How to Create Products to Sell on Teachers Pay Teachers

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So you're interested in how to make products to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers? That's fantastic! We love creating products and know you will too! But, where do you begin?

Great news:

There are so many different ways to create products! Your only limitation is your creativity! You could create and sell videos, printables, songs, craftivities, even online games, and the list just keeps on going.

Bad news:

There are so many different ways to create products! This is only a problem because we can't cover them all in this blog post :( So, today we are going to focus on how to create a printable using PowerPoint.

PowerPoint is one of the most common ways to create resources to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. It is easy to use and fairly inexpensive. Before we begin, you will need to purchase PowerPoint for Business. The other versions do not allow you to use the program for commercial use (such as creating a product to sell).

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How to Create a Template

We recommend that you create a few templates in the shapes that you will most commonly use. For example, you will probably want to create a template for an 8.5x11" page in portrait style. You may also want to create a template for an 8.5x11" page in landscape, a square for Instagram images and preview images for your products, and a template for your longer pins. Please note these directions are written for a Mac computer and may vary slightly if using a different operating system.

To make a new template, open a new PowerPoint (it doesn't really matter which template you choose - we usually just select "Blank Presentation" and then "Create").

Now select "Design" in the header bar and either "Slide Size" or "Customize" and then "Slide Size" depending on how large your window is and which option is available. Then select "Page Setup...". Now you can adjust the slide to whatever size you need. We created templates for landscape and portrait 8.5x11" pages. To create a template for an 8.5x11" page in portrait style, change your "Width" to 8.5 in and "Height" to 11 in and select "OK". It doesn't matter whether you select either "Scale Down" or "Scale Up".

You can choose to include objects such as text boxes or photos in your template but we typically like to leave our templates blank. So, we select all objects on the current page and delete (you can quickly select all of the objects on a Mac by clicking down with your mouse or touchpad and drawing a large rectangle around all of the objects at once).

Once the slide looks the way you would like it to look upon opening the template every time, select "File" then "Save as Template...", name the template (we named this "Portrait Page" but feel free to name it whatever you would like), and click "Save". PowerPoint should automatically try to save the file in the "Templates" folder. Be careful not to save your new template in a different folder or PowerPoint may not be able to find it.

Here are a few of templates that have created on our computers & love:

  • 8.5x11" Page - Portrait Style: Width: 8.5 in. & Height: 11 in.

  • 8.5x11" Page - Landscape Style: Width: 11 in. & Height: 8.5 in.

  • Pinterest Recommended Long Pin: Width: 6 in. & Height: 9 in.

  • Instagram Image: Width: 10 in. & Height: 10 in.

  • Square TpT Product Preview Image: Width: 10 in. & Height: 10 in.

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How to Design Your Product

Once you have the templates that you will use saved, you're ready to start creating! If you still have PowerPoint open, click "File" then "New from template..." and select the correct template size for the product that you would like to create. If you don't currently have PowerPoint open, simply open the application and select one of your templates from the pop-up window.

Everyone has a different way of going about product creation. The way we create products changes all of the time. Sometimes we like to sketch out the product on paper first. Other times, we just start playing around with the concept in PowerPoint. No one way is right, it will just take a little trial and error to figure out what works best for you!

Think about adding different pieces to give your product interest. You may want to add a border, clipart, a background, or icons to add visual interest. You will definitely want to play around with fonts to create something amazing! We recommend that you choose one or two accent fonts for titles or headers and one or two staple fonts for content. Try to keep the number of fonts in a particular product (definitely on a particular page) to three or less. Using more fonts than that will typically result in a page that looks too busy and doesn't have a uniform design.

Consider adding these pages to your product:

  • Cover Page

  • Introduction/Directions Page

  • Thank You/Credits Page

  • Recommendations Page or a Free sample of another product of yours

All of these pages are optional but many are recommended. You will certainly need to include a section thanking any artists whose work you used in creating the product. Typically this means citing their name or business name and providing a link to their store. Be careful to read the fine print, different artists ask for different things when giving them credit for their work.

We also recommend that you include your copyright information on every page in your product.

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How to Secure Your Product

All finished? Awesome! You're almost ready to upload your new product to your store! But first, we need to make sure that it is secure.It is important that you secure your product not only to protect you and your work but also to protect any artist's work that you have used in creating it. If you are using any images (clipart, photographs, borders, backgrounds, icons...) created by another artist, most likely as a part of the terms and conditions you will be required to secure the images in your product so that anyone who purchases your product cannot remove the image and use it in another file.

Again, there are several ways to go about flattening your document but we will only go over what we think is the simplest/cheapest way to do this. Before we get started, do you want your product to be an editable file for your users?

No: The Product does Not Need to be Editable

Begin by going to "File" and clicking "Export..". Select a location that will be easy for you to find again in the future. We like to create a folder for each product to help keep things organized on our computers. After determining where change the file format to "JPEG". Select "Save Every Slide", change the size if you would like, and click "Export".

Now, open a new PowerPoint file using the same template as before. Select "Insert" on the header bar, then click "Pictures" and "Pictures from File...". Find the images you just exported and select the picture of your first slide/page and click "Insert". You should not need to adjust the size or position of the image. It should fit perfectly into your new slide/page. Then, insert a "New Slide" and repeat with the next slide/page until your new file is complete.

Once you have inserted all of the images and your product looks complete, click "File" and then "Export...". Adjust the name of the file to the name you would like your customers to view the file as. Determine where you would like this file to be stored. This time we are going to export the file as a "PDF" and click "Export".

Yes: The Product does Need to be Editable

Securing an editable file is somewhat different. You will need to secure part of the file while leaving another part free for the customer to change. To do this you will first need to decide what you would like to be adjustable. This may be the text on every page or it may just be one small section of text on one page.We have done both before and everything in between. We have created some products where we have made almost all of the text editable (excluding our copyright information and sometimes the title). Our most recent product has just two pages of the 18-page product that can be edited. It really just depends on how much customization you wish your customers to have and how much security you are comfortable with. Obviously, the more secure your file is, the more difficult it will be for people to steal your work. While unlikely, it does unfortunately happen.

Once you have decided what you would like to be editable, save your file again just to make sure and then click "File", "Save as". Re-save your product in a location that will be easy for you to find again. We like to create a folder for each product to help keep things organized on our computers. After determining where click "Save".

Go through this new PowerPoint file and delete every item that you would like to be editable. Most likely, these will only be text boxes.Then, click "File", "Export..". Select a location that you would like the export to be saved. Then, change the file format to "JPEG". Select "Save Every Slide", change the size if you would like, and click "Export".

Now, open a new PowerPoint file using the same template as before. Select "Insert" on the header bar, then click "Pictures" and "Pictures from File...". Find the images you just exported and select the picture of your first slide/page and click "Insert". You should not need to adjust the size or position of the image. It should fit perfectly into your new slide/page. Then, insert a "New Slide" and repeat with the next slide/page until your new file is complete.

Once you have inserted all of the images, open your original PowerPoint file with all of the editable sections intact. Copy and paste each editable section into the correct location in the new file. Once again, you should not need to adjust the size or position of the image. They should fit perfectly into your new slides/pages.Once your product looks complete, click "File" and then "Export...". Adjust the name of the file to the name you would like your customers to view the file as. Determine where you would like this file to be stored. This time we are going to export the file as a "PDF" and click "Export".

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That's it!

You did it! Your product is now ready to upload to Teachers Pay Teachers and list! Now, there are a lot of different ways that you could have completed that process. This is just one way that has worked well for us in the past that doesn't require extra programs. The process we have explained above is for listing a single file on TpT. If your product is comprised of multiple files, you will need to compress those files into a zipped folder. To do this, you will place all of the files you wish the customer to have (and only those files) into a folder titled as you would like your customers to view the file as. Then right click on the folder, and click "Compress (Folder Name)". You will then upload this zip folder to Teachers Pay Teachers when you create your product.

Sorry! We lied :(

That's not really all you need to do. There are a lot of other steps that you will still need to complete if you want your product to be as successful as possible. We won't go into all of them here but this is a short list of a few of the other things that you will want to create/consider when listing your amazing new product:

  • Preview image

  • Preview video

  • Product description

  • Pricing

  • Marketing images & copy (think Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter...)

  • Blog post featuring the new product

The list goes on and on but you get the idea. We hope you found this tutorial helpful! Let us know if you have any questions. We'd love to help! Also, make sure you share your newly created products with us below! We would love to see them!

OMG! OMG! OMG! I've finally struck gold! This how to is genius! I've always wanted to sell products on Teachers Pay Teachers but never new how. This post walks you through step by step how to make products to sell on TpT! Can't wait to get started!
OMG! OMG! OMG! I've finally struck gold! This how to is genius! I've always wanted to sell products on Teachers Pay Teachers but never new how. This post walks you through step by step how to make products to sell on TpT! Can't wait to get started!