Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekend Warriors Part 1: TPT Ticks and Tricks (Photos & Videos Galore)

Weekend Warriors is here folks! This month is all about TPT/blogging tips and tricks. The secrets that no one told you. 


Today I'm going to be sharing some TPT tips that I learned from the conference in Vegas. Tomorrow I'll be sharing some blogging and pinterest tips with you too. 

I've been blogging and selling on TPT for almost 2 years. It took about 6-8 months to find my groove and own style. When I first started out, I was basically teaching myself how to do things. I hope this post will help those who are just starting out, wanting to start the TPT business, or even veteran sellers just a little bit. 

While in Vegas, I attended several workshops on how to improve the quality of your TPT products. A big thank you to all the presenters for sharing your knowledge with me. 

So lets talk about making quality TPT products. I'm going to share some tips and tricks that I have learned over the past two years to hopefully help you out too. 

TPT Product Tips & Tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

1. First up, is using COMMERCIAL FONTS & GRAPHICS. Commercial use is fonts and graphics that include the license to be in PAID PRODUCTS. A lot of items you find out there are for personal use only. These items can not be used in paid products. Please make sure you check the artists terms of use before putting them in your product. 

TPT Product Tips & Tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


TPT Product Tips & Tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


Here are some great fonts that I use in my products. When you purchase a lifetime commercial license, this means that any new fonts that artist adds, you get those without paying any additional cost. 

Commercial Font Artists to use in TPT Products by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

If you are like me, you probably have hundred of fonts installed on your computer. When you are creating products, it can get overwhelming and frustrating trying to find the perfect font of a certain word. While in Vegas, I was introduced to word mark.it. This website is LIFESAVER!!! You can enter the text your wanting to change and it will show you what it looks like in EVERY FONT you have installed on your computer. 

Here is what it looks like. Please note that is does not end in a .com. It is word mark.it
wordmark.it - a great website for helping you choose the perfect font by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

wordmark.it - a great website for helping you choose the perfect font by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Isn't that AMAZING! I remember sitting next to Angie from Lucky Little Learners at this session in Vegas and we both looked at each other and went "WOAH!"

Now lets move on to some of my favorite graphic artists. These are just a select few of some of the people I use. They can ALL be found on TPT. 

Commercial Graphic Artists to use in TPT Products by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Commercial Graphic Artists to use in TPT Products by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


 Now if you are like me, then you have literally hundreds to thousands images saved on your computer. It can get very overwhelming if it is not all organized. I've made a video to show you how I organize all of my graphic images.

*This is the first video tutorial I've ever made. It took me several tries. I was super nervous. Be nice people :)*


You can grab my desktop organizer by clicking here. I've included 4 different background options. Just right click on the slide you want to use. Click save as picture and save it to your computer. 
FREE desktop organizers by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

2. Up next is including teacher and student directions in your products. 
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
Sometimes, I like to put writing craftivities in my writing center so I'll include a copy of student directions for them as well. 
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
When including craftivities in your products, always include an example of what it should look like. The one I have shown is just a simple one that can be colored. But if you are including a craft that needs to be copied onto different types of paper and put together, it is nice to see what the finished product look likes. 
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
3. Printer and ink friendly copies are always important too. 
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

4. Securing your documents is so important. I can't express to you just exactly how important it is. 

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Here is video tutorial on how to secure your PDF document on a Mac when using PowerPoint. 







I hope this will help you secure your PDFS until you can get Adobe Pro. 

5. Give buyers a GREAT first impression!!!
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


I'm going to admit that I'm a little embarrassed to show this next slide to ya'll. It shows the before and after of one of my BEST SELLERS.  The image on the right, the word DOUBLE is misspelled. I never even noticed it. Yet, it still became my best seller.  The cover was like this for almost a year before a sweet buyer messaged me to let me know. If you even find a mistake in a product, pleaser let the seller know instead of leaving back feed back. We will gladly fix it for you. See, I'm human. I make mistakes too.
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
6. Give credit where credit is due. It's that simple folks. 

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

7. Last but not least, PROOF READ, PROOF READ, PROOF READ!
TPT product tips and tricks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
There you have it folks. I hope you can get some use out of these TPT tips and tricks. I wish I would have known some of these things when I was first starting out. Check back tomorrow for my post about blogging and pinterest tips! EEEKK!!!
Don't forget to click on the links below to get some more tips and tricks from my blogging buddies!
Happy Saturday Ya'll! 


12 comments:

  1. Great information & tutorials. I am going to keep this one bookmarked for future use.

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  2. This is an AMAZING post! I am going to share it with on my Facebook page for new Tpt'ers:) Still saving for Adobe Pro here...

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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    1. There is an education discount on Adobe pro that makes the price around $125. Just FYI in case you weren't aware.
      Michelle
      Inlikeflynnm@yahoo.com

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  3. Marcy this post was awesome!! Thank you so much for your video showing how you organize all of your clip art, papers and frames. Makes me feel like I'm not doing it totally wrong! I just spent the last couple of days trying to organize all of my Creative Clips clip art into sheets that I can print and look through, because she is my favorite too! Glad to see you are a summer VIP too! :)

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

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  4. Great points! These are all things that I slowly learned over the past few months. I liked your before and after cover. That is SO true. Looks are everything. We literally judge the book by its cover. :)

    Meredith

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  5. Wow, Marcy! This post is AMAZING and full of great ideas! Congrats on your first tutorials! This is still on my to learn list! Everything looks great! I must admit that your "WOAH" comment made me smile! Miss you girl!
    Mrs. Olson’s Lucky Little Learners

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  6. I loved this post! Thank you for sharing how you organize all your clipart. I have clipart for days that needs to be organized! I am so glad we met in Vegas. Your an inspiration!
    Courtney
    Ramona Recommends

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  7. What an absolutely amazing post! I will be referring back to it often. Thank you for sharing a wealth of information! I liked your idea of sharing teacher directions/student directions within resources... :)

    Allie
    Growing Littles

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  8. This is a great post, Marcy! SO many amazing tips! I especially loved the videos... mostly because I could finally put your voice to you. Thanks for sharing!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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  9. Fantastic post with so much helpful information. Especially love the wordmark.it. Great job on your video. Thanks for the taking the time to help us newbies!

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  10. I am loving this Blog Hop!! Thank you for the great tips and tricks! It is so helpful to newbies like me!!! Thank you, thank you!

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  11. I don't want this to come across as rude, but I would like to know your opinion. If I can secure the document using the save as a pdf and the security options, why would I want to buy Adobe Pro? What benefit would I get from that program? Thanks for the post I did learn a lot from it!
    Sara
    Frampton's FUNdamentals

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