Create a Gold Seal With Ribbons in Microsoft Word 2010

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Use Shapes to Make the Basic Gold Seal

Create a Gold Seal
Pick a couple of shapes, add a preset gradient fill, and you've got the start of a nice little decorative seal to put in the corner of your certificate. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Use these instructions to create a seal with ribbons that you can put on a certificate or use in other kinds of documents. Add it to a brochure design, a diploma, or a poster.

  1. Stars & Banners Shape
    The seal starts with a star. Word has several suitable shapes.

    Insert (tab) > Shapes > Shapes & Banners

    Choose one of the star shapes with the numbers in them. Word has 8, 10, 12, 16, 24, and 32 point star shapes. For this tutorial, the 32-point star was used. Your cursor changes to a large + sign. Hold down the Shift key while clicking and dragging to create the seal in the size you want. Too big or too small? With the object selected go to Drawing Tools: Format (tab) >Size and change the height and width to the size you want. Keep both numbers the same for a round seal.

     

  2. Gold Fill
    Gold is standard, but you can use any color you want (make it a silver seal, for instance) With your seal selected:  Drawing Tools: Format (tab) > Shape Fill > Gradients > More Gradients

    This brings up the Format Shape dialog (or, under just click the little arrow under the Shape Styles portion of the Format tab ribbon). Select:

    Gradient fill > Preset colors: > Gold

    You could change some of the other options but the default works fine.

     

  3. No Outline
    With the Format Shape dialog still open, select Line Color > No line to remove the outline on your star shape. Or, select Shape Outline > No Outline from the Format tab ribbon.

     

  4. Basic Shape
    Now, you're going to add another shape on top of your star:

    Insert (tab) > Shapes > Basic Shapes > Donut

    Again, your cursor turns into a large + sign. While holding Shift click and drag to draw a donut shape that's a little smaller than your star shape. Center it over your star shape. You could eyeball it but for more precise placement select both shapes then choose Align > Align Center under the Format tab ribbon.

  5. Gold Fill Angle Change 
    Repeat step #2, above, to fill the donut shape with the same gold fill. However, change the Angle of the fill by 5-20 degrees. In the demonstration seal, the star has an angle of 90% while the donut has an angle of 50%.

     

  6. No Outline 
    Repeat step #3, above, to remove the outline from the donut shape.

There you have it -- now you have your completed seal. 

Tasks And Steps In This Tutorial

  1. Get the template for the certificate of your choice.
  2. Set up a new document for use with the certificate template.
  3. Add personalized text to the certificate.
  4. Use Shapes & Text on a Path to create a gold seal with ribbons:
    • Create seal
    • Add text to seal
    • Add ribbons
  5. Print the finished certificate.
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Add Text to the Gold Seal

Add text to gold seal
It can take some trial and error but you can personalize your gold seal with text on a path. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Now, let's put some text on your newly created seal. 

  1. Text
    Start by drawing a text box (Insert (tab) > Text Box > Draw Text Box). Draw it right over the top of your gold seal at the same size as the seal. Type the text. A short 2-4 word phrase is best. Go ahead and change the font and the color now if you want. Also, give the text box shape no fill and no outline under the Format tab ribbon.

     

  2. Follow Path
    This will turn your text into a circle of text. With the text selected, go to:

    Drawing Tools: Format (tab) > Text Effects > Transform > Follow Path > Circle

    Depending on your text you might prefer the Arch Up or Arch Down paths which are the top half or the bottom half of a circle.

     

  3. Adjust Path
    This is where it gets tricky and depends on some trial and error. The length of your text will vary, but you can do several things to get the text to fit on your seal the way you want.
    • Adjust the size of the font.
    • Adjust the size of the text box.
    • Adjust the start/end points of your text on a path. With the text box selected look for the little pink/purple diamond shape on the bounding box. Grab it with your mouse and you can move it in a circle that will change where on the circle path your text starts and ends. It also adjusts the font size as needed so that all the text still fits.
  4. Final Text on Path
    If it's almost looking the way you want it but the text on a path is driving you mad, consider just using a simple #1, a graphic image, or perhaps the company logo centered on the seal.
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Add Some Ribbons to the Gold Seal

Add ribbon to gold seal
Two stretched out chevron shapes make a nice little ribbon for your gold seal. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

You could stop with the seal text if you'd like, but adding some red ribbons (or some other color if you prefer) is a nice touch. Here's how to do it.​

  1. Chevron Shape
    The chevron shape when elongated makes a nice ribbon:

    Insert (tab) > Shapes > Block Arrows > Chevron

    Draw the chevron to the length and width that makes a nice ribbon for your gold seal. The default shape is used here but you can make the ribbon points deeper or more shallow. Grab the little yellow diamond on the bounding box around the chevron and drag it back and forth to change the shape. Give it a solid or gradient fill as you wish and no outline. The example ribbon shown has a slight red to black gradient fill.

     

  2. Rotate and Duplicate
    Grab the green ball on the bounding box (your cursor turns to a circular arrow) and rotate the chevron to an angle that you like. Copy and paste another shape then rotate it, moving it up or down slightly. Select both ribbon shapes and group them:

    Drawing Tools: Format (tab) > Group > Group

    Select the grouped ribbons and place them over your gold seal. Right-click on the group and Send to Back to put them behind the seal. Adjust their position if needed.

     

  3. Shadow
    To make the seal stand apart from the certificate and look as if it is a separate item that's attached to it, add a subtle drop shadow. Select only the ribbons and the star shape and add a shadow:

    Drawing Tools: Format (tab) > Shape Effects > Shadow

    Try different outer shadows to find the one you like.