Get started template: create an enticing cover page

by Erica Magnusson

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Make your resource stand out with a landscape cover page that includes:

  • an informative title
  • State Standards if applicable, such as the Common Core or Next Generation Science Standards
  • desired learning outcomes
  • a colorful graphic
  • keywords for your subject
  • your brand name/logo (or author name if you don't have one); see more about developing your own style here and brand here.


Creation tip:

We recommend that you use PowerPoint or Keynote to build your cover page. The images and text boxes are easy to move around and you can easily save your cover page as a landscape image file.

For PowerPoint:

  1. 1. Save your PowerPoint as you normally would (a ppt file) so that you can go back and edit your file later if needed.
  2. 2. Click on "File" for the dropdown menu and then "Save as..." 
  3. 3. Select an image file type (.gif, .jpg, or .png), name your file, and click save.

For Keynote:

  1. 1. Save your Keynote as you normally would (a keynote file) so that you can go back and edit your file later if needed.
  2. 2. Click on "File" for the dropdown menu and then "Export to..." "Images" and then changing the "Format" to a .jpg or .gif file.
  3. 3. Select an image file type (.gif, .jpg, or .png), name your file, and click save.

Need inspiration? Check out these exemplary cover pages from real TES authors like you:


Tips from smithscienceandlit:

I use PowerPoint to create cover pages. I’ve recently been creating square covers (through “Page Setup" in PowerPoint... I use 8x8). I don’t create the cover in the resource file; I have a separate file of “covers." I like to include the title, a background, and real life photo of the product/example. It has to be easy-to-read and eye catching! I've definitely noticed in my experience that after editing covers, sales increased.... especially with photographs! After you get a template and your first cover style, it doesn't take much time at all. I basically just make a duplicate slide in PowerPoint, then change the text, photos, and colors. I include my logo sometimes, but I don't like to make covers too overwhelming. I want teachers to know exactly what they will get in their purchase without too much “fluff."


Tips from MsLiterature76:

I tend to use PowerPoint for all of my resources because the text boxes and images are easy to move around. You can drag them off the page and layer in the way that is easy. I think choosing your color preferences early is key - for high schoolers, you’re looking at creating something that won't look cutesy or turn off teenagers if they should see it. I choose a black background purely because of the lighting in my classroom to make it easier to see. On PowerPoint, there’s an option to save your presentation as a picture - under save as - I select GIF and then import quality images of pages from my resource onto the front cover. That way buyers can see immediately what they will find inside. Creating a logo helps - mine is called Literature Daydreams - that way people can spot my resources easily when a search comes up. The black background and obvious font colouring help with that as well.

Other great examples: