Creating Quick & Easy Preview Pictures for TPT

You've slaved away and created your latest labor of love: 
a new TPT product!
Now, before you can post it to your store and start raking in the cha-chings, you need to create a preview image. Because let's face it: few people will consider a product (much less purchase it!) if they can't get a glimpse of what they're buying.

But previews can be time-consuming to make - especially with all of the re-sizing and adjusting to get all of the images just right - you want to show people what they'll be purchasing without allowing them to copy and paste your work without paying for it.

So, I'm here to help you out, my creative friend.
Here are 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any product:
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Step 1: Finish your masterpiece and save each slide as a picture
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Step 2: Open Picasa (or download it here for free!)
 Step 3: Import your photos
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Step 4: When prompted, import from a folder
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
 Step 5: Choose the folder where your slides are saved. Select all and save your images to a Picasa folder
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
 Step 6: Create a Photo Collage
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
 Step 7: Choose your collage format
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
 Step 8: Shuffle and adjust the pictures to your liking
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
 Step 9: Publish Your Collage
Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Step 10: Share your preview with the world!Blog Tutorial for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers: 10 fast and easy steps to create a preview picture for any TPT product using Power Point and Picasa. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
And VOILA! You're done! It's saved as a JPEG so you can upload it directly to TPT or add it to a PPT to save as a PDF (if you're including other pages or information)

I'm linking up this tutorial with these awesome bloggers:
Fourth Grade Flipper

8 comments

  1. That's great! I have only created previews using Powerpoint. Thanks for the awesome tech tip!
    Janie
    Are We There Yet?

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  2. Thanks - gonna try it out today!

    Love it,
    Deniece

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  3. Ohh, this is excellent to know! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to pin your post so I have it easily at hand.
    Always Primary

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  4. This is great...if someday I find that time to create. I tried 'pinning' but for some reason it won't. Any idea why?

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    1. Ignore the Pinterest problem...4th time was the charm I guess.
      Thanks for the step-by-step post.

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  5. Wow.....oh....wow! Thank for sharing this AMAZING advice! I was taking a long cut and snipping and clipping each slide....previews would take me forever to do! Thank you!!

    Katie
    Mind Sparks

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  6. You are a lifesaver! I need to try this on my next creation! Do you know if it works on a Mac? Thank you for adding another item to my to-do list (I think…LOL!). XXOO
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  7. Love this! Learning how to use Picasa was on my to-do list. Do you happen to have this in an easy-to-print form? I'd love to put it into my TPT Important Stuff Notebook
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    Thanks again,
    Karen

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