Your resource’s cover and preview images are incredibly important. Alongside the resource title, they are the first things that your customer will see. Here are four tips to help you make the most of this very important part of your resource.
1. Do not rely on the automatic images generated by the upload process
If you don’t want to spend time creating cover or preview images, you can let the automated process use the first image from your resource. However, it is unlikely that this will be an image that showcases your resource or promotes it effectively to your audience. Text may be cut off and the image might not explain your resources fully.
2. Create a preview image in your preferred program
You can use Microsoft PowerPoint or your preferred program to create a slide or graphic that can be uploaded as the preview image. This way, it will not interfere with your resource but will enable you to make it presentable and stand out. And remember, you can even create preview videos for this purpose.
3. Create a branded cover image
Make sure to create a visually pleasing cover image that reflects the contents of your resource as well as your overall Tes shop branding. You can also create themes in your resources. Perhaps a set of resources that all cover the same topic could look similar, or you want to use a certain style of image for certain types of resource - for example, one for lesson slides, one for handouts and another for homework resources, to make different categories of resources immediately identifiable.
4. Use a clear and informative image
The cover image needs to make a potential customer want to click on your resource. Once they click through to the page with the full resource description, they can then read further details. The purpose of the cover image is to get them there. The purpose of the preview image is then to showcase the contents of your resource. Including some descriptive text and your resource title in both your cover and preview images, if appropriate, may help to explain your resource in more detail.