pictures from access database to make id card with publisher mail merge

I have a list of clients, I have pictures of the clients.  I need to make ID cards of the clients info with the picture.  My question is how to best store the picture to make it available to mailmerg
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
If it were me, this would be much simpler if you created the ID cards in Access (as a report)

Store the image in a folder, ...then reference that folder/image in the report.
Something roughly like the sample attached

It should probably be simple to format the report to look like your "ID Card"
AccessBasicLinkFormReportImages.mdb
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smurfer1969Author Commented:
What is the disadvantage to making the image an attachment?  My environment is not secured in a way that a folder would not work.
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
It can be done,
But attachments have there issues as well:
1. If you have a great many images, ...the db will still bloat
2. Confusion over weather you are viewing/editing the stored file or the original file
3. The difficulty in displaying more than one image per record
4. Attachment fields are unique to Access, so when the time comes to upgrade (SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle) Invariably you will eventually need to get the image back "out" of the the database anyway , ...
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