Using PowerPoint to Create Your TpT Products – Beginner’s Guide

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Creating your Teachers Pay Teachers products on Microsoft PowerPoint can save a lot of time and frustration.  Things just seem to move better (whatever the technical term for that is), everything lines up and it allows the user greater control over everything.  But if you’ve always used Word it can be a bit tricky making the switch and learning all the ins and outs can be a bit daunting.  Here are a few simple steps to follow when creating your products on PowerPoint.

1. Set up your page.

The very first thing you need to do is set your page up so that you have the correct dimensions for printing.  Always do this before you start creating your products.  Open a new, blank presentation and click design in the menu up at the top of the page.  Click on slide size and go to custom slide size.  A menu will open up that looks like the picture below.  Click slides sized for and change to A4 paper or A3 paper depending on the size you want your product to be.  Then change the orientation of your slides to portrait or landscape depending the product you are creating.  Your page should now be set up and ready to go!

2. Insert grid lines

Grid lines help you to line everything up more easily.  To insert grid lines go to view in the top menu display and tick grid lines.  You should notice the dotted grid lines are now displayed on your page.

3. Create your border page guides.

Border guides help you to line up your text boxes and pictures with the edge of the page so that your products look professional and well-structured.  Once again go to view and this time tick page guides.  Two page guides should show up in the middle of your page.  This will help to line up your products.  Right click on your page and go to grid and guides, click on add vertical guide.  Drag the guide across the page until you are happy with the location.  Do the same for the other side by creating a guide and dragging it to the other side of the page (make sure they are both the same distance from the middle).  Follow the same steps to create your two horizontal guides.

4. Insert a text box. 

Your blank page should already have two text boxes ready to use but if you want to create more, just go to insert and click text box.  You will then be able to drag your text box out to the size that you like.  You should also notice that if you have more than one text box, the guides will assist you with lining the boxes up perfectly with each other.

Your page is now set up and ready for you to start your beautiful creations!

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