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Old 10-04-2013, 06:47 AM
 
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Just curious...

If any of you have things for sale that you have designed yourself, like on Teachers Pay Teachers, what software do you use to create the materials?

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Old 10-05-2013, 11:53 PM
 
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I just started on TPT. I use word, because that's what I know how to do. I think alot of people use power point. I'm still trying to figure out how to do alot of stuff, so I'm probably not a good source of information! Smiles!
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I use PowerPoint to create all my worksheets, posters, activities and games. I very rarely use Word because it's harder to work with when using clipart. I used Word for so many years and just grew frustrated when I couldn't get it to do what I wanted it to do. I wish someone told me to use PowerPoint...it would have saved me a lot of time!

It took lots of time and practice to create beautiful worksheets on PowerPoint, but it's well worth it! I spent a lot of time reading people's blog posts and doing internet searches for tips in creating materials using PowerPoint.

Before posting the product on TpT, I save the PowerPoint file as a pdf so none of my work and copyrighted images can be "lifted" or manipulated.

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Old 10-07-2013, 06:22 AM
 
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I use MSWord as well because that's what I know. I need to get someone to show me how to use PPT for worksheets! Sometimes I do get so frustrated with manipulating clip art and having to abandon something that won't work. But I have gotten handy at using the autoshapes, word art, font, and format (borders and shading) features. I think my stuff looks good, especially for middle/high school, which thankfully does not need to be as fancy. I've built a good library of free borders/clip art from TpT and have learned how to size and also layer them.

I also convert to PDF, which is essential to preserve your fonts/design, insure that others can download what they see in your thumbnails, and of course protect your labor. Adobe was expensive for a one year subscription and I'm going to look into other options as the expiration draws near.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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When I decided to do this, I splurged and bought a copy of Adobe Acrobat Student Teacher Edition (118.00 on Amazon) and Microsoft Publisher (120.00). I like using Publisher because it's what I have a school, and I'm more comfortable using it. I use Paint and Gimp for editing/resizing pictures.

Just FYI - if you buy the student/teacher edition, you have to provide proof that you are a teacher.

Be sure when you save to .pdf that you secure them and don't allow anyone to make changes to them. Just converting to .pdf isn't enough. If they have a copy of Acrobat and know how to use it, they can still get in and manipulate and edit .pdf files...


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