Are the certificate templates really free?

Yes. They are free for both personal and commercial use but if you use them on the internet then we require you to link back to this site.

How to customize the templates?

Click on “customize” and our free certificate maker will open. Select a background. Select an award ribbon. Edit the text. You can change the entire certificate format. All text can be edited. Text can be moved around. The size and color can be changed. You can also change the fonts. If you don’t want to create your own certificate design, then select any design and use it as is.

Customizing the Text

How do you customize the text on the certificates?

  1. Double click on the text that you would like to customize.
  2. Type your text over the dummy text.
  3. Repeat these two steps until you have customized all of the text.
  4. You can also move the text and make it bigger or smaller.

How do you add text to the certificate template?

If you would like to add any additional text then click on the A on the menu above the certificate. Double-click on the text box that appears and then type the text that you want to add. You can then drag the text to wherever you want it to appear.

How to style the text

You can use the text as is but you can also change the style, size, font, and color. In order to make changes, click on the text that you would like to change. Use the self-explanatory icons to make the necessary changes.

To change the color of the text: click on the text that you want to style. Go to the little black box (it appears below the text). Select the color that you want to use. Click on “select”.

To change the font: click on the text that you want to style. Go to the list of fonts above (it appears in the below the text). Select the font that you want to use.

To change the size of the text: click on the text that you want to style. On the bottom right corner, two arrows will appear. Pull the arrows to the right to make the text bigger and pull them to the left to make it smaller.

How to Add another Signature

The template has one signature in the samples provided but you can add as many as you like or even delete it if nobody is going to be signing. To add another signature, just click on the A to add text. Type the name of the authorized person and drag it to the correct location. If necessary change the font so that it is the same as the other signature. You can also drag it to the right or left to make it bigger or smaller.

How to Delete the Signature

You might want the certificate to be signed by hand and therefore might want to delete the signature. To do this click on the little trash can on the text box.

Help! I added too much text and it is wider than the certificate!

Use the enter key to move the text onto the next line so that it fits onto the template.

You can also drag the text anywhere else if you want.

You can make the text smaller by dragging it to the right.

If the certificates are going to be used by a company then you might want to add your company logo.

Click on the “image” tab and upload the company logo. Drag it around until you place it wherever you want it to appear. If you need to make the image smaller then click on the bottom right corner and drag it to the left. You can enlarge the image by clicking on the corner and dragging it to the right.

In order to ensure that the logo looks professional, we recommend that you use an image with a transparent background saved in either gif or PNG format. This will ensure that you don’t have a white logo background which will not look good on a colored background. If your logo or image is a rectangular shape then this will not be an issue.

Adding Images

How to add a picture

You can add a photo to personalize the certificate. Click on the “image” tab and upload the photo that you are going to use. Drag it around until you place it wherever you want it to appear. To make the image smaller, click on the bottom right corner and drag it to the left. To make the image bigger, click on the bottom corner and drag it to the right.

How to Change the Award Ribbon

Each template has an award ribbon. You can change the ribbon by clicking on another clip art award ribbon. It will replace the original one. You can move the ribbon around or delete it. You can match the ribbon to the border or make it stand out by selecting a different color. For example, if you are trying to create gold certificates then select a gold border and a gold ribbon. If you want a formal certificate, then select a formal background and a formal ribbon. If you want something more informal then you can select a fun clipart ribbon. You can replace the ribbons as many times as you want until you are happy with your selection.


How to print an empty certificate template

If you want to print an empty certificate with no text then click on each text box and a little trash can will appear in the corner. Click on the trash can and the text box will disappear.

How to print or download the certificate template

There are three different options:

  • You can click on “print”.
  • You can download it as an image and then print it from your PC.
  • You can download as a PDF document.  To do this you will need a PDF viewer. Most computers already have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If you don’t have it you can download it free here. This program will enable you to open PDF documents from this site and any other site. If you don’t have a PDF viewer and prefer not to download one then you can just download the certificate as an image.

How to prepare the certificate

Once you have customized the certificate and downloaded it you will need to print it. You can either print it directly (see above) or save it on your PC and then print it.

Print it either on regular printer paper or cardstock for a more professional look.

Cut around the certificate with scissors, paper guillotine, cutting knife or a ruler.

I can’t print. It asks me to disable my popups.

You need to disable popups in order to print. If you are having trouble printing directly from the certificate maker then you can download it to your PC and print from there. If your PC does not ask you where you want to save then it will be saved in your downloads folder. Open it from there and print.


If you have any other questions that were not addressed here then please leave a comment below and we will try and help you.