Monday, January 14, 2013

How to Jazz Up Your TPT Store Part Two

Yesterday I posted about how to make a banner for your TPT store.

Today I am going to show you how to make a button for your TPT store.  It's easy peasy!


Design a button in your favorite program.  Mine is PowerPoint.  I was a Word fanatic for years, but now that I've figured out PowerPoint I am never going back!
Keep in mind that your image should be a tall rectangle (similar to the proportions of a sheet of paper held the long way).

Take a screenshot of your button, then paste it into Paint.net.  Again, this is just my personal preference.  Paint.net is free, which is probably why it's my favorite :)
Like I said yesterday, there is probably a much easier and/or fancier way to do this, but this is what works for me.  If you know a better way let me know!

 Press Control R, or go to "image" and "resize."  Change the proportions of your image to a width of 160 pixels and a height of 200 pixels.  Press OK, and save your image. 

 Go to your My Sales Dashboard in TPT.  Click on "dress up your store."

 Here's where it gets a little tricky.  Open your TPT store page in a new tab.  Click to a page of the type of item you want your button to link to.  
There are two ways to do this.  You can use the categories in the left hand column to choose a certain type of product (ex: games, graphic organizers, science, etc).  You could also create custom categories for your products. 
 The other way is type a key word into the Quick Find search bar.  For example, I typed in "Word Cards" to link up to all of my vocabulary word card and word wall products. Copy the link to the items you want your button to send buyers to.

Click back to the first tab.  Upload your button in the first box, then paste your link into the second box.  Click Save Changes.

And there you have it!  TPT has to approve your button and link, then it will display on your page.  Mine took about 24 hours.  
Any buyers who click on your button will automatically be sent to that type of product.  Plus, it's super cute.  LOVE IT!
Come on over to my TPT page to check it out.


Update:
You can get paint.net for free at getpaint.net

Clip art by Blair Turner... http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Blair-Turner

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