Setting up the page.

Creating and printing your own certificate… first time around, perhaps a bit daunting. How do you start?

Start by deciding what program you would like to use to create your certificate. Any instructions found on this site will be for MSword or Publisher, in Windows format. Many documents created in Office for windows can be opened in Office for Mac without any modification, but menus and methods may vary.

Then, decide whether you want to create an A4 or A5 sized certificate. The graphics are set up to suit those proportions.

Open a new document of your chosen size in your chosen program.

The next and pretty important thing to do, is to set the margins on the page. If you are using options two or three, the next step is not relevant, it will be done as part of those options.

My recommendation is margins of 1cm all round. The program will usually tell you if it can’t handle that margin with an error message something like… Your print margins are outside the printer limits, ignore, fix or proceed?  If you are going to have the certificates printed by a copy shop or similar, they may have their own limits. Ask, or look up their templates (if available) on their website. They should handle 1 cm easily.