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What is a Printable Certificate And How Do You Create One?

A printable certificate is a hard copy document that is used to attest to an absolute fact, with an authority or organization authorizing it by affixing their signatures to lend credibility to the document. A printable certificate has many variations, used for birth, achievement, medical, training, completion, experience, death, and more. Nowadays, people would depend on digital programs to make certificates, as they are accessible and easier to make in software programs like Microsoft or Apple Programs, but still, they need to rely on good old guidelines. So with that, we have gathered tips for you to use in creating your printable certificate:

1. Download High-Quality Templates and Choose a Software Program

We have vast choices of easily editable and 100% customizable certificate templates that you can download. Just choose the right template for your certificate (e.g., employee, appreciation, sports). For instance, if you want to make a printable gift certificate, select a gift certificate template that has suitable content that a gift certificate must have. No need to worry about software compatibility since our templates are compatible with most software formats like MS Word and Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and Pages for Mac.

2. Decide On A Relatable Design

Make your design relatable to the kind of certificate you want to create. If you are making an award certificate, you can choose a vintage or modern design, but if you are making a school certificate (diploma) for students, stick to the basic minimalist and simple certificate design.

3. Formulate the Certificate's Text

The recipient of your sample certificate must be the main focus. You can make it stand out by enlarging the name. You can also use a different font suitable color. Write the necessary description to indicate the purpose of the certificate. For the details, you can use the basic San Serif or Arial font readily available in your chosen program. Our templates provide the font; you may stick to it, or you can also change it.

4. Choose the Right Paper Stock For Printing

The final and essential step in making your printable certificate is to choose the appropriate paper stock to use in printing. After proofreading, editing and finalizing everything, print in a certificate paper. Make sufficient copies for the number of recipients and proceed with the certificate awarding.

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