Create award certificates in PowerPoint

Applies to
Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003
Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 and 2002

To recognize achievements or express appreciation to individuals or teams, you can create custom-made award certificates. Starting from a Microsoft PowerPoint® template, you can add your own text, images, and names to make an award certificate that is meaningful and memorable.

A certificate is a personal, inexpensive way to honor a special member of your group, such as an excellent student or an employee of the month. You can make award certificates to present to contest winners, donors, or volunteers. Or you can modify the same award certificate template to create unique, distinctive diplomas for a class or training course.

Award certificate.

To create an award certificate

  1. Start with a certificate template from the Microsoft Office Online Templates Web site.
  2. Revise the text to suit your occasion.
  3. Follow the instructions below to customize the template by adding additional graphics and designs.

You can download a Certificate of Appreciation, Certificate of Excellence, or a Certificate of Completion template among others in the Templates Web site by clicking the Download Now button on the Templates Web page.

You can modify the text of the template for the title, the type of award, and the names of the people receiving and presenting the award. You can also modify or delete the date, or give a detailed reason for the recognition.

Add excitement with graphics

In addition to modifying the text, you can change the certificate's design. You can select a different background color or a different color for the text or the other graphical elements on the award. You can also add your organization's seal to replace the generic seal on the certificate template, or you can add your organization's logo to the background.

If you choose to modify the colors, make sure that when you print the certificate in PowerPoint, in the Print dialog box, you select Color under Color/Grayscale.

 Note   In PowerPoint 2000, clear the Grayscale and Pure black and white check boxes if they are selected.

You can modify the background and text color of the award certificate templates as you would for any other PowerPoint slide.

To modify the background color

  1. On the Format menu, click Background.
  2. Under Background fill, click the arrow to the right of the box.
  3. Select one of the automatic colors, or click More Colors to select a custom color, and then click OK.
  4. Click Apply.

To change the colors of the text

  1. Select the text you'd like to change, and then on the Format menu, click Format.
  2. Select one of the automatic colors, or click More Colors to select a custom color, and then click OK.
  3. Click OK.

Instead of changing the background color, you may wish to use your organization's logo as a background.

To insert your logo as a background

  1. On the Format menu, click Background.
  2. Under Background fill, click the arrow to the right of the dropdown box and then click Fill Effects.
  3. Click the Picture tab.
  4. Click Select Picture to find the picture file you want, click Insert, and then click OK.
  5. Click Apply.

To avoid overpowering the text on your certificate, you may want to choose a version of your logo with muted colors or screened at a lower percentage.

If your organization has a special seal, crest, or other emblem used for special occasions, you may want to use it on your certificate to replace the generic seal on the template. You can also insert either special pictures from your project or course, or clip art that reflects the theme of your award.

To insert your organization's seal

  1. Delete the generic seal from the certificate template by selecting it and then pressing DELETE.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click From File.
  3. Navigate to the location where your organization's seal is saved, and then click Insert.

Embellish with additional clip art

You can use the same procedure above to insert other art. You may want to consider adding clip art around the title or by the recipient's name. You can reposition pictures or clip art by clicking them and dragging them into position.

To create a balanced look, you may want to consider placing mirror images of the same piece of clip art on both sides of a piece of text.

To create mirror images of clip art

  1. Select the art, click Copy on the Edit menu, and then click Paste on the same menu.
  2. From the Draw menu on the Drawing toolbar, point to Rotate or Flip and then click Flip Horizontal.

More information

  • Find templates for award certificates and more at the Templates Web site.
  • Find clip art at Clip Art and Media.
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003