Personalized achievement certificates make fantastic gifts for your students, colleagues, or loved ones who deserve a little recognition. With just your printer and a design tool or program, you can create both elaborate and simple certificates that convey your appreciation for your honorees. Why make your own certificates from home? Doing so is cost-effective, fast, easy and above all a highly personal way of showing that you care!
All certificates of achievement and recognition start with printable certificate paper. You can find certificates in many designs, colors, and sizes both in stores and on the web. The advantage of buying in-store is that you can see and feel your certificates, which will help you determine the best method of going about your award design. However, you will have a wider selection of printable certificates when shopping online. Traditional certificates are made from parchment paper and usually display a filigree border design in a color like blue, red, green, gold, or silver. Non-parchment certificates are available in a bigger range of designs, such as themed designs for kids and school. The most common certificate size is standard 8.5”x11” letter size, but you may also come across smaller 2UP and 3UP certificates that feature two and three certificates per page.
Once you have chosen your printable certificates, you can begin your digital design. You may be thinking that you’ll need specialized software to design your own certificates, but this is not mandatory. Standard 8.5”x11” certificates can be designed quickly and simply using your word processing program of choice. All you need to do is set your page orientation (traditionally, certificates are oriented Landscape) and adjust your margins so you will type within the borders of your printable certificates. From there, you can write your award’s message in the desired fonts and sizes and also add any digital embellishments, such as clipart or a logo for your school or company, if applicable.
Templates and design software can be helpful tools if you want to make a detailed achievement certificate. Templates come in many forms, but you can commonly download free templates online from retailers of certificate paper and other printable stationery. Using a template will provide guidelines for designing and printing your certificates correctly, and they may also feature certificate wording. Design software for certificates ranges greatly in both price and function, but often includes creative tools that you cannot apply easily to templates. IClickn’Print Design Center, a web-based design program offered for free to TheRoyalStore customers, includes hundreds of adjustable pre-made templates and design options that you can use to make certificates of achievement and recognition in minutes.
Making customized achievement certificates for your peers will make both you and your award recipients feel proud. DIY and save!