Would you like to make a gold seal yourself and add an official form to your documents or certificates? This tutorial will help you make one step by step. Use these instructions to create a ribbon stamp that you can put on a certificate or use on other types of documents. Add it to your brochure, diploma or poster design.
- Tasks and steps in this lesson
- Start with the shape of the stars and banners
- Add gold filling
- Delete plan
- Add another shape to measure
- Change the angle of the gold filling
- Delete plan
- Add text to gold seal
- Formatting text
- Edit the text
- Complete text
- Add multiple ribbons
- Rotate and Duplicate Shape
- Add shadow
Tasks and steps in this lesson
Receive a certificate template of your choice.
Set up a new document to use with the certificate template.
Add personalized text to the certificate.
Use the shapes and text on the path to create a gold stamp with ribbons:
Make a stamp
Add text to print
Print the completed certificate.
Start with the shape of the stars and banners
The seal begins with a star. Microsoft Word has several suitable forms.
Insert (tab) † figures † Shapes and banners
Choose one of the star shapes with numbers in it. The word has 8, 10, 12, 16, 24 and 32 pointed star shapes. A 32-point star has been used for this tutorial. Your cursor will change to a large + sign. Hold down a key Shift drag to make the stamp of the desired size.
Too big or too small? After selecting an object, go to the section Drawing Tools: Format (tab) † Mate and change the height and width to the desired size. Keep both numbers the same for the round seal.
Add gold filling
Gold is standard, but you can use any color you want (turn it into a silver seal for example).
Select your print: Drawing Tools: Format (tab) † Fill in the form † slopes † More expired
This opens the Format Shape dialog (or just click the small arrow in the Shape Styles section of the Format tab).
To elect: color gradient † Preset colors: † Gold †
You can change some other options, but the default setting will work just fine.
With the Format Shape dialog open, select: Line color † no line to remove the outline of the star shape.
To remove the outline of your star shape. Or choose contour shape † No overview on the ribbon of the Format tab.
Add another shape to measure
Now you add another shape on top of your star: Insert (tab) † figures † Basic figures † donut
Again, your cursor changes to a large + sign. To hold Shift , click and drag to draw a donut shape slightly smaller than your star. Center it on your star shape.
You can look at it, but for a more accurate placement, select both shapes and then select Align † Align text in the middle on the ribbon of the Format tab.
Change the angle of the gold filling
Repeat step #2 above to fill the donut mold with the same gold filling. However, change the fill angle to 5-20 degrees. In the print demo, the star has an angle of 90%, while the donut has an angle of 50%.
Repeat step #3 above to remove the outline from the donut shape.
Here you have it now – you have a completed seal.
Add text to gold seal
Start drawing a text box † Insert (tab) † Text box † Draw text field † Draw it directly on your gold seal, the same size as the seal. Enter text. A short sentence of 2-4 words is best. Go ahead and change the font and color now if you want. Also, on the Format tab, set the text box shape to no fill or outline.
This step turns your text into a text circle. With the text highlighted, go to: Drawing Tools: Format (tab) † Text Effects † transformation † Follow the path † A circle
Depending on your text, you may prefer the arc up or arc down paths, the top or bottom half of the circle.
Edit the text
This is where it gets tricky and relies on trial and error. The length of your text may vary, but there are a few things you can do to make the text fit on the print the way you want.
Adjust the font size.
Adjust the size of the text field.
Adjust the start/end points of your text on the path. With the text box selected, look for the little pink/purple diamond shape on the bounding box. Grab it with your mouse and you can move it around the circle, which will change where on the circle’s path your text starts and ends. It also adjusts the font size if necessary so that all text still fits.
If it looks pretty much the way you want it but the text on the pad annoys you, consider using a simple #1, an image, or maybe a company logo with a seal in the middle.
Add multiple ribbons
You could stop at the printed text if you’d like, but the addition of red ribbons (or another color if you prefer) is a nice touch. Here’s how to do this using the chevron shape.
The chevron shape, when extended, creates a beautiful ribbon: Insert (tab) † figures † arrows † Chevron
Draw a length and width of the chevron that will form a nice ribbon for your gold seal. The default shape is used here, but you can make the ribbon tips deeper or shallower. Grab the little yellow diamond on the bounding box around the chevron and drag it back and forth to change its shape. Give it a solid or gradient fill as you like and no outline. The example ribbon shown has a light red to black gradient fill.
Rotate and Duplicate Shape
Grab the green ball on the bounding box (the cursor changes to a round arrow) and rotate the angle bracket to the desired angle. Copy and paste another shape and rotate it by moving it up or down slightly. Select both ribbon shapes and group them: Drawing Tools: Format (tab) † Group † Group
Select the grouped ribbons and place them above the gold seal. Right click per group and Send back to put them behind the seal. Adjust their position if necessary.
To make the seal appear separate from the certificate and look like it’s a separate item attached to it, add a subtle shade. Select only the ribbons and the star shape and add the shadow: Drawing Tools: Format (tab) † Shape Effects † Shadow
Try different outer shadows to find the one you like.