How to Choose the Right Paper for your certificate
Our guide to choosing the right paper and creating your certificates
Are you thinking about printing your own certificates? Here’s what you need to consider.
What do you need?
Here are a few of the basic tools and materials you need to create and print your own certificates:
- Computer or laptop with document editing software with merge print capability such as MS Word
- Laser or inkjet printer
- Your choice of paper
- Your choice of Certificate Holders or Frames
Of course, each of these items comes with a world of options—making the right decisions can transform the look and feel of the finished product.
Think of this question when planning your recognition certificate presentation “Will the recipients be so impressed and appreciative of the look, feel and sincerity of the certificate that they will proudly show it to colleagues, friends and family and even frame it ?” Exceptional certificates become treasured keepsakes.
Done right, recognition is a very powerful motivator. It is one of the most effective ways to improve the engagement, commitment and retention of your most important individuals and teams.
Ease of use
The templates are pre-formatted and can be modified to suit your needs or you can easily create your own. They are located here on our Corporate site along with detailed instructions.
What paper do you need?
Paper is one of the most momentous forks in the road when it comes to improving the quality and durability of your certificate. While regular copy paper works just fine, a unique or hard-won accomplishment might call for an upgrade.
Archival paper which is acid and lignin free is the best choice since it will resist discoloration and fiber breakdown for many decades.
Please know that you should consider a 65lb card stock if the certificate is likely to be displayed in a frame.
Over time thinner paper absorbs moisture and can appear wrinkled inside a frame.
These are the main factors we recommend considering when choosing the paper for your certificate:
What type of printer should you use?
Most desktop printers, laser and inkjet, perform well. While inkjet printers are less expensive than their laser counterparts, the ink on a freshly printed sheet must be dried to prevent smearing or transfer. Drying time largely depends on how porous your paper is—the more porous the paper, the faster ink will dry. However, if your paper is too porous, dot gain can occur, potentially causing characters to blur and distort in size. Not porous enough and smearing is likely.
Premium certificates suited for any occasion.
At St. James Paper, we believe that some special occasions call for a personal, professional, and premium touch. Order ready-to-print certificates that can be printed or filled in by hand, or choose our ready-to-present option where we do all the merge printing for you and insertion in a holder or frame … Presentation Ready!