Create a free certificate by using sites such as CertificateMagic.com, 123Cerfiticates.com or CertificateFun.com, as of 2015. Each site contains tools to add custom text to a variety of certificate designs that include traditional and graphic options. Alternately, create a certificate by downloading a blank template and adding text to it in a graphic design program.
CertificateMagic.com offers a software platform for creating free certificates that begins with selecting a design category, with options for formal, sports or kids themes. After choosing a theme, users select the exact background image for the certificate and then add text before downloading or printing the file.
Both 123Certificates.com and CertificateFun.com require users to select a background image for the certificate before entering the text editor. The sites offer formal and informal designs, each with multiple areas to modify factors such as the name of the award, the description text and the name of the recipient.
Create a certificate in a graphic design program by obtaining a template to use as a background image. Some templates may feature sections of editable text, if the file is in a format compatible with the user's specific graphic design software. These programs feature more robust tools to place text on any area of the document. They also support free drawing and the insertion of graphics or other images for further customization.