What better way to jump back into the blogosphere than to team up with some of my very best blogging friends for some TpT awesomeness?
Today we've joined together to bring you some simple and practical tips for creating your own products for TpT! So many talented teachers with great ideas are out there, but they don't always know how to connect the TpT dots and actually make the product they're imagining. We hope these will help you get started (just don't forget us when you make it big!).
I have the honor of sharing how you can 'jazz up' your products! I'll explain how to utilize clip art and fonts to attract buyers to your products. Many of the tips I'm going to share were things I learned over many, many months of practice and brain-picking -- and a lot of mistakes! And I am no where near a master at any of this. I spend a long time matching colors and fonts and themes - often way too long - to get my products *just right*. And I'm still working on it!
There's basically four components under the 'clip art & font' umbrella: Frames, Papers, Fonts, and Clip Art. You could argue that frames and papers are a lot like clip art, but I like to think of them separately because they have different jobs.
Frames are great for cover pages as well as individual product pages. Many, but not all, clip art artists also sell frames. Usually you purchase frames in a pack that only has frames and they're a great investment! I like to have a good selection of thin, black and white frames and colorful, funky frames. This gives me a lot of options when I'm making my products.
Papers are like the foundation for your product. They are the backdrop of the theme that you'll match your fonts and clip art to. Again, most clip art artists also sell papers. You can find packs that contain only papers but some artists throw one or two papers in with some of their clip art packs. You definitely want a healthy selection of these in your inventory!
Fonts are another key element in TpT products. Some fonts you can download for free by agreeing to link back to the website, others you have to purchase licenses for. Some of my favorite fonts are free - other favorites I had to purchase. It all depends on what you're looking for and what you're making for TpT.
Unlike clip art, frames, and papers that you simply download and use, fonts have to be downloaded then also installed into your computer, by you, so that any program you use (PowerPoint, Word, etc.) has access to it. Font packages usually come with instructions that are easy to follow. Once you've got a good selection installed, the choices are limitless! A sprinkle of creativity can help you use fonts in a unique way that gets TpT buyers' attention!
Clip Art has been around since Windows 3.1 (remember those stick figures?) - but it has changed quite a bit! And aside from your original idea that inspired the product itself, it's probably the most important piece of the 'Make a Product Pie'.
There are many, many clip art artists who have amazing talent and offer their artwork for use on TpT. Almost always, the artwork is purchased and usually comes in a pack with multiple images. Sometimes, but less often, artists sell single images.
Prices can range from $1.00 to $10.00 depending on the number of images in the pack. The nice thing about clip art is that you can use as many images as you want in one TpT product! And once you've purchased the pack and downloaded the images, you can use them again and again in other products.
A TpT product that sells well often has colorful, unique, and interesting clip art. Sellers use clip art in a variety of ways.
"Jazzing Up" your soon-to-be TpT products isn't something that is super easy, but it doesn't have to be difficult either! Once you've purchased some of these basic elements of product design and tapped into your creative side, you're good to go!
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