you can add a company logo, a background image, employee photo, or a custom color to be printed on the access control cards.


  1. Open the Access control task, and click the Badge template view.
  2. Click Badge template ().
  3. Type a name for the new badge template that appears in the entity list, and press ENTER.
  4. In the Identity tab, type a description for the badge template.
  5. In the Relationships section, select the partition where you want the badge template to be placed.
    Partitions determine which Security Center users have access to this entity. Only users who have been granted access to the partition can see the badge template.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click the Badge designer tab.
  8. To select the size of the access control cards you want to print, click Properties ().
  9. In the Format dialog box, select a card size and orientation.
    • To create custom card size, click , enter the card name, width, and length, and then click OK.
  10. Click OK.

    Once the card size/format is chosen, you can design the actual printing template.

  11. In the Tools section, select a tool, and then click on the template to use it.
    There are six graphical tools you can use to edit the template:
    Select tool
    Use to click and select an object on the template.
    Rectangle tool
    Use to draw a square/rectangle on the template.
    Ellipsis tool
    Use to draw circles/ovals on the template.
    Text tool
    Use to insert text on to the template. You can enter a static text or add dynamic cardholder and credential text fields, such as First name, Last name, and so on.
    Image tool
    Use to insert a picture on to the template. You can insert cardholder pictures, a background image for the card, and so on.
    Barcode tool
    Use to insert barcodes on to the template.
  12. If you added an image to the template, select the image to edit it using the options in the Image and Color and border widgets.
    In the Image widget, choose whether the Source of the image is a cardholder picture or an image from a file, and whether the image should be stretched or not.
    Cardholder’s picture
    Dynamic cardholder picture that changes, depending on which cardholder credential you are printing. This image field links to the value Cardholder picture in the configuration database.
    Tip: If a cardholder’s picture was taken in front of a chroma key screen, you can make the picture background transparent. This is helpful if you are creating a badge template that has an image in the background.
    Static image selected from a file.
    In the Color and border widget, you can use the following tools:
    Use to modify the fill color of an inserted object like a square or oval.
    Use to modify the border color of an inserted object.
    Use to modify the opacity of an inserted object.
    Border thickness
    Use to modify the thickness of the inserted object’s border
  13. If you added text to the template, select the text to edit it using the options in the Text widget.

    Right-click the text field to select the Z order, the text Border, Font, Color, and Alignment.

    In the Text widget, you can use the following tools:

    • Click Add field () to add a dynamic cardholder or credential field. You can mix static text with the dynamic fields.
    • Click Fill to set the text color.
    • Click Align left, center, or right to set the text alignment.
    • Click Wrap text if too long to turn on text wrapping.

      If text wrapping is turned on, the system will wrap the text if it is too long to fit inside the text box, without changing the font size. If text wrapping is turned off, the system will fit the text inside the text box by changing the font size.

  14. If you added a barcode to the template, right-click the barcode, and then click Properties to edit it. The data on the barcode can be static or use dynamic credential properties.
  15. In the Size and position section, select where the text, image, or barcode is located on the badge, and its width and height.
  16. Click Apply.


Here is a sample badge template with objects already inserted:

  • Two different images have been inserted. One is dynamic, and the other is static:
    • The dynamic cardholder picture appears on the front of the card.
    • The static image appears on the back of the card. It is the company logo that is displayed on every card.
  • Three dynamic text fields have been inserted:
    • {Firstname} {lastname} appears on the front of the card. The text printed will be taken from the configuration database and we will see first name, (space), last name. The text is centered and text wrapping is turned on.
    • {Firstname} {lastname} appears on the back of the card. This is the same as the name field on the front except with a smaller font size, and text wrapping is turned off.
    • {Cardholder.Department} Custom field that was created for the cardholder entity.
  • A barcode has been inserted, containing dynamic data. It displays the credential name, using the barcode type Code 39.