First of all, click on 'Certificate Designs' at the top of your Accredible Dashboard. If your account is new this section will appear empty, but that will soon change as you go about creating beautiful designs for your certificates.
Next, click on the 'Create Certificate Design' button at the top right-hand corner of the page. This will open the Certificate Designer.
To keep things simple in this quick guide we're going to select a template to work from. There are over 40 templates to choose from and they are a great way to get started without having to devote too much time and effort to creating a design from scratch.
In the left-hand sidebar menu click on the 'Templates' tab. You will then see all of the templates that Accredible has pre-made for you, arranged into size and orientation. Select a template of your choosing under the orientation you want to use.
If you are unfamiliar with attributes, click here to find out more about what they do.
Templates come with the main attributes that you will need already placed on the design, namely the recipient name, the course name, the credential ID, and the issue date.
If you wish to add another attribute onto your design, such as the Expiry Date attribute, click on the 'Attributes' tab on the left-hand sidebar menu. In the list of attributes click on 'Expiry Date' and it will be dropped into the top left-hand corner of your design. Drag and drop the attribute to anywhere you like on the design.
You can easily format the text within the design so that it matches your brand colors or font. To do this, select a text element, when you do so you will see that new options appear in the toolbar above. Using these, you can do things like change the color, change the font, change the size, center the text, underline etc.
You can add your logo to the template design, or any other custom image that you wish.
We've placed a 'YourLogoHere' image on the template design as a suggestion of where to place your logo. To start with you can delete this placeholder by selecting it and clicking on the bin icon.
To add your logo, drag and drop the image file onto the design or click on the '+Image' button at the top left-hand side of the toolbar and selecting the file you wish to use.
Once added in you can drag to resize and place your logo wherever you like on your design.
Adding a signature of a company stakeholder to the certificate gives gravitas and validity to the certificate.
The quickest and easiest way to add in a signature is to sign the signature on white paper using a dark colored pen, then scan or photograph the signature.
Once the image file of the signature is on your computer you will need to crop it to remove as much of the excess space around the signature as possible. Then you can add the signature image into the certificate design just like you did with the logo.
Don’t forget to delete John Doe’s signature!
Add a name for your certificate design in the box at the top of the page then, when you’re happy with how it looks, hit 'Save and Close'.
Now that your first certificate design is ready you can move on to creating your first group. Click here to find out how.
If you would like to design a badge to sit alongside your certificate, click here for the Quick Start guide on how to add a badge design.