Although having a decorative border is not a strict requirement for certificates, such a border is frequently what makes the certificate look stylish, professional and impressive. Most graphics software that you can use to design a certificate includes built-in decorative elements that form a border when pieced together, such as swirls or geometric patterns, and Adobe Illustrator is no exception. Among its numerous border presets, you will almost certainly find one that suits the overall design of your certificate.
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Launch Adobe Illustrator and open the file you are working on.
Select the "Rectangle" tool in the Tools palette. Click and drag on your artboard to draw a rectangle where you want the certificate border to appear.
Click "Window," hover over "Brush Libraries," hover over "Borders" and then click any of the entries in the menu to open that brush library in a panel. Do the same with all other entries in the Borders sub-menu, as any of the brushes in those libraries may be suitable for your certificate, regardless of the category.
Scroll through the brush libraries. When you find a pattern you like, click it to apply it to the rectangle you drew, creating a border for your certificate. When you are done, close the panel.
Press "Shift-F8" to display the Transform panel, if it isn't already open. Click the central square in the reference point frame to select it.
Type a value that is half the width of your artboard in the text field labelled "X," press "Enter," type a value that is half the height of your artboard in the text field labelled "Y" and press "Enter." This centres the rectangle on your artboard both horizontally and vertically, ensuring the border is evenly spaced.
Tips and warnings
- Information in this article applies to Adobe Illustrator CC. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.
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