Tutorial

Learn how-to make and print free gift certificates, simply follow our tutorial guide and use our free gift certificate templates.


Supported browsers:

Gift certificate creation has been tested and should work on the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Internet Explorer 8 and lower versions are not supported, because they do not support HTML5 canvas. Please use a different browser or upgrade.


Creating a custom gift certificate:

Select a gift certificate template that you want to use, fill in the blank fields with your information and click the “Create” button.

Here is some additional information and ideas about filling out your custom gift certificate template.

Company: Enter a company or a business name. Leave blank if not needed.

To: Name of the person or organization for which the gift certificate is intended for. You can enter something generic such as “Valued Customer” if you want to have pre-printed certificates. Required field, otherwise a blank To: will be shown.

From: If a person is buying a certificate for someone else you can enter their name in here. You can also display your company or business name in this field instead of the company field. Required field, otherwise a blank From: will be shown.

Value: Enter an amount that the certificate is worth, the money symbol $ followed by a space is already entered into this field. You can erase it and enter text instead if needed. Required field, otherwise a blank Value: will be shown.

Expiry Date: Enter an expiry date, the default text is “Expiry Date: 01/01/2021”. You can also change this field to “Issued Date: 01/01/2014” or “Valid from date to date”. Some countries, states or provinces may not allow expiry dates on purchased gift certificates, research your area and verify the exact laws. Remove text and leave blank if not needed.

Certificate #: A certificate number is used to track the certificate. For best results you should generate a random certificate number or id, you can also enter something random yourself. Make sure to keep a record of each certificate number for each gift certificate you issue, this will help to avoid counterfeit certificates. The default text in this field is “#: 00000001” you should change it. Remove text and leave blank if not needed.

Address/Phone, Terms Line 1, Terms Line 2: All three of these lines display in small text starting from the bottom center of the certificate. You can enter your address, phone, website or any additional information you wish. You can also use these fields to enter terms or conditions for your gift certificate. Leave blank if not needed.

Common terms and conditions for certificates include: non-transferable, no cash refund, not redeemable for cash, no replacement for lost or stolen gift certificates.

Take some time and research the laws in your area to find out which terms and conditions are allowed to be entered into purchasable gift certificates. Some countries prohibit expiry dates or fees on purchasable gift certificates and require contact information to be present.


Saving your gift certificate:

Firefox/Chrome/Opera: Fill in your details and click the “Create” button then click the “Download” button. Your gift certificate will open as a PNG image file, right click and select “Save Image As”. Rename your gift certificate if needed and select a location to save to your computer.

Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge: Fill in your details and click the “Create” button then click “Display As Image” button. Your gift certificate will appear as a new PNG image on the same page below the first certificate image, right click on the image file and select “Save picture as…”. Rename your gift certificate if needed and select a location to save to your computer.


The gift certificate resolution is 650 x 350 pixels. For best results set print scale to 100%, portrait mode with at least 300 dpi resolution or more and print in color.

The gift certificates should ideally print to 6.81" x 3.66" inches or 17.3 cm x 9.3 cm on default 8.5" x 11" letter sized paper. If you want a smaller size adjust printing scale accordingly, some testing may be required for best results.

Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge: Save your certificate to your computer as outlined above and reopen the image for printing.

Opera: The Opera browser may experience freezing or hanging when printing or print previewing the certificate image, save your certificate to your computer first then reopen in Opera and print like normal. The issue is possibly related to the long image filename generated from the HTML5 canvas.

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