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Hi all,

I've been browsing on Pinterest, TPT and other areas to find that there are a huge amount of individuals making their own worksheets or units that are very professional looking, carrying a "look" or theme throughout the pages of each resource.

I spoke with a designer friend (who costs mega-bucks) about updating some of my own resources to look more professional, but she didn't know where I might find inexpensive yet attractive templates, fonts, etc. to do so.

Thought of all the resourceful teachers here and am asking for your ideas... how can I (who have little experience 'designing' anything outside of basic Word documents) spiff up my resources so that they look more professional?

Any ideas or resources you could point me to would be so appreciated.



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You can google free fonts, and there are some freebies or cheap ones on TPT. I always download the free graphics whenever they show up on the Sunday freebie highlights for TPT.

Designing on PowerPoint and then converting to PDF seems to be the most common method.

I wouldn’t spend a ton of time on it, though, unless it’s something you’ll enjoy doing. Learning doesn’t need spiffed up handouts to happen. I remember when mimeographed handwritten tests and worksheets were just fine.
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how can I (who have little experience 'designing' anything outside of basic Word documents) spiff up my resources so that they look more professional?
See, the thing is, I don't think some of the TPT stuff really looks professional. Far too many items are cutesy, difficult to read, and ink hogs. So while I applaud your initiative, and I hope you find the inexpensive resources you seek, I'd urge you to use them with restraint. Have fun!
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See, the thing is, I don't think some of the TPT stuff really looks professional. Far too many items are cutesy, difficult to read, and ink hogs. So while I applaud your initiative, and I hope you find the inexpensive resources you seek, I'd urge you to use them with restraint.
Totally in agreement on this! More fluff than content on a lot of it.
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Far too many items are cutesy, difficult to read, and ink hogs.
In total agreement with this! Particularly too many melonheads. If it has a melonhead, I don’t buy it.


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Particularly too many melonheads. If it has a melonhead, I don’t buy it.
Gromit, I agree totally. I really dislike melonheads!
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I found some great free fonts on “Kevin and Amanda” that I have used for years.

Designing in PowerPoint and then saving as a pdf worked the best for me. I learned on my own as I went but now there are some good YouTube tutorials out there.

You can also add borders that you can also find for free on TPT. If you go to the free items, Krista Wallden pops up at the top with a large file of free graphics. Right below are free fonts for free.

Like previous posters mentioned, don’t go overboard with the graphics. You can size the graphics and keep the fancy fonts for titles, sections, etc.

I no longer teach full time but did like to spice up my “papers” so that they caught student interest and did not like like every other handout.
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