How to Create an Excellence Certificate in InDesign

Creating a professional excellence certificate for use at school or at the workplace lets individuals know you recognize their attendance, effort, or participation for certain activities. Just about anyone can make certificates without spending a lot of money, but before you print them out, here are some tips you may want to consider:

1. Choose the Right Type of Paper

The type of paper you use when creating your simple certificate speaks volumes about how you value an individual’s input. A thin, flimsy paper gives an impression of lesser value compared to heavier and more substantial paper stock.

2. Make a Clean, Uncluttered Layout

Certificates of Excellence have little room to work with. Even though you may want to put in as much information as possible, a crowded certificate will only look unprofessional. Instead, be more sparing and leave plenty of white space between words to make your certificate look professional.

3. Limit Your Use of Fonts

Using different types of fonts and sizes may be common in certificates. However, you don’t want to overdo it. Instead, stick with a three-font rule to make your certificate look professional: a script for the name of the recipient, a strong font for titles, and smaller fonts for more specified information.

4. Spell the Recipient’s Name Correctly

When presenting an individual with an official certificate, it is necessary to make sure that the name is spelled correctly. If in doubt, you may ask the individual to spell out or write down their name for you.

General FAQs

  • What is a certificate?

  • What information should you include in your certificate?

  • Are there specific paper stocks for certificates?

  • Why are recognition and excellence certificates important?

  • How should the recipient's name appear on a certificate?

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