An effective TPT cover page grabs a customer’s attention, tells a customer a little bit about the product, and encourages customers to click through to learn more about the product. Here are a few TPT cover page design tips to help you create a good looking and effective TPT cover of your own
Tip #1 Choosing a Background
The background is the foundation for my cover page and I generally use one of my digital papers to create my backgrounds. Before presenting you with a few things to consider while selecting your background paper, I want to tell you a story about a class that I took several years ago. The class actually had nothing to do with design, and had nothing to do with TPT. It was a parent class that was facilitated by a speech language pathologist (SLP) at my son’s early intervention school. During the class, the SLP stood in the front of the classroom directly in front of a light blue and white checkerboard covered bulletin board. After a bit of time, the bulletin board became SO distracting to my eyes, that I found it very difficult to see the SLP……and to focus on what she was saying.
I like to think of the bulletin board in that classroom when I select a background to use for my product covers. While I want the background to help create the overall feeling of the cover, I don’t want it to pull attention away from the important stuff. I want my customer to be able to clearly read the product title and see information about the product without being distracted by the background.
As you choose a background for your TPT cover pages, consider the examples below:
A plain background can be a simple, clean, and inexpensive choice. While it enables your customer to focus on the important elements of your product cover, it isn’t always the most interesting design choice.
My favorite backgrounds contain a subtle tone-on-tone pattern. A subtle pattern provides interest without being distracting.
My eyes, my eyes!! While a contrasting pattern like the polka dot above is very cute, my eyes hurt a little bit when I try to look at the cover. I’m not alone, am I? My eyes have a difficult time focusing on the words because they can’t stop seeing the busy polka dots. The white polka dots might be less distracting if they were very, very small.
Here is an example of a busy pattern with multi-colors. This particular one doesn’t hurt my eyes as much as the polka dot, but I still have a difficult time focusing on anything but the pattern. I usually like to add pops of different colors with my title fonts, borders, and/or clip art related to the product rather than a multi-color digital paper.
How do your eyes feel as you look at the examples above?
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