This is page 4.1 of Create a Certificate of Recognition in Word 2010
Use these instructions to create a seal with ribbons that you can put on a certificate or use in other kinds of documents. Add it to a brochure design, a diploma, or a poster.
- Stars & Banners Shape
The seal starts with a star. Word has several suitable shapes.
Insert (tab) > Shapes > Shapes & Banners
See those star shapes with the numbers in them? Choose one. Word has 8, 10, 12, 16, 24, and 32 point star shapes. Pick the one you like. I used the 32-point star for this tutorial. Your cursor changes to a large + sign. Hold down the
Shiftkey while clicking and dragging to create the seal in the size you want. Too big or too small? With the object selected go to
Drawing Tools: Format (tab) >Sizeand change the height and width to the size you want. Keep both numbers the same for a round seal.
- Gold Fill
You can use any color you want (make it a silver seal, for instance) but I like gold. With your seal selected:
Drawing Tools: Format (tab) > Shape Fill > Gradients > More Gradients
This brings up the Format Shape dialog (or, under just click the little arrow under the Shape Styles portion of the Format tab ribbon). Select:
Gradient fill > Preset colors: > Gold
You could change some of the other options but the default works fine.
- No Outline
With the Format Shape dialog still open, select
Line Color > No lineto remove the outline on your star shape. Or, select
Shape Outline > No Outlinefrom the Format tab ribbon.
- Basic Shape
Now, we're going to add another shape on top of our star:
Insert (tab) > Shapes > Basic Shapes > Donut
Again, your cursor turns to a large + sign. While holding
Shiftclick and drag to draw a donut shape that's a little smaller than your star shape. Center it over your star shape. You could eyeball it but for more precise placement select both shapes then choose
Align > Align Centerunder the Format tab ribbon.
- Gold Fill Angle Change
Repeat step #2, above, to fill the donut shape with the same gold fill. However, change the Angle of the fill by 5-20 degrees. For my seal the star has an angle of 90% while the donut has an angle of 50%.
- No Outline
Repeat step #3, above, to remove the outline from the donut shape.
Ta da! Now you have your gold seal (unless of course you chose a different color then it might be a silver seal or even a rainbow colored one, your choice). Now, let's put some text on it.
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