This summer, I will be releasing all 20 Teacher Creator’s Toolbox videos here on the Core Inspiration blog. Teacher Creator’s Toolbox is a comprehensive guide to help you succeed as a seller in the TPT marketplace. If you are interested in watching these video tutorials in chronological order, visit my video index here.
What You’ll Learn
(00:20) Saving Cover Page JPEG Thumbnails
(00:59) Adding Thumbnails To Your Recommended Resources
(02:16) Adding Links To Your Thumbnails
(02:40) Attaching Recommended Products To A Resource
(03:43) Secure your PDF
(03:54) Product Recommendation Considerations
(04:03) Boosting Customer Service With Recommended Products
(04:33) Closing Remarks
Tool 20 Transcript
Now that you have learned how to create a recommended products page template in Tool 19, I will show you how to efficiently add image links to your product recommendations. One of the things you will want to start doing is saving an image of your cover pages in a separate folder in your product finalization tools. Here’s an easy way to get started: Each time you save your PowerPoint version of the resource “as pictures” when creating product previews, drag the cover page JPEG into your recommended resources covers folder as a last step. This will allow you to quickly access images of each product cover.
Adding Recommended Resource Images Using Adobe Pro
Now, open your recommended product page template in Adobe Pro to add cover pages. To do so:
- Click “Tools”
- Clcik “Add Image” – head to your recommended resources covers folder to grab your image
- Select the cover page you wish to add
- Click “Open”
- You will then be able to move a thumbnail of the image to the location you want to place it on the page
- Click your mouse to drop it on the page
- You can then resize and move it into place
- Repeat this process for any additional cover pages you wish to add
Once you have all the product cover images you want to include, you will link the image to your product page in your store by using the steps for adding links outlined in detail in Tool 6 – Embed Links In PDF documents. When your links are embedded, save this document with a specific name so you can easily attach it to the resource it belongs to.
Adding Your Recommended Resources Page To A Product
To add this page to a resource, I will simply follow these steps:
- Open the file I want to add it to
- Click “Tools”
- Click “Pages”
- Click “Insert from File”
- I will find the recommended resources file I just saved and click “Select”
- A box will appear so I can decide where in the resource I want to add this page
- I usually make my recommended resources my very last page so I will select “After”
- Type in the number of the last page
- Click “Okay”
As you can see, the recommended resources page is now added to this document and the links are embedded. Be sure to take the steps outlined in Tool 7 – Secure Your Intellectual Property to convert your final product into a secure, password protected PDF.
Considerations For Adding Recommended Resources
When adding your recommended resources, take the time to think about the category of the resource you are attaching them to. Carefully select the products you recommend rather than stocking the page full of small cover page thumbnails. Selecting 2-4 strongly related resources communicates to your customer that you notice their interests and needs and you have other resources that may help them in the future. They are much more likely to revisit your store when they see the care you put in to recommending resources for their classroom.
Be sure to follow my TPT store to get notifications about my newest product uploads – I am constantly working to improve my classroom resource design skills and you will likely see my latest ideas in my latest uploads.