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How to Make Your Product Visually Appealing: A Recommendation for Clip Artists and Font Creators

When you look for resources on TeachersPayTeachers, what catches your eye? Usually, I end up buying products that have cute fonts and clip art. These resources sell better because they are visually appealing, to both teachers and students!

Since I started creating for TpT, I’ve found some super amazing clip artists and font creators. To make your products visually appealing, it’s important to use fonts that stand out, borders and clip art (but not too much of any because clutter is not eye-catching).

How to Make Your TpT Products Visually Appealing

 

Before we get started, I have a quick tip. Create your products in Powerpoint! There’s probably a million reasons to use Powerpoint but my favorite is how easy it is to move things around.

How to Make Your Product Visually Appealing

Use Cute Fonts

I am absolutely obsessed with fonts! When I was in middle school, I would practice my handwriting and try to create my own styles and fonts. Little did I know that it’s now something called lettering (which I’m starting to get into!) None-the-less, fonts can make or break your product. A font has to stand out but also needs to be easy to read. Keep this in mind when creating your resources.

How to Make Your TpT Products Visually Appealing

Recommendations

There are many font creators out there but the three I use the most are the TpTer’s below.

Use Clip Art and Borders

Since becoming a TpT author, I’ve become obsessed with clip art as well. There is nothing better than finding the perfect clip art to accent your page and add that extra little umph! It’s probably embarrassing how much money I’ve spent on clip art but what can I say, it’s a weakness. I’ve found some fantastic clip artists that I love and will continue to use and purchase from!

How to Make Your TpT Products Visually Appealing

Recommendations

There are loads and loads of clip artists but my top three artists are these below.

When you use amazing fonts and super cute clip art, you make your products stand out because they’re visually appealing to your customers!

What clip artists or font creators do you use in your products? Comment below!

Do you create resources on TpT? What makes your products stand out? Read here to find out how to make your products visually appealing for your customers! Recommendations for clip artists and font creators included.

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What You Don’t Know About the Importance of Free Resources on TpT

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Using PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources

 

 

What You Don’t Know About the Importance of Free Resources on TpT

Free downloads are so appreciated by many teachers and are super important to have in your store but are often under-utilized by many TpT sellers. Now, I know what you’re thinking: how is a FREE download going to make me money on TpT? And, why is it beneficial to have free resources in my store? It’s actually more important than you might think. Read on to find out why.

The Importance of Free Resources on TpT

Do you utilize free resources on Teachers Pay Teachers as a seller? Read why it's so important to put free products in your TpT store.

Showcases the Quality of Your Work

When you offer a free resource you’re able to show buyers what kind of work you do and the quality of it. Don’t just slap up a half put together product and call it a day.. make sure you put the same amount of effort into the free resources as you do your paid resources. Buyers are going to notice the quality and will more likely purchase from you in the future.

Gets Your Name Out

Let’s face it, more people are probably going to click download on a free resource than a paid. If that’s true then make your free resources worth it. At the end of all my resources, I have a thank you and credits page. This page links to my store and to my social media accounts as well as my blog. The idea is that if a buyer likes a product, they’ll search more of my products and my name is remembered for future buys.

Do you utilize free resources on Teachers Pay Teachers as a seller? Read why it's so important to put free products in your TpT store.

Can Lead to Bigger Sales

You can also utilize free resources by making them a sample or a portion of a larger paid resource. A lot of TpT sellers will put a free sample of a larger bundle or big product so buyers can test out if they like the product before purchasing. This is similar to companies sending samples of a curriculum to help teachers and administrators decide if they want to purchase. I’ve utilized this in my Guided Reading Bundle. I put a portion of this resource (the reading strategy bookmarks) for free.

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Do you utilize free resources in your Teacherspayteachers store? What kinds of free resources do you offer? Comment below!

 

Tips to Get Your Product Noticed on TpT

Since I started selling on TpT, I’ve learned a TON about creating products, designing covers, writing descriptions and marketing. I’ve used YouTubes, Pinterest and other teacher blogs to figure out everything that goes into putting a resource up on TpT. Though the most valuable research I’ve done was looking at well known TpT author’s stores and seeing what they do. Why reinvent the wheel right? Here’s what I’ve learned throughout all my research about how to get your products noticed on TpT.

Tips to Get Your Product Noticed

Square Thumbnails

Many well known TpT authors use square thumbnails. A thumbnail is the little picture that comes up when you search for a product. The square design seems to be much more appealing to the eye. Check out Lucky Little Learners page to see some eye catching thumbnails.

Tip – To create square thumbnails, set your powerpoint slide up to be 12 in x 12 in. Also remember to use a large, bold font so it’s easily read when buyers are browsing their search.

Tips to Get Your Products Noticed on TpT

Detailed Description

Once your product is ready, all you want to do is put it up on TpT as soon as possible to start seeing the $$ roll in. Don’t forget to take the time to write a detailed description that explains exactly what is in the resource. Check out Tara West’s resource to see a good example of a detailed description.

Tip – Add a “Let’s Connect” section that is clickable to your social media to add a personable touch and let your buyers find you on other platforms.

You’ll find this at the bottom of every one of my product descriptions!

Tips to Get Your Products Noticed on TpT

Add a Preview

It’s important to add a preview so buyers can get a sneak peak of the product and feel more comfortable purchasing.

For big resources – convert your resource to images and in a separate powerpoint layer the images so parts of the pages can be seen. See Deanna Jump’s resource here for a good example of this!

For small resources – create a preview from your original resource by duplicating the file and delete some of the pages (so buyers aren’t seeing your entire product) and write “PREVIEW” over the pages so they are protected. Turn this document into a pdf and upload.

Tips to Get Your Products Noticed on TpT

Market on Instagram

One way to show off your awesome resources is to post on Instagram. I created an Instagram account for only my teacher things. On there, I post my products in action and share sneak peaks of new products through my Instagram stories.

Tip – Use a program like Link in Profile to have a way for your buyers to click through to your product.

Tips to Get Your Products Noticed on TpT

Pin them on Pinterest

Another way to share your products are to post them on Pinterest. I created a business Pinterest account for my One Kreative Kindergarten brand to share only teaching things with followers. Pinterest is such a great tool and search engine for buyers to search for your key terms and find your products.

Tip – Make a separate photo using Canva pinterest dimensions for your pins.

Tip – Join group boards on Pinterest or Tribes on Tailwind and post in those groups to hopefully get your pin re-pinned.

Tips to Get Your Products Noticed on TpT

Post on Facebook

Now I have to admit, Facebook is the platform I know the least about because I’m just getting into it myself. However, I have joined many Facebook groups and liked different teacher pages, so I’ve noticed that many TpT authors promote on there too. I’ve seen Teach Create Motivate use Facebook lives to showcase her products. I also notice other authors posting links to their products to get the word out. Facebook can be a great marketing tool to share your resource to the teaching community.

Tips to Get Your Products Noticed on TpT

What do you do to get your perfect product noticed?

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Using PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources

Using PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources

Buyers are always looking for editable resources or a chance to tweak certain aspects of your product to make it work best for their classroom. When you are able to market your resource as having an editable option, buyers are much happier and more willing to purchase. Creating editable resources is easier than you might think! Here’s how I use PowerPoint to create editable resources.

Using PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources

How to Create Editable Resources Using PowerPoint

Most clipart and font artists want you to secure their clipart and font so others don’t steal their work. So, you can’t just create a resource on PowerPoint, add text boxes and upload it to TpT. The way I secure the clipart and fonts is through saving each slide as a PNG and then uploading it as a background on a separate PowerPoint.

Step by Step Directions

  1. Create your resource on PowerPoint. Leave out any editable text boxes at this point (that will come later.) Using PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources
  2. Save the slides as PNG images. These will show up in a folder as individual slides.Using PowerPoint to Create Editable ResourcesUsing PowerPoint to Create Editable ResourcesUsing PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources
  3. Open up a NEW PowerPoint document. I label my new one as the title and editable. For example – Newsletters Editable. I do this so I know which one I’ll be uploading to TpT and there’s no confusion. Using PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources
  4. Add blank slides and add each PNG image as a background. Using PowerPoint to Create Editable ResourcesUsing PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources
  5. Insert text boxes that say edit here. Using PowerPoint to Create Editable Resources

 

Finally, upload your awesome editable resource to TpT and watch the $$ roll in! Leave a comment below if you try this out and let me know how it worked out. Happy creating!