Documents to be filled out are not always contracts, questionnaires, or forms for government agencies. It is also possible to create visually pleasing forms. Read this article to learn how to make a beautiful form without using professional design software, what they are used for, and where to find ready-made ones.
First, let’s understand the difference between standard forms and forms with a design. Fillable forms are usually used for purchase agreements, lease agreements, or purchase offers. These documents contain text with fillable fields, small pictures, shapes, and diagrams. Often, such documents are created in Microsoft Office with the content controls function or Adobe using the interactive fields.
Forms with a design usually do not contain much text. In contrast, they are mainly composed of background pictures, figures, tables, and text or text arts. These are the categories where such forms can be helpful:
You can create such forms using tools for designers, such as Crello, Canva, and Visme. They are graphic design tools that help you create professional marketing and advertising content, forms, posters, social media posts, website graphics, videos, and animations. Like most other graphic design programs, they offer a wide range of templates.
However, the task can be much easier to accomplish with OFORMs. ONLYOFFICE form creator offers a set of fillable fields, like text, combo boxes, drop-down lists, checkboxes, radio buttons, and images that are similar to the standard content controls but come with advanced field properties. It is especially suitable for beginners, as it gives the following advantages:
Watch our video to learn more about OFORMs functionality:
Now, let’s see how to create a beautiful template in ONLYOFFICE editors.
To try it in action, let’s create a birthday invitation template. First, open a document in DOCXF format that allows you to add fillable fields. Select Form template in ONLYOFFICE. Once the window opens, we’re ready to start creating our form.
Now, we need to choose a background for our form. To do this, you can use your photos, pictures from stock images, or find a suitable one on the Internet. Please note that if you use an image from public sources, make sure that you are not violating the copyright.
To add a picture for the background, go to the Insert tab, on the top toolbar. Choose Image → Image from file. Then, find the necessary image from your storage.
Then, select Behind Text in Wrapping Style on the right-side toolbar or in the Layouts tab on the top toolbar. In this way, the picture will be in the background and won’t overlap the text and shapes we’ll be adding next.
Since the text may not be very visible in our background, let’s add a figure that will overlap the picture. Go to the Insert tab → Shapes → Basic shapes → Rectangle. Then click and draw the shape by holding down the right mouse button.
You can place the shape exactly in the center of the sheet manually, using landmark lines that will appear automatically. Or you can adjust the shape position in the settings.
Click Show advanced settings on the right-side toolbar, then, go to the Position tab. Choose horizontal alignment Center, relative to Page. The same is for vertical alignment. Click OK.
Now, if you resize a figure, it will automatically be aligned to the center of the page.
Besides, you can personalize the shapes on the right-side toolbar. It is possible to choose to fill the shape with a gradient, texture, or picture, or leave it in one color to your taste, change the line width of the shape and its color.
Another useful feature here is Opacity. Set the opacity percentage of your shape from 100 (completely opaque) to 0 (invisible).
After adding the background, we can move on to adding the invitation text. Double-click the shape and type the text for the invitation. On the top toolbar, select the size and font appropriate for your invitation.
Finally, all that’s left is to add fillable fields. There, you will be able to enter information about the place and time of the birthday party. The field options are available in the Forms tab on the top toolbar. You can add text fields, combo boxes, dropdowns, checkboxes, radio buttons, and images.
Place the cursor where you want to place the field, and click on the Text field.
In the field settings on the right-side toolbar, in the Placeholder field, specify Name to give you a hint as to what you want to specify in this field. You can also use Tip for this. It will appear when you hover your cursor over the field.
In the same way, we add the other fields.
That’s it. Our form is ready. Now you can see a preview. Click View Form in the Forms tab. If everything is fine, save the form.
Go to the File tab → Save As, and select the format:
No time to make the forms yourself? You can use ready-made forms from our OFORM library. ONLYOFFICE offers a free library of forms where you can find everything from bill of sale and purchase agreements to beautiful checklists and planners. Read this post to learn how to navigate it, or visit our library: