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!
When I opened my store, I got great feedback from a lot of very sweet people! However, I think the biggest comment is “How did you do that?” Well, it is easier to just write it once than to tell everyone individually! 🙂
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
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
Step 4: Resize and turn it into a gif!
Step 5: Upload the .gif file to hosting site of your choice
Do NOT use Photobucket.com anymore (this used to be the #1 option). Photobucket now charges $400 year for the this service.
I will cover three options: Pinterest, WordPress, and Blogger.
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!
1. Go to your media library (on lefthand side of your dashboard). Drag and drop you image to the screen or click upload and upload your gif.
2) Click on your gif to make it pop up and then copy the image url. You will paste this into the link shortener in the next step.
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!).
1. Open the blogger blog and create a draft post. Go to html view and click upload image.
2. When it asks, click original size, doesn’t matter on alignment.
3. Find the full link for the image and copy between the quotes as pictured. You will use this to create the shortened link in the next step.
4. Save your draft (you do NOT have to publish, but do save it!)
Step 6: Shorten your image link with a link shortener.
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. This is the option I now use.
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:
<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 this:
Step 8: Check your store and troubleshoot!
Did it work? I hope so! 🙂 If not, go back and double check your steps. If it still doesn’t work, leave a comment or shoot me an email at [email protected] .