How to create free award certificates in 4 easy steps!

March 20th, 2010 | by Suki |

We get at least one email a day asking us to how to customize our certificates with images (like logos and school mascots). So we finally thought it would be best to write one blog post that (hopefully) answers all your questions!

Given that many people around the world don’t have access to high-end graphic design programs like Adobe Illustrator, the following steps show you how create an award certificate template using Microsoft PowerPoint. If you use other products like Open Office or even Google Docs the same general steps will apply. Feel free to leave comments if you do something different!

So here are some steps that will give you a basic template to work with:

Step 1 – Set up your page

Go into File > Page Set up > and in the size section change the height and width to 11 x 8.5 (if you’re not a US user you can enter your own sizing)

Step 2 – Create a border

Go to View > Toolbards and make sure that the “Drawing” toolbar is checked. Use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle that covers your page (make sure you leave a margin so it prints well). Then go into the fill tool and make sure that the fill is set to blank. That’s your basic ‘border’. You can use the options to customize your border however you like (try different line styles, widths and colors for interesting effects).

Step 3 – Add text

Use the text box tool to draw some text boxes and write some dummy text in there. You’ll want to do this so you can see the relative size of the text. You can play around with fonts and colors if you like.

Step 4 – Insert your graphics

Just go to Insert > Picture > From File and select your logo or mascot. Do this as many times as you need to. There are many sites on the internet that will allow you access to free clip art and photos and even amazingly beautiful vector drawings. Just make sure and check their licensing agreements.

And that’s it! You’re done!

Just do a test print to make sure the margins are okay and then start customizing¬† to your heart’s content!

Leave us comments and let us know what program you used and if you did anything differently.

Coming soon: a video on how to create free award certificates!

  1. 2 Responses to “How to create free award certificates in 4 easy steps!”

  2. By binodon on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    thank you so much for this help article

  3. By Tian on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Where is my certificate

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