I have had a lot of people ask me about how I create my TpT products. Well, I am not going to share all my secrets but I will share where I go to begin.
In order to create any image or product, I must purchase clip art and fonts.
It is how my images POP!
When I first started with clip art, I started with freebies that artists provided on their TpT store. This way I could learn, start with some products, and then decide which clip artists I want to invest my money in. I learned right away I tend to use the same artists. Now 3 years later, I have a HUGE collection of clip art (that is forever growing!). I search for specific themes or just for page borders! Here are a few of my favorite go to clip artists. Yes, I use more because sometimes I find something specific in another store. But when I need something, I tend to go to these first.
Remember, if you are creating anything and selling it, you must give credit to those artists that provided you with the clip art!
Now, if you are looking for a symbols provider. My go to provider is now…
I love how they are constantly updating their image selection and you can request an image that does not exist. They now provide images in black and white too which is great for the print and go worksheets (and I don't have access to color at work so when I need to print there, I prefer without color, it prints better that way!). If you do not already have a membership with Smarty Symbols, I highly recommend it! It is a great and easy way to make sentence strips and visual aids. We all know how much our students need visuals!
Now, onto fonts! I LOVE FONTS. Almost obsessed. I use everything from dripping paint fonts to 3D lettering to stencil fonts — whatever I feel fits the project, I use! I get upset when I see a coworker use a font that comes with Microsoft. Granted, I can't use my fonts at school, so there I have to use the ones that come with Microsoft. But I often make things at home and save it as a PDF so I can print and use it at school. If I did not save as a PDF, when I open the file at school, my fonts are lost!
Here you can see my favorite font artists. Yes, I use others, but these are my go to ones! As you can see, I clearly use most KG fonts and that is why I invested in a lifetime license of hers. For the others, I just purchase a single font commercial license for each font. Yes, for Hello Fonts, KG fonts, and DJB fonts, you can try them out for FREE by downloading them on TpT. But if you are going to use them commercially, you MUST purchase a license!
You may see above some fonts that look familiar. They are featured in my TpT products. Some of my older products have older fonts, but I have been busy updating my products to include these fonts since I just love them. They really help make my products POP! There are tons of tutorials on YouTube on how to do creative things with fonts and I have been busy watching and learning so much! I want to know everything there is to know to make my products and images look the best that they can be.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about the behind the scenes of Speech Time Fun. I love being creative and sharing my ideas with all of you!
Interested in learning about some of my other favorite things? Check out this blog post about my favorite early intervention toys!