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What Is a Certificate?

A certificate is defined as a document that contains a statement that either congratulates or expresses gratitude to the recipient for fulfilling something or meeting certain requirements. Certificates have numerous types that vary according to their purpose and these include but are not limited to gift certificates, certificate of achievement, certificate of completion, birth certificate, and diploma certificate.

How to Create a Certificate in InDesign

Don't take certificates for granted, they're meant to be treasured by the recipient because it reminds them of their achievements. When creating a certificate, always make sure that the design and content will make the recipient feel accomplished. Take the time to go through the instructions listed below, they'll help you out in creating your certificates whether or not you're planning to use certificate templates in InDesign.

1. Determine the benefits of giving a certificate

For you to be motivated in creating the certificate, you should be knowledgable about the benefits that the recipient can get after earning or being awarded one. Certificates give the recipient an advantage over the competition, and they also help certify that the recipient's knowledge and skills are more superior. Consider these as factors to help you make sure that you design a proper and professional certificate.

2. Make a draft of the message to be written on the certificate

The main content of professional certificates includes the name of the issuing organization, the name of the certificate's recipient, and a message explaining what the recipient was able to accomplish. To make sure that these contents are indeed written on the certificate, write a rough draft version of the message and make changes if necessary. This way, it can also help ensure that the message is properly written.

3. Start a new document in Adobe InDesign

When launching Adobe InDesign, its start screen will present you with a Create New button to open the New Document dialogue. From there, you will simply need to choose a category or preset that best fits creating a certificate. While it may allow you to make one using a template, we recommend selecting Blank to have maximum control over the certificate's layout. Afterward, simply input your preferred specifications on the Preset Details dialogue on the right. 

4. Start creating the certificate by adding its contents

Based on the draft that you have prepared earlier, start adding the content either by typing it directly on the document or by doing it through placeholders. The benefits of using text placeholders include being able to isolate each text and apply a unique characteristic to them. Of course, always make it a point to proofread your content after adding it to ensure that it is free from any errors.

5. Get the certificate printed and signed

If you're already certain that the content written on the certificate is correct, you can finally get it printed. For most people, they use parchment paper for printing achievement certificates, awards, and other similar documents. After printing the certificate, have it signed by the people whose names are indicated on the bottom area. In addition to all of that, you can also make certificates more valuable by having it sealed, but this is just optional.