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Update 7/26/15 – This has been a popular request! If you have trouble with any of the steps below, please email me! I am happy to walk you through it! If you just don’t want to mess with it, I now offer banner creation services! Check it out!
Update #2 6/3/16 – I have discovered a few helpful tricks to cut out some steps!!! YAY! Updated below!
Update #3 8/1/16 – I have found an even BETTER way to do it! Check out the second tutorial here!
Updated #4 7/1/2017 – Photobucket is NOT an option for hosting anymore! See bottom of post for new options!
Updated #5 6/15/2018 – Bitly is not an option for link shortening! It is marking image links as spam!
TpT Quote Banner
This is a tutorial on how to put an image in the space between your logo and your free download.
Note: This is not for the faint of heart. It is time-consuming and if you miss a step, extremely frustrating. I had a horrible, gigantic banner in my store for a bit before I worked it out. I still feel bad for the two followers who started following me during that period! 🙂
When you are done with this tutorial, link up your store at the bottom! I want to see your hard work!
What You Need
- PowerPoint or Keynote (I use Keynote)
- Graphics Editing Program (I use Photoshop, but Sumo Paint will work too).
- Free GIF maker (http://gifmaker.me/ or http://gifcreator.me/) **** I now highly recommend gifcreator ****
- Free Photo hosting – Pinterest, your blogger website, or wordpress website work fine. (Note do NOT use photobucket – this used to be an option but they now charge $400/year for this).
- Link Shortener – I use tinyurl.com or Pretty Links (wordpress plugin).
Step 1: Set up PowerPoint or Keynote
You really need to make a photo with the dimensions of 150 pixels by 450 pixels; PowerPoint and Keynote will not go this small so I doubled the ratio and will resize later.
- Keynote: Document size: 300 pixels by 900 pixels.
- PowerPoint: In inches, you need a 3:1 ratio. For example, 3 inches by 1 inch. Also, 6 inches by 2 inches. You get the idea! (This can be changed in File -> Page Setup). Hint: Keep a large ratio to start off for better image quality (helps it not look so grainy!).
- Alternatively, you could use a service like PicMonkey to get the dimensions right from the get-go!
Step 2: Create Your Slides
There is not a limit to what you can put on here, though remember your buyers aren’t in your store to watch a slide show. 🙂 I have about 6 or so running in each store. As I have time, I hope to replace them seasonally.
If you want the images to “blend” with the grey header space on TpT, then you need to set the background color to #F1F1F1. You can format the background of your slide (directions below) or insert a rectangle shape and recolor the shape (put it behind all your other content).
1. Format -> Slide Background.
2. Click Color.
3. Click more colors.
3. Click on the slider Picture and then select “RGB Sliders”
4. Type in 241, 241, 241 in the settings or F1F1F1 in the Hex code.
5. Hit Apply.
(Same process in Keynote, just use the format, slide background).
Step 3: Export Your Images
Export your images in your desired format. Both Keynote and PowerPoint will export images. In PowerPoint, it is File -> Save as Pictures. In Keynote it is File -> Export to -> Images. If you want your images to be clearer, you can increase the size of the slides.
Step 4: Resize and turn it into a gif!
Step 5: Upload the .gif file to hosting site of your choice (OR skip to step 8 to upload directly to TpT!)
The next step is to upload your gif to the third-party hosting of your choice. Third-party hosting just means that you will use a link on TpT to point to an image somewhere else on the internet.
Alternatively, if your gif is below 5MB in size, you can upload it directly to TpT!
Do NOT use Photobucket.com anymore (this used to be the #1 option). Photobucket now charges $400 a year for this service.
I will cover five options: Pinterest, WordPress, Blogger, Dropbox, and Weebly. I am hosting many of my smaller ones on Weebly now and larger on Dropbox.
You can use a secret board or a public board for this. Though I have not done it for my store, others have very successfully. Note: Your gif file cannot be over 10mb. I do not use Pinterest because many of my banners are pretty big.
1. Upload a pin as you normally would. If you are on a secret board, do not worry about where it points to or what the description is. No one is pinning it! But if you want to display it on TpT, then why not actually pin it too?
2. Go to that pin. Right-click and click Copy Image Address. This is the link you will paste into a link shortener in the next step. Note: Some people are reporting that Pinterest is not working right. But if you want to try to use Pinterest, go for it!
f your blog is hosted on WordPress, you can upload your gif to your media section. You do not have to put it in a blog post.
I used an old blogger blog I use for testing when I am coding for clients. I created a draft post (you don’t ever have to post it!). Note: I am getting some reports of blogger having issues! Use with caution!
4. Save your draft (you do NOT have to publish, but do save it!)
Note: I am having issues where Blogger is showing a triangle with ! for really large gifs. You will need to choose another option if you face this.
You can upload your gif to Dropbox. Get the link and then change the end to 1. So if you have
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5y7c4bc467k05nl/Linda%20Gif%20GenEd.gif?dl=0 Change it to https://www.dropbox.com/s/5y7c4bc467k05nl/Linda%20Gif%20GenEd.gif?dl=1
- I created a free weebly.com website.
- Then I added an image, and published it.
- Go to your published site, right click and copy image address.
Step 6: Shorten your image link with a link shortener.
You must shorten the url because of the TpT restrictions on how many characters in your quote area.
NOTE: DO NOT USE Bit.ly! Bitly has started marking these images as SPAM and will not show it in your TpT store! Try one of these two things:
1. Tiny Url. Just paste your link and then copy the new one! A new link might look like this now:
Repeat this process for both the destination link and image link.
2. Pretty Links. If you are on WordPress, install the plugin Pretty Links and you can shorten your links using your custom domain.
Step 7: Go to your store profile on TpT and put in your link
- Login to TpT. Go to “My Account.” Then go to “Profile.”
- You must use this code EXACTLY in your profile or it WILL NOT WORK!! This goes in the “quote” section and choose “Text” to input.
<a href=”DestinationLink”><img src=”ImageLink” /></a>
*DestinationLink – Replace the word DestinationLink with whatever web address you want buyers to go to if they click your picture. TpT has now asked that we only link to links on TpT.
Note: You CANNOT put more than one link. I would love to link to each product, but we are limited to one link.
*PICTURE – Replace the word ImageLink with the link to your Gif.
*WIERD BUG – MANY people have had trouble with the correct code and the banner still not working. Turns out pasted quotes ( ” ) are having trouble rendering. So paste your code, then manually delete and retype each ” – this fixes the problem 90% of the time! (It has something to do with formatted code if you care, lol).
My banner code would look like this:
<a href=”http://tinyurl.com/tptquotebanner”><img src=”http://tinyurl.com/2sujZOy” /></a> Which comes out to:
Step 8: Upload directly to TpT (alternative to steps 5-7 IF your gif is under 5MB)
Step 9: Check your store and troubleshoot!
Step 10: Submit your store and look at some examples!