Get Your Page Orientation and Margins Right, Then Turn Off Text Wrap
Jacci Howard Bear (also known as Jacqueline Howard elsewhere on the Web) is a freelance graphic designer, writer, and artist who has been writing about and teaching desktop publishing for almost two decades. Read more
BEFORE YOU CONTINUE
The instructions in this tutorial use the default ribbon layout in Word 2010. If you've customized the ribbon and tools then you may have to adjust these instructions accordingly.
Default margins in Word are typically 1" all around. For this certificate we need .25" margins:
Page Layout (tab) > Margins > Custom Margins
Set Top | Bottom | Left | Right margins to .25 inches in the dialog box.If you prefer, you can do all of the above from the Page Setup dialog box. Go to Page Layout (tab) and click the
little arrow at the bottom of the Page Setup section of the ribbon.
This is where we insert the PNG format certificate template that you've selected for this tutorial:
Insert (tab) > Picture
In the Insert Picture window, navigate to the folder and select the certificate image then click on Insert button. You should now have your template filling most of the page.Not satisfied with the plain green, red, or blue certificate template I've provided? Go to Picture Tools: Format (tab) > Color and try out some of the options for recoloring the frame as well as the background area for the text. Some options will recolor the text in the image as well.
In order to add text on top of the certificate image we need to turn off any text wrap:
Picture Tools: Format (tab) > Wrap Text > Behind Text