Great Certificate Borders

QuarkXPress has a number of good frames built in. Just select a text or picture box, then click the Frame tab in the Measurements Palette. 20 different frame designs appear:

The fancier ones look best at one specific thickness — each one has a different preferred thickness that you’ll see as in bold or outlined text in the Weight popup:

As you see, this one works best at 42 points.

Just like any other QuarkXPress item, you can adjust its color, shade and opacity:

These frames are useful in many circumstances, but if you need to create a certificate or award, having a look at the incredibly detailed, “guilloche” borders from a number of stock image websites.

I found good ones in various resolutions and shapes here:

Just search for guilloche.