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20+ Best Certificate Design Templates: Awards, Gifts, & Diplomas for 2019

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Monetary rewards aren't the only answer to recognizing your employees and celebrating their accomplishments. Non-monetary recognition like certificates creates emotional attachment with the person receiving the recognition. 

While non-monetary recognition has many forms, we’ll focus on the most popular one: certificates.

Certificate
This modern certificate template is a perfect way to recognize your employees, students, or volunteers for doing some meaningful work.

Don't just rely on cash to recognize and reward your employees, make it more memorable. Give them certificates that they can hang on their walls or frame and display on their desks. Plus, in the case of gift certificates, you’re combining monetary reward and non-monetary recognition into one.

To find the best certificate template, we’ve curated a list of the latest and most beautiful certificate design ideas for 2019. Our list includes assorted certificate design templates for awards, gifts, and diplomas from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver.

Top Certificate Design Templates on Envato Elements (5 Fresh Design Examples)

There are various types of certificate design templates that'll work best for a specific occasion. There's a simple and clean certificate to celebrate the achievements of your employees. You can also provide training or seminar certificates for seminars, training, or workshops they've attended.

Certificate Design Templates on Envato Elements
Hundreds of high-quality certificate design templates available for unlimited use on Envato Elements.

Whether it be award certificates, gift certificates, or diplomas, here are our top picks for fresh design templates on Envato Elements that'll surely create a lasting impression:

1. Modern Certificate

Modern Certificate

Conveniently create your certificate of appreciation with a modern aesthetic using this editable certificate template. Its flexible design can be used for your employee recognition, corporate events, and a lot more. 

Fully Editable in Photoshop, AI, and Word with 0.25 bleed, 300 dpi—it's CMYK print ready. It’s also available in portrait and landscape layout.

2. Elegant Gift Certificate

Elegant Gift Certificate

This beautiful business gift certificate template exudes a lot of elegance and luxury. Any recipient of this gift certificate will surely be delighted.

The value of the gift certificate can be immediately seen because it’s placed on a golden ribbon background. Plus, the sparking border won’t go unnoticed. It’s very easy to edit on Photoshop, so you can customize it according to your needs.

3. Multipurpose Certificates

Multipurpose Certificates

You can quickly create any professional looking certificates from certificates of achievement to award certificates with this multipurpose certificate design template. It's got straight to the point design, highlighting a ribbon and trophy icon.

You can easily change the colors to match your branding preferences. Plus, choose from 12 certificate styles to suit your taste.

4. Certificate/Diploma Template Pro

CertificateDiploma Template Pro

This is a modern take to a diploma or certificate. It still carries the usual traditional style, but it's been amped up with modern design elements like swirls/curves.

It could easily be used for awards, recognition, qualifications, training, seminars, or anything academic or corporate related activities. With well-organized layers, you can easily tweak this according to your preferences.

5. Abstract Certification Template

Abstract Certification Template

Abstract designs are also exciting elements that you can add to your certificate of achievement or certificate of completion. This editable certificate template with abstract elements will definitely make your certificate stand out.

With clean structured files and editable texts, you can fully personalize this printable certificate template in an instant.

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15 Best Certificate Templates Available on GraphicRiver (For 2019)

Best Certificate Templates on GraphicRiver
You can find thousands of the best certificate design templates on GraphicRiver.

Recognizing and celebrating the efforts of your employees, students, or volunteers can be made possible with a stunning certificate. This will make them feel appreciated and highly valued.

Celebrate their contribution and award their achievements easily with  these 15 beautiful and most creative certificate design templates on GraphicRiver:

1. Clean & Professional Certificate

Clean  Professional Certificate

This quick and easy-to-customize template only has dotted line vectors as its design elements, making it clean yet still with modern touches.

2. Modern Multipurpose Certificate

Modern Multipurpose Certificate

With this professional certificate template made in Photoshop, you can award anyone for completing any course, training, degree or job. It's got two color variations with customizable image and text too.

3. Corporate Certificate

Corporate Certificate

If you want to keep it sleek, use this corporate looking printable certificate template. You can choose from four different colors with just a single click to suit your brand.

4. Modern Gift Card Certificate

Modern Gift Card Certificate

Promote your business, products, or services using this gift certificate template. This certificate design template PSD can immediately be made into a discount card, coupon card, gift token, gift voucher, gift certificate, cash card, and a lot more!

5. Diplomas & Certificates

Diplomas  Certificates

If you want to stay traditional but with a modern finish with your diplomas and certificates, this editable certificate template is a guarantee to make you stand out. Just select from nine different styles and you’re ready to print!

6. Clean PSD & MS Word Certificate

Clean PSD  MS Word Certificate

With PSD file and MS Word document included in this template, you can create your unique and creative certificates at your most convenient time. It's got a flexible design so you can use it for probably any type of awards, recognitions, etc. 

7. Technical Diploma

Technical Diploma

This is a perfect diploma design template for educational institutions looking to celebrate the graduation or commencement exercises of your students. It’s PSD-file ready for printing in five different colors. 

8. Gift Voucher Certificate

Gift Voucher Certificate

With Photoshop and AI formats, you can provide a professional looking gift certificate in a matter of seconds! It's got resizable vector elements and fully customizable texts so you can print a gift certification that truly marks as your own. 

9. Modern Dynamic Diploma Award Certificate

Modern Dynamic Diploma Award Certificate

May it be landscape or portrait format, this beautifully designed template is fully editable in AI. With three different colors, you can conveniently set up a branded certificate. 

10. Professional Certificate or Diploma Templates

Professional Certificate or Diploma Templates

Whether you want to print a corporate certificate or diploma, this highly editable Photoshop certificate design template is made just for you. It includes four border and background styles so you can design your diploma or certificate within your preference. 

11. Educational Certificate and Diploma Template

Educational Certificate and Diploma Template

Specially made for educational institutions, this is a smart, clear, and clean looking certificate template. It’s print ready with editable text layers and color shape layers.

12. Certificate PSD

Certificate PSD

This certificate of achievement template is best used for both commercial and non-profit organizations. It's got 2 PSD file that can be fully edited to make a standout certificate.

13. Simple Multipurpose Certificate

Simple Multipurpose Certificate

This is a highly flexible certificate template that can be modified in InDesign, AI, EPS, or Word. It's got a simple but bold layout that'll surely captivate and delight the recipients.

14. Creative Corporate Certificate

Creative Corporate Certificate

With a stunning background image, this creative InDesign certificate design template is perfect for companies that want to recognize their people who attended training, seminars, or events.

15. Digital Certificate

Digital Certificate

If you want to go above and beyond, this certificate design template exudes creativity, fun, and digital polish. You can change and customize it easily in PSD, Illustrator, or MS Word.

5 Quick Design Tips: To Make a Great Certificate in 2019

When it comes to a quick and easy way to raise the morale around your office or celebrate an educational milestone, nothing is more tangible and lasting than a certificate. All recipients will truly feel that their leaders recognize their efforts and contributions.

If you want to create a meaningful and impactful certificate to award in 2019, you also have to pay close attention to how you design your certificates. When using the great certificate templates from Envato Elements or GraphicRiver, make sure you follow the following certificate layout design tips:

1. Don't Clutter Your Certificate's Layout

While you may be tempted to put a lot of information and design elements into your certificate, this could be working against you. Too much information and visual clutter will distract people from the main focus of your certificate, which is to celebrate the person accepting the certificate or award.

Certificate of Completion Template
This certificate design template from Envato Elements is a perfect example of using white space effectively to separate and organize the content and design elements of a certificate.

Instead of trying to fit too many things on your certificate design at once, leave some white spaces between words and design elements. White spaces are a great way to better organize content and balance design elements by separating paragraphs of text, graphics, and other portions of your certificate helping your certificate look less crowded.

If you keep your certificate less crowded, it allows the reader to find the information they’re interested in much quicker. Thus, improving the visual communication experience. Otherwise, you’ll risk your certificate looking unprofessional and disorganized.

2. To Use or Not To Use Borders

Almost all traditional certificates in the past have had borders. But because of many trends in graphic design, the question of whether to use a border or not to use one is a matter of personal preference.

The key is to understand what the certificate is for. If you want to use a border, theme it appropriately according to the nature of the recognition. You can’t just randomly use a border, especially if it'll clash your main objective and certificate design. Although, there are some borders with timeless and multipurpose designs.

3. Brand the Certificate

Branding is also one of the most essential design tips when creating a great and effective certificate. You want the people receiving the certificate or diploma to remember your company or institution even after years have passed.

Brand the Certificate
This certificate design from Envato Elements includes the company name and logo.

Your company’s logo is always a must to include in your certificates. But, branding doesn’t end there. When choosing an appropriate color scheme for your certificate, you should also put your branding guidelines into perspective. Use your brand colors and apply them accordingly to your certificate design. Most creative certificate design templates have a variety of color schemes that you can choose from to match your branding needs.

4. Design Your Certificate With Typography

Typography is often overlooked when it comes to designing certificates. But, it's essential to communicate your content and your visuals more effectively. Typography is the art and technique of arranging the letters or characters of your certificates or diplomas. It includes the proper usage of font styles, font sizes, and typographical emphasis like bold, italic, or underline.

As much as possible aim to use only one to two font styles. But, readability should be your priority. It’s also important that you assign different font sizes for the different body of thoughts in your certificate. For example, the recipient’s name should have a big font size compared to other content for emphasis.

5. Bring Your Certificate to Life With Images and Icons

Usually, it's recommended to stay away from using a background image in your certificate. Not only that it'll affect readability, but it might also add to the visual clutter. However, there are exceptions to this. You just have to make sure that it's got enough contrast to the texts.

Basketball Certificates
This basketball certificate of appreciation template is a great example of how you can still use a background image without affecting the texts in your certificate.

On the other hand, instead of using a background image, just use a small image that can appear as borders. You can also add appropriate icons like stars, trophies, or ribbons for award certificate templates.

Create Tangible & Lasting Memories With Award Today

Creating your professional certificates for awards, gifts, or diplomas doesn’t have to be stressful. With the large collection of certificate design templates from Envato Elements, you can select the best certificates suited for your brand, objectives, and needs.

Plus, get more editable certificate templates from GraphicRiver that you can easily customize to have a positive impact on your employee recognition programs or educational attainments. This makes a lot easier for you to create a meaningful and lasting celebration of your people’s hard work and achievements.

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