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How to Draw a Certificate Border Design in Illustrator

In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to make a certificate border pattern just using lines. You will learn how to blend lines and the process of making it tile seamlessly. I will also be proving a template for drawing your pattern and cover how to do the tricky corner. Beginners can attempt to try this tutorial if you have mastered your Pen Tool.

Once you have learnt this new technique, you can start designing your own custom awards and certificate.

Difficulty: Intermediate
Requirements: Adobe Illustrator

What will you get?

    • Step by step to create a certificate border
    • Unique technique by author
    • Easy to follow with screenshot for every step
    • Learn how to make the border tile seamlessly
    • Comes with source file for easy reference
    • Template for drawing certificate pattern
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15. Select all our patterns and go to Object>Flatten Transparency to expand all shapes.

16. You can try to reflect your pattern along the corner axis to see the corner effect. The area that is highlighted red is the mirrored image. You will notice that it forms 2 ugly lines that look like a mistake. We will delete it before we reflect our pattern again.

17. Select the pattern and double click to go into isolation mode. Draw a rectangle that covers the area you want to remove. Select the 2 lines you want to shorten to prevent the ugly corners from forming. Open up Window>Pathfinder and hold Alt/Option as you select Subtract from shape. Double click outside to exit the isolation mode after that.

18. Next, draw the shape below that covers the area up to the axis of reflection. Select it with your pattern and right click to select Make Clipping Mask. This will hide the unwanted areas.

19. This is the pattern we will get after masking.

20. With our pattern selected, select the Reflect Tool and hold Alt/Option as you click the point of axis. The options will pop up. Select Angle and enter -45, then click Copy. It will reflect along the axis.

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About The Author: Tony Soh

Hi. I'm the founder of Vector Diary. Illustrator is my passion and I have written numerous tutorials on illustrator helping people learn illustrator. My most popular tutorial on learn illustrator has been a hit. It makes learning illustrator so easy and has benefited more than 20,000 people worldwide. Also, I've revealed some of my secret techniques in the premium tutorials. So don't forget to check it out!

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    Dainis Graveris December 7th

    great article – just what I need to polish my illustrator skills a little bit more 🙂

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    Villamor Alejo Jr November 19th

    i cant download the file, its corrupted. help!

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    Tony Soh November 19th

    I have resent you the link. pls check your email.

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    How long should it be before I receive a link to download this tutorial. I thought it would be pretty quick?

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    It is immediate download

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    Plz give me this certificate template. I want to ur personal skype or email id. I want to be ur friend. u very brilliant. plz give me this this tutorial. ok thanks

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    it’s impossible to download the tutorial file, please could you help me?

    thank you

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    The link is not fixed, pls try to download the certificate border tutorial again.

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    It’s ok, now. Thank you very much for your immediate help!

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